Third Season of JESSICA JONES is More Human

The third and final season of Marvel's Jessica Jones on Netflix was a more human rendition of some of the main characters than in the previous two seasons of the series.

This season the bad guy that Jessica and Trish face off with is not a powered meta-human, but a man with an amazing level of cunning and intelligence, keeping him one to many steps in front of Jessica or Trish.

There are mild spoilers in this TV review...

As this season develops, we watch the evolution of Jessica's humanity as one thing or another actually touches her heart. Which is an interesting twist, considering Jones character is deemed one of Marvel's darker characters.

But she's trying hard to be the hero her late mother had envisioned her to be. But as Jessica puts it past the halfway point of the season, "It's a real pain in the ass giving a shit!"

This hero business puts her in the limelight of the public as she tackles a serial killer rather than her own personal enemy like she did in the previous two seasons.

This season kicks off about a year after events of season two after Trish killed Jessica's mother, with Jess and Trish estranged by those events. The season takes about three episodes to set all the characters in their respective moral paths, ALL of them.

The show takes a lot of dialog to set everyone in their places, but they are clearly setting the scene for everyone's swan song of this final season. They also jam in an episode or two that really didn't need to be there, but hey, it's the last season on Netflix, right?

Malcolm has a true inner demon to fight, since he doesn't like what he does for Hogarth but it pays the bills and will get him where he wants to be.

Hogarth has her own demons with her new health condition and coming to terms with an ex from years past. Though to be honest, letting her health condition motivate some curiously dirty deeds to get in touch with her ex was, well, very lawyer-like?

Patsy has her hands full trying to keep Trish productively in the limelight and keep a job.

There's a new powered guy named Erik, whose talent is sensing evil.


Jess and Trish have the biggest conflict, with Jess hating Trish for killing her mom, but events bring them together. It helps that Trish is now powered like Jess, sort of, but without the super strength.

But she doesn't handle this new-found power so well... she's acting like an avenging angel, taking down criminals that deserve it. She feels truly vindicated with what she does because they are criminals, but she's an amateur at the hero thing and things doesn't always go as planned.

And as the season develops she gets drunk on her powers and new-found calling. No matter how far it may take her.

Despite the dark settings, the characters grow through events that bring light to their journeys. I hate how often Jessica turned to the bottle, but that's who she is, right? If the show were to continue on Netflix, they've set up characters in great situations. But it's not. Despite most media saying Netflix cancelled all their Marvel shows, it was Disney pulling ($$) rank since they will be starting their own streaming channel, they're collecting all their properties back in their house. (Despite Netflix officially saying a few years ago that the Marvel shows are not going anywhere...  but big bucks is big bucks, right?)

In this season, though there's still the sex, it's just not as gratuitous as before.

The violence is there, with only a few gory murder scenes, all the while, taking 13 episodes to tell this final season. Which felt a little long for me, but was still quite detailed and layered.

Krysten Ritter kept it on par, with those nuanced moments of clarity and humanity. She was born for this role as far as I'm concerned.

Rachael Taylor really pulled off playing Trish's confused, power-drunken state wonderfully, which really had me pitying or hating her. I couldn't decide. But kudos to Taylor for making me hate her.

Eka Darville, who played Malcolm, well, I can't wait to see what else he plays. Just in this season alone, we went from looking pretty suave in a suit to downright dirty, and he has quite the distinct voice that could pull off any kind of character he plays down the road. And he pretty much did that in this show.

Carrie-Anne Moss's character, Jeri Hogarth, well, it's not her fault, but her character seemed to be all over the place, from resigned to challenging, to power-hungry to regretful.

Be it as it may, I think how the series ended really hit a pleasant gritty note... if that's possible.  Goodbye Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, it was nice while Disney let it happen on Netflix, to see street level justice for what it was without the cosmic or technological powers saving the Earth, but just local neighborhoods.

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