We are just hours away from the beginning of the end of the relationship between Marvel and Netflix. Season 3 of Marvel's Jessica Jones showed a lot of promise in the trailer that was released not too long ago. We know are getting a creepy and psychotic villain, as well as the same Jessica that we have grown to love. I got an early look at the first few episodes of this season, and I have to admit that I was a bit surprised at how things started.
I've decided not to post any spoilers here, but I do feel like I need to set your expectations at least for the first couple of episodes. There is no argument that there was a lot of drama and/or unfinished business that came out of Season 2. The relationship between Jessica and Trish is shaky at best, Jessica seems to be taking her work a bit more seriously but it seems like she has lost more relationships than she has gained. The less said about her relationship status the better, let's not forget about that. I can tell you right now that the first two episodes of this final season are pretty much to deal with Season 2 fallout. I should also point out that each episode looks at the situation from two different perspectives. Sure we get a few new wrinkles, and even see a couple of new faces, but this early part of Season 3 bets pretty heavy on you really caring about what happened at the end of Season 2. I'll take it a step further and say that they also hope you really want that sisterly bond between Jessica and Trish.
Even if you are interested, it does make the show drag a bit in the early going because we do revisit some things that we have already seen and have a pretty good handle on. I will say that, when the focus is on Trish it really paints a picture where her head is at right now. If you thought Trish was all over the place in Season 2, just wait until you see her in Season 3. You already know from Season 2 that she wants to be a hero, and this isn't really a spoiler, but we get to see her try to pursue that. How she goes about it and how things go for her, that I will leave for you to see. They do not shy away from the fact that she is a former addict, but that is more of a way for other characters to rationalize what they believe is happening with her...or is it? Could that addictive personality be at play here for her in a much more dangerous way? To me that could be one of the things to watch out for this upcoming season.
Another thing we get to see early on is something we don't see from Jessica very often, she's vulnerable. We have seen her struggle before, even be controlled like she was in Season 1, but this felt different. That facade of not caring is still up, but it's more of a tinted window now than the steel door that it was before. The most interesting development for Jessica early on might be a side hustle that she has going on in her attempt to be more of a hero. I'm not sure if this is something that will be quickly dismissed, or be something that will circle it's way back at some point. This could actually lead to things going south for Jessica in a hurry, it all depends on how the villain plays out.
That's the other thing that we'll have to wait for. We get hints early on about a villain, but nothing that jumps right out early on. There is one shocking moment that was a bit out of nowhere, but that's it in the early going. I know that they have a full season to really get into thing, but this has been the problem lately with Marvel Netflix series. The first two episodes could have easily been combined into one without missing any important beats. These two perspectives could have been told and merged together, while still getting the point across. The fact that things were dragged out a bit, without any real movement on an antagonist concerns me going forward.
One storyline that is carrying over from Season 2 that we will see more of involves Jeri Hogarth, played by Carrie-Anne Moss. She continues to battle a serious illness, and we are starting to see how that is progressing. There is actually a very powerful scene between her and Jessica early on that shows just how serious things are getting for Jeri. Moss has done an amazing job from the beginning with this character. I feel bad for her now, but I know that Jeri will do something eventually that will make me hate her again. That is the roller coaster of emotions that I've had with that character for a while now.
I have certainly not given up hope on Season 3 of Jessica Jones, far from it. I've always been a big fan of the show and I think it has been underrated from the start. What I am saying is, prepare yourself for a very slow start and parallel character building that you'll wish was done a bit faster. You've seen the trailer, you know what's coming, but they are going to make you wait for it. Without getting into it much deeper, I think it is worth the wait, but it was hard for me to let go of the pacing issue. It's almost like they know that this is the end, so they want to add as much depth and detail as they can before it's all over. So keep your excitement for Season 3 of Marvel's Jessica Jones when it drops on Netflix later tonight. I just don't think you'll find yourself with that urge to binge watch the whole thing in one sitting once you get past episode two. If I'm wrong, let me know.