i finally got the chance to watch the final episode of Jessica Jones season 3. I was starting to think I’d never manage it!
Overall, season 3 was a disappointment. I haven’t read anything about it, so I have no idea how it was generally received, but I found the first half to be a real slog.
I loved season 1.
I had no real problem with season 2, although I didn’t particularly love it. The lack of an outright villain was somewhat novel, but also took a bit of the fun and pacing out of things.
Season 3 goes even further down that road. There isn’t really an outright villain, but there are about 3-4 villains that pop up as the season progresses and seem like they might be, and then the show moves on to something else.
I found this really hard going in the first half of the season as there was no real focus, and no real sense of any progress being made.
Imho the second half got better, but it never really got great. Everything kinda came back together to come into play, although not always in a very satisfying way.
People become enemies, then become friends again. Constantly.
At least 4 main characters switch from good to bad and/or back again.
Jeri Hogarth in particular, who I have liked as a character in most of the Marvel Netflix shows, seems to switch from good to bad about 20 times, sometimes within an episode, so I’m never sure how much we’re supposed to care about her.
The final episode kinda pulls everything together, and has a few nice scenes/cameos that gave me hope. But it’s a shame that the show never really got back to the heights of Season 1.
Paradoxically, for a show that was great because of not being a typical male-viewpoint show, the show never really recovered from losing David Tennant. The best episode of Season 2 was the one he was in… where things suddenly picked up the pace and became fun again.
With Jessica being kinda a dark character, like Batman, she kinda needs an entertaining bad guy, like Joker, to play off. Otherwise it’s just all dark and depressing.
Having Luke show up in the final episode was nice. I’d been hoping he’d show up, but by the end I was pretty sure he wouldn’t. That said, he showed up in a slightly stilted manner and they didn’t seem to have their previous chemistry.
I really wish they’d found a way to bring him in more, and integrate him more with the story.
The messing around with Trish and Jessica’s relationship meant that the final standoff, which was predictable at the start but then got obscured by all the direction changes, didn’t really have the emotional impact it should have had.
They did a better job making Trish’s fall believable than Dany’s though
Having DT show up at the end, if only in voice form, was nice.
Basically, I wanted to punch at least half the cast at least half the time.
Now on to Dark Crystal!