‘Jessica Jones’ Season 3 Ends Marvel’s Run on Netflix
Netflix and Marvel have been working together within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) since 2015, when Netflix launched Daredevil. The partnership brought us three seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, two seasons each of Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and The Punisher, and one season of The Defenders. All were met with mixed reviews from viewers and critics alike. Now that run has come to an end. While the conclusion wasn’t an Endgame level finale, Jessica Jones season three faded out with her head held high.
The thirteen episode season follows Jessica Jones and “friends” as she battles the worst of the worst in the New York neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen. Season three gives significantly more emphasis to Rachael Taylor’s Trish Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat, than previous seasons. Picking up where season two left off, Jones and Walker are at odds with one another after Trish shot and killed Jessica Jones’ mother. Foreshadowing the major plotline of the season, Jessica struggles with how her new relationship with Trish should look moving forward.
We are introduced to season three’s villain, Gregory Sallinger (Jeremy Bobb) early in the season, and his run is mediocre. An interesting premise, a good acting job, but a middle of the road execution means we are left wanting a little more out of a powerless villain. While working to thwart Sallinger, Jones, Walker, and the rest of team Alias realize that one of their own is changing.
Overall, Jessica Jones season three does not live up to season one or to other Netflix standouts Daredevil or Luke Cage, but it is also not a bad way to go out. Plenty of ups and downs. Plenty of fun dialog. It settles easily into the middle of Marvel’s Netflix lineup.
From a production standpoint, season three makes use of the usual Hell’s Kitchen locale without expanding. The fight choreography is pretty old-hat throughout (few exceptions). The new characters were fun but forgettable. The Hogarth storyline was unnecessary (again), and the humor was great but sparse.
The show’s story and fan loyalty to Krysten Ritter are what drives viewers through season three. If you liked Jessica Jones from the beginning, there is enough here for you to enjoy the conclusion of her story on Netflix. We all hope that the cast returns to the big screen or the small screen again because, from a casting perspective, these folks were almost perfect (sorry Finn Jones).
For now, we wave goodbye to the MCU on Netflix. It never really reached the high many hoped for, but it wasn’t a waste by any means. In the expanded world that Marvel has created, it was fun to be able to step aside and watch other parts of their world. You will be missed.
What did you think? Was Jessica Jones a decent enough swansong for Netflix? Where would these characters fit in the MCU moving forward? Check out season three’s trailer and let us know what you thought in the comments.
If you liked Jessica Jones from the beginning, there is enough here for you to enjoy the conclusion of her story on Netflix. It never really reached the high many hoped for, but Jessica Jones season three faded out with her head held high.