March 12, 2018 at 12:21 PM EDT

Marvel's Jessica Jones

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter
Action, Crime, Drama
We gave it a B+

Mom on the loose! At first it may seem a bit convenient that season 2 of Jessica Jones is culminating with basically every single person remaining in Jessica’s life (Alisa, Trish, Detective Costa) trying to kill each other, but for my money it’s actually a pretty compelling portrait of how abuse and trauma can metastasize across family dynamics and turn people against each other.

PREVIOUSLY: Jessica Jones recap: ‘AKA Three Lives and Counting’

A lot of the pain on display in the back half of this season comes across as compelling because it’s so real in its pathetic sadness. Like, at first I wanted to laugh at the sight of Alisa sobbing while cradling one of Dr. Karl’s old Doors t-shirts, but I couldn’t help but get swept up in it.

The other thing that feels compelling about this plotline is that there really isn’t an answer to Alisa’s problems. Her life was ruined by a car crash — but she didn’t much like her life before the crash. She was experimented on by a crazy scientist and turned into a superpowered woman with little control over her impulses — but the procedures saved her life, and the scientist in question was able to keep her calm, comfortable, and loved. Nevertheless, her life has become a tornado of pain and death. How to fix it? Alisa is so wrecked by Karl’s death that she starts to project all her pain onto Trish — the woman who set up Karl’s death, the woman Alisa’s own daughter loves more than she loves her. Alisa’s death is so confused by angry violence that the only thing she can think to do is make for Trish’s hospital room to finish her off.

She ends up arriving (through a window) at the exact same time as her daughter. Jessica had warned the police to stay back, saying that only she could talk her mother down. At first, it seems like she’s right. When Alisa says that Trish ruined her family, Jessica begs her not to ruin hers. Alisa finally starts to chill out, just as Detectives Costa and Sunday barge in. Costa trusts Jessica, but they can’t take any chances. Unfortunately, when Sunday goes to handcuff Alisa, the superpowered woman gets scared and grabs the detective as a hostage. Sunday begs Costa to take the shot, regardless of her. He doesn’t, which allows Alisa to take herself and her hostage backwards through the hospital window. When Jessica and Costa looks down, they see Sunday’s bloody body sprawled on the pavement. Alisa has already vanished. (Recap continues on page 2)

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