Krysten Ritter remains Jessica Jones’ greatest strength

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Two and a half years after it debuted, Marvel’s Jessica Jones returns to Netflix on March 8 with all its strengths—and weaknesses. Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way: Yes, the new season suffers from the same pacing issues that have plagued the individual Defenders’ series and their group outings. The number…

Jessica Jones and Trish have a run-in with the law in new season 2 photos

The first season of Jessica Jones saw the titular hero’s best friend Trish Walker steadily grow into a dependable ass-kicker, even helping take down main villain Kilgrave by the end of the 13-episode arc. It’s understandable she would want to become more involved in Jessica’s various heroism-related activities (and…

Kilgrave puts a powerful pawn in play in Jessica Jones’ penultimate episode

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Kilgrave has a powerful new weapon in “AKA Take A Bloody Number,” and his name is Luke Cage. After forcing him to blow up his bar, Kilgrave continues to secretly control Luke throughout this episode as a means of emotionally manipulating Jessica, primarily by making her believe that she’s been forgiven for her…

Jessica Jones regains its footing by focusing on Trish and Jessica’s history

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After trying and failing to juggle too many plots in “AKA 1,000 Cuts,” Jessica Jones considerably improves by doing less in “AKA I’ve Got The Blues,” relaxing the pace to explore the relationship between Jessica and Trish and how it’s changed since their teen years. There’s no Jeri or Kilgrave, and while Tennant’s…

Jessica Jones begins the hunt for Kilgrave in an investigation-heavy episode

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Crush syndrome may be in the title of this episode, but post-traumatic stress disorder is the condition driving the storytelling. Jessica Jones had an emotionally charged debut by committing to the character’s damaged mental health, and Jessica’s PTSD symptoms intensify in “AKA Crush Syndrome” as she realizes that her…

“You can’t watch everything”: A pragmatic guide to peak TV, part 2

Yesterday, The A.V. Club buried itself in the first avalanche of fall programming tumbling forth from peak TV; today, we consider the second half of the week, along with the fantastical creatures, resurgent sci-fi stars, resilient comics, and (of course) superheroes whose streaming series refuse to bend to the tyranny…