So I've been watching Jessica Jones Season 2, after absolutely loving the first season when it came out, and I can't put my finger on an exact "point" but somewhere along the line in Season 2 I stopped having fun or enjoying the series.
!SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT!
I recently finished "AKA Three Lives and Counting", the 3rd to last episode, and found the performances from most of the cast to be some of the best this season, but even so a lot of the actual storytelling fell very flat.
This season really has no primary antagonist and is leaning more on the concept of gray-areas, asking questions like "What does it mean to be a hero?" and "What are you willing to do for your loved ones/the safety of others?" but it never goes deep enough into those questions to actually feel meaningful.
Before I go further I want to say that Krysten Ritter and Eka Darville have had some AMAZING performances this season, bringing a lot more heart to each of their characters.
That said, the choices that Jessica, Trish, Jeri, Alisa, and Karl make throughout this season are mindboggling. A lot of their reasoning seems to be "BECAUSE" rather than giving actual purpose to their actions, or at least enough of a purpose to suspend disbelief.
Trish in particular has been a nagging point to me this season. After finding her to be a great "side-kick" and necessary point to Jessica's growth and the overall plot of Season 1, she seems like she's just "being an asshole to be an asshole" this time around.
Now, I get that they are trying to work their way towards re-introducing her as "Hellcat", more than likely in Season 3, but the way they went about doing it feels like we're going to be seeing her as an Anti-Hero rather than her actual true heroic attitude from the comics. Which is -totally fine- if it's explained well, but so far she seems to just have Super-Power Envy, and that's kind of lazy.
And that's not even mentioning the introduction, characterization, and motivations of Alisa Jones. Seeing her brought back from the dead, her powers, her breakdowns, etc. Especially in the second half of the season...it all feels very "Why?!" with no true reasoning for anything.
All in all, I'm not finished with the series yet, still two episodes left...but I have a feeling that unless Season 3 hooks me within the first few episodes, I'll be dropping the Netflix Marvel Universe out of just being bored by lazy plot points and annoyed by weird and not well explained character motivations.
Fingers crossed that Freeform's Cloak & Dagger will reignite my love for the MCU's small screen heroes. I have high hopes for it!
What are your thoughts on the Small Screen MCU and it's characters? Is Iron Fist still the weakest link? Should the characters be teaming up more after The Defenders or are these "stand alone seasons" still the best way to go?