The third season of Jessica Jones is only days away, more than a year after the second season went live. Season 3 also marks the final season of both Jessica Jones and the Netflix branch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. All five series were cancelled to the shock of superhero fans everywhere, as it seemed Iron Fist was the only one in immediate danger. Jessica Jones is the last show standing, and all eyes will be on its last season to see how it wraps up.
There was a surprising lack of fanfare in the weeks leading up to the June 14 premiere. A big question going into the season is whether it will fittingly wrap up the last show standing and leave the legacy of the Marvel Netflix shows on a high note, or fizzle out? Season 2 wasn't overwhelmingly well-received, especially compared to Season 1. Fans already knew that David Tennant wouldn't be back to reprise his role as the chillingly compelling Kilgrave, so he wouldn't elevate the story.
What about Trish now that she's discovered her superpowers? What about Jessica and Trish's relationship, after Trish killed Jessica's mom? And what of Malcolm and Jeri and the rest? Fans will have to wait until June 14 for the last 13 episodes of Jessica Jones to premiere, but critics have gotten a look at Season 3. Here's what the critics are saying about Jessica Jones' third season.
Merrill Barr of Forbes has some praise for the third season, but holds some reservations about how it stands as the final chapter of the series:
Considering how Season 2 ended, the relationship between Jessica and Trish as well as Trish coming into her powers were bound to take a lot of the spotlight in Season 3. This critic doesn't have anything bad to say about the arc itself, but rather isn't thrilled that it doesn't end with a sense of satisfying finality.
Merrill Barr went on to absolve the creative team of any guilt for issues with Season 3, or the way the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Netflix wrapped up as a whole. Here's how he put it:
Samantha Nelson of The Verge was a fan of how Jessica Jones Season 3 set up Trish's arc, and gave special mention to the episode that leading lady Krysten Ritter directed herself. She also notes that Season 3 is an improvement on Season 2, which is widely considered to be inferior to the popular Season 1. Here are her thoughts:
Over at MEAWW, Aharon Abhishek has a different perspective on Season 3 as Jessica Jones' last shot at leaving a mark on audiences. While Abhishek notes that it's a shame there won't be any more Jessica Jones in the future, he sees a silver lining:
Even if Jessica Jones Season 3 isn't the best of the best that the Marvel shows on Netflix ever had to offer, being "worth the watch" is still decent praise. Everybody seems to agree that Krysten Ritter is the highlight of the show and never failed to rise to the occasion.
Natalie Zutter of Den of Geek revealed that Jessica winds up in some situations that likely mean Krysten Ritter got to flex her acting muscles and show a different side of her character. Here's how Zutter puts it:
Over at Gamespot, Michael Rougeau suggests that the concept of power is what really drives the third season and the decisions characters make. Jessica has always been superpowered, but used her powers more to strongarm people who get in the way of her investigations than fight crime a la Daredevil. Rougeau had this to say about Jessica Jones Season 3 and power:
Not all critics enjoyed the focus on the ensemble of Jessica Jones Season 3. In fact, Screenrant's Kevin Yeoman went so far as to suggest that the only real way to get something worthwhile out of the third season is to focus on Jessica herself and one more character. Take a look at his critique of the season and suggestion for how best to enjoy it:
Well, at least the villain sounds promising! The ensemble of all the Marvel Netflix shows could be a bit of a mixed bag, so there was never going to be any pleasing everybody.
CinemaBlend's own Nick Venable also isn't the biggest fan of how the ensemble cast was used in the third season, but he still has some good things to say about what's in store for viewers. Check it out:
Find out for yourself if Jessica Jones Season 3 is a fitting final chapter in the Marvel Netflix saga. The third season was already in production when the cancellation news broke, although the cancellation was far from surprising considering Netflix had already axed other Marvel series. Honestly, once Daredevil was cancelled, it felt like there was no hope for any other Marvel show on the streaming service.
The third and final season of Jessica Jones premieres Friday, June 14 at 12:01 a.m. PT on Netflix. It's only one of many offerings on the streaming service this summer, so you have plenty to look forward to even after you've finished Jessica's last adventure. (Unless the show is rescued by Hulu, that is.)
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