Skip to main content

"Missing a truly menacing bad guy" – Here’s what critics have to say about Jessica Jones season 2

The eyerolls and the sarcastic put-downs are back, but perhaps not to the full force we were expecting. Jessica Jones season 2 (opens in new tab) – which releases on Netflix worldwide on March 8 – sees Krysten Ritter return as everybody’s favourite damaged Defender, and, yet, judging by the critical reaction to the first five episodes, something’s missing. Our own spoiler-free preview (opens in new tab) says that it "reminds us why we fell in love with the hero in the first place," but not everyone is convinced. 

Krysten Ritter makes up for season 2's slow pace - Uproxx (opens in new tab)

“Ritter is so charismatic, and so good at toggling between sarcasm and outright pain, that a lot of this is more watchable than it should be, given the glacial pace at which the plot moves and the amount of time spent on lesser characters and filler stories.”

Jessica Jones season 2's fractured narrative - Screen Rant (opens in new tab)

“Since these seasons are so long, there’s still a chance the remainder of the episodes will pick up the pace and develop a more cohesive, compelling story. If that’s the case it certainly would have behooved Netflix to offer critics an opportunity to see that come to light. As it stands, the slow-burn mystery of Jessica Jones season 2 shows all the signs of the series being in the midst of a sophomore slump.”

How the lack of a bad guy (early on) affects the show - Digital Spy (opens in new tab)

“While the beginning of the new season lacks the focus of the first, and is missing a truly menacing bad guy for Jessica to go up against, the new additions and expanded storylines don't detract from Ritter's powerhouse performance. She is still very much front and centre, delivering pithy lines in between slugs of bourbon”

Jessica Jones season 2 and its meandering 'Marvel-itis' - IndieWire (opens in new tab) (B grade)

“Season 2 suffers from what we may be forced to officially deem Marvel-Itis — a condition which infects the patient with drawn-out narratives and seasons of television that are at least three episodes too long.”

Will Jessica Jones season 2 win over newcomers? - Polygon (opens in new tab)

“But I don’t see Jessica Jones’ second season winning over anyone who was lukewarm about her first — or anyone who skipped it entirely. I’m a big fan, and even I left these first five episodes wondering exactly what had happened to the series that gripped me and never let go in 2015”

Do things need to change for The Defenders going forward? Here’s why Marvel needs to find a way to bring the street-level group closer to The Avengers. (opens in new tab)

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.