Season 2 premiered on Netflix on March 8, 2018 and The Musings of Dogtor Barker will review each episode. I don't have time to watch the entire series this weekend but I will watch an episode a day and try to write a review daily so that you will experience my feelings about the show as I experience them. I will try to put my spoilers toward the end of each blog article and will try to identify when they will begin so that readers that haven't yet watched the episode can stop reading at that point. That said, I will assume that you have seen the earlier episodes prior to reading this so be warned if you haven't begun watching the series!
AKA Three Lives and Counting kept the intensity on in an exciting episode. David Tennant was back as Kilgrave but only as a figment of Jessica's imagination. One wondered if this season would have been stronger if he had been the true villain of the season but I think it's better that he is still dead. Otherwise is death really didn't mean anything.
The episode started right after the last episode ended... in other words right after Jessica killed the guard that was abusing her mom. Jessica is in shock but eventually decides to make the death look like a suicide. She justifies it by thinking of all of the inmates that the guard killed in his past. She is fairly efficient at it and basically gets away with it although I have to assume that the decision will haunt her for the rest of the season. Of course, right after she completes the act she sees Kilgrave in her mind.
At the prison, Jessica's mom has a new guard and immediately realizes that Jessica took care of her other guard. She does what most moms would do and calls Jessica to make sure that she covered her tracks so as not to be caught. Jessica's mom ends the conversation by saying that she is proud of her daughter... basically for being willing to kill someone to protect her.
Jessica goes back to the hotel where Dr. Karl had been staying and finds that he has been taken. When she goes to the prison and tells her mom, her mom immediately accuses Trish, which is correct. Jessica defends her and says it couldn't be Trish, and tells her that everything will be OK although she slowly realizes that Trish is the most likely suspect.
When she gets back to her apartment and looks at her computer she realizes Malcolm went into her computer and figured out where Dr. Karl was. She assumes that Trish and Malcolm are working together on this and figures out how to track him down. She eventually find them and the excitement begins.
- Trish really was interesting in this episode. She showed how easily she could manipulate others... starting with Dr. Karl, by getting him to perform the experiment after convincing him that if he didn't that he was a failure. We will never know what she would have done to the doctor if the experiment was a success.
- Thought it was interesting how easily Jessica was able to throw Malcolm under the bus when it was clear that Trish has been driving initiating most of the problems the season, largely because she wants to be more like Jessica.
- They explained Malcolm's early episode frequent "dating" as an addiction that was taking the place of his drug addiction and that his being with Trish was just an extension of that. I'm not sure I completely buy that... it seems like Jessica is ready to blame anyone except Trish. (And Jessica's getting on Malcolm for his dates after what she does... funny)
- The scene with Dr. Karl and Jessica's mom was sad. Dr. Karl was willing to give up everything to live with her but it seemed like she didn't want him to have to make that sacrifice. I think that was the last point where they could have left and got away scot free.
- Finally, it will be interesting to see if they intend to try to get Jessica, Trish, and Malcolm back together by the end of the season. With only two episodes to go, I can't see how it can happen. But we'll see!