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!
Wow! I really liked this episode, titled AKA I Want Your Cray Cray. Starting right after the last episode when the killer revealed herself to be Jessica's thought to be dead mom, it takes us through Jessica's mom's experienced life after the crash via flashbacks. It turns out that while Jessica's dad and brother died in the accident that her mother actually survived, albeit with much worse injuries than Jessica.
Her treatment gave her incredible strength and an inability to control her temper. Her doctor, Karl Malus, seems to have good intentions in trying to help her get better although its clear that he is using his findings to help with something else. After her mom has been in treatment for about five years, she is finally coherent enough to start asking questions about where she is and what happened to her family. When she realizes that her daughter is still alive, she makes it her mission to go see her. However, her temper is still too violent and combined with her strength makes her too dangerous to leave the facility.
Eventually she is able to trick her nurses into thinking that she took her medication and escapes when they attempting to change her clothes and are off guard. We see many of the events that were alluded to in earlier episodes and even though we knew what happened it is stunning to see how it played out.
When she gets gets free she is able to track down Jessica and watch her interact in a number of ways and it is heartbreaking to watch her watch her daughter and knowing how this is going to end up.
This episode takes place about 9 years prior to the present time and half of the episode focuses on Jessica and Trish. While most of the episode after this would be considered spoiler territory, it does show the strength of their bond.
- The best part of this episode was learning more about Jessica and Trish's earlier days. We see Trish's pop star phase and hear the song that was requested in an earlier episode at the children's birthday party. We watch her go from excited newbie popstar to a drug addict over the course of 45 minutes.
- Young Jessica is a little more responsible but is really a little thug. She breaks into ATM's in order to pay for things but still manages to be endearing.
- We also learn about perhaps Jessica's first love. I'm not sure he was a good guy or not (in fact it is likely that it would have ended badly but whatever) but he is probably what someone like young Jessica would have gone for. He influenced her signature look as well as the name of her business and Jessica was devastated to find him dead.
- Jessica's mom's sad walk back to the facility where she knows she will be locked up made her a very sad, sympathetic character at the end of this episode. She realizes that despite her wishes that she is a monster.