Jessica Jones: AKA Everything

Everything

A haunt from the past on the way out…

It’s been a rough season for Jessica and her friends. Everything ends here: the season, the series, the Marvel/Netflix world, and this incarnation of the character from what Krysten Ritter has said. It’s been an ugly build, but the major stories get wrapped up, and we get a sort of goodbye to the characters. Like all the series, there was clearly more story to tell, but this one ended decently at least. We get our goodbyes, a guest star, and a conclusion that sort of works in “AKA Everything.” With this being a season and series finale, there will be spoilers below.

The opening is just where the last one left off. Trish broke in to holding and brutally murdered Salinger. I can’t claim I’m going to miss the man, but she’s really gone off the deep end. In the aftermath, a horrified Jessica gives us some voiceover about what’s happened, and Jeri, shaken, says she won’t tell it was Trish. Costa urges Jessica to do something to end this killing spree. Going home, a weary Jessica gets a surprise visitor. Luke Cage drops by to sympathize with her, offer some encouragement, and more or less tell her he knows he’s going down a dark path and is counting on her to stop him if he goes too far. No pressure, Luke. As a nod to where his story ended, he’s wearing the same suit we saw him in at the end of his series. I give them huge points for Luke not offering to help her. Not only is this something Jessica should face on her own, but can you imagine the eruption on the Internet about “Jessica needing help from a man”? It would have been nice to see him stick around, but I get why he didn’t.

A very weary Jessica returns to her desk. Things looked so good the last time we saw her here, as she and Erik managed to lay a great trap for Salinger. Now, she calls Erik and asks for a ride. Clearly, she could have gotten there on her own, but there are a few good reasons to bring him, and, if nothing else, she could probably use the moral support. Jessica finds Trish at home, and from the beginning, they don’t see things the same way, figuratively or literally. Trish seems convinced Jessica is going to just disagree with her but let her keep going as she is. It’s a tense scene and I feel so very bad for Jessica, and a little bit for Trish. Their argument gets resolved when Erik comes in, his powers providing a very graphic and clear sort of proof that Trish has changed. Overcome with emotion, Jessica makes a rookie mistake and lets Trish escape.

Rattled, Trish tries to dictate a message to her phone, and has a lot of trouble with it. Also having trouble is Jeri, watching the news and clearly at a loss for what to do next. Kith comes by, and, in an emotionally charged scene, Jeri finally tells her about the ALS, apologizing for what she’s done and acknowledging she was selfish. I guess dying does bring some clarity. Trish calls Jeri, and they talk about Dmitri. Sure, give the confirmed multiple killer a new target, Jeri. Great plan. Malcolm goes to see Jessica, and they argue about some of the details of going after Trish. I think Malcolm’s right here, but I get why Jessica is reluctant. Meanwhile, Trish goes to see Dmitri, and gets an eye-opening shock about how far she’s fallen. She gets confronted with some evidence she’s not the hero she likes to think she is.

It doesn’t take long for the news to cover this attack, and Malcolm wakes Jessica, collapsed on her desk, to show her the story and provide some liquid courage. She looks stricken by what she sees, and Malcolm provides her a clue about where to go next. Armed with his tip, Jessica storms into Jeri’s office, ignoring the protesting but pretty much ineffectual secretary. They argue, although Jeri seems to know she’s in the wrong here, and finally agree to work together to try and end this. Back at his place, Malcolm is trying to adjust to Brianna being there. The attempt at domesticity gets interrupted when Zaya shows up again, looking for closure. Instead, on seeing Brianna, Zaya delivers a damning assessment and leaves.

The trap is baited, and Trish has a strong reaction when she hears the set up. As the saying goes, no plan survives initial contact with the enemy, and Jeri gets an unexpected visitor while she’s trying to be the lure. Kith comes in, with some very mixed emotions about the results of Trish’s visit to Dmitri. Her revelation gets interrupted when Trish shows up, scaring the hell out of Kith. It was a dicey plan before, but now with Kith there, things are a lot more complicated as Jessica storms out of one of the other rooms to confront her sister and best friend. Trish shows how far from hero she’s fallen, Jeri makes a surprising offer, and then does something even more surprising to keep Jessica off their backs for a bit.

On the run, Jeri makes some calls and then has a conversation with Trish about sacrifice, love, and family. Trish is impressed with Jeri’s being willing to put herself in danger for someone else, and Jeri talks about how she feels about Kith, and that Jessica wants the best for Trish, too. Trish has some more self-aggrandizing talk about her motives, which honestly is getting old. Trish gets another major shock when Jessica goes on the news again, spilling a lot of secrets. Trish’s surprise gives way to anger at what her sister has done. Jessica, Malcolm, and Erik spin some more plans, and Jessica gives Erik an assignment that is completely in tune with the current times.

Her various contacts lead Jeri to a small, out of the way airfield. She and Trish set up their deal, and Jeri is clearly a bit wary. Well, since she’s aiding a felon, she could lose that law license she values so highly, so I don’t blame her on that score. The fine details of the arrangement come out, and Trish is a bit less pleased with this plan as they go. The guy running this does have a slick operation, I have to give him that. Malcolm finds a clue as to where the fugitives are, and Jessica tells Erik this is something she has to do on her own. I like Erik, but I’m not sure how much help he’d be in this fight, aside from maybe tracking Trish down.

I’m not sure if I could do what Trish does for this desperate flight of hers. She’s clearly unsettled, even as she refuses something to make it easier. The motivations aren’t real clear here, but as soon as Trish is hidden away, Jeri calls Jessica and helps guide her to Trish’s rough location. Enhanced senses tell Trish Jessica is there, and the former child star frees herself for the big fight we knew was coming. It’s an ugly affair, Jessica using some ugly psychological warfare to keep the faster Trish off balance and make her confront some things she doesn’t want to see. By the end of the fight, Jessica wins, but takes a nasty injury to do it. She doesn’t seem to care much, though. I swear, her healing is getting faster as this series goes on. maybe that’s where she’s dumping all her experience points.

Beaten, in custody, and facing the criminal justice system as Costa reads her charges to her, Trish suddenly has an epiphany and looks utterly crushed by it. If she ever gets out, this may be the point where she starts her climb back to the light. Jeri has her own moment of clarity when Kith comes by, thanks her for the gesture she made, but tells her some very unpleasant truths before leaving. It’s an ugly scene, although I have to admit Jeri richly deserves it.

Back at Jessica’s place, Erik comes bearing gifts. They, too, have a very honest exchange about being a hero, helping out, and trust. It’s a very mature discussion and it actually leaves the door open for things in the future. After Erik leaves, Jessica looks around, does some packing, turns out the lights in a very symbolic gesture, and then gives a very unexpected gift to Malcolm, along with a warning. Later, Jessica has set up a meeting, and we get a hint of a future partnership between Detective Costa and Erik Gelden. We’ll never see it with Netflix/Marvel ending in this very episode, but that’s a series I’d probably have watched.

The series wraps with an interesting few scenes. With more classic noir voiceover, Jessica watches as Trish is loaded onto a chopper, bound for the Raft and a very uncertain future. Trish sees Jessica watching and nods at her. They do a very beautiful and symbolic shot as the chopper takes off, with the camera on Jessica getting further and further away. Utterly done with everything, Jessica goes to Grand Central and buys a ticket very far out of town. Just as she’s about to walk away from everything, there’s a disturbingly familiar color shift. Kilgrave’s voice taunts Jessica about running away, giving up because it’s too hard. My understanding is this was the ending until they found out they weren’t coming back, but, learning that, they added to it. Jessica gets a determined smirk, walks away from the ticket booth without her ticket, and off into whatever would have come next. Thus endeth this corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What I liked: The ending worked. I hate that this is over, but the story ended the only way it could for Jessica and Trish. There’s hope for Jessica and Erik in the future, and in the meanwhile, I can imagine an alliance of sorts between Malcolm, Costa, and Erik. I think that would work well. Jeri didn’t get a happy ending, but she didn’t really deserve one and I’m ok with where she ended. The crushing realization when Trish was in custody was portrayed very well, and Rachel Taylor did a great job with that scene. I thought the appearances by both Luke Cage and Kilgrave bookended the last episode well.

What I didn’t: Well, as I said, I don’t like that it’s over. Jessica’s healing seems to be speeding up with no real explanation. I was very unclear if Gillian finally quit for real or not, since she didn’t make the final episode (more’s the pity).

I’ll give this episode a 4 out of 5, same for the season and the series.

Since it’s done, I’ll also say a 4 out of 5 overall for Netflix/Marvel. Corporate complications to one side, I really hope they find a way to bring these characters back, with this same group of talent. There was some great stuff here. I hope the forthcoming Disney + series live up to this high bar.

 

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