“With great power comes great mental illness.”
This review contains spoilers for Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2, episode 2, titled “Freak Accident.” See what we had to say about Season 2, episode 1 and follow along with our full season binge here.
Episode 2 of Jessica Jones’ sophomore season is most notable for putting a typically twisted twist on two of Spider-Man’s most memorable quotes: Poor, doomed Whizzer’s observation that “With great power comes great mental illness” is perhaps the most honest encapsulation of a superhero’s journey that anyone has ever uttered (you can’t deny that Matt Murdock, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner all need a lot of therapy), while Jessica’s use of “scroty-sense” is hilarious enough to earn this installment an 8 rating all on its own.
“Freak Accident” continues the methodical pace laid out by the season premiere, with Jessica and Trish both chasing down separate leads relating to IGH, but inadvisably deciding not to fill each other in on them. Our hard-drinking heroine is still doing her best to keep everyone at a distance to avoid further collateral damage, while Trish is doing a credible Jessica impersonation, right down to taking stupid, unnecessary risks that put her and those around her in danger. Twinsies!
This brings Trish into contact with a sleazy director named Max, who took advantage of her when she was underage (a plot development that was no doubt written before the current Time’s Up movement, but nonetheless feels disturbingly timely), but despite her trauma at being exposed to her abuser, Trish still has the wherewithal to get the upper hand against a roided-out Will Simpson, who is still using Kozlov’s performance enhancers to make himself stronger while stalking Trish around town.
But wait! This type of stalking is totally noble, because Will is trying to protect Trish, not hurt her!
JK, all stalking is bad, guys, and Will would’ve saved himself a bullet in the leg — and possibly a broken neck — if he’d approached Trish outright and been honest about the fact that someone was trying to hurt her (or, better yet, tipped Jessica off and left Trish alone altogether, after the s*** he pulled on her last season). Instead, his creeping ways left him, Trish, and Jess exposed against the supposed “monster” that’s hunting them, and I doubt anyone is shedding a tear over his (seemingly permanent, this time) demise.
Still, Will’s observation that “it takes a monster to stop a monster” is clearly a theme for Jessica this season — having killed Kilgrave, it’s apparent that she no longer trusts herself, either with her powers or with other people. And while we don’t get to see Kozlov’s latest monster up close, you can’t help but wonder whether the show intends to subvert our expectations of this creature in the same way it’s already toying with our perceptions of Jessica and Will — Kozlov might’ve created something deadly, but it seems unlikely that showrunner Melissa Rosenberg will allow this latest foe to be painted in such black and white terms, when it’s obvious that you can’t judge anyone’s intentions by their outward appearance on this show.
Elsewhere, Jeri is spiraling after receiving her mysterious medical news — and her solution is to pick up three hookers and a ton of blow and have herself a real good time, because why tamper with the classics? It’s gut-wrenching and fascinating to see this previously unflappable legal eagle losing control — no matter how bad the circumstances got last season, Jeri always managed to keep a relatively sane head, so it’s kind of unnerving to imagine how dire her circumstances have to be to leave her in such a state of chaos. No matter what the cause, Carrie-Anne Moss easily steals the episode — who knew a sexy dance number could be so heartbreaking?