I'm not much of a fan of full-season threads for Netflix shows. Unless you watch the whole season in basically one or two sittings, the threads aren't safe to come into, and that kills the discussion. So for JJ season two, I thought we might try dividing the season up into quarters and having a thread for blocks of three episodes, with a final thread for the finale (episode thirteen). Might generate more discussion than a single thread without cluttering NP with thirteen single episode threads. So, spoilers for EPISODES 1-3 of SEASON 2 herein. The first five episodes were given to critics before the whole season dropped, and reviews were pretty tepid. The ones I read basically said that the season already felt padded, which it usually takes until the middle of these Marvel seasons to do, with not much happening. That was disappointing, so I am happy to say I mostly don't agree. I was skeptical of the logline that the season would be Jessica investigating her past. I don't really care that much about origin stories. And while I'm not sold on it yet based on these first episodes, so far it's a better hook than I might have guessed. At least it rid us of Simpson! I was pretty unhappy when he showed up early on, since he was a weak point of season one. So it was a nice twist that he was a protagonist here, and that the meat-faced enhanced person took him out so fast. I guess we are supposed to assume that Hansen is that bad guy. I really liked her scene at the bar with Jessica to end episode three; makes me look forward to seeing more of the character and the two of them facing off. I also like that they've given Malcolm more to do this time out, although he's one of the characters that some reviewers complained drags the early season to a standstill when the focus shifts to them. Really the only person I've found that to be true for is Hogarth; we spent a curious amount of time at her drug orgy and the show has yet to explain why she's even a character in this season. If she's not eventually integrated into the core plot somehow, then it'll probably be a mistake bringing her back (although I like Carrie-Ann Moss in the role). Krysten Ritter is great as Jessica as always, and they've given her some fun lines here in the early going. This first part of the season isn't great TV, but I've liked it better than I expected to. I thought Daredevil season two was a disappointment, I didn't finish Luke Cage, was mostly bored by The Defenders, and avoided Iron Fist. I'm happy to still be liking Jessica since the rest of the Marvel-Netflix partnership seems on the wane. Looking forward to watching the rest of this.