Netflix launched the second season of the Marvel series Jessica Jones on March 8 (International Women's Day), giving fans the opportunity to start their weekend bingeing earlier. But since season 1 was reduced in 2015, viewers may need some refreshments before diving. Many things have happened in the world of Jessica Jones since her debut, including a show derived from the brief love interest of Jessica Luke Cage, two other MCU series set in the same world (Iron Fist and The Punisher), and the miniseries The Defenders, which caused Jessica to rejoin reluctantly with Luke, Iron Fist and Daredevil.
In season 2 of Jessica Jones, Jessica is looking for clues about her past. Here is a quick guide to everything you need to know to enter. (Spoilers of season 1 of Jessica Jones).
So I forgot season 1 …
Oh, that's very bad. The first season of Jessica Jones is stellar and worth rewatch, but here is a quick recap. The heavy, consumer heroine spends her days working as a private investigator and dealing with the trauma of her past. While investigating a case, discover a connection with Kilgrave, a man who can control other people with verbal commands. Jessica has a personal relationship with Kilgrave: years before, she kidnapped her and used her powers to keep her as a companion and player. Now he came back and interested in reacquiring it.
Kilgrave uses human puppets to spy on Jessica or act as human shields, including Luke and his neighbor Malcolm. Jessica eventually defeats Kilgrave, but questions about how she got her powers to begin, remain. Her adoptive sister and best friend, Trish, starts researching about IGH. Which brings us to season 2 …
What is IGH again?
IGH is the company that paid Jessica's medical bills after a car accident. Jessica was once a normal child without powers. But her parents and her younger brother died in the accident, which left her severely injured. IGH somehow acquired it and took over from there; her participation seems to have given Jessica her supernatural strength, and what the company is and how it happened is at the center of the mysteries of season 2.
Did I miss a plot if I skipped The Defenders?
Not really. The Defenders take place in just a couple of days, and it's a parallel story that has little to do with Jessica's life. Perhaps the most important piece, apart from knowing the rest of the gang of vigilante heroes in New York, is that she patched things with Luke after a breakup. But while the end of The Defenders has great implications for other characters in this connected universe, Jessica comes back to life as usual.
What is Luke doing these days?
Defending Harlem, mainly. Netflix plans to launch season 2 of Luke Cage this year, so do not expect to see it much in Jessica's world. Maybe these crazy kids will solve it some day, but for now, both are worried.
What about Iron Fist, Daredevil or The Punisher?
If you just want to get the full story of Jessica Jones, you can skip these programs. The only connection with Jessica Jones is in Iron Fist, where sometimes appears the enemy of Jessica, sometimes enemy Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss). As a powerful lawyer, she sometimes works for Danny Rand, also known as the Immortal Iron Fist. She is also connected to Daredevil through her friend and good friend Foggy Nelson, who currently works at Jeri's firm, allowing her to appear briefly in season 2 of Jessica Jones.
Where is Jessica with everyone else?
Keeping track of Jessica's personal life can be a bit heavy, as she always seems to be bothering someone. Malcolm is recovering from being a drug addict and a puppet from Kilgrave by keeping himself busy as part of Jessica's research company. Trish continues to direct her talk show and recover from her bad choices in men.
Jeri and Jessica, meanwhile, are currently in hard terms. In season 1, Jeri egoistically freed Kilgrave to meet his own needs, only to have him immediately turn the tables and ruin his life by murdering his wife. But Jeri still has a lot of use for Jessica, and Jessica tends to get into enough trouble to need Jeri's help, so the two continue to tolerate each other, even as they use each other and resent their mutual connection.