We’ve reached the weak link.
This review contains spoilers for Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2, episode 10, titled “Pork Chop.” To see where we left off, check out our review of Season 2, episode 9 and follow along with our full season binge here.
The weakest installment of Jessica Jones Season 1 was episode 10, “1,000 Cuts,” and unfortunately, the same is true of Season 2‘s “Pork Chop,” in which everyone makes questionable decisions, mostly because the plot needs them to, rather than because it makes sense for the characters.
Jessica’s investigation into the sadistic prison guard who’s torturing her mother is a little less infuriating than the Kilgrave support group inadvertently freeing him right when Jessica had him subdued, but you can still hear the narrative wheels squeaking behind the scenes here in a way that we haven’t since the earliest episodes of Season 2.
Between Jessica tracking Holiday and Trish and Malcolm’s ill-advised investigation into Karl, you can tell the show is vamping for time in the build-up to the finale, something all the Marvel Netflix shows could avoid if they just stuck to a 10-episode season instead of 13.
Trish’s vendetta against Alisa also seems like drama for drama’s sake, when you would hope that Trish would just respect her best friend’s desire to have a relationship with her mom instead of trying to make things into some sort of competition. Then again, it’s fairly obvious that Trish isn’t completely in control of her faculties right now, and Alisa obviously hit a nerve when she observed how desperate Trish is to have powers and be like Jess.
The only truly impactful moment of the episode comes courtesy of Jeri, whose utter devastation at realizing that Inez and Shane have conned her is heartbreaking to watch. Every episode has been beautifully directed this season (and every episode has been helmed by women, a marked change from the usual ratio in TV and film) by Neasa Hardiman’s sensitive, airy camerawork during Jeri’s breakdown is particularly evocative, perfectly conveying her disorientation and shock when it finally sinks in that she hasn’t been cured.
The episode ends on another seismic realization as Jessica comes to terms with the fact that she killed Holiday — a man whose death she can’t justify the way she’s tried to rationalize Kilgrave’s. Whatever comes next, it’s a safe bet it won’t be good for our heroine.