Jessica and Trish’s relationship in Jessica Jones was without a doubt one of the highlights of its first season. We saw it grow from estrangement to affection, culminating in Jessica telling Trish she loved her as she snapped Kilgrave’s neck. They’re the Daria and Jane of superheroes, and it looks like we’re going to see a hell of a lot more of them.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Melissa Rosenberg acknowledged that next season of Jessica Jones will really focus on the friendship between Jessica (Krysten Ritter) and Trish (Rachael Taylor).
“That is the core relationship in the piece. It is about female friendship, it is about how friends evolve — they’re sisters, really — and it’s about how they evolve and ping off each other,” Rosenberg said.
Portraying female friendships on screen is, in some ways, a recent phenomenon. Sure, we’ve had our Golden Girls, our Laverne and Shirley, but for the most part female friendships have been portrayed as simple, catty and, sadly, focused on men (Sorry gents, we already see you all the time, we don’t want to gab about you all the time too).
Think of Carrie and the girls on Sex and the City, who spent more of their time talking about guys. Or the girls on Friends, who spent most of their time talking about guys. Or the girls on The Big Bang Theory, who spend most of their time talking about guys. That episode where they visited the comic book shop to “learn the guys’ hobby” still makes my soul bleed.
This has started to turn around over the past few years, as more writers acknowledge what real female friendships are like. We saw Leslie and Ann on Parks and Recreation grow from being professional allies to having a deep and thoughtful relationship. We’ve got the amazing women on Broad City, the other amazing women on Orange is the New Black. And, of course, Jessica Jones.
The strength in their relationship lies in what each of them bring to the table. Trish has just about everything in life, except Jessica’s powers, and Jessica has all the power in the world, but doesn’t have Trish’s heart and generosity. Rosenberg said it’s all about each of them needing something that the other woman has, making both of them essential partners in their relationship. Even if jealousy sometimes plays a factor.
“It’s an interesting dichotomy of them figuring out there’s an envy involved, there’s support, there’s compassion, there’s frustration,” Rosenberg said.
It’s kind of similar to the dynamic established between Quinn and Rachel in the first season of Lifetime’s UnREAL (I’m not going to go into the second season, because it hurts my heart too much to see how far it’s fallen). That was another show where the season finale concluded with the two female characters telling each other “I love you,” despite the fact that they had so much to hate or envy about the other.
And for those of you who are shipping “Trishica” pretty hard (I might be the first person to coin that), you might want to put your fan art in storage. Doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.
“Honestly, I love that people are seeing that. I’m fine with that. It’s not what interests me about their relationship. To me, it’s about their history, and their trust and connection,” Rosenberg said.
In the meantime, there’s always Jeri, the absolutely killer “power lesbian.” Damn she’s cool.
Jessica Jones is coming back next year in The Defenders, but Season 2 of her series likely won’t be arriving until 2018 at the earliest.