Trigger Warning doesn't need a sequel, but Netflix needs more Jessica Alba

Trigger Warning. Jessica Alba as Parker in Trigger Warning. Cr. Ursula Coyote/Netflix ©2024.
Trigger Warning. Jessica Alba as Parker in Trigger Warning. Cr. Ursula Coyote/Netflix ©2024. /

Warning: Spoilers ahead from Trigger Warning.

Prior to the release of Trigger Warning on Netflix, it had been over four years since Jessica Alba had appeared in a television show or movie. Following the release of her 2019 movie Killers Anonymous and the 2020 conclusion of her short-lived drama series L.A.'s Finest with Gabrielle Union, Alba seemingly took a step back from acting to continue focusing on her wellness company, Honest.

But Trigger Warning proved an exciting return to form for the star, who's appeared in such hit titles as Dark Angel, Honey, Fantastic Four, Sin City, Machete, and more. The ending of the movie wraps up the story and doesn't necessitate a sequel or potential franchising. It's a standalone movie, but it completely hinges on the star power of Jessica Alba, and that's what we need more of.

Alba plays Parker, a Special Forces commando who returns to her hometown in Creation, Texas when her father passes away. She delves deeper into the mysterious circumstances behind his death, not believing what she's been told about the matter. Being a skilled agent, she soon unearths a dangerous conspiracy in Swann County and those hiding the shocking truth.

Trigger Warning ending, explained

Parker discovers that the mine tunnels in Swann County were being used for illegal arms trading by the Swann family. Ezekiel Swann (Anthony Michael Hall), the town's mayor, and his sons Jesse (Mark Webber), a cop and Parker's ex, and Elvis (Jake Weary) were in on the scheme. Parker's father learned what they were using the mine for and Jesse shot him before an explosion buried him.

By the end of the movie, all three of the Swann family members are killed, Ezekiel and Elvis by Parker, and Jesse during a self-induced grenade explosion. She officially gets closure and revenge for her father and helps Creation remove itself from the corrupt hands of the Swann family, as a radio report in the final sequence announces the county's in search of new political leadership.

All told, Trigger Warning's ending doesn't leave the door open for a sequel since the film's main storyline has been closed and shut. Unless there are some threads Netflix wants to pull at, perhaps even pursuing a mayoral run for Parker, the movie should be a one-and-done without franchising. However, fingers crossed it's just the beginning of Alba's time on the streamer.

Jessica Alba is the star Netflix has been missing

Because her acting roles have been few and far between in the past few years, Alba hasn't starred in many productions as of late. But the star did appear in the 2017 Netflix original movie El Camino Christmas, and her Spectrum series L.A.'s Finest was added to Netflix in 2021 and found success on the streamer before later being removed. Trigger Warning is in line to be her biggest Netflix hit yet.

The streamer's known to collaborate with lots of Hollywood's top talents for multi-film runs, whether it's with Adam Sandler, Lindsay Lohan, Sofia Carson, Chris Hemworth, or Kevin Hart. Why couldn't Jessica Alba be the next top talent to score a deal, either officially or unofficially, with Netflix for more movies or even a series? Hello? Let's see it!

During a recent stop on The Tonight Show promoting Trigger Warning, Alba opened up about stepping down from a leadership role at her company and wanting to take on a "second act" with producing. She told Jimmy Fallon she loves action movies and stunt work, and it just so happens action is one of Netflix's most popular movie genres. Netflix, make this happen.

Watch Trigger Warning only on Netflix.