TL;DR – She-Hulk continues to be a delightful and fun romp
Disclosure – I paid for the Disney+ service that viewed this film.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
She-Hulk Attorney at Law Review –
One of the significant issues that the MCU has had when making the jump to Disney+ has been finding the right tone and setting. Shows have struggled to land their feet or find a reason to exist over so many episodes. So far, She-Hulk has avoided those fates because it knows exactly what it wants to be and shines while doing it.
So to set the scene, last week in A Normal Amount of Rage, we got to find out how Jennifer ‘Jen’ Walters (Tatiana Maslany) became She-Hulk. It just took a crash and her trying to save her cousin Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and some accidental blood contamination, and now she can go Green. Hoping to keep that secret was dashed when Titania (Jameela Jamil) crashed into the courtroom, and Jen had to Hulk up to stop the jury from being killed. You would think saving people’s lives would be rewarded? But instead, Jen is fired from the DA’s office. Things are looking down when she is offered a job by Holden Holliway (Steve Coulter) at the law firm GLK&H. The only catch is that she has to represent Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) or, as he is more commonly called, Abomination. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
One of the things that She-Hulk does very well is making a show that is light and jokey without turning it into a farse or, worse, something substanceless. There is no sitting around waiting for the show to move from joke to joke, but that does not mean it can be a lot of fun. An excellent example of this is the family dinner, where they hit all those beats of what would happen in this situation in a way that would be very familiar to those who have large extended families. But then it knows where to find the hearts as Jen has a small aside with her father Morris (Mark Linn-Baker). It is in that balance that the show finds its feet and makes for an entertaining time.
It also is a very tight story with minimal padding. We get Jen fired, Jen feeling bad because she has to go through job rejection after rejection [know those feels], getting the job at GLK&H, reconciling where she stands with Abomination, and then getting to rug pulled out from her at the end when we get to the part that acknowledges Shang-Chi happened. There was a lot of narrative that the show went through, and it did not feel rushed nor padded out, which shows that a lot of work has gone into the pacing of this show. As well as this, if last week’s episode was setting up the past, this week was all about setting up the future, and I like where we are going.
In the end, do we recommend She-Hulk Attorney at Law: Superhuman Law? Yes, we do. These first two episodes have been a strong start. I hope we don’t see another MCU drop-off that has happened before, but I see a lot of potential here and am looking forward to exploring where we go next.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of She-Hulk Attorney at Law
Directed by – Kat Coiro
Written by – Jessica Gao
Created by – Jessica Gao
Based On – She-Hulk by Stan Lee & John Buscema
Production/Distribution Companies – Marvel Studios & Disney+
Starring – Tatiana Maslany, Josh Segarra, Ginger Gonzaga, Mark Linn-Baker, Tess Malis Kincaid, Tim Roth & Mark Ruffalo with Steve Coulter, Josh Segarra, Candice Rose, Michael H. Cole, Nicholas Cirillo, Drew Matthews, Keith Flippen, Bruce Blackshear, Vas Sanchez & Maliah Arrayah.