TL;DR – This week’s smaller episode focused more on setting the stage for the fight going forward.
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 –
Looking back at the halfway point in the show, I have to consider how well She-Hulk Attorney at Law nailed the premise from the start. Every episode has been a tight 30min-ish romp through the MCU that also works as a pitch-perfect law procedural. With that strength in mind, we take a kind of pause this week as the show reorientates itself towards that back end of the season.
So to set the scene, at the end of last week’s Is This Not Real Magic? Jen (Tatiana Maslany) was served with a legal summons to stop using the name She-Hulk because Titania (Jameela Jamil) had trademarked it. On the one hand, Jen was never comfortable with the moniker She-Hulk, but then she is confronted by someone else using it everywhere she goes. But when Holden Holliway (Steve Coulter) makes it clear that she will be out of a job if she does not fix this, well, it is time to send in the lawyers. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
I want to start our review this week by looking at the B-story because I think that is where much of the episode’s energy can be drawn. Having a Pug (Josh Segarra)/Nikki (Ginger Gonzaga) team up was not something I thought about this season, but it just works. Pug’s honest-to-god enthusiasm, followed by Nikki’s can-do attitude, was the perfect balance to all the shenanigans as they tried to find someone who could tailor clothes for both Jen and She-hulk. I liked Griffin Matthews, the energy he brought to Luke Jacobson, and how he had to be convinced to waste his talent. There was also the sheer joy of watching Pug pretend to be a hero when he gets all the Avenger merch. The big reveal of Daredevil (Charlie Cox) at the end would have hit harder if they had not spoiled that in the first trailer, but that was a minor thing.
The A-story this week was Jen having to go to court to prove she is the She-Hulk. Sort of defending your identity through rigorous cross-examination by an unfaithful actor, which I am sure is not a reference for any particular fanbase. Using her dating profile from last week as evidence in this week’s worked, but there were diminishing returns on the 4th-wall break about that. It was also a more subdued affair as Jen gets embarrassed by all her past exs in a similar way to how they won the case in The People vs. Emil Blonsky, though Jen at least had the self-awareness to be embarrassed by it. This was a more subdued storyline than I was expecting, but I think that was just the impact of Superhuman Law and the show holding back a big confrontation until the end of the season.
In the end, do we recommend She-Hulk Attorney at Law: Mean, Green, and Straight Poured into These Jeans? Yes, we do. I think it is a testament to the series that this week didn’t hit as hard as others but still was a quality television episode. I mean, I can’t be too upset when we got the joy that was Pug, and the hint of a new costume for the future.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of She-Hulk Attorney at Law
Directed by – Anu Valia
Written by – Dana Schwartz
Created by – Jessica Gao
Based On – She-Hulk by Stan Lee & John Buscema
Production/Distribution Companies – Marvel Studios & Disney+
Starring – Tatiana Maslany, Josh Segarra, Jameela Jamil, Ginger Gonzaga, Jon Bass, Griffin Matthews & Renée Elise Goldsberry with Steve Coulter, Nicholas Cirillo, Brandon Stanley, David Otunga, Eddy Rioseco, Michel Curiel, Darin Toonder, Vas Sanchez & Maliah Arrayah