The Following Recap/Review Contains Spoilers for Episode 3 of ‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’. To read last week’s review, please click here.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is back with a brand new episode this week after an entertaining and purposeful previous episode. Last week saw the story kick into high gear, as we were re-introduced to Emil Blonsky. He was framed as the main plot device that will get the story moving. Although it didn’t feature anything spectacular, the episode did enough to keep viewers engaged. It also showcased yet again how talented Tatiana Maslany is as the charming Jennifer Walters. The lawyer aspect is also slowly seaming its way into the story more prominently, although not fully established yet. With that said, how does She-Hulk: Attorney at Law follow up with its third episode? Does it build upon the previous episode or fall flat upon its arrival? Let’s find out!
In this episode, titled “The People vs Emil Blonsky”, She-Hulk represents Emil Blonsky aka The Abomination, but the parole hearing does not go as planned. This episode delivers on the concept that She-Hulk initially promised to bring. Fourth wall breaking, social commentary, comedy, and some MCU intricacies all form a big part of the nucleus of the third episode.
As said in the description, the episode mostly focuses on the parole hearing for Emil Blonsky. After the end of last week’s episode, Jennifer talks to Emil to see what he was thinking regarding his escape. Wong immediately becomes Jennifer’s focus, as Blonsky mentions that it was Wong who allowed his involuntary escape. After many attempts, Jennifer then talks to Wong and convinces him to attend the hearing and explain this himself. The hearing goes down in an… interesting manner. But that doesn’t matter, as Blonsky is finally granted his parole but with certain restrictions.
When it’s not honed in on that plot point, it jumps to a storyline featuring… Megan Thee Stallion? It sounds ridiculous or flat-out weird, but it actually works really well. It’s just a tiny exploration of what real-world MCU situations would look like. Many MCU shows have worked this in really well, but She-Hulk is definitely the best to do it so far.
After both hearings conclude and the episode is nearing its end, Jennifer gets mugged by a small group. For a second she forgets she has powers, but then immediately proceeds to beat down on them. It seems like they were attempting to draw a blood sample to give to their boss. That boss’ identity has not been revealed yet, but we’ll know soon enough. Lastly, the episode concludes with a very memorable post-credits scene that will be on Twitter in a matter of no time. If you ever wanted to see Megan Thee Stallion and She-Hulk dance and attempt to twerk, then this is the scene for you.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’s third episode is easily its best entry yet. It delivers on every front the show seemed to want to hit when initially announced. Its implementation is not what’s impressive, but how the show manages to balance and throw it all in such a short run-time. The whole cast is definitely starting to stand out with their timing and charisma, especially this transformed version of Abomination. It also features a great take and justified ridicule of comments uttered by modern fandoms. With a character simply named She-Hulk, you kind of had to see them commenting on that sooner rather than later.
One aspect I still am not sold on is the CGI. It works well in some scenes, but in others, it’s just a distraction that is really noticeable. I understand budgetary restrictions and other factors, but the overall inconsistency is what continues to throw me off. Abomination and Hulk look fantastic, so I still don’t understand why the issue lingers with the titular character. Although distracting, thankfully it’s not at a level where it completely detracts from the quality of the show.
Overall, the third episode of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law works really well and is easily the best episode so far. It blends every tonal element it wants to bring effortlessly while making it work within the allotted time frame. It also gives the whole cast a chance to shine and show what they’re made of. Although it may seem silly for some or ridiculous for others, this episode works well with the tone the series has established. It’s going to be interesting to see how they’ll blend this with what we know is coming soon. – Kenneth Colon
Grade – 8.5/10
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Airs New Episodes Every Thursday on Disney+
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