The Following Recap/Review Contains Spoilers for Episode 4 of ‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.’ To read last week’s review, please click here.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law brings Wong (Benedict Wong) back to a sorcerer-focused episode, pausing the Abomination case and showing more of She-Hulk’s personal life and the sort of zaniness that comes with heading the superhuman division of a law firm.
Episode 3 of She-Hulk felt like a step in the right direction, whereas this week feels like another two steps back. Tatiana Maslany continues to impress in the lead role, but the material for her to work with is surface level, and any interest viewers could have is fleeting. The comedic aspect of this episode is where She-Hulk manages to shine, creating a hilarious legal case for Jennifer while also being able to use the massive lore of the MCU to its advantage.
The show opening with a cringe magic show is just the kind of world-building that the MCU needs, filled with fun and not taking itself too seriously. That’s been the tonal shift that the series has created at this point, and this opening magic show perfectly demonstrates that not every person in this massive world takes these powers and grandeur as seriously as the heroes we see on the big screen.
When Donny Blaze irresponsibly uses portal magic and spoils The Sopranos for Wong, the Sorcerer Supreme is forced to take action, taking on Jennifer Walters as legal counsel.
Wong’s need for legal representation runs parallel to Jennifer’s focus on her dating life in this episode, showing her need to try and keep things regular in her life while simultaneously dealing with Wong’s case. It’s a perfect example of the warning Bruce gave her at the beginning of the series, and it will be interesting to see how much farther the rest of the season takes
The part of the episode that covers Jennifer’s dating life is the weaker link in the story. While there is some relatable humor about the current social climate and awkwardness that comes with dating, it’s all a little too surface-level and barely covers anything substantial. Jennifer tries to open up to others, but much like the show, their interactions leave her with something to be desired.
When Jennifer finally has what seems like a successful date, Wong interrupts as he requires help dealing with Donny Blaze’s magic act, which has gotten seriously out of hand. With demon creatures accidentally summoned in a portal trick gone wrong, Jennifer has to put a momentary pause on her “normal” life to go aid, Wong.
The action isn’t the most groundbreaking, but it is entertaining enough and gives the Disney+ show the action and fight scenes that general audiences come for. It’s over fairly quickly, with Jennifer able to return to her date without a problem. Overall, this episode of She-Hulk feels like the most mundane out of the four released so far, devoid of any of the big-picture stakes that have come with many recent MCU projects, both in film and television.
On the other hand, a lot of the story revolving around Jennifer’s personal life is hardly given any room to develop, being almost a caricature of what living life as a lawyer is like. Hopefully, after the cliffhanger of this episode, which ended with Titania suing Jennifer, we will get to see better development on Jennifer’s side, especially after the rich subtext we were given in the show’s premiere episode revolving around the problems she deals with in everyday life, which helps her acclimate to her Hulk rage better. Overall, She-Hulk episode 4 is a mixed, albeit entertaining bag.
Grade – 6/10
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