The Following Recap/Review Contains Spoilers for Episode 5 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 encapsulating and fun previous entry. Out of all the episodes so far, last week’s episode was the most consistent with its delivery. It gave viewers what the show intended to provide from the start. A smart, comedic/witty, lawful show that is set in an MCU setting we have grown to know. Even with that, it provided a fresh view into a world some people are already getting tired of. With that said, how does She-Hulk: Attorney at Law follow up with its fifth episode? Does it ride the tails of its great offering, or does it fail to continue the stride? Let’s find out!
In this episode, titled “Mean, Green, and Poured Straight into These Jeans,” She-Hulk discovers that Titania owns the trademark for the “She-Hulk” name and that she is being sued. The episode, although entertaining, really is much ado about nothing. It leans even more heavily into sitcom tropes with its narrative structure.
This episode, as expected, takes a legal focus on the battle between She-Hulk and Titania. It was interesting to see Titania even more fleshed out as an influencer in this episode. One may think it’s outlandish, but it reflects well the current state of society. Their legal battle gets resolved fairly quickly, but it is essential to state the key points that this case brought for the series’ future.
One of them is regarding Jennifer’s constant identity crisis. Although subtle most times, an imminent crisis can be seen. It’s one of the more interesting facets of her character. One that deserves the proper treatment and development. It’s been a great build-up with some key moments. This episode featured yet another one when her dates were called to testify. It offered a look into Jennifer’s sad yet so revealing feelings.
The other aspect is how much this episode really fell into the sitcom tropes. Specifically when it comes to Nikki and Pug trying to find Jennifer some new clothes. This type of side plot is one that outlines the structure of the show. One that is straying far from anything Marvel has done so far. For some, it may be daunting to get used to or not what they expected. Within the context of the series objectively, it works really well.
Complaints will come regarding how this show is just filler or how it has no purpose. Many shows within the sitcom section are like this. Seinfeld, a show about nothing, is considered one of the greatest shows of all time. I’m not saying She-Hulk is Seinfeld, but the structure it’s taking should not be considered a detriment to it. Even with that, the episode did not fail in giving fans hints as to what’s to come in classic MCU fashion. The episode’s ending did not feature a post-credits tag for the first time. But that didn’t stop She-Hulk, Attorney at Law, from teasing the Man Without Fear’s imminent arrival.
Overall, the fifth episode of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law is not as good as its previous entry but keeps the tonal consistency going. It leans heavily into the tropes of a legal sitcom more than ever while still doing its own thing. It also feels small in scale, even with all the cameos and teases throughout. This is a benefit, especially with the character work that is being developed throughout. Although a solid entry, the show can and has offered more than what it did in this outing. – Kenneth Colon
Grade – 7/10
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