‘She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’ Trades Spectacle For Character

by Frank Martin

Because it established itself as a much different kind of Marvel Cinematic Universe show, there will be very different episodes of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law than what MCU fans are familiar with. This past week was one such episode. After all, it is kind of strange to feature Tim Roth’s Emil Blonsky for an entire episode and not have the Abomination appear once. But rather than plot, the episode was much more about character. The MCU is mainly known as a CGI spectacle of big space battles and superhero slugfests. But now that it’s a firmly established universe, its shows and films are branching out into different territory. Fans have seen the different Marvel studios styles with Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel. Now they’re doing the same with She-Hulk.

Following the plot line set up in the previous episode, Jen Walters (Tatiana Maslany) starts to date Josh (Trevor Salter). At first, she is wisely cautious. But the couple truly starts to hit it off and Jen eventually spends the night with him. Afterward, he doesn’t respond to her texts. The episode then slides into its main story as Jen visits Emil Blonsky and is stuck at his retreat. From there, Jen starts to undergo a bit of character awakening in a group therapy session led by Blonsky.

The bottom line: viewers who aren’t fans of She-Hulk will not enjoy this episode. It has almost zero of the spectacle the MCU is known for. But viewers enjoying She-Hulk thus far can find something to admire about this episode. It is truly about Jen’s journey as a woman trying to navigate her role as lawyer and Hulk. There will surely be more superhero fighting in future episodes. It’s bound to happen. But since this show is more about comedy and character development, slow and analytical episodes like this were also bound to happen.

She-Hulk streams Thursdays on Disney+.

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