She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany)—an attorney specializing in superhuman-oriented legal cases—must navigate the complicated life of a single, 30-something who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered hulk.
A Normal Amount of Rage
Jen Walter’s world is turned upside down after a freak accident leaves her with superpowers.
The first episode takes an interesting twist on the origin story and showcases the character, her personal issues and lays out the central theme of the episode being Jennifer’s desire to return to her life as a lawyer and not be a superhero. I enjoyed the relationship between Jen and Bruce and how much like siblings they feel in the episode. The ending was a fun reveal, but the pacing was a little slow to get there.
Jen is hired at a prestigious law firm but must practice as She-Hulk and rep a complicated client.
With her professional life taking a hit, Jen has to take a job with a powerful law firm as the face of their superhuman law division. The only problem is that they don’t want Jen the lawyer, they want She-Hulk. The episode does a great job of hitting all of the conflicts well and manages to find the humor in the situation. The acting is great, but I felt the episode ended right when it was starting to get good.
The People vs. Emil Blonsky
She-Hulk represents Emil Blonsky aka The Abomination, but his parole hearing doesn’t go as planned.
Jen has to bring in a witness to explain why Blonsky escaped from his cell and came back and we get the return of Wong. Benedict Wong is great in the episode and I love the B plot a lot because it allows the supporting characters to shine and show how well they play off each other. The episode also teases something bigger to come with the personal attack on Jen which was visually funny to see.
Is This Not Real Magic?
She-Hulk’s new client Wong is suing a magician for unauthorized use of the Mystic Arts.
Wong returns for another episode where he takes center stage so to speak. Wong delivers a fantastic performance and Maslany does great as Jen both in the comedic aspects and the action. There are some great comedic moments with Jen using She-Hulk to try a new dating app, but the breakout performance of the episode is from Patty Guggenheim playing party girl Madisyn King. Her presence is a breath of fresh air and incredibly funny.
Mean, Green, and Straight Poured into These Jeans
She-Hulk discovers Titania owns the name “She-Hulk” and is suing her for trademark infringement.
Titania (Jameela Jamil) returns as Titania and is using the name She-Hulk to further her social media influencer career. The B story of the episode consists of Pug (Josh Segarra) and Nikki (Ginger Gonzaga) trying to find the mysterious superhero tailor Luke Jacobsen (Griffin Matthews). Their journey is very fun and has some great funny moments. The court case with Jen and Titania is fun as well and Renee Elise Goldsberry’s Mallory is utilized really well in the episode.
Jen is a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding, a stressful event compounded by uniquely She-Hulk issues.
The Titania saga continues when Jen is invited to an old friend’s wedding as a bridesmaid and she meets a guy she connects with not as She-Hulk, but as Jen Walters. The bridesmaid storyline with Titania felt too short and the B story with Jen’s friends dealing with a superhuman faking his death as well as discovering death threats against Jen went on way too long. The whole episode felt disjointed.
Jen visits Blonsky’s wellness retreat, meets new friends and gets in touch with her inner She-Hulk.
Jen’s relationship with Josh is showcased and his ghosting her causes her to seek out help from Blonsky at his retreat. The episode focuses mainly in Jen and her emotional journey as well as showcase some other interesting characters. Her journey in the episode is great and I love the supporting cast in this episode. All of the characters are incredibly funny.
Ribbit and Rip It
She-Hulk represents Leap-Frog who was injured due to a malfunction in his custom made super suit.
A wannabe superhero decides to hire Jen’s firm to sue Luke Jacobsen because his suit malfunctioned and Luke decides to not only cut off Jen, but hire Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) to defend him. This episode delivers some great comedy and action throughout and the chemistry between Matt and Jen is fantastic. I love the banter between them and everything works well. The ending of the episode was great and encompasses all of the underlying tensions and emotional issues Jen has been dealing with as they explode to the surface.
Whose Show is This?
Jen finds herself in trouble with the law and struggles to pick up the pieces of her life.
The finale brings all of the story elements to a head and does something interesting and unique with them. Instead of the typical MCU wrap up, they bring the episode up to that point and then put it in the hands of the character. Jen takes a trip to the real world and does some awesome subversion of expectations. Subversions that are fun and entertaining throughout.
The first season of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law has some fun moments and character building. It’s a little uneven a lot of the time in its pacing and story, but it works as a comedy and a lighter side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hopefully, we get to see more.