This is a spoiler-free review of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Episode 2. Check out our She-Hulk series premiere review if you’re not caught up just yet!
She-Hulk: Attorney At Law shows no signs of slowing its hilarious momentum in Episode 2. The most recent chapter introduces an interesting conundrum for Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) but it’s nothing she can’t get through with a little help from her friends.
This week gives us more time with some of She-Hulk’s supporting characters, but it’s in the successful “meant to highlight how they’re going to get Jen through her trials” way rather than the “acting as a distraction from the overall story” way. Though, this does mean that you’ll see way less Bruce (Mark Ruffalo) in Episode 2. It’s Nikki (Ginger Gonzaga) and Pug’s (Josh Segarra) time to shine! Unfortunately for everyone, there’s also some Dennis (Drew Matthews) action sprinkled in there, too. (You’re doing amazing, Drew! We only want to fight your character!)
Jen may be better at controlling her Hulk than Bruce, but that doesn’t mean her world wasn’t completely turned upside down by the introduction of gamma radiation. Goodbye everyday lawyer, and welcome to the spotlight She-Hulk! Jen’s “under the radar” plans are out the window and suddenly she’s starting to realize that everyone’s a lot more interested in the big green gal than they are the extremely capable lawyer. That is, except for all the folks who can’t be involved with a “side show.”
We shift away from the origin story this week and start to showcase how much of a change Jen really went through in the premiere; the silliness of vigilantism in any universe; and the injustices that have been allowed to fly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe simply because it would take too much time to circle back and exonerate former villains who were put in their situations rather than choosing to be evil. And yes, that is your confirmation that Abomination makes his She-Hulk debut in this episode!
Anecdotally, Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) is actually the second case where we’ve seen what happens to folks when the US Government plays fast and loose with their botched version of the Super Soldier Serum and doesn’t stick around to be responsible for the outcome. Or, in Isaiah Bradley’s (Carl Lumbly) case in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the government’s outright punishment for following their own orders.
All of this is balanced with the sheer ridiculousness that sometimes comes with being a woman in society. Director Kat Coiro and writer Jessica Gao make a point to highlight the extremely silly situations ladies — hero or otherwise — find themselves in every day, continuing the extreme relatability of the series for anyone existing as a woman. While outlining all those individual instances would be a spoiler, rest assured that no matter how over the top a moment may seem, your lady friends have absolutely experienced it.
That balance is an important counter to the criticism that She-Hulk isn’t taking the MCU as seriously as it should. The conversation about the fact that superhero fare can be silly and fun notwithstanding, sitcoms have been tackling serious material while also being funny long before Jennifer Walters first walked into a courtroom. Humor can be an important tool in growth and exploration of difficult topics (up to and including the corruption of government and the perceived ownership of how women dress and express themselves), and She-Hulk continues to be another solid example of that.
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