She-Hulk S1E2 Review: She-Hulk grudgingly transforms into an Attorney At Law with helluva 1st client

This week, Jennifer Walters starts the episode by breaking the fourth wall to remind us this is really a “lawyer show”, as she faces the repercussions of outing herself by hulking out in court and swiftly taking down Titania. Yeah, she did a good thing by preventing people from getting hurt or killed, but the bad thing was, she lost her ironclad case because of her actions (according to some B.S. legal logic from her boss). So he gives her a dickish backhanded compliment of “You did the right thing. . . but you’re fired.” In a bar. Where she is being celebrated for her heroism. Pfft.


The moment when you realize this isn't the job you were hoping for

The rest of the episode deals with Jen trying to find another job as a lawyer. But it seems no one wants her now that she’s known as She-Hulk (Bruce was right, she didn’t have much say in what her hero name would be). She’s so desperate she takes the only offer that comes her way, even after she discovers it’s not Jennifer Walters they want as the attorney to head a new superhuman law division, but She-Hulk. It’s a familiar and uncomfortable metaphor for a woman getting a job because of how she looks, and not on her merits, as Jen reminds us in another fourth wall break. So, the series title She-Hulk, Attorney At Law becomes reality, and the law show theme of representing superhumans is established; this should be fun, since we’ll no doubt get to see a lot more Marvel characters.


Bruce says Congrats, and I'm going away for a while. . . far away

However, Jen's first client turns out to be the last person on Earth she would want to represent, a man who tried to kill her cousin Bruce. Granted, it was a different actor playing Bruce Banner in the second Hulk movie, The Incredible Hulk (2008), but Marvel has decided to make that movie’s events an official part of canon. When an actor of Tim Roth’s caliber agrees to reprise his role of Emil Blonsky/The Abomination, it certainly helps making such canon decisions a helluva lot easier.


Tim Roth as Blonsky/The Abomination

Credit to the writers and Roth for actually making us feel sympathy for Blonsky, and making it seem like he may actually be a victim who has been wrongfully imprisoned for over a decade. It seems he will be the focus of an ongoing storyline, one of many Easter Eggs in this episode that make references to other characters who may soon be joining the MCU, like a certain clawed mutant.

Side Note: Welcome back to sitcom tv, Mark Linn-Baker of Perfect Strangers fame. We’ve missed you, and you make a great Jen-Dad.

Side Note 2: It went over my head the first episode, but the end credits are done in the style of courtroom artists, whose work we always see on news broadcasts illustrating big trials when cameras aren’t allowed. I’m digging this clever legal reference!


The end credits are in the style of courtroom artists

Watch She-Hulk, Attorney At Law streaming on Disney+ every Thursday for the next 7 weeks (for a 9-episode season 1).

P.S. Stay tuned during the credits for an extra scene that shows how Jen’s family are taking full advantage of having some big, green muscle around the house.

RECOMMENDED READING:

She-Hulk (1980) by Stan Lee and John Buscema

The Sensational She-Hulk (1989) by John Byrne

She-Hulk, Vol. 4 (2022) by Rainbow Rowell and Roge Antonio



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