She-Hulk: Attorney At Law – Season 1, Episode 4: Is This Not Magic?

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Not only does it seem that every week, She-Hulk has to fend off the various misadventures triggered by her shows numerous guest stars, but she also has to weather the storm of another weird complaint too. The first episode drew complaints due to an alleged “nerfing” of the Hulk while the next two drew similar ire to the same treatment given to the Abomination’s apparent rehabilitation, but both were small potatoes compared to the last episode that ruffled some unnecessary feathers thanks to the twerk heard around the world. It’s frankly all a bit of hot air as it seems that some people are going to find reasons to hate despite not taking into account the type of show She-Hulk: Attorney At Law is actually trying to be. As it stands, the show has found its footing as a deliberately surreal, comedy law show which drags the MCU to somewhere it needed to be for quite some time – back down to earth.

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After finally securing parole for reformed supervillain Emil Blonsky with the aid of Wong, the Sorcerer Supreme, hulked-up lawyer Jennifer Walters finally starts to embrace her tall green alter ego when tackling the intimidating world of on-line dating. But as she has to grapple with the fact that a 6 foot 8 green glamazon may have more chance at getting laid than her short, ordinary, human alter-ego, Wong re-enters the sphere of her professional world when he recruits her services to enact a cease and desist notice on a two-bit magician.
Donny Blaze (steady now, Ghost Rider fans), once was a student of Kamar-Taj, but dropped out and now uses what skills he’s learned to spritz up his highly cheesy act by sending sozzled party girls to other dimensions – an act that has inter-dimensional disaster written all over it. Jen’s first attempt in court doesn’t go great due to an unreliable witness in the blitzed Madisynn (“Two N’s, one Y, but not where you think.”) and Wong’s ignorance of American law, but her dating efforts hits paydirt when she matches with a guy who’s not only hunky and sensitive, but also seems to like his women in green.
However, date night may be cut sort thanks to Donny Blaze continuing to misuse his magical skills and opening up a portal where dozens of furry little demons are waiting to scurry into our world. Can She-Hulk and Wong manage to stem the tide of the little, Gremlin-esque buggers and in turn, put laws in place to prohibit the misuse of the mystic arts?
But in the aftermath, a previous antagonist resurfaces to hit She-Hulk where it hurts most – right in the trademark laws.

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Fully established now as the goofiest entry of the MCU’s Phase 4, She-Hulk now seems to wear this badge with pride – and why shouldn’t it, isn’t that what the show was supposed to be from the get go? An unabashed, court room comedy that doesn’t have to busy itself with the usual superhero formula and instead keep two feet solidly on terra firmer while being as gleefully silly as it possibly can? Seems to me that the show’s fulfilling that brief just fine to me.
Proof of that is yet another appearance of Benedict Wong as the loveable Sorcerer Supreme who takes his MVP status of this particular Phase and takes it to even weirder new heights – not least thanks to the bond formed between him and Patty Guggenheim’s unflappable, tottering booze sodden Madisynn who dubs him “Wongers” and continually spoils The Sopranos for him. If you are of the sort that is utterly inflexible about what a superhero show should and shouldn’t do, then She-Hulk’s fourth episode will no doubt cause no end of cringe inducing moments, but for those of us that have a sense of humor, then the continuing onslaught of goofy happenings is a valuable outlet to show how the normal people of the MCU would process living in a world where literally anything could happen at a moments notice.
Alongside the Wongers-related shenanigans, the episode focuses a little more of Jennifer’s experiences while trying to juggle her two lives, not to mention the daily trials and tribulations she has to negotiate simply by being a woman and while her dad being over protective after her attempted mugging at the hands of the Wrecking Crew is genuinely sweet, the palpable disinterest of her date after a night of She-Hulk shaped passion after he sees her as plain old Jen is quietly brutal.

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Maybe it’s precisely because She-Hulk seems to have no real interest in following a standard, superhero template that’s causing a section of the fanbase to be so vocal against it. For example, despite last week’s vague sniffter of an overarching villain plot, there’s no sign whatsoever of any nefarious arch do-badder here – but then why should there have to be? The show takes its cue from such things as Ally McBeal and Fleabag, two shows that also did just fine without shoehorning in a shadowy antagonist and fast tracking the complicated plans of wrong doers into an origin story probably might result in the fumbles the Djinn suffered in Ms. Marvel. Until the show does manage to produce more traditional baddies (next week will most likely be Titania, so don’t hold your breath), the show is still having fun doing what it does best – having its heroine weaving her way through the unmapped world of superhero law while having established MCU faces show off more comedic sides to themselves. Hell, Jen even states in one of her fourth wall breaks that bringing back Wong for another week gives the show “Twitter armour” and Benidict Wong is clearly loving getting to explore his character’s continued eccentricities (Wong’s overuse of quotation marks is a winner) and claims that the show’s going nowhere fall flat against the fact that its format of that of a more traditional TV show – and if nothing else, its good to see a superhero finally get laid.

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With another light and breezy episode down, She-Hulk has managed to still maintain its quirky stride… or in legal speak, shouldn’t that be… sustain?

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