Warning: Contains the following full spoilers for Episode 6 of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law streaming now on Disney+. To refresh your memory, check out our review Episode from last week.
It’s apparently wedding season on TV! After a very different Wedding sequel to House of the Dragon, She-Hulk jumps into the action, humorously highlighting some of the awkwardness of events like this, while his B-story shows how evergreen his premise as a superhero lawyer is. She-Hulk: Attorney At Law remains an airy treat, though there are moments in Just Jen where the sitcom and MCU tendencies began to collide.
But first the wedding: who among us hasn’t had to attend weddings where our connections to the bride and groom are tenuous at best? And while some of the lines (especially Lulu’s) might be a little clumsy to get the point across, there’s still a lot to do with Jen’s anger at being asked about her dating life and not her career or , dammit, She-Hulk.
The wedding is another good catalyst for this season’s main conflict so far: Does Jen love or resent She-Hulk, and how does it make her feel about her non-Hulk self? The series continues to play cleverly with this push-and-pull. And is this a potential love interest we’re seeing? As this is of an MCU series, I tend to wonder if Josh is too good to be true and just some sort of villain who wants to use Jen as a pawn. Still, Trevor Salter’s cool charisma makes me ready to get hurt again.
However, aside from Jonathan being the best groomsman alive, the best part of the wedding storyline is the return of Jameela Jamil’s Titania. I know I addressed The Good Place in last week’s review as well, but is there a line that is? more Tahani Al-Jamil as “I love that you don’t bother at all”? The over-the-top mean-girl schtick remains just that, but because of Jamil’s delivery, it’s still one of the funnier parts of the show.
We’re also getting an encore of She-Hulk vs. Titania! It started out great, but it also showed some of the conflict between the MCU and the sitcom. There’s never a dull moment watching She-Hulk and Titania trade blows, and the light-hearted decision to make it all into The Electric Slide? *chef’s kiss* No complaints. But I was disappointed when it ended with Titania tripping and destroying her veneers. It’s that small moment where the comedy (which largely worked for me) didn’t do the plot justice. While She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’s adherence to the 30-minute sitcom structure is admirable, there are certainly some scenes that feel that a little more space would do better.
But let’s get to the B story, which surprisingly was a bit more consistent. Last week’s episode took the encouraging step of showing more of Ginger Gonzaga’s Nikki, and Just Jen continues that and gives us the excellent pairing of her and Mallory (Renée Elise Goldsberry). The two are fantastic together, and the scene where they lecture Mr. Immortal (David Pasquesi) until he jumps out the window is one of She-Hulk’s funniest.
It also highlights She-Hulk: Attorney At Law’s secret strength: the longevity of the “crazy superhero legal case!” format. As my colleague Amelia Emberwing rightly pointed out her review of episode 4there is So many bizarre legal cases in the MCU and it’s such an enduring winning formula that this show could run forever on that aspect alone. The Mr. Immortal case is ridiculous, but also damn entertaining — and like a good sitcom, the themes it touches on here all lead back to the A-story, meaning it all works together pretty well despite being “self-contained.” ” is. (It’s not really).
Although even this part of the episode hit something pretty heavy – a website called Intelligencia where Nikki and Mallory discover death threats against She-Hulk – without having room to investigate further. Still, there are worse complaints than having an important reason to tune in next week. The teasing at the end, where something more insidious than internet trolls seems to be at work, does just that… and maybe we should be concerned that Jens can’t reach Bruce when she called him drunk at the wedding.
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