I have confidence in “She-Hulk” Season 1 solely because of Tatiana Maslany’s involvement with it. I’ve previously seen her on “Orphan Black,” which is a show about clones — all of whom she plays beautifully.
I’m not too familiar with She-Hulk or her comic origins story, so I came into this pretty fresh. Watch my initial reactions to Episode 1 below:
The show focuses on attorney Jennifer Walters (Maslany), who already has her Hulk powers. We then flash back as Jennifer tells us about how she got them, which came during a car accident on a road trip with her cousin, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), who is better known as the Hulk.
Bruce’s blood gets mixed in with hers, which gives her the exact same Hulk powers with one catch: Unlike Bruce, she doesn’t have to contend with an alter ego for control of her body. She can also turn into her Hulk form and power down back into human form at will, something that eluded Bruce so much that he found that the best alternative would be to merge his human and Hulk form together (his smart Hulk form, as seen in “Avengers: Endgame”), which we see plenty of in this episode.
The show’s trailers revealed that Bruce’s arm that was damaged in “Endgame” is now healed, which led to speculation that this show takes place in the past, which isn’t the case. Jen’s blood apparently has special properties that healed his arm — a convenient way for Marvel to reinstate the original Hulk as an action star whenever they need him.
Much of this episode focuses on Jen reluctantly learning how to become a Hulk from Bruce, who insists that she follows his journey, which Jen is against as she still wants to pursue her career in law. Bruce’s journey also wasn’t all that great, and involved years of isolation and personal sacrifice, which were mainly a result of the fact that he not only couldn’t initially control the Hulk’s power, he also didn’t know how to convince the Hulk to give him back control of his body.
They have some great banter in this episode, and you do really get the sense that they are cousins who have known each other for years — they act almost like they are siblings.
We do get a glimpse of Titania (Jameela Jamil), the show’s villain, but we don’t know anything about her or what she wants.
As an introductory episode, this did the job. Maslany really sells the show with her charisma and on-screen character, and I have no doubt that I will continue to enjoy her performance in the show’s upcoming episodes.
“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” Season 1: Episode 1 “A Normal Amount of Rage” gets an 8/10