“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” Episode 3 is appropriately entitled “The People vs. Emil Blonsky,” as his parole case is precisely what this episode focuses on. Taken off-guard by last episode’s revelation that Blonsky’s (Tim Roth) “Shang-Chi” underground fight had leaked online, Jenn Walters (Tatiana Maslany) instinctually reaches out to Sorcerer Supreme Wong (Benedict Wong), who facilitated his escape, and return to prison. Wong obliges, but is tardy twice, which cheaply creates tension in the episode.
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The other major thing going on is a case involving Jen’s former coworker, Dennis Bukowski (Drew Matthews), who was defrauded by a shapeshifting Asgardian light-elf named Runa (Peg O’Keef), who was posing as Megan Thee Stallion. His case hinges on the fact that Bukowski was really dumb enough to believe that he was dating Megan Thee Stallion, who makes a cameo in this episode in which she twerks with Jen, which will no doubt break the internet and perhaps make this show relevant in popular culture.
It’s funny, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But it completely eclipses the episode. By the end of it, both cases are resolves and the show suddenly has no wind in its sails; there is absolutely no momentum going into Episode 4. Perhaps we will see what “Planet Hulk”-esque adventure Bruce Banner has been up to, and perhaps Titania (Jameela Jamil) will return as the show’s big bad — which it desperately needs in order to have any direction.
Maslany is an excellent actress and I can’t help but think the show is squandering its excellent cast by focuses on small comedic exploits rather than making an attempt to tell an excellent, compelling story. In the TikTok version of this review, I mentioned how this show has the opposite problem of “Ms. Marvel,” which had too much going on — there’s just not enough of a solid narrative here after “She-Hulk” Episode 3. Episodes 1 and 2 do a solid job of introducing us to her character and giving her something to do in the form of the Blonsky case, but Episode 3 drops the ball, killing any momentum the show managed to set in motion.
That’s not something you want out of a weekly-released show, or one that’s meant to be binged. While it will generate memes and raise awareness of the show, I think its “Megan Thee Stallion” case serves mostly as filler that hurts the show by means of not progressing it in a meaningful way. As a viewer, Episode 3 gave me no reason to tune into Episode 4.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” Season 1: Episode 3 gets a 6/10