Last episode might’ve broken the internet with its viral “She-Hulk” twerking meme, but it stopped the show dead in its tracks, killing any momentum it built up. As such, Episode 4 has to generate its own momentum from scratch, though it doesn’t take much to do so, given that this is another episode that heavily features Sorcerer Supreme Wong (Benedict Wong). When a former Mystic Arts student and current hack magician named Donny Blaze (Rhys Coiro) starts using real magic in his acts, blind to the dangers of doing so, Wong seeks out Jenn Walters/She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany) to draft a cease-and-desist letter to him.
See my initial review below at InReview’s TikTok account. This written review will go more in-depth.
The story’s B plot follows Jen getting on a non-copyrighted version of Tinder on the behest of Nikki Ramos (Ginger Gonzaga), her paralegal. She tries to go as Jen, but finds more luck by creating a She-Hulk profile. She finds many shallow men attracted to her because of her fame and appearance, but does manage to meet one guy she likes, though their date is interrupted when one of Blaze’s shows goes haywire. The date is successful nonetheless, but doesn’t seem likely to lead to anything more substantial, which shows Jen how lonely superheroing can be — it’s not a life for everyone.
As an aside, I do have my suspicions that her date wasn’t all that it appeared to be. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of the group that attacked her last episode, and my hypothesis is that they’ve learned that no amount of brute force will allow them to obtain She-Hulk’s blood. Trying to get into her inner circle by means of the dating app seems like it would be a more fruitful approach — I think there’s a chance that her date collected some of her blood after her battle this episode, which would explain why he was weirdly distant.
The battle in this episode is fun enough, as is the dating subplot; where this episode falters is the legal drama surrounding the Blaze/Wong case. It just doesn’t make any sense, given that it’s about mystic matters in which the United States legal system has no legal jurisdiction over, and in it both sides come off as equally ridiculous. In my TikTok version of this review, I mentioned how it can be easy to dismiss the actual court cases in this show as just background, window dressing — it’s OK if they don’t make sense because it’s just a fun superhero show. But it will feature Charlie Cox’s “Daredevil,” in which whose show also prominently featured Marvel’s justice system, and while it certainly took creative liberties for dramatic purposes in its courtroom drama, that drama was based on a solid foundation that at least abided by the internal logic of the show viewers could follow. In “She-Hulk,” it seems like the show’s producers are just making up how the law functions in the MCU as they go along.
When Cox’s Daredevil does show up, I hope we get a case in which Jen Walters has to face Matt Murdock in court, and I hope the show’s scripts are able to do it justice. I think She-Hulk’s formula in which it embarks on a new case every other episode is a good one and works for a weekly-released show like this, they just need to make sense for viewers to get invested.
That dual combo of combat battle versus battles in the courtroom can be a winning combo — this show just needs to work on the execution of the latter.
“She-Hulk” Season 1: Episode 4 “Is This Not Real Magic?” gets a 7.5/10