This week’s episode follows up on last week’s tease of Titania’s (Jameela Jamil) frivolous lawsuit over her trademark of the “She-Hulk” name. Essentially, after trademarking it, she launched a line of beauty and self-help products that the show labels as snake oil, hoping to cash in on the popularity of the name Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany) created.
See my initial thoughts below. This written review will go more in depth.
Titania of course doesn’t have a case — the name “She-Hulk” was coined specifically for Walters by broadcasters, but it does serve as a means to get Jen to be a defendant for once. GLK&H provides her with a defense attorney — her colleague Mallory Book (Renée Elise Goldsberry), who also gets her to go to a superhero suit designer to get a suit that will work for both Jen and She-Hulk. It is through this designer that we get the first glimpses of Daredevil, as he is working on a new suit for him, though we don’t see Charlie Cox in person.
This is the weakest episode so far by far. It doesn’t advance the plot any further than giving Daredevil an excuse to show up; it feels like it exists to just take up space. Jen wins her case by using all the men she dated with her not-Tinder She-Hulk profile as witnesses, which is somewhat amusing, but it feels like the show can’t fully commit to the joke. We do learn why Arthur, the guy she hit it off with last episode, left suddenly (he wasn’t into Jen’s human form), which nips in the butt for now my theory that he isn’t what he seems to be, but there’s still plenty of time left in the show for that twist to potentially happen. So far though, it seems like the show just doesn’t have a lot up its sleeve.
“She-Hulk” has the opposite problem “Ms. Marvel,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and most of the 6-episode Disney Plus shows have; it has too much time to fill (as opposed to those shows, which felt like they didn’t have enough time and where cramming too much into what time they did have). I came out of this episode feeling like I could’ve skipped it entirely. Hopefully this show picks up again — it’s lost a lot of momentum.
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