With two episodes to spare, we finally get to see Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) in “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.” And it’s pretty great.
See my initial thoughts below. This written review will go more in depth.
This episode kicks off after Eduardo Patillio/Leap-Frog (Brandon Stanley) tries to sue Luke Jacobson (Griffin Matthews) over a defective suite. Patillio seeks Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) out, who is forced to take him on despite her obvious conflict of interest of Jacobson being her tailor, because Patillio’s parents have money. Patillio’s lawyer is none other than Murdock, who outmaneuvers Jen in the courtroom — which I admit isn’t saying much.
As mentioned before, the weakest element of this show is its courtroom cases. The show specializes in superhuman cases, but it shows an inept understanding of even the basics of the law outside those parameters. A show with this premise obviously has to make up a good deal of the law on its own — a world like the MCU, where superheroes have been known for years would undoubtedly have to pass a number of laws our world has no need for. But it must have a solid foundational understanding of the law to know when and where to modify it. It’s clear that it either does not or cares little about delving into the intricacies of the legal world, and what we get as a result are weak court cases in which the law of the MCU is molded and shifted often lazily to fulfill the dramatic needs of the show.
Outside of the show’s shaky legal framework, Jen is also not a good lawyer. In most of her cases, she seems ill-prepared and easily outmaneuvered. This only becomes more apparent when Murdock is introduced, who remains levelheaded and exceptionally prepared for the various setbacks he expected to face in Jacobson’s case. It’s clear that time and care went into the writing of his defense in this episode’s script; I really wish the rest of Jen’s cases were written as well as Murdock’s brief courtroom scene.
After the case, we see Murdock in his classic Daredevil suite chasing after Patillio after he kidnaps Jacobson. Jen teams up with Daredevil to free him, and the two hook up afterwards.
We do get a spoiler-filled twist afterwards. Do not read any further if you have not seen the episode.
With her relationship with Jacobson repaired, he makes Jen a dress for a gala in which she is going to receive an award for being one of the best female lawyers of the year. The trolls from Intelligencia hack the computer screens behind her onstage when she’s receiving her award, and post her not-Tinder conversations and start streaming a video in which she has sex, after which she destroys the screen in a fit of Hulk rage — their obvious goal. We are left with Jen almost out of control, with special military units on standby to put her down.
I’m not a fan of this. As I described in my TikTok review, it’s the old cliché in which our hero is provoked by something terrible but everyone reacts to their reaction to the messed-up thing rather than care about how severe that initial thing is. It’s old and played out, and quite frankly, Jen is completely justified in her reaction. Intelligencia crossed a line in streaming revenge porn of her on a very public stage and they deserve to be brought down and disbanded.
Overall, this was a much-needed change of pace for this show. Daredevil and She-Hulk’s team-up is great, and I truly wasn’t expecting the show to go as far as it did in the end and am interested to see how it’s resolved next episode.
I do, however, wish the show did not meander as much as it did in its latter half. Intelligencia has been barely developed, mostly lurking in the shadows, and could have been built up as a much more developed and sinister threat. Instead, we got a lot of filler episodes. “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” is the rare Marvel Disney Plus show that I feel would have been great at just six episodes; it didn’t need nine, as is evident by its glaring pacing issues.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” Season 1: Episode 8 “Ribbit and Rip it” gets an 8/10