*Warning: the following article contains spoilers for episode six of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law*
After being teased that Charlie Cox’s Daredevil would be making an appearance this week in the last episode, She-Hulk: Attorney At Law does what any other good sitcom would do…not deliver on that promise. Of course, Twitter will be riled with complaints, but I have to applaud the show’s ingenuity to do a filler episode as soon as you think it is going to open itself up and reveal its main plot by reintroducing The Man Without Fear. Here’s hoping he shows up next week, but I won’t get mad if he doesn’t.
I may be the only one who found a filler episode where Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) goes to a wedding as “Just Jen” to be funny because that’s what She-Hulk does. It’s the most on-brand thing the character has done in the show so far, and I found it hilarious. And yes, cry about Daredevil not being in this week’s episode all you want, but it was one of the best examples of fan trolling I’ve seen in a long time, and I can’t help but commend Marvel for fully committing itself to the bit of She-Hulk and represent her style. If only the rest of the episode was as good as this.
I don’t mind filler as long as what I’m watching is entertaining. This week’s episode of She-Hulk isn’t. The A story: Jen going to a wedding is only mildly enjoyable, if only for Maslany and Jameela Jamil’s fun on-screen chemistry. Titania shows up at the wedding to publically humiliate Walters, but the plan backfires once she transforms herself into She-Hulk, and they fight. Titania slips on an ice cube (a funny way to get humiliated, I won’t lie) and loses teeth. Oops. The fight is much better than in the first episode but isn’t as great as other Marvel titles, where the choreography is far more elaborate. It feels cold for my taste, but that’s just me.
The B story, where Mallory Book (Renée Elise Goldsberry) and Nikki (Ginger Gonzaga) represent Mr. Immortal (David Pasquesi), is relatively dull. He’s escaped many marriages by faking his death and regenerating himself, and now their former lovers want compensation. The chemistry between Book and Nikki is entertaining enough (I especially love Goldsberry in the series), but the “case of the week” feels a bit pointless. But it is setting up something that could be interesting: the Intelligencia, a subreddit who are planning to kill She-Hulk.
The Intelligencia was a group of villains in the X-Men comics, but it looks like She-Hulk has reinterpreted the group as nothing but women-hating incels. But there seems to be a “leader” amongst the group (get it?) coordinating an attack against She-Hulk after The Wrecking Crew’s attempts to take a sample of her blood failed. I don’t necessarily believe it’s Samuel Sterns, though he could have a role to play in this movie before Captain America: New World Order. My gut instinct says Todd (Jon Bass). Why does he keep showing up whenever She-Hulk is around? It’s not only sociopathic, but it seems calculated. He wants something out of her, and it looks like we’re going to find out why he wants her blood reasonably soon.
Episode seven should theoretically pay off what episode five set up. We’ll see Jen in her superhero suit for the first time while she joins Daredevil. I say theoretically because there’s bound to be a payoff after a pointless filler episode after it left us hung and dry for two weeks. That’s at least how it works with sitcoms. But I can’t say that I necessarily enjoyed what She-Hulk: Attorney at Law was offering us this week. And while the performances are still strong and the meta-humor is tons of fun to watch, I’m beginning to get bored by how redundant it has become and unfunny. But with three episodes yet, the show can knock it out of the part with its final arc. So let’s see what happens next.
The sixth episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is now available to stream on Disney+