She-Hulk: Attorney at Law continued its weekly run last Thursday, giving us a deeper look into the eponymous attorney and her fellow characters.
The People vs. Emil Blonsky is the third episode in the sitcom-style Marvel Cinematic Universe show. It continued some plot threads from the first two episodes and further embraced its comedic nature in tone and delivery.
Be sure to check out our reviews on the first two episodes before continuing on with our thoughts on episode three.
Warning: This review may contain mild spoilers, especially for those who haven’t seen the first two episodes.
Walters is settling in with her new job at GLK&H and her task of helping Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), better known as The Abomination, secure release at his parole hearing.
She finds herself having to explain why Blonsky was not in his cell and was recorded fighting in a cage match, a callback to Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings. To do this, she elicits the help of the Sorcerer Supreme of the Masters of the Mystic Arts Wong (Benedict Wong).
Along with these tasks, Walters is also juggling her newfound fame of being the She-Hulk thanks to the media circus surrounding her parole hearing and commenters on the internet and social media.
As for the B plot, fellow attorney Augustus “Pug” Pugliese (Josh Segarra) represents Walters’s former coworker Dennis Bukowski (Drew Matthews), who is suing a light elf from New Asgard.
Bukowski claims the light elf Runa (Peg O’Keef) shapeshifted to impersonate Megan Thee Stallion and swindled him out of $175,000.
As the episode ends, Walters finds success while also facing a new threat away from her lawyering.
She-Hulk continues to nail its comedic tone. I previously compared it to the comedy in shows like New Girl and that feels more settled this episode.
Walters continues to break the fourth wall, but it’s infrequent. The breaks are hit and miss for me. At times, they feel forced but other times, Maslany’s delivery left me laughing out loud.
This episode, however, Walters broke the fourth wall three times. Two of the times didn’t hit for me, but one of them was hilarious. There are ways for fourth wall breaks to land well, and She-Hulk hasn’t found that footing yet.
Aside from that, the comedy is on point and this episode, it’s not only Maslany. Wong’s deadpan delivery of comedic lines is phenomenal, and he really steals the spotlight for me.
Other characters feel like they’re starting to fit in as Walters’s friend Nikki Ramos (Ginger Gonzaga) plays a bigger role in this episode. I’m not sure how I feel about Pug yet, but he did alright this episode.
Another key point of this episode is its ability to blend reality and fiction. There is a point when we see a montage of what the news media and many others online are saying about Walters.
Many of the online comments appear to mirror real-life criticism of the show prior to an episode airing. It was a masterclass in trolling from series creator and head writer Jessica Gao.
These comments serve as an undertone for the episode as Walters adjusts to her new life. She starts out unsure but quickly rises to the occasion.
Walters shows off her lawyer prowess toward the end of the episode, reminding us of her abilities as an attorney. This fleshes out her character as more than just a hero, and you find yourself cheering a bit louder with the backdrop of misogynistic online comments.
The seeds were planted for future episodes as the show ends with an obvious set up of future points. It left a lot of questions and hinted at a larger overall story instead of a collection of one-off episodes.
One final note: Megan Thee Stallion’s appearance is great and is already causing a mixed stir on the Internet. It’s fun to see the show making waves both fictionaly and in reality.
Verdict: 4 out of 5 Stars
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law continues its strong start into the MCU. Its comedic tones and sitcom tropes continue to make it a standout performance.
The People vs. Emil Blonsky deepens the connection with the larger MCU while the eponymous Wong makes another knockout appearance.
The fourth wall breaks continue to be choppy and infrequent. Some of the newer characters are still finding their footing while others add a lot to the show.
Whether you’re a fan of sitcoms, the MCU, or both, She-Hulk is appointment viewing despite its few flaws.