**Warning: Spoilers Ahead**
Now that we’re just over the halfway point in the series, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law gives fans a disappointing episode with “Mean, Green, and Straight Poured Into These Jeans”. While the episode maintains the series’ steadfast focus on being a legal comedy, it suffers from a lack of focus on the characters who matter most. There is still more than enough charm to carry this series. Its flaws are starting to show.
After the first half of the inaugural teasing Titania, she’s finally here and she’s…fine? Certainly not groundbreaking, which was perhaps too high of an expectation. I had such high hopes for this character. Through her, the show could have explored the perils of influencer culture and the rot that spills over offline. However, so far, she’s just Jameela Jamil being kind of funny. It’s disappointing, and with only a few weeks left in the inaugural season, hopefully, the show can find a funny, compelling villain.
One thing this show has done consistently well is introducing some of the best secondary characters in the MCU. This week, it was fashionista extraordinaire Luke Jacobson (Griffin Matthews) and boss lawyer Mallory Book (Renée Elise Goldsberry) who got chances in the spotlight. These are delightful additions to a franchise that can get so bogged down in referencing characters that have already been introduced.
The major flaw of this episode was titular character Jenn Walters taking a back seat. We already know that Tatiana Maslany is nothing less than a force of nature. The creation of lovable secondary characters, on this episode specifically, feels like it comes at Jenn’s expense. It’s too bad because this character is already so dynamic and complete that it’s hard to justify putting her in the background. After a frankly poor track record of letting female superheroes be fully developed characters, it seems Marvel is ill-equipped to handle one who’s so clearly capable of standing on her own two feet.
With the flaws in mind, the continued mocking of men is such a highlight of this show. Even here, there’s time and care taken to show that women are too often asked to settle for men far beneath them in every way. It’s sad but also incredibly validating. If She-Hulk herself is asked to suffer through a parade of duds, what hope do the rest of us have? Yet, it’s empowering seeing Jenn be supported by the amazing women in her life, who always remind her that she deserves the world.
Finally, an interesting point about this episode was its lack of an end-credit scene. So far, the show has used these to ramp up the comedy and lean into the Marvel-esque aspects of this series. Is the lack of an end credits scene on this episode going to continue for the rest of the series? Does this indicate that the series will delve further away from the Marvel formula for TV series? Only time will tell, but at this point, it could go either way.
While this episode may have been a slight wobble in an otherwise consistent series so far, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law remains engaging to watch and a strong commentary on the times we’re living in. It also looks like fans are finally going to get to see Matt Murdoch’s triumphant return to a streaming Marvel show, which can’t come soon enough. If the uncertainty and weaknesses come out now rather than at the end of the inaugural season, it would be a welcome departure from previous Marvel TV entries. There is still so much potential in this show. Hopefully, it can be fully realized.
New Episodes of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law air Thursdays on Disney+.