With Jessica Gao's brand-new, upbeat "fun lawyer show" She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, the origin story gets a refreshing, fast-paced makeover.
Tatiana Maslany will play Bruce Banner's titular She-Hulk, who is also her paralegal friend and cousin (Mark Ruffalo) as she prepares her closing remarks for an important case. With the help of Nikki (Ginger Gonzaga) and fellow lawyer Dennis (Drew Matthews), the series starts with Walters preparing her closing statements for an important case.
Jen sits back for a moment and begins to address the audience directly and explain why Nikki made the comment on Jen "hulking out" in court. While the moment is a "record scratch, freeze-frame" in how quickly it happens, it serves to establish the meta comedic tone of the series right away.
When a ship from Sakaar falls in front of Jen's car, her life changes drastically, and Jen is tall, green, transformed, and breaking through the trees.
Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) was only allowed to use her powers after the first five minutes of their origin story, but Jen's training sequence takes her to the beginning, middle, and end all of the first 35-minute episode, because ultimately her struggle isn't learning to harness her anger. As a woman, expressing her feelings might at best be retaliated for and killed.
There is something liberating about seeing Jen "hulk out" at times I'm sure many of us would like to keep her powers hidden. But when she first encounters them, she loses control of a group of guys who follow her out of a bar in the kind of terrifying moment too many of us are familiar with.
Titania (Jameela Jamil) bursts through the courtroom just as Jen starts to make her final statements, declaring her unworthy of returning to her life without the Hulk. She transforms and stops her before returning to work as usual.
She-Hulk is the show with 90s procedural/sitcom vibes, with Jen revealing that the MCU's extraordinary superhero lifestyle for the last 10 years isn't all that glamorous to people who simply want to live their lives without giving up their power to shadowy government agencies. Jen wants nothing to do with being a hero, or with the responsibilities she may inherit. So, if Bruce can't make her a device to stop her from changing, then she'll just manage it herself
Jen goes to a nightclub restroom after waking up disoriented from hulking out, and is immediately accosted by four drunk women who immediately check her in, wash her up, put some makeup on her, and assure her that she has a ride home.
If the show has a flaw, it's likely to be the VFX. Much has been written in recent weeks concerning the manner in which the VFX artists perform, and while the visuals may have been smoother, I've found the blowback to be a little harsh. I'm hoping that this will be resolved as the program continues.
The first episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law lives up to the trailer's promise, and it's only a matter of time before the lawyer show becomes the superhero show. I'm fine with it as long as it never loses the fun.
On Disney+, the first episode of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law is now available.