“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” Episode 5 Review: “Mean, Green, and Straight Versed into These Jeans”
*Warning: The following review contains spoilers for She-Hulk: Lawyer*
The fifth episode of She-Hulk: Lawyer ends on a positive note. The camera pans to a gift box containing Daredevil’s (Charlie Cox) gold helmet, signaling to the audience that The Man Without Fear is returning to the MCU next week. This is quite possibly one of the MCU’s biggest teases. Seeing Daredevil’s helmet again, knowing that Cox will be wearing the suit, and being one of the major players in Phase Five fills me with joy. We’ll have to wait for his highly anticipated return next Thursday, but it was the best possible way to end an otherwise forgettable episode.
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Aside from Jameela Jamil delivering a devilish performance as influencer Titania, She-HulkThe fifth episode of only seems to serve as filler for the best episodes to come in the series. Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) will finally get a superhero costume and team up with one of the MCU’s top superheroes next week. Unfortunately, the rest of the episode is poorly paced, written, and feels redundant.
We’re back with another “case of the week,” but it doesn’t look like director Anu Valia and writer Dana Schwartz want to reinvent the wheel or take any chances with this week’s trial presentation. As a result, the two stories (A and B) aren’t as interesting to watch as last week’s and don’t seem to have the same sense of urgency as previous episodes. Even the stark first episode rocked the story. Each lawsuit (as thorough as some were) is the next logical step in Jennifer Walters’ journey, but this week’s case feels pretty pointless when it should have been huge.
When Titania sued Jennifer Walters for the She-Hulk name in last week’s episode, you’d be thinking, “Oh, this is going to be a trial for the ages.” But the actual execution of this said trial is boring. It’s as flat as previous episodes (although a different cinematographer works with Valia) and feels languid in its pacing. Fortunately, the addition of Mallory Book (Renée Elise Goldsberry), who represents Walters in the lawsuit, adds a healthy dose of comedy to the mix. Goldsberry was briefly introduced in the third episode, but here we get the sense that Walters is jealous of Book’s looks and organized pace that allows her to win any case. Hopefully we’ll see more of Goldsberry in the series.
There will undoubtedly be more to her rivalry with Titania that will be explored in future episodes, but there isn’t the same level of exploration. We know She-Hulk will become the hero she doesn’t want to be and Daredevil will show up, but what did his trial with Titania achieve? Not much, other than an amazing acting showcase of Jameela Jamil.
Jamil is causing a lot of controversy on social media, but there’s no denying how talented she is as an actress. I’m not going to lie: Titania is the best she has ever done, and no one else could have portrayed her the way she does. That’s how good she is; you can tell how much she enjoys being the most insufferable person ever. It’s a fun ride, and his dynamic with Maslany will be deepened in future episodes, which I can’t wait to see.
And that’s the fundamental problem with the episode: instead of focusing on the main plot, She-Hulk: Lawyer is too busy setting up things that we have to look forward to. Spoiler alert: I’ve been looking forward to Daredevil’s inclusion in the series since it was confirmed. The final teaser was nice, but it’s good to focus on other aspects of the series that will convince me to stay on board, which has to do with the story and the characters, and not necessarily the settings. I tire quickly when all the Marvel title has to offer is one setup after another. We need more! Fun action, character growth, good performance, stunning visual effects, etc. We see an evolution in Jennifer Walters’ personality, but the setups undermine the momentum of the episode (and the series).
But since we spent most of the 25 minutes teasing things that would happen in future episodes, let’s hope the next ones are good. But I’m hopeful that Daredevil will make one hell of a big comeback to the MCU before his presence starts to expand in Echo and Daredevil: Born Again.
The fifth episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is now available to stream on Disney+.