Tuesday, September 13, 2022

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law S01E03: The People v. Emil Blonsky

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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law brings us all back to the Wong Cinematic Universe.
by Jeremy Fogelman

The latest episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law essentially continues from where the last one left off, with Blonsky telling Jen that he only ended up in that Shang-Chi fighting arena because Wong forced him to. This is one of the parts of the episode that absolutely made no sense given Wong’s characterization thus far.

During the later trial, Wong says he let Blonsky out because as the Sorcerer Supreme he needs to practice against challenging opponents and even offered the dude asylum. None of this fits with his no-nonsense, pragmatic and competent persona we’ve seen thus far, and why would he offer the Abomination asylum anyway? It really makes no sense. The only part I was even a little okay with is him immediately portaling away after the parole board tells him he just admitted to a bunch of criminal activities. I was wondering if that meant he’d be let off the hook, and he so far completely has been.

In the realm of “oh you’re doing this now?” we get a tiny look at a colleague played by Renée Elise Goldsberry, who I sure hope they got for more than the three seconds they used her for in this episode. There’s also a subplot of Cliché Sexist Dude getting catfished by an Asgardian shapeshifter pretending to be Megan Thee Stallion, who appears as herself and then “twerks” with Jen at the end of the episode in a moment of extreme cringe.

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The actual trial is a bit silly, with the elf Runa actually pretending to be the judge, which easily could put her in prison but they brush it aside, and then getting someone on the stand to say that Dennis truly is deluded enough to think Megan Thee Stallion would be dating him. All that stuff and especially the “Hollywood Hookups” moment is a little broad, honestly, a kind of comedy that didn’t really work for me even if the idea of prosecuting a shapeshifter is kind of an intriguing idea for a legal show.

The parole board hearing is fun enough, with Tim Roth really putting some relish into his absurd role and his love of his seven soulmates. The fourth wall breaks continue here to a lesser extent, with Jen calling out the “cameo every week” nature of it by saying it actually isn’t that at all. The only “action” part here is the mysterious strangers trying to steal Jen’s blood, a classic overarching mystery that I think could be interesting.

I am a neverending fan of Wong played by the “real Benedict” Benedict Wong, and his performance is always a lot of fun, I just felt like they gave him really illogical motivations here. But I know there’s still more to be done with his character and I don’t mind him getting more a center stage here even if that also serves to minimize the rest of the characters.

I was hoping that the parole hearing would be a little bit more complex than mostly “Wong will be here soon, I hope” because this is theoretically a lawyer show. I guess I’m just still kinda disappointed by how this show has gone so far, which hasn’t really gone past “okay” for me yet.

I’m entertained by it just fine, I just know that the Marvel folks are capable of more than that.

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