Starring the very talented Tatiana Maslany as the titular character, the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe TV-show has had quite the reception since its debut. Created by Jessica Gao who worked on Rick & Morty, and Silicone Valley to name a few. Ginger Gonzaga, Tim Roth, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jameela Jamil, and Josh Segarra round out the cast.
Premise: Jennifer Walters navigates the complicated life of a single, 30-something attorney who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered Hulk.
Review: The way this series is structured is interesting, it’s not as much of a legal drama as advertised. I’ve seen Ally McBeal – the show that was referenced as an example – my memory of it might be fuzzy but it as heavy on the legal AND the drama. It’s not the case here. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is more a dramedy with legal and superhero undertones.
Like I said in the premiere review the show lays the groundwork for a lot of things but the focus is on Jen. She often reminds us of that as if Marvel expected that the show itself would be a hard pill to swallow for some fans and yet would be a good opportunity to attract a different type of audience.
Throughout the show, you can see how they’ve anticipated some of the reactions, Jen’s fourth wall breaking is not the only thing that showcases that. It looks like they fined tuned the show to broaden their audience while keeping the OGs in mind by throwing them a bone in the form of cameos and other easter eggs. The more toxic of these fans were even written into the show, I’d go as far as saying that Marvel played into or with the toxicity some of their “fans” have shown. It really looks like some of them acted and reacted exactly how Marvel expected them to.
Now that I’ve seen the whole thing I’m starting to think that the series is a cross – idea-wise – between the show Powerless – I’ve never seen it but I know that it focuses on regular folks living in a superhero world – and a reluctant superhero origin show – since Jen is transitioning from a regular person to a super person – with the fact that she’s a woman taken into account.
Comedy is often said to be some kind of exaggeration of life, and this show really went in on some hot topics by blowing them up, thus driving the negative conversation around the show. Alternatively, the show as we know it now might be the result of the course correction of reshoots when a straight comedy with no metacommentary wouldn’t have worked. I just doubt that theory.
She-Hulk was fun and interesting for me to watch, I still find the runtime too short, but despite watching speculation videos on youtube before and after the show premiere I was able to watch this show with little to no expectations which is probably why I liked what we got.