Wow. I cannot express how wrong I’ve been about this show. This review of Episode 6, Just Jen is my apology. This show is art of Casablanca like proportions and, just like my last root canal, I cannot wait to enjoy it again.
She-Hulk, thanks to the wizardry of the finest computer effects artists Ecuador can offer is amazing looking here. She is invited to a good high-school friend’s wedding with an invitation that is a chef’s kiss of originality, subtlety, and class.
After a very clever fourth wall breaking moment to audience, a technique not seen in film or TV for at least the better part of a minute, she heads off to the wedding as She-Hulk. A real character moment here as she is finally embracing her She-Hulk persona thanks to revelations seen in the last episode. Well not seen so much as implied but I can read between episodes. Off-screen is the best way to have things happen, it shows efficiency.
But the writers subvert expectations as this is the first time she’s actually wanted as Jennifer and NOT She-Hulk! Plot-twist! Epic! And there finally as herself she meets a decent, charming guy. Get this, he’s Asian. I mean this is a breath of fresh air as minorities are treated so poorly in Hollywood these days. I get a little tired of the charming, nice, white guys. It’s not at all realistic but here the white guys are messing up their shirts playing Mario Cart. Kudos.
Meanwhile the B-Plot shows just how bad people with powers can let it go to their head. Instead of doing the expected thing like take over the world, an immortal man is shown how he has married a lot of women and in a nice bit of open-mindedness, one man. He uses his powers to get out of these relationships by just killing himself in front of his wives and then starting a new identity.
Clever use of such an awesome power. I mean who needs villains who are always thinking so grand all the time? Maybe some pettiness is just what this series could use. It’s been so heavy thus far.
Back to Shulkie (Yes! They used the name from the comics! Sqeeeee!) who correctly deduces that Titania has come to wedding to try to ruin She-Hulk’s reputation but of course no one believes her. The plan is going well for Titania but rather than let that play out and then, of course, keep this storyline running over multiple episodes we see a quite realistic moment. She abandons the plan to punch Jennifer in the face, sending her flying.
I’m glad to see that Jennifer has some stamina as a human thanks to her She-Hulk powers. We don’t need to be so ultra realistic and watch her head fly from her shoulders. Then the show would end and I’m desperate to see what happens next!
Speaking of which (do I need to tell you She-Hulk wins the fight? Of course I don’t!) we see a shadowy organization trying to get Jen’s blood. Nice call back to episode 1 and the episode where the wrecking crew tried to get it from her.
Of course Disney helpfully reminded me of all that at the beginning of the episode. They didn’t need to, I would watch all these episodes enough times to memorize the dialogue. Which of course is top-notch as usual.
You need to watch this show instead of doing petty things like eating or calling the suicide hotline. Its beauty, tight storytelling, logical choices, and charming performances are all leading to something that, and I am in no way overstating this, will change your life and bring you to a state of enlightenment only dreamed about by our ancestors.
This is what all the wars in history were fought for: She-Hulk. Attorney At Law.
Disney+, I’m going to start paying 20 dollars a month, just because you deserve it.