This week, we’re back to Hulking Out for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law 1×07. After last week’s wedding fiasco, Jen’s got some even better news to share. She’s finally dating someone! With the smile on her face, there’s absolutely nothing that can go wrong, right? So as Jen settles into meeting someone new, the only way to handle any hiccups is Marvel-style – meaning someone will get pummeled if there’s issues. Okay, maybe that’s not the best solution. However, Jen does find a solution she wasn’t expecting and from the most unexpected help too. Let’s dive into it.
Starting the episode with a dating montage is enough to make anyone smile. On top of that, seeing Jen so happy for the first time in a while was comforting. Even though there was no dialogue, Tatiana Maslany and Trevor Salter had undeniable chemistry. Each date shows us enough about why Josh and Jen didn’t align as dates. From the hug that turns into the handshake to Josh’s disappearing act in the second date, it’s easy to feel like it was all one-sided. It’s so sad because an infatuation with someone can literally blind you to the obvious details. He’s just not into her!
If someone could create a dating timeline for Jen, it would be great to know if she’s been ghosted before. It’s not like there’s a guidebook, but there’s been one too many times where people will wait till they sleep with someone to leave. This is why they came up with the “three-month rule” for dating. Clearly, three dates isn’t enough to form an attachment. As if I didn’t already think Josh was slightly shady in 1×06, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law 1×07 makes him even more of a sleaze ball. At least the date who didn’t like her as Jen stayed the night. This is yet another insight into the crazy world of dating. It’s not that She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is trying to be a man-hating show and only showing men in a negative light. They’re just showing an unfortunate truth that some Marvel fans just can’t take. No appearance from Daredevil is going to fix that.
Given how big of a deal it was to have Tim Roth come back, there’s no way that his case was going to be his final appearance. Fortunately, for She-Hulk Attorney at Law 1×07, Emil Blonsky can help Jen with her identity crisis. Somehow, all it takes is a lack of WiFi. If that wasn’t the hint for everyone to get off of our phones every once in a while, it is now. You never know if you might meet a cast of characters who can change your life.
Blonksy’s support group is unlike what we’ve ever seen before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They exist in the comics, but they’ve just been made into caricatures to fit within the She-Hulk universe. Like previous episodes, Jen’s issue is with the world around her. She thinks none of these people in the support group can help her; especially not the man who attacked her back in 1×03. But with the Marvel universe filled with secret identities and extra burdens, these guys understand her more than she thinks. In contrast with Bruce’s teaching in the pilot, this group is able to appeal to her in a way that the rest of the world wouldn’t. It’s great that with the expanding superhuman world that they can talk to each other about their differences, because super people need support groups too. It’s hilarious and heartwarming – almost as heartwarming as the date that Jen went on.
THE IDENTITY CRISIS CONTINUES
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law 1×07 gave us better encouragement from Blonsky’s band of weirdos than they did from any set of girls in the bathroom. It’s because they can all relate to her. Most of the pain they deal with is based on their identities. El Aguile hates being misconstrued as a matador. Saracen literally thinks he’s a vampire. Blonksy’s teachings are not only about anger management but also about identity. It’s not easy to control your anger when you don’t know who you are. It’s why teenagers lash out. (Not scientifically proven, but you get the point.)
It was interesting to see Jen get put in a room full of men and be able to take advice from them on her identity crisis. Sure, they agree that they want to kill Josh for ghosting her, but they did so much more just by getting Jen to reconcile with the fact that she is always still Jen and there’s nothing wrong with that. Say what you want about She-Hulk, but that identity crisis conversation was something that needed to be developed. It’s complex for someone to have two different appearances and worlds. This “gang” understood that.
Pre Credit Thought
I truly wish Josh wasn’t so predictable. That’s all.