She-Hulk: Lawyer continues its positive momentum with a strong third episode after a second chapter that offered plenty of juicy storytelling for the viewer to sink their teeth into. This time, the series delves into how laws apply to superhumans and other beings as it continues its exploration by Tim Roth’s Emil Blonsky in a number of compelling ways.
1. Superhuman Law
One of the most compelling aspects of the show took center stage in this third episode when it finally shed light on some of the ethical and legal issues surrounding superhuman law. When Runa, a shapeshifting elf from Asgard, ends up in court, she claims she has diplomatic immunity because she is Asgardian. The judge tells her that this immunity doesn’t apply because they’re in the US, but Runa counters by noting that Asgard isn’t a place, it’s a people. As with the previous episode, when it was revealed that Jennifer’s heroism cost her a case because she was biased on the jury, She-Hulk: Lawyer explores the complications that stem from having superhumans
2. Abominable love
Emil Blonsky is truly a changed man. In the second episode, he revealed that he has seven soulmates that he met through the pen pal system in prison. In this section, he elaborates on these matters. During his parole, he calls them his “better eighths” and Jennifer shares her plan to open a meditation retreat with the septet of women who will finance it all. He has clearly mastered the art of mindfulness himself; to prove that he is in full control of his abilities, he becomes The Abomination during the hearing, much to the delight of his loved ones, and like Bruce Banner’s “Smart Hulk”, he maintains his personality. Although Emil’s love life is crazy, there is no doubt about it She-Hulk: Lawyer develops his character in a number of unexpected ways.
3. Ding-Dong, Wong is gone
She-Hulk: Lawyer is three-for-three with cameos. This week, Wong has from Doctor Strange franchise appeared when he is revealed to be the reason Emil broke out of prison at the end of the previous episode. He appears briefly and ends up being late for the trial, despite being a key witness. Wong finally arrives just in time to explain that he made Emil leave his cell because he needed a strong opponent for his training as the Sorcerer Supreme. His testimony mentions Emil’s freedom considering the way he stated that Emil willingly returned to his cell to serve his sentence.
But when one of the parole officers points out that Wong confessed to a crime by admitting he broke Emil out of prison, the wizard promptly creates a portal and leaves again. While it would have been fun to see more of Wong, he does just enough to contribute to the story without overstaying his welcome, which can sometimes be a problem with important characters making cameos.
4. Control the narrative
Throughout the episode, Jennifer refuses to engage with the news media, despite various media outlets criticizing her and many social media users. But Emil of all people finally convinces her to speak up by telling She-Hulk that the news will tell a story either way, so it’s better to be a part of it. Jennifer listens to his advice and finally agrees to an interview request. When she does, she’s asked a softball question about the origin of her superhero name before the anchor says that after a commercial, the viewer will find out about Jennifer’s eating and exercise habits. While this first attempt at sharing her side of the story doesn’t go as planned, it will be interesting to see how Jennifer’s relationship with the press continues as she presumably continues to gain popularity.
5. “I Know It Ain’t The Stallion”
The news of Megan Thee Stallion’s cameo in She-Hulk: Lawyer was already circulating ahead of the premiere of this week’s episode. But that doesn’t make the sight of the rapping superstar in the MCU any less meaningful. Stallion is introduced through the episode’s secondary story; the aforementioned shapeshifter second pretends to be the celebrity and tricks Dennis, a wealthy lawyer into giving her well over $200,000 as part of a fraudulent romance. Dennis takes her to court and eventually wins the case when Jennifer testifies that he is actually delusional enough to think he actually wanted to date Stallion. The camera pans to the real Megan, who makes it clear that she is one of the kind to neatly tie up the completion of the case.
Then, in the mid-credits scene, Jennifer reveals that Stallion is her new client and they start twerking together. If nothing else, Stallion’s cameo is a fitting marriage of the MCU and pop culture that should boost the show’s mainstream appeal.
In its third episode, She-Hulk: Lawyer continues to find its footing. Its strengths remain the dynamics of superhuman law in a real-world context and the expansion of the myth of The Incredible Hulk. Jennifer continues to come into her own as a superpowered lawyer, and it’s only a matter of time before she faces her first big test on both fronts.