By Samuel M Acosta
This episode really cements that this show doesn’t quite know what it is doing with its material. While the side-plot was more entertaining this time than in the past episodes, the main storyline just feels like it’s just going in circles. Plus, they completely acknowledge the fact that they are delaying Daredevil’s entrance by throwing in a wedding episode. Altogether, there is nothing special happening, even if it’s not necessarily the worst thing I’ve seen.
We see Jen as she is invited to a wedding as a bridesmaid, but when she arrives as She-Hulk, she begins to garner more attention than the bride. She promises that she won’t turn into her Hulk form for the rest of the party. This proves to be difficult as Titania shows up to goad her. After a few too many drinks, Jen finally gives in, getting into a giant fight with Titania and knocking her teeth out, humiliating her in front of everyone. Luckily, the bride isn’t angry because she also has had a little too much to drink and Jen ends up meeting a nice guy named Josh.
While this is all going on, Nikki and Mallory work together to help their new superhuman client, Mr. Immortal. With the ability to “die” and come back, Mr. Immortal has faked his death with countless partners and they have finally caught up to him. They all are seeking reparations for the pain he caused them. While he does offer them money, they aren’t able to agree on how to equally split it. Luckily, Nikki talks to them, and things work out. Then they discover a website where people are talking about killing She-Hulk, which Nikki shows Jen.
Just writing that episode summary reminded me of how little substance this episode had. The entire wedding plot had no real weight, with the only important things occurring were the fight with Titania and the introduction of Josh. The Mr. Immortal plot was very entertaining, but it also just felt like fluff. I feel like when the best part of your episode is fluff, something is wrong.
I do want to give the show credit for keeping me entertained with the Mr. Immortal subplot. It was just the right amount of ridiculous that I smiled throughout the whole thing. The jumping out the window gag was probably one of the highlights of the entire series. The only drawback of this portrayal of the character is that I feel like he is kind of unusable. They used him as a one-off which I am worried might limit his future use.
I did feel a slight sense of satisfaction seeing that Josh seems to be liking Jen for Jen and not her alter ego, which is something that I have been wanting for her throughout the series. However, I feel like it is inevitably going to lead to him being another villain. I can’t tell if that is because the show is being written predictably or simply because I just feel that most of the new characters introduced turn out bad in one way or another. Still, I have my doubts about Josh, but it was nice to see Jen happy just for a moment.
At this point, I just feel like this show is spinning its wheels and doesn’t quite know what to do with itself. The episodes have become consistently inconsequential, with the plot barely crawling along. I want to like this show, I truly do. I also want to defend this show from all the internet haters who say it’s the worst show ever, because that’s not true. There are a lot of good pieces here. My critique is that they just are struggling to use those pieces well.
Something that upset me was the blatant misdirection that the writers used by withholding Daredevil from this episode. It is something that Jen addresses in her fourth wall break at the beginning of the episode, using a quippy joke about the inconvenience of weddings to cover it. If the wedding had given us more, maybe I would have been fine with the joking excuse, but without it, I just felt cheated.
Right now, this show is leaning on the crutch of Daredevil’s eventual introduction and the reveal of the series’ big bad. Until those things happen, I don’t know if this show is going to have much to stand on. I hope that it can find something that will launch it to the next level. I am rooting for this show, but it needs to start finding some new approaches to the character because the current way isn’t really working.
I give this episode a 5/10.
Sam Acosta is a Senior Theatre Comprehensive Major and the Arts and Entertainment writer for Cedars. He likes spending his time watching movies, drinking Dr. Pepper, and writing plays.