Having settled in and established its style, She-Hulk: Attorney At Law can now settle into a more comfortable rhythm in its fourth episode, “Is This Not Real Magic?” It’s nice to see Jen back in the courtroom, even if the laughs here are inconsistent.
The makers of She-Hulk didn’t get Benedict Wong to show up on their show for a single episode. He’s back this week, bringing with him new friends and even more connections to magic. It turns out that local magician Donny Blaze is using real magic in his shows, threatening people’s lives to show off for bachelorette parties and tourists. A former student of Wong’s at Kamar-Taj, he was kicked out after taking magic less than seriously, something that’s continued in the years since.
Wong wants to sue him in court to prevent these dangerous acts, and Jennifer is sympathetic, even if nailing down what specific law he’d be breaking by doing so is a bit hazy.
He’s Got Some Magic In Him
It’s nice to see magic in the MCU used in a way that is tonally quite different from the Dr. Strange films, even if it’s hard to get too terribly invested in this plotline. Donny Blaze is a doofus for sure, but he feels like a very low-level threat, something the Sorcerer Supreme should really not need the help of his lawyer to deal with. Finding the right tone is hard, but it would have been nice to see Donny made just a bit more, knowing in his actions if only to make him feel a bit more threatening.
The best thing about the Wong side of this episode’s story is Madisynn, the drunken party girl who ends up at Wong’s home after one of Donny Blaze’s tricks gone wrong. No big deal, she just had to sell her soul to a demon, what do you even need one of those for? Her love of drinking, and her inability to stop spoiling Wong’s TV shows, is deeply funny, because her personality is such a strange fit with Wong’s more stoic charm. Yet, somehow I totally buy that Madisynn and Wongers are now besties. Madisynn for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty!
It’s Not Easy Being Green
Our B plot this week has Jen struggling to date, despite being a literal superhero. At first, she’s certain she only wants to date as Jennifer Walters and makes a rigid-looking profile on a dating app which leads to few matches and a truly awful date with a guy who can’t get off his phone, pay for his own drinks, or stop ogling other women despite sitting next to Tatiana Maslany.
Finally, giving into suggestions from her friend Nikki, Jen makes a profile as She-Hulk and finds a lot more men who want to smash, but this group isn’t suddenly filled with winners. Most of the men she meets up with are just as awful as her first date. One even refers to her as a specimen.
Making her way through these frogs does lead to one genuinely great date with a sweet seeming doctor who wants her to talk about herself, but while this date leads to a sleepover, it doesn’t end any better when he sees her as herself the next morning. Like all the others, he is only interested in She-Hulk, and when Jennifer is waiting for him the next morning, he quickly makes his exit.
While I liked that turning into She-Hulk didn’t suddenly solve Jen’s dating problems, I do find it odd that the show wants to treat Tatiana Maslany, an incredibly beautiful woman, like she’s somehow average looking at best. Her doctor date may have been expecting She-Hulk in the morning, but they talked about how she isn’t always like that the night before. Maybe he’s only into large green women, no kink shaming here, but she’s really so repellent that he can’t drink a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice before making his escape?
An inconsistent episode, Is This Not Real Magic? still manages to entertain, even if some of its story beats feel a bit off, and a lot of its supporting cast have seemingly fallen into the Mirror Dimension for the week. Make sure to stick around through the credits, as the post-credit scene once again provides a great addendum.
Final Verdict: 3.5/5