Tuesday, October 18, 2022

What I’m Watching: She-Hulk (Season Finale)

She-Hulk: Season 1, Episode 9 “Whose Show Is This?” (B+)

I’m feeling very good about this show at the moment after the terrific eighth episode and this fun finale, one that emphasized more than anything that Tatiana Maslany is fantastic. I knew that, of course, having seen her in “Orphan Black” as well as other roles in “Pink Wall” and “Perry Mason,” but so many have now discovered her here, which is amazing. But I do think that she truly stood out in her scenes as Jennifer, not She-Hulk, particularly with her delivery of two lines when she was talking to K.E.V.I.N., the humorous interpretation of the all-powerful Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige as a robot pulling all the strings. The first was asking about when the X-Men would finally be seen before giving a thumbs-up to the camera, and the second was her aside about sometimes smashing Matt Murdock. The concept of her crawling out of the Disney+ square of her show to question the motivations and ideas of the show’s writers was clever, but what really sold it was the attitude she had asking all the right questions. This show has been fun and I’d definitely love to see more of it, and I’d be all for what Jennifer found out probably won’t happen, which is her on the big screen, though I’d add the caveat that we really should see Jennifer too, not just She-Hulk, if that happens. I love that Matt got to meet her family, and we also saw Skaar, who I imagine will feature into future franchise projects. Ending with Wong bringing Emil home after he got hooked on a new show was entertaining, signifying how this show knows how to manage its tone. Let’s get season two started! I’m on board.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Tatiana Maslany

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