She-Hulk Episode 4 Review

The best episode so far. Fun action scenes. Strong development for Jen as she continues to wrestle with the pros and cons of being She-Hulk. Clever world-building in so many subtle ways, like a magic show being completely unimpressive to citizens of the MCU. Interesting legal discussions. Sharp fourth-wall breaks. And, best of all, Patty Guggenheim as Madisynn, an instantly likeable, infinitely memeable, laugh-out-loud funny show stealer who will definitely be in Doctor Strange 3 as Wong's bestie, mark my words.

It was indeed good to see Wong again and to see him use his powers this time, but ultimately the cameos are just bonuses. This show has so much charm and life on its own. Donny Blaze is a fun creation, and his tricks walk the perfect line between being genuinely impressive slight-of-hand and a bit naff in a world where real magic exists. There are also just a load of other little stand-out roles like Donny's hypeman and the judge. Jen's world is packed full of larger than life characters and I love dipping into it every week. Can't wait to meet Titania properly next episode.

The music for this show has always been fine but it got my attention this episode in particular. The mystical electric guitar theme at the start accompanying Donny Blaze was very Multiverse of Madness, loved it. The highlight though was the paying in the restaurant gag. We're so used to the idea of comic relief music being whimsical Bulk and Skull from Power Rangers type stuff - a once size fits all wacky theme that just gets slapped onto the editing timeline during comedy bits. Here, the music itself is actually being funny rather than just telling us something funny is happening.

This is a show that feels like a show rather than a show that's trying to be a movie in 6 parts. There's definitely a place for that - I love big epic movie-style MCU shows like Loki. But She-Hulk is very confident in what it is and what it's doing. There are overarching threads being woven together in the background, but so far every episode gives you a different self-contained story. In 35 minutes you get a beginning, a middle, and an end rather than a middle chunk cut from a 3 hour blockbuster. The result has me feeling well fed every week - it's never too much and never not enough. Looking forward to more.