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She-Hulk Episode 1: A Normal Amount of Rage

Updated: Aug 26, 2022

Source: Disney

Overall: 7.2/10

Story 7.1/10

Jen Walters is on a road trip with her cousin, Bruce, when they crash. His blood and hers mingle, turning her into the Sensational She-Hulk. A lot of training and witty banter follow.

The story has a comedic tone so far. It works well. And the writers have even managed to weave in Stan Lee’s legendary, “With great power comes great responsibility,” for the early theme.

But the writers do opt to omit some of the rich storylines surrounding the She-Hulk’s origin story from Stan Lee’s iconic run on the comic book.

While that's slightly disappointing, it's possible that the writers for the show will have a storyline that is either more or equally compelling.

But aside from the story, it would appear that the writers have nailed the character they’ve written for Maslany. And it’s one of the show’s strong suits.

Character 7.8/10

Tatiana Maslany does a phenomenal job. She looks like the role was made for her. Maslany is no stranger to playing different variations of the same character. She played over 17 variations of a clone in the Orphan Black series. This viewer suspects that it might’ve been why she was chosen for this role.

Maslany’s portrayal of Jen Walters paints her as a nerdy and quirky student of the law, who is almost as obsessed with helping people as she is with Steve Rogers. And unlike her cousin, when he starts out, she has a mastery of her emotions and Hulk abilities.

It should also be noted that Maslany and Mark Ruffalo work really well together and are very believable as cousins.

Final Thoughts

Given the fact that the writers skipped over a lot of the She-Hulk’s origin story, they must have many incredible new and interesting storylines to share. This should make for an interesting series. One thing is for sure, Maslany will have to do a lot of heavy lifting. Good thing she’s a hulk.

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