She-Hulk is at its peak when letting the supporting cast shine

Jen’s best friend Nikki (Ginger Gonzaga) has always been a fixture (if overused) in “She-Hulk.” She’s been by Jen’s side to support her morale and her own brand of witty satires in the courtroom, but other than that, she largely lacks a real foothold in the series. “She-Hulk” fixed that in episode 5 by pairing Nikki with Augustus ‘Pug’ Pugliese (Josh Segarra) in a quirky game to score some superhero themes… and solidify Connect Pug’s superhero sneakers. Sure, her motivations are still largely centered around helping her friend – but at least Gonzaga gets a chance to show off her impressive improvisation in some way. It goes a long way to show that “She-Hulk” can effectively use any tool at its disposal.

Then there was Jen’s creepy co-worker, Mallory Book, who played the T for “Hamilton” and “Altered Carbon” star Renée Elise Goldsberry. Goldsberry is no stranger to comedy either: She worked with “She-Hulk” director Kat Coiro on the girl group-focused sitcom “Girls5Eva.” She erases the inherent absurdity of the latter to play the Straight Man in “She-Hulk,” and it’s a perfect match for the series. Her role in the ongoing feud between She-Hulk and super-influencer Titania (Jameela Jamil) is just the basic presence the series needs, but she also seems to make a real connection. the – if not – with Jen over drinks.

Mallory and Jen stick together on average, the rightful men to repeat some of the series’ best beats to date. It makes perfect use of the series’ “Men Are Pigs” theme – which normally, I wouldn’t have had a problem with, if “She-Hulk” had just approached it with a more deft touch. Thankfully, Goldsberry got it by accident, which puts Mallory’s interactions with Jen on par with the perfect bathroom scene from the “She-Hulk” pilot. She-Hulk is at its peak when letting the supporting cast shine

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