Last Seen Alive

As I opened up Netflix to see what was on the streaming service, I discovered a film called Last Seen Alive featuring Gerard Butler. It was listed as the number one movie on the streaming service. I had never heard of it, but the length of the film fit nicely into the time I had available, so I decided to give it a watch.

In the film, Gerard Butler played Will, the husband of Lisa (Jaimie Alexander). Will and Lisa were having problems in their marriage and Lisa was needing a break. So Will was taking her to her parents where she planned onstaying.

Needing to stop for gas, Lisa disappeared after going into the station. Will looked desperately around, but he could not find her, and the station attendant was stonewalling him. Will called the police, speaking with Detective Patterson (Russell Hornsby), but the police began to suspect that Will may have been more involved than he was admitting.

This is a typically generic action/revenge movie. There is nothing here that hasn’t been seen before and is pretty predictable. Gerard Butler has played this same type of heroic role several times in his career. He was fine. I like Russell Hornsby, whom I knew from TV’s Grimm. Jaimie Alexander, aka Sif from the MCU, did not have much to do.

There was an explosion during the film that looked absolutely horrible. The CGI on the fire appeared very amateurish.

I did not hate the film. In fact, I was engaged in parts of it. There just did not seem to be much reason for it. It had nothing original to say and moved rapidly through the story it was telling. It was not a bad time watching it, but you’ve got to shut off your brain and not think too much.

2.75 stars

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law S1 E7

SPOILERS

“The Retreat”

This week was another fun episode of She-Hulk. Jen headed out to check with Emil Blonsky, whose inhibitor seemed to be malfunctioning. She winds up being stranded at Blonsky’s retreat, Summer Twilight where she worked through a therapy session with Blonsky and some D-list villains.

I loved seeing this group of characters. Man-Bull, El Aguila, Porcupine, The Wrecker and Saracen, all real villains from the Marvel Comics. I loved how they worked Jen through her issues about Josh, the guy she met at her friend’s wedding and who has ghosted her after they slept together. As El Aguila said, “Josh has made an enemy of everyone in this group!”

By the way, in the comics El Aguila is a mutant. Just sayin’

Of course, we learn that Josh was a dirtbag from the start as the last scene showed us that he did take Jen’s blood and copied her phone while she slept. Josh has become the most hated character on the show because of what a slimeball he was manipulating Jen for Hulk King. It is ironic that the villains were the men Jen could count on, but all the other men in her life are bad.

When Josh did not respond to Jen’s text, she proved that the Muppets were canon in the MCU as she was watching The Great Muppet Caper.

More female power, right Internet????

My Best Friend’s Exorcism

Prime Video had a new horror/comedy film on its streaming service this weekend called My Best Friend’s Exorcism.

According to IMDB, “The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby (Elsie Fisher) and Gretchen (Amiah Miller) have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries-and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?”

I was liking the beginning of this movie. It was set in the 80s, for some reason, and we had a school setting similar to the typical movie school we see. At first, I thought things were going well. With Gretchen possessed, she turned into the ultimate mean girl and was doing terribly cruel things to her friends. However, the film went way off the rails in the second half when Abby started to look into ways to help Gretchen.

The tone of this movie was all over the place. Many times blending comedy with horror is a difficult thing to do and this film simply could not handle it. There was too much silliness that made little to no sense and it took whatever potential positives that was here and tossed it aside.

The performances were pretty weak. There was no subtlety to any of the performances in My Best Friend’s Exorcism. They introduced a character named Christian Lemon (Christopher Lowell) that was nothing more than a cartoon figure. There is no seriousness in that character at all. His involvement in the third act was one of the worst parts of the film. It felt like Shaggy from Scooby Doo was here to try and perform the exorcism.

There were some interesting moments here and there, but the fluctuating tones and the detour that the story took took any possible positives and sent them straight to Hell.

2.3 stars

Bros

Bros arrived in theaters this weekend with a rom-com unlike any we have seen before. Bros represents a giant step forward for the LBGTQ + community as there is a gay couple at the heart of the story. However, it was never going to matter unless the movie was funny and the story was strong. Fortunately for Bros, it is both funny and strong.

Bobby (Billy Eichner) was a sardonic, sarcastic podcaster who was alone. Billy claimed to enjoy being on his own and resisted any sort of real connection in a relationship, preferring the shallow and unsatisfying ones. Things began to change when he met Aaron (Luke Macfarlane) at a club and became intrigued by the handsome lawyer.

The film then dealt with a series of conflicts between the pairing that threatened to break apart the relationship that had the potential to be great for both of them.

I am going to be fully transparent here. There were some scenes early on in this movie that made me uncomfortable while watching it in the theater. However, as the movie moved on, I was charmed by the two actors and what they were doing with their characters’ relationship. They were remarkably easy to root for and the chemistry between them easily carried chunks of the film.

Eichner and Macfarlane exchanged fire dialogue in both the fun, flirty manner as well as the sharp, biting tone that the second half of the film adopted. The film was extremely well written and gave us two characters who were real people and who exceeded the gay stereotypes that are used in many entertainment projects.

Not only did they avoid the stereotypes, the film had the conflicts that threatened the relationship come from within the two damaged characters instead of leaving it up to some contrived plot point. There was an authentic feel to the story and the characters living in it.

There were some funny moments in the movie, but I did not think it was the funniest movie of the summer, which was a comment that I heard about it. I did laugh several times though and it was an enjoyable watch. It definitely fell into the style of film from Judd Apatow, who was a producer on this. It’s more of a dramedy than anything else. The humor though is very natural and works in the style.

While the first act had some uncomfortable moments for me, it was worth it to get to the second and third acts where these people showed us that romance can be for anyone.

3.7 stars

Smile

How scary can a smile really be?

Really damn scary, it turns out.

The new horror/thriller film Smile, the debut from director Parker Finn, came out this weekend and it is one of the most disturbing and scary horror films in quite a while.

Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) worked at an emergency psychiatric hospital dealing with patients suffering from all sorts of trauma. When a new patient arrived who had recently witnessed her professor killing himself, she started seeing things she could not explain. When Rose responded with the same doubt from her story, something seemed to change and she slit her throat in front of her.

The woman had told Rose that something mysterious was tormenting her and that it took the form of smiling people, a smile that was horrifying. After the patient’s death, Rose began experiencing the same kind of symptoms.

This movie is owned by Sosie Bacon. She absolutely killed it as Rose Cotter. She created a character dealing with so much trauma, not only from the potential supernatural entity, but also from none of the people in her life believing her story and a lingering childhood event that has colored the rest of her life since. Bacon ruled this character and provided the audience with a character to root for while also being someone who you were never sure if she was actually experiencing what she was or if it were all in her head.

Besides Bacon, the star of this movie was Parker Finn. He developed so many mannerisms during the movie to keep the audience off-balance or unnerved. He was constantly using transition shots, everything from God’s Eye to inverted shots to Dutch angle, designed to create a mood in the crowd and to echo the uncertainty that the characters are feeling.

The sound design is also a sensational piece used to build a sinister feel. There was a totally disturbing use of the score several times throughout the movie that keep me on the edge of my seat.

The film does use a bunch of jump scares, but many of them are excellently constructed and fall into places where you would not expect them to be. I was caught off guard by several of them as the movie progressed, which tells me that the jump scares were effective. Were there too many of them used? Probably, but you can’t deny that Finn tried to do something creative with them instead of just throwing them into the obvious places.

I found the experience of Smile to be very unsettling and scary in many parts of the film. There was a lot to deal with here and, while the last section of the movie may not have been as awesome as the first part, the movie certainly succeeded in creating the mood and tone that it intended to create. The imagery of the smile as a signal for the evil was extremely creepy and very effective. This is a great way to start off the Halloween season.

4 stars

Hocus Pocus 2

Hocus Pocus was a guilty pleasure for me when it first came out back in the 90s. I was a fan of Eerie, Indiana, a Saturday morning live-action program starring Omri Katz. Katz played Max in the original and that led me to see the movie. In fact, I remember Hocus Pocus being the last film I had seen at our local drive-in theater.

When I heard about a sequel coming on Disney +, some 30 years later, I was iffy about it. I have seen way too many sequels that have come decades later that were failures and horrendous movies. However, the summer of the success of Top Gun: Maverick potentially changed the narrative of long time sequels.

Hocus Pocus 2 was released this weekend on Disney + with the Sanderson sisters all returning for the movie. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy made it back for the sequel, finding the sisters returning to Salem once again.

The basic story was similar to the original. The Sanderson sisters were accidentally resurrected by the lighting of the dark flame candle. In this case, two sixteen teens, Becca (Whitney Peak) and Izzy (Belissa Escobedo), who would perform rituals in the forest, were tricked into lighting the candle by magic shop owner Gilbert (Sam Richardson). The Sanderson sisters came back and began to try and cast a spell to save themselves from being destroyed at sunrise.

The film was absolutely full of cheese. There were silly moments and moments of full nostalgia. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy were so dedicated to their characters that the cheesy nature of many of the scenes worked. If this was not a Hocus Pocus sequel, I’m not sure this would have been as entertaining as I thought it was.

It started off showing the young versions of the Sandersons and how they became witches. It was an interesting opening that paid off well in the finale. There were two songs used in the film, one a parody of Elton John’s “The Bitch is Back” which was altered into “The Witches are Back” and two, “One Way or Another” by Blondie. It was silly that these characters knew the songs, but that is the campy factor that can be overlooked because it was so entertaining.

I have to say, I really loved the ending of the movie. Of course, no spoilers, but I thought the resolution of the story was both original and unexpected. And it worked with what we saw in the opening.

If you are a fan of the first Hocus Pocus, Hocus Pocus 2 will be a lot of fun and a neat throwback to a cult classic. If you do not enjoy the first film, the sequel will not be your cup of tea. For me, I enjoyed the film and had a great time watching it. Sure, it is not an Oscar winner, but a double feature with the original would be a great way to spend some Halloween fests.

3.5 stars

Fall

I am afraid of heights, and Fall played upon that dramatically. I can only imagine that it would have been so much worse had I been watching this in an IMAX theater instead of at home on my own TV screen. Fall came out on Vudu this week and I got a chance to see it.

The synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes said, “For best friends Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner), life is all about conquering fears and pushing limits. But after they climb 2,000 feet to the top of a remote, abandoned radio tower, they find themselves stranded with no way down. Now Becky and Hunter’s expert climbing skills will be put to the ultimate test as they desperately fight to survive the elements, a lack of supplies, and vertigo-inducing heights in this adrenaline-fueled thriller costarring Jeffrey Dean Morgan.”

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is listed in the synopsis, but he only appears in a few scenes, a couple at the beginning and one at the very end. Grace Caroline Currey and Virginia Gardner are not the names that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is, but they do a top notch job carries 95% of the movie, including most of the film stranded in a single location. While there were some moments in the story that stretched credulity, the tension was off the charts and the ending was fantastic.

There were so many shocking moments that caused a whole lot of anxiety, much the same way that the fear of heights does. There were several times that I verbally spoke out loud while watching the film. It did a great job of building the level of anxiousness.

The opening scene was also tremendous, presenting the tone of the film right off the bat.

Fall is a film where the situation is the most important, and yet the actors do an admirable job of providing their characters with depth amid the horror happening around them. Fall was a tough watch, but one that was absolutely worth it.

4 stars

The Munsters

Oy vey.

As a kid, I used to like The Munsters when I saw them as reruns. They were no Addams Family, but it was still enjoyable enough. Apparently, director Rob Zombie was also a fan as he rebooted the series into a movie that found its way onto Netflix.

We got a sneak peak at the film through a trailer that dropped a few months ago that was nearly universally panned as horrendous. There were some people who even speculated that the trailer was a joke… or an elaborate plot to lead into a more Rob Zombie-like film, with gore and violence.

Nope.

It just was the movie.

The Munsters told the origin story of the making of Herman Munster (Jeff Daniel Phillips) and the love story between Herman and Lily (Sheri Moon Zombie). Despite the objections of The Count (Daniel Roebuck)- who was referred to on the TV show as Grandpa, Herman and Lily got married and wound up moving to California.

This was a family comedy, but it has been a long time since I saw a film as unfunny as The Munsters. I’m not sure I even giggled once. That is a bad sign for a comedy. In fact, there were too many times where I just stared at the screen dumfounded at what I was seeing.

The film is ridiculously flashing colored. There is more neon in this movie than anything I have seen and it absolutely does not fit with the Munsters, which is meant to be in black and white. Herman and The Count, in particular, looked terrible because of the colors of their faces.

Even my beloved Jorge Garcia (LOST’s Hugo “Hurley” Reyes) was a disappointment. I could not tell who he was, even though it was obvious. Garcia’s voice was so different and weird, but his character was lacking and disappears about half way through.

In fact, there feels like there were a bunch of storylines that had been brought up during the movie but were never truly paid off, if not outright dropped along the way. Even though the film was too long, it felt as if there were some missing parts to it.

One of the worst trailers of the year turned into one of the worst movies of the year. Rob Zombie should not have tried his hand at comedy. There was a world where a Munsters movie was a dark and brutal comedy, but this was not that. This was brutal in a whole different way.

0.75 stars

Bodies Bodies Bodies

Tuesday usually brings some new films to streaming and this week was no exception. One of the new films available on Vudu today was the horror/comedy Bodies Bodies Bodies, directed by Halina Reijn, her English language directorial debut.

A group of friends got together to have a “hurricane party.” Everyone involved were well off and seemed to be full of privilege. When the storm hit, the group was inside the stately manor and decided to play a party game called Bodies Bodies Bodies, where one of them pretended to be a killer and tried to “kill” all the rest.

The game led to bad feelings among the group but things took a drastic turn when one of them turned up with a throat slashed. Suddenly the game took a turn out of the realm of fantasy and into reality.

Bodies Bodies Bodies was a clever film with a central mystery that was well developed and kept you unsure of who the real killer was. I will say, I had considered what turned out to be the answer to the mystery, but I was just not sure about a significant piece of the puzzle. Because of that I dismissed the possibility that tuned out to be the truth.

The cast did a solid job. The cast included Pete Davison, Lee Pace, Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Myha’la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders, Rachel Sennott and Connor O’Malley. This young cast worked well together and brought some great intensity.

Of course, the characters involved in this movie are all just horrible people and not anyone who you would want to root for. Stenberg and Bakalova were the presumptive protagonists as a loving couple, but, even these two were questionable. I found myself hoping for the best for Maria Bakalova.

I did not find it as funny as they wanted, but I thought it was very dark and enjoyable. Bodies Bodies Bodies took the slasher genre and smashed the whodunnit genre together into a good time.

3.7 stars

Where the Crawdads Sing

I had heard a lot of positive word of mouth from people I know about Where the Crawdads Sing. So I was surprised to see that the Rotten Tomatoes score was in 33%, which is really low. I had no idea what to think about this film heading in as I rented it on Vudu.

Where the Crawdads Sing is a murder mystery/romance film that was based on a novel by author Delia Owens. It tells the story of a young girl Kya (Daisy Edgar-Jones) whose father was an abusive man, and it was so bad that he drove her mother and all her siblings away, leaving Kya alone to deal with him until he too leaves her.

As a seven year old living alone in the North Carolina marsh, Kya survived selling mussels at Barkley Cove local store. The people of the town began to refer to Kya as the “Marsh Girl.”

Kya met a boy Tate (Taylor John Smith) who helped teach her to read and with whim she fell in love. When he went off to college, he promised to return to her, but he did not.

Kya then met another young man named Chase (Harris Dickinson). Chase pursued Kya but, despite stringing her along, he was at a higher class level and was going to marry someone else. Still, Chase wanted to keep Kya on the side. Kya told Chase that everything was over and he needed to leave her alone, but Chase did not take this well, striking her.

When Chase is found dead in the marsh, Kya becomes the prime suspect.

There was a lot about this that was really good. I enjoyed the story, overall. There were several issues with it which I wonder is from the adaptation of the book. I did like the section in court when Kya was being defended by Tom Milton (David Strathairn). There was a ton of material building the relationship between Kya and Chase, as well as Kya and Tate. Some of this could have been trimmed down a touch.

The performances were solid, despite the cast being filled with mostly unfamiliar faces for me. Edgar-Jones had a real presence about her and carried herself like a star. You were easily supportive of Kya when you saw the horrible life that she had to endure to become what she did.

I wonder if the negative review backlash has to do with the critics expectations of the adaptation of the novel. I’ve seen films that are trounced by critics because it does not reach the level of a previous content. That was not going to be an issue for me because I had not read the original book so I had no pre-existing expectations of the film. For my opinion, the film was solid, if perhaps a little over long. There were excellent performances, especially from the lead actress and a beautifully shot film with a remarkable visual setting. It is not the best film I have seen, but I enjoyed watching it.

3.8 stars

Lou

This weekend saw the debut of an unlikely action hero on Netflix in Lou, played by the wonderful Allison Janney. Janney is not the first thought of an actor in a lead role of an action movie, and yet she works extremely well.

According to IMDB, “A massive storm rages. A young girl is kidnapped. Her mother, with no other option, teams up with the mysterious older woman next door to pursue the kidnapper a journey into the wilderness that will test their limits and expose dark and shocking secrets from their pasts.”

Is the film filled with a few coincidences? Sure. Is the story a little convoluted? Yes. And yet there is a definite appeal to it and there is enough tension that should keep the viewers engaged, and everything does make sense at the end.

The standout is, of course, Allison Janney. The Oscar and multiple time Emmy winner never gives a bad performance and is one of those performers who can take a so so script and make it better just by her work. As Lou, Janney is very stoic, but you can tell that she is not one to be messed with. While some of the beats of the story felt a touch forced, Janney made them all work.

The young mother, Hannah, is played by Jurnee Smollett with passion and energy. She brings a nice counter-balance to Lou that works here as well. I accept that she is a desperate mother trying to find her kidnapped daughter Vee (Ridley Asha Bateman). Bateman has a screen presence as well as she does a fine job opposite some powerful actors.

Lou is a solid Netflix film that is a decent watch and moves quickly. Strong performances and some tense moments make Lou an enjoyable time.

3.75 stars

Minions: The Rise of Gru

The second animated movie that I am catching up on tonight is the sequel to the hit film Minions, which was named Minions: The Rise of Gru. The Rise of Gru was a big hit from earlier this year, but I just did not want to watch this in the theater. I did not mind the Despicable Me films, but I hated the first Minions movie and that feeling just did not inspire me to head out to see it. I knew it would show up on streaming sooner or later before the year ended and I would watch it there. I still avoided renting it because of the price. I knew it was going to drop the price eventually. Then, this weekend, the movie showed up for free on Peacock and that was the price I wanted. So I watched Minions: The Rise of Gru tonight.

Who would have guessed it? I kind of liked this.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, “In the heart of the 1970s, amid a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru (Oscar® nominee Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making backup from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto–a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please–deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons and pull off their first missions. When the Vicious 6 oust their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles (Oscar® winner Alan Arkin), Gru interviews to become their newest member. It doesn’t go well (to say the least), and only gets worse after Gru outsmarts them and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru will turn to an unlikely source for guidance, Wild Knuckles himself, and discover that even bad guys need a little help from their friends

The introduction of the Vicious 6 in the cold open caught my attention and these characters were intriguing. With the inclusion of young Gru (Steve Carell), this gave the Minions a chance to not necessarily the lead characters, which was not something that worked with them. This allowed the use of the Minions, even hen they were front and center, to be kept at a minimum, making them much more enjoyable than when they had to be the entire focus of the movie.

There is a great voice cast here in The Rise of Gru including Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, RZA, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Alan Arkin, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, and Pierre Coffin as the voice of Kevin, Stu and Bob.

I went into this movie with every expectation that I was going to hate this, but it was surprisingly entertaining and it turned out considerably better than I thought it would. Who knew?

3.6 stars

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

One of the animated movies that I missed in the theaters this year is available to rent on Vudu at a decent price so I rented Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank.

After watching it, I am not unhappy that I missed this one in the theater.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, “A down-on-his-luck hound finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain’s evil plot to wipe their village off the map. With help from a reluctant trainer, the underdog must assume the role of fearsome samurai and team up with the felines to save the day. The only problem is — they all hate dogs.”

While the animation was fine, the story is a basic rehash of Kung Fu Panda with a dog and simplistic characterization. It is colorful and quick-moving, but lacks any real depth. My guess is this would be something that a young child would enjoy, but it did not appeal to me at all.

The voice cast was strong with Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais, Mel Brooks, Aasif Mandvi, George Takei, Michelle Yeoh, Djimon Hounsou, Gabriel Iglesias, and Kylie Kuioka.

The film used almost a breaking of the fourth wall technique in the early part, but it never seemed to work well. The dialogue between the characters was forced and lacked any real humor. What little humor there was in the movie was of the lowest form, farts, pee and bodily function jokes.

I’ve seen worse, but I did not enjoy Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank very much. I suppose I was not the target audience for this, but this is a far way from an intelligent and awesome film.

2.3 stars

See How They Run

There have not been enough comedically tinged murder mysteries as big screen movies. Films such as Clue, Knives Out, Confess Fletch, and Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang are a lot of fun to watch, not just for the comedy, but also for the mystery.

One of the queens of the murder mystery is Agatha Christie and she was involved in one of the biggest successes on the stage in Mouse Trap, a play based on Christie’s work. The ending of which has been a closely guarded secret for years, In fact, the movie rights have been held up for years because there was a contract where a clause said that a movie could not be done until the play ended its theatrical run, and it has been going strong since.

That is one of the key points behind the latest murder mystery See How They Run, starring Sam Rockwell as Inspector Stoppard, who comes in to the theater to investigate after one of the key people involved in the movie adaptation is murdered. Stoppard is joined by inexperienced and gung-ho Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan), who is as much of a hinderance for Stoppard as an aid.

The cast is great. Along with Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan, there are plenty of talented actors including David Oyelowo, Adrien Brody, Ruth Wilson, Charlie Cooper, Harris Dickinson, Reece Shearsmith, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Sian Clifford, Maggie McCarthy, Ania Marson, Shirley Henderson and Tim Key.

Rockwell and Ronan are great together and both actors have a deft comic timing that really work in some of the more over-the-top moments of the film. They bring a sufficient energy to help carry a script that is okay, but not as clever as it thinks it is.

The beginning of the film is a little slow and does not truly take advantage of the comic situation that has been presented. However, when a second murder occurs, the film picks things up quite a bit, including a funny misunderstanding that pushes some characters in different directions.

I enjoyed this movie, but I have seen better murder mystery comedies than this one. The story could have been tighter and expand that initial murder more. The cast is top notch and elevates the material above where it would be without them. There is a meta-ness about the movie that I appreciated, since it is based around Mouse Trap and the real issues that went on with it. It is a quick and easy watch that is entertaining enough.

3.6 stars

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law S1 E6

SPOILERS

“Just Jen”

A self=contained wedding episode just as everyone was jonesing for Daredevil? Excellent.

We spend some more time with Jen Walters at a wedding where she is being treated like crap by this old friend who asked her to be a bridesmaid. This old friend would be a former friend if they tried to treat me the way they treated Jen.

Still, that was the minor issue as the major one was that Titania had manipulated her way into an invite and showed up with the intention of making trouble for Jen. Titania’s jealousy over She-Hulk was on full display when she confronted a very drunk Jen and wanted her to hulk-up so they could fight.

Did not turn out very well for Titania… once again.

We also discovered that Marvel’s super villain group known as The Intelligencia is in the MCU. It was first introduced with a hate web site that posted plenty of angry posts about She-Hulk and other topics. However, it looked as if the Intelligencia was behind the attempt of the Wrecking Crew to get some of Jen’s blood. With another new needle, it looks like that effort is going to turn up the volume.

Who is behind the Intelligencia? There are several options but, in my mind, the choice is simple. It is a character who has been confirmed to return in Captain America: New World Order. He is a character who was obsessed with the Hulk’s blood back in The incredible Hulk. I believe it is Samuel Sterns, the Leader, as played by Tim Blake Nelson. I could be wrong about that and it would turn out to be Todd, the slimy guy She-Hulk went on a date with (I do believe he is involved as well), but The Leader makes a lot of sense and was involved in the Intelligencia in the comics.

Another character making a debut this week was Mr. immortal. Mr. Immortal was a member of the Great Lakes Avengers in the Marvel comics and this week, he arrived at GLK & H with a legal problem. Apparently, Mr. Immortal had been married a few times over the years (9 or more) and, he was so afraid of confrontation, when he decided that it was time to tend the marriage, he would “kill” himself, which would not stick since he was immortal.

This B plot was extremely funny and was a great highlight for Nikki. I love the Great Lakes Avengers and Mr. Immortal is a perfect fit for this series.

I have really enjoyed the fact that She-Hulk: Attorney at Law has been a series that has a bunch of mostly self-contained episodes and does not feel the need to be one overarching story. Even though we are getting the Intelligencia, this feels like a sitcom in structure. That is great.

And we know that we are getting Daredevil, Frog Man, a returning Abomination for sure and who knows what else they have in mind.