This is not a bad episode. …I think.
It’s weird, when I look at the individual aspects of the episode, it should work quite well. This episode is a very loose adaptation (pretty much just the concept and title) of the Hulked Out Heroes tie-in to World War Hulks.
The Hulk is forced to be the most calm and rational Avenger, and that’s an interesting idea which seems to be explored fairly well.
The dynamic between Black Widow and Hulk works quite well. If you take the Avengers film as a prequel to this series, then Black Widow has gone from being nearly killed by a wild Hulk to being besties. It’s an interesting one-episode arc that proceeds organically, and I applaud the writers for it.
And yet, I found myself slogging through this episode. The whole time, watching it felt like a chore and I don’t know why. Could it have been the five-minute fight scene at the end? No, it was a slog before that. Could it be the fact that Hulk cartoons seem to be my bread-and-butter, and I just feel overdosed? Perhaps, but I don’t think so. Could it be that all these individual aspects of the show simply don’t mesh? Could be. I think if the show had a bit more time to do this plot, like a two-parter, then all the parts of the show could have been a bit more thought out, given greater focus, given more depth, etc.
On paper, this is not a bad episode. But onscreen… I think I’m unconsciously comparing it to Avengers: EMH. Namely, the "Gamma World" two-parter. That was more than a classic set of episodes, that was an amazing couple episodes. And I think my mind is seeing this episode as an inferior rehash.
|At the very least, this is more visually interesting...|