TL;DR – This is where we start to see what is under the hood in this show, and it might be menacing.
WandaVision Review –
We continue our dive into this odd show as we start to see the façade slip in places as things that should not be seen are seen. All of this starts asking some uncomfortable questions for our cast.
So to set the scene, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) have started to become permanent fixtures in their little town of Westview. Wanda and Angus (Kathryn Hahn) come along to the local planning committee meeting to help with the talent show led by Dotty (Emma Caulfield Ford) the queen of the town. Meanwhile, Vision, is off to the local neighbourhood watch, after a tree branch scared them in the night. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
We continue this week with the show nailing the style and tone of a 1950s sitcom. This time complete with an animated opening title sequence which was such a delight. We also get everyone enjoying one of the day’s core pass times with the men going off to discuss security issues (eat Danishes) and the women having a trial by combat over a seating plan. Where we get one of the best lines on TV with Angus exclaiming “How is anyone doing this sober?”.
It is here where we first meet ‘Geraldine’ (Teyonah Parris) one of the other new ladies at the meeting and someone who might know more than they are letting on. For it is here that we start to see the curtain being revealed as Dotty sees through Wanda’s disguise, and that does not just mean her homemaker outfit. In the first episode, everything was played straight by the show bar a small red light in the mid-show ad, and the end that swerved into the odd.
In this episode, everything gets escalated to the next level when a voice on the radio askes Wander “who is doing this to you?” It is our first confirmation that there is something sinister afoot. They show this through an almost Pleasantville-style feel where the addition of colour becomes menacing in the show. This, of course, gets taken further when the Bee Keeper (Zac Henry) appears with a logo on the back that I am sure made people who know the comics go ‘oooooh’. But it is this moment when the show reveals one key detail, the ‘who’ in ‘who is doing this’ is Wanda herself.
In the end, do we recommend Episode 2 of WandaVision? Yes, yes we do. It is incredible how much storytelling they can get into their under ½ an hour runtime. It is clear that every moment has been considered, and I appreciate that immensely.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of WandaVision
Directed by – Matt Shakman
Written by – Gretchen Enders
Created by – Jac Schaeffer
Based on – Characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas & John Buscema
Production/Distribution Companies – Marvel Studios & Disney+
Starring – Wanda Maximoff & Vision (Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Teyonah Parris, Debra Jo Rupp, Fred Melamed & Kathryn Hahn with Asif Ali, Emma Caulfield Ford, Jolene Purdy, Amos Glick, David Payton, David Lengel & Zac Henry)