TL;DR – This is where we start to see what is under the hood in this show, and it might be menacing indeed.
WandaVision Review –
Well, we spent Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience & Don’t Touch That Dial living in the 1950s in all its black and white glory. However, last week made it clear that we would leap forward into this new-fangled thing known as colour.
So to set the scene, at the end of last week’s episode, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) witnessed a man out of place in their neighbourhood. However, Wanda did not want that to happen, so she rewound the tape back to before they went outside. When she got back, Wanda discovered that she was pregnant and also the world was in colour. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
As we go on through this season, there does seem to be two sides to every episode. First, there is the sitcom, and then there is the more menacing real-world stuff slipping in. So let us first look at the sitcom side of things. Now that we are in colour we have upgraded to the Brady Bunch era. This is all lovingly created from the set design, the costumes, the main title sequence, and the studio audience as laugh track, even the matte painting used to pretend that they are filming outside and not on a set. The set up leads to an almost surreal set of events when Wanda’s contractions start setting off her magic randomly.
While the show has been diving full force into recreating all these sitcom eras, there has also clearly been something else going on under the hood, and today we get to see that in full view. To begin with, we see that Wanda’s continued ability to edit and change what is going on is entirely under her control meaning whether she knows it or not, she is in control over this world. But more than that, we see that this is a real town and that many of the people inside kind of know what is happening but don’t know what to do about it.
This all comes to a head when Wanda talks with ‘Geraldine’ (Teyonah Parris) after Tommy and Billy’s birth. Wanda starts opening up about her past, and we begin to see the façade start to break when she mentions her brother, who died, which is right when ‘Geraldine’ offers up that he was killed by Ultron (in Avengers Age of Ultron). Instead of waking up Wander from what is going on, ‘Geraldine’ gets the full force of Wanda’s fury and is ejected from this reality. To be honest with everything that is going on this episode had a first for me. It was the first time that an aspect ratio change was used menacingly.
In the end, do we recommend Now in Color? Yes, yes we do. This continues to be a weird and delightful show. At the end of the episode, we got to see the world opening up more as the cogs under the frame start to be seen.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of WandaVision
Directed by – Matt Shakman
Written by – Megan McDonnell
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 & Kathryn Hahn with Emma Caulfield Ford, David Payton, David Lengel, Rose Blanco & Randy Oglesby)