TL;DR – This week the veil is removed, and we start to see just what is going on
WandaVision Review –
One of the core conceits in this series is that while we are getting the sitcom joy of WandaVision, something else is going on, something unsettling. This has all been hinted at so far, well today we go from hinting to laying it all out for you.
So to set the scene, at the end of Now in Color, Geraldine (Teyonah Parris) mentions to Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) that Ultron killed her brother. This does not go well for Geraldine as Wanda turns on her and boots her out of the town. At the start of this week’s episode, we get to see all of the context leading up to this as Geraldine/ Monica Rambeau blips back into existence in a hospital in chaos. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
There is a lot to unpack this week as we get to see a whole new side of the show, much like that one episode of Lost where we get to see what happened for the people in The Tail. We start inside a hospital, and we get to see the sheer chaos of the blip back in action. Every person we have seen so far was awake when they got snapped, so there was some context when they came back … sort of. But Monica was asleep and had no idea what the heck is happening. This opening might have been some of the most visceral moments in the MCU and setting the groundwork for this bonkers episode.
The overarching theme this week is to see everything that is happening outside the town of Westview. Everything is set in motion by FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) who we last saw in Ant-Man and the Wasp. He had a witness in protection drop off the face of the map and followed it up. Randall Park is fantastic in this episode, and I really liked that while he is still sort of the comic relief, they also make sure that he is presented as competent in his job. This is extended to another new addition to the cast Dr Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), who thanks to her work with Thor, knows these situations better than most of the higher-ups around her.
While we get a more grounded episode this week, the oddness that has permeated the show continues. This is because that tv show that we see presented in the show is actually being broadcasted as a show-inside-a-show. Creating a sort of situation that you know the internet is going to be flooded Inception noises. This also ends up turning menacing when the façade of Wanda slips, and we see that Vision (Paul Bettany) is still very much dead.
All of this leads to some fascinating questions. This week makes it very clear that the person creating the hexagon world around Westview is Wanda. She also has complete control over the town. But the hard question is, is she doing this alone, or there someone else in control as we see that someone is censoring the feed that gets released into the world. Who was the witness hiding in the town, is it a random, or is it someone we should know about? Also, do the 3000 odd people inside the town know what is going on and is playing along or are they being manipulated. This is the episode where we got so many answers to questions. Yet significantly, all of those answers paled in comparison in all the other questions raised in this episode.
In the end, do we recommend Episode 4? Absolutely. This episode showed that even outside of the sitcom presence, the show can still hit hard. For every question answered the was more presented and the supporting cast was everything that we needed and we are not even half-way through.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of WandaVision
Directed by – Matt Shakman
Written by – Bobak Esfarjani & 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, Randall Park, Kat Dennings & Kathryn Hahn with Josh Stamberg, Alan Heckner & Selena Anduza