TL;DR – We get to see that there more going on than we first though as many questions are raised but answers as still coming.
Disclosure – I paid for the Disney+ subscription that viewed this series.
WandaVision Review –
Well, WandaVision is one of those shows that just when you think you have a handle on what is going on, it pulls the rug out for underneath you. We saw that first at the end of Now in Color and also at the end of last week’s On a Very Special Episode…. All of this means that when you start up the episode for the first time, you have no idea where this show will go.
So to set the scene, at the end of last week Vision (Paul Bettany) had started to take note that something is wrong in this world. He cannot remember what happened of his life before he arrived in Westview, which is not good news for Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) who is trying to keep the façade of this perfect sitcom world going. But as forces move from the outside, the question has to be asked – ‘Is Wanda in complete control of this universe?’ because while she can come and go, there are growing factors outside of her control. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some MAJOR [SPOILERS] ahead.
Well, we open this week with a homage to Malcolm in the Middle, so you know that is always going to be a good start with what is going to come. But what I was not expecting was how down into the weeds this week’s episode went as everything moved forward at warp speed as we broke the forth and frankly every wall.
As we dive into this week that we know is set somewhere between 1998 and 2006 thanks to both The Parent Trap and The Incredibles playing at the movie cinemas we get to see the fractures of this world start to form. The first fracture is in Wanda and Vision’s relationship, last week before Pietro (Evan Peters) arrived they were having a full-on explosive argument. While they are playing it nice for the kids, there are still repercussions of that flowing out. For Vision spends this episode away from Wanda exploring the rest of the town.
While Vision gets to see what happens with all the people that like The Truman Show are not needed so are just in holding patterns. We get the real explanation said to us by Pietro. Why are there no children, because Wanda keeps them asleep, so they are not traumatised and added to that she has gone out of her way to make it as least damaging as possible. But we saw through some wonderful acting last week that even at her best she is causing everyone harm, which is reinforced this week. We see the tears and pain that everyone put into holding mode is going through.
I wondered how the integration of Pietro would happen this week and if they would address the multiverse implications of having Evan Peters/X-Men Pietro rather than Aaron Taylor-Johnson/MCU Pietro. The short answer is no, no they don’t, but they do reference it sort of while also making a Kick-Ass joke which I appreciated. This week Pietro was both the catalyst for the Kids to discover that they also have powers, but more than that he was Wanda’s conscience/confident that she could talk to.
On the outside of the Hex, we see the fight growing for the last couple of episodes come to the foreground. Hayward (Josh Stamberg) is clearly well if not a member of an evil organisation is at least a really awful person. He has been experimenting on Vision and possibly also Wanda as well and at the very least knows more than he is letting on. What that is will probably be revealed next week because Darcy (Kat Dennings) got an email out to Jimmy (Randall Park) which was basically “this is my evil plan” folder. But we did get to see that both Jimmy and Monica (Teyonah Parris)can kick arse and that was a fun moment all round.
Like all week’s I think we asked more questions than we answered. Is Wanda the main person in charge here, or is something/someone else at play? Is Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) under Wanda’s mind-control or was she playing Vision? Can the Kids leave The Hex? Is the Hex’s boundary giving people powers, and is this how Mutants come into this world? Who is Monica going to meet? While some of these questions have some possible answers as things have been dropped by the show here and there (but then they could also be misdirects, which gives me a headache). Others are still a real mystery, and I am not sure that you would be entirely sure about what is coming even if you are very familiar with the comics. This is added to by this week’s ending where to save Vision, Wanda dramatically increases the Hex’s boundaries capturing Darcy and most of the SWORD team in her world.
In the end, do we recommend All-New Halloween Spooktacular!? Absolutely. Each week it is a joy to watch the story unfold, as well as the rest of the evening when you sit online and talk about theories with all your friends. Each week the show ratchets up the tension masterfully, and each week I want to watch the next episode right away.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of WandaVision
Directed by – Matt Shakman
Written by – Peter Cameron and Chuck Hayward
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, Tommy, Billy, Agnes and Pietro Maximoff as himself (Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Teyonah Parris, Evan Peters, Randall Park, Kat Dennings & Kathryn Hahn with Julian Hilliard, Jett Klyne, Josh Stamberg & David Payton