It’s hard to believe we’re already close to halfway through WandaVision when it seems so little has happened beyond introducing us to the concept of Wanda and Vision stuck in some sort of Twilight Zone of sitcoms past. It’s even harder still to believe just how much time has passed since this show was first announced. Unfortunately, all the promise and excitement this show once held has nearly dissolved with each unfolding episode.
Here we are at week three, which takes us into the groovy 70s for a now in-color episode that feels akin to The Brady Bunch minus all the kids. Well, that’s not actually true. There is one kid, sort of, as we find Wanda on the verge of a very unusual and advanced pregnancy. She’s about to have her first kid. The show again tries to force comedy here, as I guess it’s supposed to be funny when her labor pains and contractions incite strange incidents around her house, like when her water breaks and it coincidently starts raining inside. The concept has some potential, but it’s rushed and written like the writers don’t even care. Or perhaps they don’t have the ability to do comedy. Nothing so far has shown me otherwise in this show. Maybe it’s because the scenes are played too self-aware. In this episode’s case, as a cheesy 70s show that is more interested in winking at the audience than actually bothering to concentrate on comedic pacing. It’s like the showrunner decided it’s hilarious because the laugh track tells us so, when in fact the comedy has long run completely dry. And so has the novelty of the show, for that matter.
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Another big problem is that Wanda and Vision have so far gone to great lengths to hide their powers from their neighbors and friends. Yet when these same people start to find out about them, like the doctor who is whisked to pregnant Wanda’s side by Vision at near light speed, said doctor doesn’t even seem to notice or care. It’s lazy writing.
The only bright side comes when we at long last have mention of events outside the suburban purgatory Wanda seems to be trapped in. Finally, at the mention of Wanda’s dead brother, does the narrative begin to advance. It’s like a sudden shock to the system, raising a number of possibilities behind Wanda’s sitcom imprisonment.
My own theory is that Wanda has created this TV world herself to help her cope with the loss of Vision in Infinity War, and the show’s mysterious “Sword” organization are actually trying to contain the real-world damage she is causing while somehow trying to find a way to break her out of her magical mental creation. I’m sure there’s more to it than that, but due to the snail’s pace this show moves at, I’m quickly running out of reason to care.
I plan to keep watching, one, because the MCU is so heavily connected that I kind of feel obligated to if I want to stay up to date, and, two, because, as I’ve said before, there are so few decent programs on TV or online out there right now. It’s kind of a sad reason to keep streaming WandaVision, I know, but it is fitting since this show is a sad reminder of its once intriguing potential.
You can watch the first two episodes of WandaVision on Disney+ now and episode three will debut this Friday.