Apologies for the late review… It has been a busy week but better late than never
Another week, another episode of WandaVision over. Though we are still stuck in sitcom purgatory (courtesy of Wanda herself, we learn) the show wisely cuts between Westview and the outside world. This helps distract from the sterile attempts at humor the show is trying to capture within Wanda’s world, and puts the focus on what the show has done well: the drama.
Visually, the series has achieved the look of the sitcoms it tries to emulate, but comes up short with the comedy. This has contributed to an overall lack of energy for the show. It’s surprising because the director of the series, Matt Shankman, came from HBO’s Game of Thrones prior to this show. Given the plot jumping in that fantasy, this show should have been a cakewalk for him. Instead, it comes across as more of a chore.
Luckily, the writing quality picks up this week. Without question this is the best episode thus far, with the most going on. About halfway through the episode, in fact, something happens that’s nothing short of a game changer. Spoiler alert: Vision figures out he is living in Wanda’s fantasy. If only he had come to this realization sooner and the show had instead focused on that drama, rather than, again, the comedy… I can imagine a sort of Stepford Wives type of show where Vision tries to get out of Westview only to realize Wanda is the one holding him back and I can’t help but wonder if there was a big missed opportunity here given what we’ve had so far from WandaVision.
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All I can hope for now is that the show doesn’t decide to have Wanda wipe Vision’s memory somehow so he forgets this realization. Talk about one step forward, two steps back if so.
Lest you think Vision’s realization is the most exciting thing to happen this episode, though, that is actually saved for the end. Again, spoiler territory here: Wanda’s dead brother returns. Only, it’s not the Quicksilver from the MCU played by Aaron Taylor Johnson, it’s the one portrayed by Evan Peters in the Fox X-men franchise. This is possible due to Disney, who owns Marvel, recently buying Fox, who owned the rights to X-men.
Why does this switch occur? Is this confirmation the X-men from Fox are now part of the Marvel-verse? There’s clearly a lot to unpack here, but to do so would be speculating wildly. I hope we get answers and there is a story reason for Peters’ appearance other than “wouldn’t it be cool…”. With time running out, though, it’s starting to seem like a tall order. Still, given all the moving pieces now in play, I can genuinely say that for the first time since the lead up to episode one, I am excited to see what happens next.
You can watch the first six episodes of WandaVision on Disney+ now and episode three will debut this Friday.