Happy New Year everyone! Normally I kick off the New Year with an anticipated movies post but with things as they currently stand and the opening of cinema uncertain I decided, instead I would review each episode of the MCU's first TV show: WandaVision. The show premiered with two episodes on the 15th of January and will run until the 5th of March. There will be 9 episodes and I will be reviewing them all, so save this post and make sure to check it on a weekly basis for each review. This is set to be a unique show, with huge set pieces and a sitcom style. I'm most excited to see Wanda explore her powers and evolve further. The trailers so far have given very little away in terms of narrative, so we have no idea what's in store. I am so excited for this show, I have always liked the idea that Wanda would become the next MCU villain, we have watched her lose so many people that we have connected with her, so just imagine the impact of a villain arch? She would be a villain we actually care about!! There will be spoilers throughout - you have been warned.
Episode 1 Review
The episode has an overall fun vibe, with light humour surrounding the abilities of Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany). But there is one very unnerving moment where Vision's boss (Fred Melamed) is choking, his wife (Debra Jo Rupp - who is brilliant throughout) laughs and repeats 'stop it' even as he falls to the floor. Vision is completely frozen from the moment they are made to think about their past, until Wanda tells him to save his boss, but it is Wanda that steals this scene, the sheer confused panic on her face throughout this scene is incredible. In fact reality is skirted around throughout the episode, from Wanda's Sokovian heritage to Visions 'I don't have a skeleton' joke. There are a couple of hints peppered throughout the episode, the checked jacket Wanda wears in the present day scenes of the trailer is hung by the door. During a toaster commercial the sound of Ironman's amour is heard and it is revealed that the toaster is a product of Stark Industries, there is also a ticking noise perhaps this is a refence to the bomb that nearly killed her. The last hint is revelled when the episode presumably ends, the scene goes back to widescreen and we are shown someone watching the episode on a monitor: S.W.O.R.D.
I can honestly say there is nothing quite like WandaVision out there right now, it is refreshing. The light-humoured style hides the darkness lurking beneath in a way thats thrilling. The episode makes you think about everything Wanda has been through and it's almost as if we are just waiting to see her break. Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) is introduced in this episode, she is fun and instantly becomes friends with Wanda, I cannot wait to learn more about her character. WandaVision was a bold move for the MCU but even after only one episode I think it payed off, of the rest of the season is this strong it will be a triumph.
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
It's been a long week waiting for episode three. This is our first full in colour episode and gives us a lot of new information. The episode revolves around Wanda and Vision becoming parents, Wanda goes from instantly pregnant to full term to giving birth all in the matter of a day. Their children Tommy and Billy are comic book accurate and were magic constructs created by Wanda. The opening song this week has a real 70s sitcom vibe, with 'in colour' added to the title which was common place in the 70s. We get to see Wanda having as much fun as Vision for a good three quarters of the episode which is so much fun to watch. The set and costumes are once again on point, the coloured windows on the house are coincidentally the colours of vision - red, blue and yellow which probably means something. But the stork is the stand out of the episode for me.