WandaVision (2021) series review
The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, WandaVision is a Disney+ series following the changing sitcom life of Wanda Maximoff and Vision, who begin to suspect that things are not how they seem… The series finale premiered last night, rounding out the predominantly strong reception the series has received since around the third and fourth episodes. And while I am certain that everyone reading this has caught up already, I am going to refrain from spoilers regardless!
I don’t know the effectiveness of writing a truly “spoiler free” review to be honest. Yeah the performances are great and the underlying themes are strong and- production design is solid? I mean I liked the show overall, but it is also hard to explain what I didn’t like about it without spoiling anything. So how about this? Let’s take this one episode at a time and see how this goes… I’ll still refrain from major spoilers, but obviously I’ve got to talk more about the show as it- changes. Anyway, you’ve been warned.
Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience:
The first episode of WandaVision as a 1950s sitcom was genuinely hilarious! Sure it left me wanting more, but a good pilot should. And setting aside the aforementioned production design that is a highlight from episode to episode, I cannot give Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany enough credit for their layered performances in this series, let alone the first episode.
Don’t Touch That Dial:
While still funny, this one to be began to drag. I wasn’t sure what the goal was other than antics, and by the end of the episode I didn’t know much more than I did before. And while there are definitely hints at things to come, many of these felt more for the audience at the time. So it’s fine, not great.
Now in Color:
Okay I really struggled through this one. It wasn’t funny, I didn’t have any real connection to the story since we didn’t have that much more information, and this episode spent WAY too long on a few very meaningless things. Stupid stork. Anyway yeah there are a few interesting moments, and the end was genuinely interesting! But I was also about ready to hop off at this point.
We Interrupt This Program:
Fortunately the series delivered the best episode immediately after the worst. (If you are asking me anyway.) More characters and a story setup that are all much more compelling than 1970s antics. I give up, SPOILERS. Jimmy Woo!! Super happy to see Randall Park back, and can’t wait for the Darcy-Woo spinoff comedy.
On a Very Special Episode…:
This was when I realized that Kathryn Hahn was also just great! And I honestly don’t remember much of this episode until that wonderful last scene! It just blew my mind to see this kind of ambitious crossover as far as bringing Fox properties into the MCU! Couldn’t be happier.
All-New Halloween Spooktacular!:
Aside from Vision becoming an interesting character, I don’t really have thoughts on this episode. It’s fine. Okay I also appreciate the interesting situation they’ve put protagonist/antagonist Wanda in. I knew it wouldn’t last, but it was interesting nonttheless.
Breaking the Fourth Wall:
Called it. Not the twist itself, but the inability to stick to something as dark as the entire thing being Wanda’s fault. But hey Rambeau became a much more interesting character!
Hey here’s some information that you kind of already have! This wasn’t a bad episode, but the entire thing it just Agatha taking us through backstory, and I’m not sure why. This was when I realizes that both series villains were critically underdeveloped.
The Series Finale:
Another perfectly average episode. Lots of action and effects, some interesting setup for the MCU to come, aaaaand still two underdeveloped villains. Not as much as I was hoping from this either. I really wanted Pietro so stay too, so that sucks. Maybe my expectations for this episode was too high, but I had sold myself on the idea of something- more.
That said, the finale really doubles-down on the strong themes dealing with repression and more, and I cannot give both the writers and Elizabeth Olsen enough credit for carrying those themes out so well. So in the end, I didn’t love WandaVision, but I don’t love alot that the MCU puts out. I thought the series did a fine job. I wish it had introduced more complex storytelling sooner, and in the end I wanted more from it simply based on the ideas that the show itself put in my head. But I had a good time, and I think almost everyone will. WantaVision is worth checking out if you haven’t seen it. 7/10.
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-review by Ryan Prince