So i just finished binging my way through Wandavision and here are my first thoughts. So I decided for this one to do it episode by episode with general and over-all thoughts at the end. Warning, there will be spoilers in this.
I love how much it matches the style of the 50s sitcom series, from music to comedic style, to commercials to everything. The performances are incredible and I like how slow it establishes everything in how off things are.
Overall I think it’s a good first episode that establishes something is off and we don’t know what. Especially with the ending setting up stuff for the future of the series.
I like how this episode establishes itself as a bewitched inspired, with that intro.
I like the use of colour in the first two episodes as well as it really establishes when something is off, as well as the camera angles and how Agnes is there every time. I enjoy how there’s always something happening. That goes right back to normal. STRUCKER HYDRA WATCH. I really love when the weird stuff happens
Move onto the 60s time of sitcoms with colour.
Over all I think this episode isn’t as strong as the first, it still has some great moments and performances and all that. But it relies a bit too much on awkward humour which I’m not a big fan of. Still had some great off-putting moments though. On to the next episode
The theme song this time is around is hilarious as you can tell something is off with it.
I like how whenever something happens that Wanda doesn’t like it changes.
It gets weird at the end too which I love. Overall a great episode with good weird stuff happening with the most revealing so far about what’s happening so far.
Starting off with the blip and the introduction of sword into the universe. Crazy that they’ve shifted a bit from the craziness of the show. A bit more MCU ish. Feels where things get serious. Feels like setting up the stuff we’ve seen throughout the series with the drone and Geraldine being Monica Rambaeu. Also cool seeing Darcy back. Feels the most MCU down to aspect ratio, colour grading, etc. Weird we’re getting an explanation episode this early, explaining a lot of the strange things we’ve seen so far. The first bit of reality we’ve seen, even in the sitcom world. Wanda definitely has something to do with this. This is a great episode, I didn’t feel the time go by at all in it.
Gotta love 80s sitcoms. Again some weirdness happening. I love how the themes tell us a bit of what’s happening like how Wanda doesn’t exactly know the theme song, just making it up as it goes. Snap back to reality, of Monica. Our first view of a lot of these as grief. We can tell something is off with Agnes as she doesn’t notice things and does stuff out of the control. We’re seeing more weird stuff happen in the series.
Big things are happening in this episode. This is where we start seeing Wanda as both protagonist and antagonist, that let her grief get the better of her, that she is learning how to deal with her grief. I love the use of the ways of the show for the story. I love how Vision is the one for reality and to seeing reality in how he doesn’t remember anything before Westfield, due to being dead. And that cameo in this episode of who we think it is crazy. Overall a great episode
Love how the intros reflect what is happening on the show. Including the malcom in the middle styling. The Halloween episode costumes are hilarious. I love the mixing of sitcom and reality. Gotta love that injoke reference. I like how Agnes seems to be like vision in how she’s able to see reality, in how she tells vision he’s dead. I like how Pietro knows to. And with the random flashes of the dead versions of the characters. Another episode where stuff gets serious. Another great episode with some crazy moments.
I already love the use of the modern sitcom to help Wanda get through the feelings of grief a bit. I do love how the modern sitcom is when Wanda starts losing control a little bit. I love how the commercials also are Wanda questioning herself as well. Monica confronting Wanda and seeing that Agnes has a part in this is pretty crazy and can be seen almost since the beginning. This episode is the full reveals of Agnes is Agatha Harkness in the show in full control of everything, messing with everything in this show. Also that song is so catchy too. Overall a big oh shit episode with one of the biggest reveals of the season.
Interesting to see Agatha’s history and backstory, as well as seeing a different kind of magic than the kind seen in Dr. Strange. We also get to see the first full look at Wanda’s history as well. We also get to see why she’s in a tv world. This episode also shows how the infinity stones still have a part to play in the universe, with showing Wanda a vision of her future in a way. I like how while going though wanda’s life with Agatha in a way was helping Wanda move through and past her trauma. I enjoy how we also get to see Wanda and Vision’s relationship develop. Heyward is also a big of a reason for what has happened. We also see how Wanda did it and how she made vision. Her grief for the better of her. Also he’d finally seeing the set and reality of it is an amazing scene. Oh shit at the chaos magic and scarlet witch stuff. Overall another amazing episode with the biggest reveals of the show and some incredible things. And the insane cliffhanger at the end.
Episode 9, the finale
Here’s where the big super battle happens. Not a fan of the joke of who Pietro really is. I like how Wanda defeats Agatha and how Wanda has to sacrifice everything she’s ever wanted to make it right. Over-all this is a good finale to a great show.
General thoughts over-all.
I felt this show was an amazing example of what marvel on Disney + has to offer. It’s a creative look at a character that has been in the forefromt of a lot of the recent major events in the MCU, but didn’t know much about. This series fixes that by letting us see Wanda and be with Wanda for the length of 9 episodes. Being a TV series allows us to get to know Wanda better than we have this whole time.
I really enjoyed how the series used and matched the tropes and expectations of sitcoms throughout the years as a way to examine this broken character. How things get stranger and more interesting as the series moves on and develops. I think they did an amazing job with matching the aesthetics of the years with some specific references to the sitcoms that have inspired the show. I also think that it makes good use of those tropes in when they’re set to show the slow decline of the world they’re in. The best example is using the interview angle of a lot of modern sitcoms to show Wanda’s decline and Vision’s questioning. I think that mixing between reality and the world wanda created is a good move in showing how powerful she is and the possible ways that Wanda could go in the future.
I think the pacing and the story they’re telling was done very well. This is a story about grief and how you handle it, with Wanda showing what can happen when you don’t have a healthy way to deal with it. And it just so happened to cause others Trauma as well, especially after the blip.
I think the show did a great job with the characters. Wanda is the stand-out of the series as we get to see how she has been affected by everything, and how she wants to keep a sense of a normal life that she can’t really has. The show also keeps that running theme of Wanda accidentally doing something that affects a lot of people. She is definitely going to be a major player going forward into phase 4.
Vision is another stand out character as we get to see more of him, as well as his slow understanding of nothing is as it seems, including himself.
Agatha or Agnes was a fun character when she was acting as a part of the show, but still was a good character when she went full villain.
Monica was another great character, with her wanting to help save Wanda from herself and from her boss. It was interesting to see her origin story for her abilities that would eventually come.
It’s fun to see Jimmy Woo and Darcy Lewis back and I think they made a great use of the characters, serving a purpose to the show other than being comedic relief. I hope that x-files type show comes out of it.
In terms of performances everyone did an amazing job. The mixing of real self and show self and all that was just incredible. I also loved how they were able to match the performance style of each type of sitcom which must have been difficult. Some stand-out performances for me were Wanda, Vision, and Agatha. Elizabeth Olsen did an amazing job with the character, and how she could switch between the different versions of the character within the same scene. I think the same thing with Paul Bethany and Kathryn Hahn. They both did incredible jobs, with Paul playing double duty as Vision and White Vision. Everyone else on the cast also did amazing.
It’ll be interesting to see what makes it out of the series (here’s hoping Billy and Tommy come back like they do in the comics). Another aspect of the show I enjoyed were the commercials and the intro themes. There are a lot of references there into just how much Wanda is trying to cover herself. THey’re all also funny in their own right. I also loved the kicks reference they snuck in there.
The use of effects in this series was amazing, sure some of the more cg stuff is a little weird, but everything else was amazing. The use of colour to show a bit of reality early on, and the use of the shifting aspect ratios was a brilliant choice to show the difference between the show and reality.
The music was pretty ok, and the use of licensed music worked well for me. But it does fall a bit into the MCU prat-fall of not being too memorable.
Now on for some stuff I would have liked to see and some stuff that I felt could have been done better. I would have liked to see a Doctor Strange cameo at the end to fully set up the next Dr. Strange movie, maybe that’ll happen in Loki though. I wasn’t too fond of the joke of who the fake Pietro really is. I kind of wish they did something more with him. I mean he has superseed in Wanda’s world so. Other than that there was some stuff I just wasn’t feeling as much, and I’m not exactly sure what and why.
Over-all this was a great series and a great example of what the MCU shows have to offer going forward. I’d say it’s worth a watch and I give it two-thumbs up!
Also good luck getting that Agatha song out of your head.
Also I would recommend it all at once so that way you can’t ruin the show for yourself with theorizing why stuff is happening or who a character is.