WandaVision: Show Review

*Clap* *Clap* Show Review. Okay, WandaVision makes 2021 look already much better than 2020. While at the time of writing this article, there are only two episodes released, three if I really want to stretch my deadline to the last minute, there are bound to be more by the time this article gets published. That is if it gets published. Being the first official MCU content since Spider-Man: Far From Home, WandaVision got the Marvel community excited about what will come out of it. Easter Egg analyzers are especially pleased by the show format, as they can pick apart plenty of probable references easily on Disney+. But that isn’t what you’re [probably] reading this for. You want a stranger on the internet to have an almost guaranteed to be different opinion than you so that you can have the satisfaction of being unique. Sooooooooooo… into the review.

The first two episodes, which are the ones that I will be reviewing, take place in 1961, as hinted by the calendar. This first episode is more of a filler episode to introduce the characters and overall setting. It’s in the typical Black & White filter that you would imagine from old-timey shows, and the effects give you a feeling of nostalgia, your old Saturday Morning Cartoons. Wanda and Vision are in the town of Westville, just trying to fit in and live a normal life. Their neighbor and recurring companion character is Agnes, who has that creepy “I’m nice but serve a higher demonic purpose” feel, as people tend to have. 

We see Vision at work and has the first moments of the show where we feel something is off. He tries to ask what his work actually does, but can’t. Nobody gives him a clear answer. Anyway, the episode’s main problem is that there is a heart in the current day on their calendar, and neither of them knows what it is. Wanda believes that it is their anniversary, but Vision figures out that his boss is coming to have dinner with them (as bosses tend to do). This leads to wacky antics like breakfast for dinner, realizing that they have no real memories of their past before, and Vision uses his phasing powers to save his boss from choking. The episode ends, and everything is happy… for now.

Episode two is where the lore aspect comes into play. The episode starts with the practicing for a town talent show, where they are performing a magic act. Vision questions. Before the meeting, they both have meetings, but Wanda’s is more important. Although so, Vision’s is still worth mentioning, as he gets his inner gears clogged (definitely not how he works) with gum, leading to the later episode. At Wanda’s meeting, she is trying to impress the “town mom” who facilitates events. But we get the indication that this reality is not as it seems. First, on the radio, an unknown voice keeps repeating Wanda’s name, telling her to stop and asking, “Who’s doing this?” ”This”, indicating a bigger threat on the horizon. Then in the black and white world, the woman she’s trying to impress gets a glass cut, seeping with bright, red blood. This also connects to an earlier scene of the same episode, where Wanda finds a colored Helicopter. These all seem to correlate with loud booms that suddenly happen as if an outside force is trying to invade her town, and her perception of reality is forcing them to relate to her image. Blah blah blah, they perform a funny magic act, all the filler stuff, but then the series’s biggest mystery so far comes. In the night, Wanda and Vision hear another boom. They go outside and see somebody climbing from a vent in a… beekeeper outfit? One huge constant with these “boom” invasions is a logo of a sword, the logo of S.W.O.R.D. in the comics, and the interstellar extension of S.H.I.E.L.D. Overall, there is still a lot more that will be able to unpack, but for now, I hope you enjoyed it!