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Review: WandaVision S1E3 Now in Color

WandaVision S1E3 Now in Color

WandaVision S1E3 Now in Color brings the moment so many are waiting for, the debut of Wanda’s “children”. Now taking place in the 1970s the couple is expecting their first child. Wanda “became” pregnant at the end of the previous episode. Now in color, the episode takes its inspiration from shows like The Brady Bunch and Laverne and Shirley.

With her being pregnant, Wanda’s powers are on the fritz. This causes issues for not just the couple but for all of those around them. It also is destroying the barrier that Wanda has clearly set up in this world.

Now in Color plays on pregnancies in television. There are the usual jokey pratfalls and laugh tracks over the situation. There are also some subtle nods to covering up pregnancies with objects around a house like a bowl of fruit.

As someone who grew up watching The Brady Bunch every day after school, the details of the set nail the nostalgia factor and makes me long for a trip to Hawaii with a cursed Tiki idol. Or maybe they can start a band. Above all, the show’s design, costumes, hair and makeup stand out above the quality writing and acting. The vision (no pun intended) of the show is spectacular. For technical reasons alone, the series is must-watch television.

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany do a great job of delivering the jokes and situation continuing to both send-up and do an homage to shows of the times. Their delivery of the material is solid in that somewhat cheesy way for the shows it takes its inspiration from. Both have much better comedic chops than I’d have expected. Their usually serious demeanor helps enhance the comedic bits.

Teyonah Parris ups her presence on the show playing the role of getting caught in the delivery and having to help Wanda. Those who know who she’s playing and who her character actually is will enjoy the layered meaning of what she has to say.

And again, it’s the small details of the episode in that all is not right that really makes things. On the surface, the riff on classic shows works really well. The fact not all is right is really what’s interesting. From an issue with a wall to a statement by their doctor, the big picture continues to come together. And it comes together in a big way as the wall really begins to shatter by the end of the episode.

The show has improved with each episode as the big picture comes better into focus. While I wasn’t too keen on the first episode of WandaVision, by the third I’m all in and want to see where this goes as to what’s going on becomes much clearer. It leans more into the concept of this world’s glitches building on the mystery. We don’t just know not all is right, we see it. A scene is rewound and played back, for instance.

This is a big episode as it has major implications to the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward. Fans of Marvel Comics will be filled with excitement and know the future possibilities. For those that don’t, strap in, this could be a wild ride.

Overall Rating: 8.95

Review: WandaVision S1E2 Don’t Touch That Dial

WandaVision S1E2

WandaVision S1E2 continues its play off of the classic series Bewitched with an episode that has Wanda and Vision entering a talent show.

Compared to the debut episode, WandaVision S1E2 is much more intriguing. While it acts so well as an homage to classic television, it delivers more of what was lacking in the first, the hints at something more. In a black and white world, we get a colorized toy. A radio plays odd music and an odd message. It’s the small details that were missing from the first episode. Their inclusion enhances the experience. The lack of them in the first episode hints at a purposely slow build and reveal but that also means it’s a slow build and reveal. With the good comes the bad.

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany continue their excellent takes on classic characters. In this case, Bettany does the drunk individual coming close to revealing their two secrets. It’s a great switch of classic stories where Samantha was almost discovered as a witch.

But, it’s the small details of the episode where it works really well and shines.

The classic cartoon style is fantastic. The introduction of Teyonah Parris as Geraldine is fantastic. The line delivered in her introduction is so layered and done so well. It’s a prime example the show is smarter and more thought out than it’s quirky premise would have you believe.

WandaVision S1E2 is an improvement of the start in so many ways. Wanda is clearly trapped in this world but is it something someone is doing to her or is it a creation of her own? This episode throws that big question out there and there’s some massive implications.

Like I said in the review of the first episode, this is a series whose whole will likely be better than the individual parts but this part is pretty damn good on its own.

Overall Rating: 8.5

Review: WandaVision S1E1 Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience

WandaVision S1E1

The next phase of Marvel’s cinematic universe begins in the highly anticipated WandaVision. The Disney+ show brings an intriguing new format and take on the classic Marvel characters of Wanda Maximoff and Vision. WandaVision S1E1 takes us into the homage/spoof of classic television shows kicking off with Dick Van Dyke meets Bewitched showing the two in a blissful marriage. But, is this reality?

The last we saw Wanda, she had helped defeat Thanos in Avengers: Endgame after being returned from being blinked out. She attended Stark’s funeral, and that’s where we left her. Vision, as far as we know, was killed in Avengers: Infinity War. In an attempt to stop Thanos, Wanda destroyed the Mind Stone in Vision’s forehead with Visions saying “I love you” just before he was destroyed. But, Thanos returned Vision using the Time Stone to then plunk the stone from Vision’s forehead and helping to complete his gauntlet. Due to Vision being destroyed before the blink, as far as we know he didn’t return.

So, what’s going on?

WandaVision‘s debut episode doesn’t tell us a whole lot until the very end. The two are living the domestic life presented as a classic black and white television show. It’s entertaining in its winks and nods to shows of the past but, the concept drags on for far too long. There’s a lack of enough hints as to what’s really going on making this debut just… weird.

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda and Paul Bettany as Vision are charming enough in their roles. The pull off the now cringe-worthy style of story of the time. The episode is a solid send-up of the overused story of the boss coming over for dinner. As far as playing off of classic shows, WandaVision S1E1 does things really well.

The addition of Kathryn Hahn as Agnes is solid and she nails the tone of the era as well. It’s all enhanced by a goofy add for a toaster by Stark Industries that’s way over the top.

WandaVision S1E1 nails down what it’s trying to do. The tone, style, story, costumes, stage, it’s all damn near perfect. But that doesn’t mean it succeeds.

The show drags on for its rather short 29 minutes and only gets to the point at the very end. Something is very wrong in this pollyannish world and the episode would have been stronger by focusing on that. Glitches in the episode would have played well. Small details not quite sitting right and being out of place would have worked well. It’s these sort of things and the addition of them would have made the concept all the more intriguing.

Olsen’s depiction of Wanda is a bit odd too as her Sokovian accent seems to have gone away for a Jersey-ish delivery. It could be to play up the time and it might return. It could be to play off the style of the time. But she’s “European” as Vision tells his boss to which he makes a negative response. Why this choice was made is unclear, beyond the boss’s reaction, but it’s all very weird. It’s just a very noticeable decision and is a bit odd.

WandaVision S1E1 isn’t bad. There’s a lot to like. It’s just rather boring. This isn’t your normal Marvel Cinematic Universe entry, and that’s a good thing. But, the episode stumbles. It’s clearly a series that the whole will likely be stronger than each individual part.

Overall Rating: 7.0

Get a Look at the LEGO Eternals Sets

The Eternals are getting the spotlight by Marvel with a new high-profile comic series and film coming soon. It’s unknown exactly what direction Marvel Studios will take the cosmic property created by Jack Kirby but we have a look at four upcoming LEGO sets that hint at what’s to come.

The Eternals are genetically modified by the Celestials who were created to take on the dangerous Deviants.

  • Deviant Ambush – Thena, Gilgamesh, and Makkari take on a 6-legged Deviant – $24.99
  • In Arishem’s Shadow – Featuring Ajak, Kingo, Ikaris, and Sersi, the set also features a Celestial with a light-up brick – $59.99
  • Rise of Domo – Makkari, Ikaris, Thena, Sersi, Druig, and Phastos plus a ship which opens up, take on the leader of the Deviants and an accomplice – $89.99
  • Eternals’ Aerial Assault – Sprite and Ikaris take on a Deviant – $9.99

So, what have we learned? Deviants are the “big bad” of the film and we might be getting some Celestial action, something that’s been hinted at through previous films from Marvel Studios.

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