WandaVision takes a ten-year leap forward from the 1970s and returns with another fun and clean episode in the form of Wanda and Vision’s trip to her childhood home after Wanda’s sudden pregnancy. A 9-month blitz where Wanda is blessed with twins, recognized by comic book fans like Wiccan and Speed. But all is not rosy yet in Wanda’s twisted reality, as the cracks become more and more visible.
Marvel Studios have done a great job recreating the 60s in the first of the series, and even more brilliantly with the 70s. The vintage intro with the Technicolor colors, the color palette of the series, the fake backgrounds around the stage, even the score – it was all fabulously done. Matt Schuckman and the cast and crew did a phenomenal job of making us feel at home in the 70s.
As for the progress of the main story, author Jacques Skeffer is slow to make any progress. Much of the episode takes place as Wanda and Sight experience the excitement and dangers of pregnancy, and again, a life that even they will never know. And even though the jokes aren’t received very well by sitcom viewers, it’s always fun to watch Wanda panic about her situation while Vision does her best to keep things under control. Add Geraldine’s spices and you have a good old fashioned PG-13 system that is perfect for family and friends.
However, the plot deepens when Agnes Catherine Hahn appears in another avatar, while Geraldine briefly retreats from an alternate reality to remind Wanda of Pietro’s name. As she fondly remembers her brother, Geraldine reminding her of Pietro’s death at the hands of Ultron makes Wanda suspicious, and she sends her back to the real world with a cool looking transformation effect. The entire series maintained the tension quotient and was well managed, using minimal dialogue and relying heavily on the rising tension to lead us to a dramatic revelation. At this point, I don’t think anyone doubts that anything is wrong, and Wanda has built an elaborate maze that keeps her and Vision inside the city, away from the outside world. Is it a coincidence that the name Westview is reminiscent of Westworld?
Although the delivery is smooth, there’s nothing left to worry about at this point. WandaVision has fun and wants to evoke great nostalgic memories of sitcoms from a bygone era with teasers that eventually reveal what’s really going on in the world. And it’s really nice to see Paul Bettany enjoying the chance to play Vision in the most humane way possible; he totally owns the goofy and less serious version of his character and fits perfectly into the set. But it is up to the public to decide whether these facets are enough to compensate for the general lack of progress.
So far, WandaVision is progressing fairly steadily. I wish they would shake things up a bit and spend a little more time on what’s going on out there. And while the ads for Hydra and the introduction of Wiccan and Speed keep the connection to the MCU intact, WandaVision is currently at its best in the sense that it can be enjoyed without a thorough knowledge of everything that came before. All in all, another great episode with a return to the 70s, a splash of bright colors, and a day in the life of Wanda and Vision.
WandaVision Season 1 Episode 3 Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Read my review of episodes 1 and 2 of season 1 of WandaVision here.