Monday, February 8, 2021

What I’m Watching: WandaVision

WandaVision: Season 1, Episode 5 “On a Very Special Episode…” (B+)

Answers are never a bad thing, and we actually got plenty of them after last week’s episode took us entirely out of the sitcom world to meet the S.W.O.R.D. agents trying to figure out what the hell is going on with anomaly that is Westview. The twins growing up instantly and then being able to “age up” first when they needed to be older to have a dog and later when they didn’t want to deal with the tremendous pain of losing it was an interesting device, one that served as an important parenting moment for Wanda when she encouraged them not to do it so that they could instead confront and sit with their feelings. Vision is catching on to much more of what’s going on than Wanda wants, hearing Agnes ask if she should take it from the top and then bringing Norm back to his real self, who was just so panicked that he needed to make a phone call to check on his family. Wanda emerging from her constructed world to show just how unhappy she was with everyone trying to intrude and slipping back into her Sokovian accent was the most direct confrontation we could have hoped for, and Director Hayward ruined whatever chances Monica might have had of reaching her by sending in an armed drone to try to take her out. Recasting Pietro to mask her grief and slip further into this illusion is an unexpected development, and I’m eager to see what Evan Peters, a great actor from “American Horror Story” and “American Animals,” does here. What I hadn’t realized is that Peters has already played the character in the most recent “X-Men” movies (which I didn’t see – I’m not sure why because I used to read the comics as a kid), and that his appearance here is a much bigger deal that could invite many more mutants in, an exciting and monumental prospect.

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