Sunday, March 7, 2021

What I’m Watching: WandaVision (Series Finale)

WandaVision: Season 1, Episode 9 “The Series Finale” (B+)

It’s hard to get into a show and then see it go after just one season, possibly even more when it is well-received and audiences would definitely be up for more (see: “Watchmen”). In this case, it’s good to know that most of the characters will indeed be back in other Marvel Cinematic Universe projects, even if those take a few years to come out. I know that this finale was divisive, but I’m pretty pleased. It delivered the payoff I wanted after not exactly being sure where it was all headed at the start when things were still all sitcom-centric. The white Vision fighting the one we know was most worthwhile not for the physical combat but for the intellectual conversation they had about his prime directive and whether the Vision that Wanda brought back to life actually constituted the entity he was charged with destroying. Wanda demonstrating her true power when Agatha tried to harness it from her was a formidable sight, and Agatha’s fate to be trapped in the sitcom role felt extremely punitive though likely appropriate given her nefarious aims. Having the boys hold off the soldiers while Darcy showed up to stop Hayward provided a nice way to close off those storylines. Seeing just how much the people of Westview reviled Wanda as she walked through to meet Monica was intense, and having to go from being a member of a loving family to all alone is sure to have a devastating effect on her psyche, though the Scarlet Witch’s machinations in the second post-credits scene suggest that Wanda isn’t really in control. I hope that “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is just as enthralling and creative as this show, and that whatever comes next with all these characters does them justice. It’s been a fun and mind-bending ride. To anyone who liked this show, please watch “Legion” on Hulu next.

Series grade: B+
Series MVP: Elizabeth Olsen

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