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WandaVision Episode 5 – Review

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Episode five of WandaVision series from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus, how does it move the story forward, here’s our review.

While Episode four really picked up the pace of WandaVision, Episode five is the one that has blown the series wide open in every sense.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

It showed a major schism in Wanda’s artificial reality. She’s confronted by people openly telling her that the WestView she lives in isn’t real. This happens to such a degree that she feels forced to leave her reality, temporarily. This is to confront S.W.O.R.D. and the FBI. It’s also blown the MCU wide open as we see actors who are in the Marvel Multiverse enter as plot points rather than a cameo.

We return to using classic sitcoms as a device for moving through the timeline in this episode. We’re now in the 80’s so Family Ties is the sitcom used as a basis for the title homage. Given that this was the show that catapulted Michael J. Fox to stardom, it seems appropriate that we go back to the future constantly in WandaVision. I’ve bemoaned the lack of laughs in the first few episodes, and this episode was no different. Yet, the plot is now moving at such a pace with so much drama, the comedy aspect is almost redundant. That said, it’s lovely to see the attention to detail in recreating these sitcoms. I particularly liked the stained glass windows in Wanda & Vision’s house. The one in the door appeared to be a recreation of Captain Marvel or Iron Man’s suit.

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There was also the return of the mid-episode advert. This one was for the ‘Lagos’ brand of kitchen towel. The name Lagos was an obvious reference to the capital of Nigeria. This was the location for The Scarlet Witch accidentally killing numerous civilians in Captain America: Winter Soldier.

The Hex

Episode four acted as a catch-up for what was happening outside of Wanda’s reality. Or ‘The Hex’ as Darcy is attempting to nickname it. The Hex is a term used to describe The Scarlet Witch’s reality-warping powers in the Marvel comics. It’s fair to say that this series is an appropriate point to bring it into the MCU. This means Episode five is the first one where everything we see happening inside The Hex and outside is taking place in parallel. Presumably, this will be the case for the four remaining episodes. But given the number of twists we’ve seen so far in this series, you wouldn’t rule anything out!

Man’s best friend

Wanda is actively challenged by almost everyone in her orbit in this episode. Her sons Tommy and Billy (aka Wiccan and Speed) want to age themselves even further so they can cope with their grief at losing their dog Sparky. Even though in the comics Sparky is a synthezoid dog, created by Vision, in WandaVision he appears to be a real dog. Sparky apparently dies after eating too many of Agnes’ azalea leaves. But, we never actually see the body, so maybe Sparky is still alive somewhere in WestView? Wanda tells them not to age themselves up & change reality to outrun their pain, and that they must face it. This becomes a prophecy for what happens at the end of the episode.

She is then challenged by S.W.O.R.D. who fly a drone into The Hex, at Monica Rambeau’s suggestion. But she is crossed by S.W.O.R.D. Director Tyler Hayward. He attempts to kill Wanda with a missile, but she exits her reality to confront those who are trying to destroy her WestView. Her Sokovian accent returns & she is dressed in her Avengers costume. Hayward sees her as a threat after we discover that she stole Vision from S.W.O.R.D. HQ, in contravention of his living, will. But Jimmy Woo, Monica and Darcy Lewis are more sympathetic to her situation.

Wanda’s biggest challenge is saved for the end. Vision angrily presses her on what is happening in their world. She attempts to roll the credits on the episode. But he breaks her concentration and continues the conversation which results in a mid-air stand-off between them.

Recasting Pietro

As things calm down, the doorbell rings, much to Wanda’s surprise as she isn’t controlling this particular happening. She opens the door to be confronted by her brother Pietro aka Quicksilver. But in WandaVision he is played by Evan Peters. Peters played him in the X-Men movies, rather than Aaron Taylor-Johnson who played him in Age of Ultron. He immediately starts cracking jokes and is dressed like Jesse from Full House. Full House was the sitcom which featured Elizabeth Olsen’s twin sisters Mary Kate and Ashley. Don’t be surprised if there are more references to Full House in Episode six. The fact that it’s Evan Peters rather than ATJ is addressed by Darcy Lewis. She amusingly notes that Pietro has been recast.

The multiverse

Does this mean that we’re going to see more crossover between the MCU and the Marvel Multiverse in Phase four and five? With the Fantastic Four joining the MCU in Phase Five and now this, it looks very much like that may be the case.

Every time you wonder whether Marvel can surprise us any more, they come up with some new way of making our jaws drop. This episode was a Wandaful (sorry!) example of that.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 10/10


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Loki Episode 6 – Review

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Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

More to come

The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.

Introducing the big bad

We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.

She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.

Loki fight

Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.

Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.

Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.

Setting up season two

Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.

Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.

I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.

Phase 4 groundwork

It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.

There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.

But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10


Thank you for reading our review of Loki episode six. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.


Read our Loki episode five review HERE.

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