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WandaVision Episode 7 – Review

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

After last week’s extraordinary episode, it would have been going some for WandaVision Episode 7 to top it. This week’s episode felt more like a breather before we build to an epic finale. There was still plenty of intrigue, excitement and surprise to get our heads around though.

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

Into the naughties

In the early episodes, the sitcom homages were central to the plot development. Now, the plot has overtaken the homage so much so that the sitcom element feels slightly redundant. But, there were still some lovely nods to Modern Family and The (US) Office.

Elizabeth Olsen inhabited the role of Clare Dunphy brilliantly. I’m safe in the knowledge that if we ever misplaced Julie Bowen in the event of a reunion, we have a ready-made replacement. Equally, Kat Dennings did a brilliant take off of Alex Dunphy as she tried to help Vision learn about what had happened to him prior to Wanda stealing his body from S.W.O.R.D. HQ.

The re-imagined Office-style titles also threw up a couple of interesting points, as the title card told us that it was “CREATED BY WANDA MAXIMOFF”. We’ve now dispensed with any pretence that WestView is anything other than a creation of Wanda’s fevered imagination. Also, within the titles there was a brief shot of what looked like a ransom note that said “I KNOW WHAT U ARE DOING WANDA”. Although there may have been initial mystery about who may have written that note, by the end of the episode I think we knew ALL ALONG who wrote it.

Falling apart

Wanda’s ‘reality’ is visibly coming apart around her, as TV’s, game controllers, furniture and more all regress to older items in front of her eyes. The stork from Episode Three even makes a very brief reappearance. She is attempting to regain control of it by escaping from everyone for a day to try and regroup. Agnes takes Billy and Tommy under her wing to give Wanda a break. The boys seem to revel in this opportunity, telling her that it’s quieter there, especially inside her head. A clear reference to everything that Wanda is trying to do inside her mind.

One thing she is trying to do is to stop Vision leaving The Hex in the van Darcy stole from the circus. In a scene almost identical to Jim Carrey trying to escape Seahaven in The Truman Show, the closer they get to escaping, the more artificial obstacles are put in their way.

While Vision and Darcy are trying to get out of The Hex, Monica Rambeau is trying to get back in. The attempted entry with a space vehicle fails miserably, so she forces her way in on her own. As Darcy had warned her, her cells had already been affected by Wanda kicking her out of The Hex, so trying to get back in has mutated them even more. We saw her eyes turn blue as her powers manifested themselves. Then, she even made the classic Marvel Superhero kneel pose as she landed outside Wanda’s house for a showdown. We know this is a setup for Captain Marvel 2 but I hope we’ll get a real glimpse into her powers over the last couple of episodes.

Spectrum powers

But the big moment came after their confrontation in which Monica pleads with Wanda to destroy The Hex, to no avail. Agnes then takes her into her house to calm her down. Wanda realises Tommy and Billy are nowhere to be seen and goes into the basement, at Agnes’ urging. She then discovers a sprawling medieval crypt in the basement, and finally discovers what we’ve known all along – Agnes is Agatha Harkness. Agatha then uses her powers on Wanda, but we won’t see the effect of them till Episode Eight.

Introducing Agatha

Thanks to a lovely Munsters-esque title sequence, we know it’s been Agatha all along. She has been manipulating everything in WestView behind the scenes, most notably the surprise appearance of the ‘other’ Pietro. But, Evan Peters reappeared to shock Monica as she discovered Agatha’s lair in the first post-credit sequence of the series.

In Episode Six, the idea of the Marvel Multiverse being opened seemed to have been kyboshed, despite his star guest turn. But with the mid-show advert for ‘Nexus’ anti-depressants, has that idea gained new energy? If so, Nexus has done its job and made me happier.

One thing continues to puzzle me though – the postman. He’s turned up in several episodes but why? He utters a cryptic line or just watches the action closely and then disappears. He’s clearly got a key part to play in the final act of this series but who knows what it is? Answers on a postcard please…


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 7/10


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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


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