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WandaVision Episode 6 – Review

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

Episode six of WandaVision was one of the most brilliant half-hours of TV I have seen in a VERY long time. It had absolutely everything a Marvel fan would want. There was threat, friction between the main characters, suspense and mystery. And at long last, some genuine comedy within the sitcom homage.

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

The 90s

Initially, I was a bit disappointed that they leapt forward from Family Ties to Malcolm in the Middle. This meant they had missed out on almost an entire generation of sitcoms, from Seinfeld to Friends to Married With Children. It also meant that the anticipated meta Full House references didn’t materialise. That show starred Elizabeth Olsen’s real-life twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley. A meta opportunity missed but not damaging to the narrative.

However, the Malcolm in the Middle (MITM) homage was absolutely perfect. More importantly, it fitted the WandaVision narrative brilliantly. Of course, we had the obligatory beautifully constructed MITM-style title sequence. But what made this work was everything else. The cut-aways, Billy and Tommy breaking the fourth wall, and whip-smart jokes. All of which were delivered at the pace we know from every other MCU movie and series we’ve seen. Most importantly, they were delivered without a laughter track.

In the Hex

All of this pace was used to accentuate us feeling the same unease as Wanda. It made sure we knew that the ‘reality’ she has created is all completely false. It is cherry-picking elements from her memory to cocoon her from the reality that exists outside ‘The Hex’. Even Herb asked her, very pointedly, if there was anything about what was happening that she wanted to change.

That became clear in this episode as Vision tried to leave The Hex. He explored WestView and discovered numerous people on the edge of town in a catatonic state. This also resulted in him having his tense conversation with Agnes. She was glitching during the conversation and was continuously feeling for her brooch. The brooch was the same as Agatha Harkness’ from the comics. Agnes was asking Vision whether he could help them and mentioned The Avengers, who Vision had no recollection of. This showed that he has no memory, other than what Wanda has implanted in him. They both became agitated by the conversation before Vision used his powers to calm her.

No escape

When he then tried to leave The Hex, he was having the life physically ripped from his body in front of the S.W.O.R.D. agents. The only way Wanda could save him was to expand The Hex, sucking in everyone other than Tyler Hayward who escaped. All of the law enforcement agents were turned into clowns or circus workers. This referred again to her Sokovian roots, as her mother was a fortune teller in the comics. She had already mentioned this when explaining her Halloween costume, which was The Scarlet Witch’s comic book uniform. Vision also wore his, until he turned into his Avengers self as he tried to see what was outside The Hex.

The recast Pietro

The undoubted star of this episode was Evan Peters. He absolutely thrived playing the naughty uncle in this episode, and his appearance as Quicksilver has added so much to this series. It also meant that the anticipated meta Full House references didn’t materialise. That show starred Elizabeth Olsen’s real-life twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley. A meta opportunity missed but not damaging to her brother Pietro, but not the version that existed in her world. This is demonstrated by the repeated showing of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s death in Age of Ultron, and references by Darcy to his ‘recasting’. When he challenges her reality in the town square, in front of the cinema, she lashes out at him and freezes her reality completely. She does this so she can expand The Hex and drag Vision back in. He also says that he felt she needed him, which is why he came to her. Incidentally, the cinema is showing ‘The Parent Trap’ and ‘The Incredibles’. The latter of those is about a family with special powers. Sound familiar?

We really got to see our first proper demonstration of Tommy and Billy’s powers. That looks very much like a plot point that will develop over the remaining three episodes. We are also now aware that Monica Rambeau’s DNA has been changed as a result of being pushed out of The Hex. It’s a pretty safe bet this is planting the seed for her to develop her photon powers ahead of Captain Marvel 2.

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The only misstep of this episode was the mid-show advert for Yo-Magic yoghurt, which didn’t seem to make much sense at all. That said, this is Marvel, so there will probably be a call back to it at some point where its hidden meaning will be revealed.

We’re now ⅔ of the way through this series and we’re clearly being primed for an epic final act, just as we are in every Marvel movie. I’m hoping Evan Peters will stay through till the end of the series as he has been a joy to watch and clearly has more to give to the plot. There are strong rumours of a major cameo in the finale, which my guess will be either Captain Marvel, Dr Strange or the true MCU Pietro Maximoff. Or could it be Mephisto?

We have a few days to Wanda about that until Episode seven, which is supposedly a homage to Modern Family. The idea of Vision trying to be Phil Dunphy could be the TV equivalent of Phil’s favourite thing…magic.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 10/10


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


Read our WandaVision episode five review HERE.

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  1. Narve

    July 10, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    WandaVision episode 6 layers on the intrigue with a spooktacular that leaves us with more questions than answers.

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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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