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WandaVision Episode 3 – Review

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Bewitching or bewildering?

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

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

In color

The first 2 episodes took us through the classic sitcoms of the black and white TV era. In doing so, it established that S.W.O.R.D. is trying to break through the ‘reality’ that Wanda and Vision are existing in. For what reason they’re trying to do this, we don’t yet know.

Episode 3 sees us ‘IN COLOR’, as the reimagined Brady Bunch titles tell us with Wanda and Vision living in The Brady’s house. The coloured windows in the house are the same colours as the Infinity Stones. We discovered at the end of Episode 2 that Wanda is pregnant. And that her pregnancy is the central plot of the episode.

As WandaVision is set in a warped alternate reality, by the end of the episode, not one but two babies have arrived. This comes as a shock to Vision and Wanda, but not to us. As we knew that she would give birth to both Tommy and Billy. The twins will grow up to be Wiccan and Speed, but for now, their birth settled the argument Wanda and Vision were having over names for the baby.

Fetch the doctor

The Doctor who features in the episode is played by Randy Oglesby, who played a friend of Randy Quaid’s character Russell in Independence Day. In that film, he didn’t believe Russell’s assertions that aliens existed. But now, having been transported on Vision’s back at warp speed to assist with the birth, he’s seen alien life for himself! The Doctor was about to go on holiday with his wife as Vision came to tell him that Wanda had gone into labour. But ultimately he decides not to. As he does so, he tells Vision, “Small towns are so hard to escape”. The way he said it, and the way he looked at Vision as he said it, was a clear clue that the world they’re existing in, isn’t real.

After some oblique references to the alternate reality in the first two episodes, the plot is really moving forward now. Wanda and Vision’s neighbours, Agnes and Herb, effectively tell him that what he’s seeing isn’t real. Herb is attempting to cut hedges during the episode but is also seemingly cutting through the brick wall as well. In actual fact, this is someone outside their reality, quite probably from S.W.O.R.D., trying to break in. Vision also says to Wanda that he doesn’t think that their world is real. But like after the appearance of the beekeeper in Episode 2, we rewind. Or jump cut in this case. And ‘normality’ resumes.

Monica Rambeau

One person who has broken in is Geraldine (aka Monica Rambeau). She is a S.W.O.R.D. agent, and is wearing a necklace with their logo on while she helps Wanda give birth. Wanda notices this and asks what it is, after ‘Geraldine’ has mentioned her brother Pietro dying at the hands of Ultron. This happens after Wanda sings the twins what sounds like a Sokovian lullaby, and telling ‘Geraldine’ that she is a twin. Wanda’s demeanour changes completely after she mentions Ultron and she throws her out of the house, and the alternate reality. Vision returns from his conversation with Agnes & Herb, where they warn him to be vigilant around ‘Geraldine’ as she doesn’t have a home there. He asks where ‘Geraldine’ is, and Wanda coldly tells him that she had to leave.

At this point, we return to reality, as the aspect ratio changes from 4:3 to 16:9, and Monica is confronted by a raft of SUV’s, presumably from S.W.O.R.D.

There is another reference to Hydra in the ‘advert’, as the harassed Mum has a relaxing bath using ‘Hydra Soak’. Its strapline is ‘Find the goddess within.’ Does this reference mean The Goddess will appear in the near future in the MCU? Watch this space I guess?!

Picking up the pace

There was no pullback to Darcy Lewis ‘watching the episode’ at the end of this instalment, which was intriguing. But this was a really fast-paced episode and truly set the tone for the rest of the series. Again, it was brilliantly made and with great reverence to the sitcoms of the early 1970s. But I’m not sure if this whistle-stop tour of sitcom history works for a younger audience. I know some younger MCU fans have found the black and white episodes boring. This is simply because they have no knowledge of the sitcoms being used as plot devices to build WandaVision around.

The laughter track has now gone from mildly irritating to downright annoying and completely unnecessary. It’s like having someone laugh hysterically while reading the iTunes terms and conditions.

As Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy proved, Marvel can do funny. So why has a show based on sitcoms missed out the comedy? It could have been set in the sitcom world as a mystery drama. But this seems to have fallen between two stools.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 7/10


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Read our WandaVision episode two review HERE.

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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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Read our Loki episode five review HERE.

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