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WandaVision Episode 2 – Review

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Bewitching or bewildering?

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Episode two of WandaVision series from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus, how does it compare to the first episode, here’s our review.

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

Releasing episode two of WandaVision at the same time as episode one is a savvy move. Although with the amount of Marvel content in the pipeline for the next two years, they could have released entire series each week and still have shows and films in the bank.

The reason it has made sense is that it adds some context to the somewhat disjointed first dip into the supposed ‘reality’ of Wanda and Vision. This episode feels much more comfortable with being a pastiche of a sitcom. While I found this episode more amusing than episode one, which isn’t saying much, I still haven’t laughed.

60s American TV

This was much more in keeping with the gentle humour of its sitcom touchstones – Bewitched and The Dick Van Dyke Show. The loving recreation of the Bewitched opening titles was a lovely touch. There are also heavy nods to The Twilight Zone as well. They dovetail nicely with the entire concept of everything in WandaVision not being as it appears.

The growing references to ‘The Children’ are setting us up for the birth of The Scarlet Witch’s twins from the comics. Aka Wiccan and Speed. This became even more obvious as Wanda’s pregnancy was revealed at the end of the episode. Whizzing through several decades of sitcoms allows the children to grow up to the point that they can then feature in sooner. It’s a clever idea and looks like being a central plot point of the series. Especially given that there don’t appear to be any children at all in WestView.

The disconnect between Wanda and the reality around her is cracking rapidly. Firstly, she was the only one at Dottie’s meeting wearing trousers. The scrambled radio messages on the clock radio show that someone from outside her reality is trying to contact her. Those radio communications return at the end of the episode as the infinity stone shaped sign marking The End appear on the screen. Those communications via the clock radio caused Dottie’s glass to smash in her hand, cutting it. The Blood from that gash was only one of two things in colour in the episode.

The logo

The other colour item was the helicopter that Wanda finds in the hedge outside their house. It’s painted in classic red and yellow Iron Man livery and has the S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient World Observation and Response Department) logo on it.

Then the ‘beekeeper’ appears at the end of the episode. He climbs out of a manhole cover and wearing a beekeeping outfit with a S.W.O.R.D. logo on his back. From that, it’s pretty clear that they are the ones trying to break through the reality. Hence the banging we hear during the episode. It’s also a safe bet that he wasn’t a beekeeper at all. He was in fact a S.W.O.R.D. agent in disguise. As any animal lover knows, it’s only Ninja Turtles that live in sewers.

We also get our first Hydra reference with the mid-show 60’s style advert for the Strucker watch. It came complete with Hydra logo and is named after Baron Von Strucker, who kept Wanda and her brother prisoner in Age Of Ultron. The quickening ticking of the watch is another reference to the bomb from the same film that destroyed Sokovia.

A familiar character

Monica Rambeau who appears as a child in Captain Marvel, is central to this episode. She quickly allies with Wanda at Dottie’s meeting. She is then transported into the wardrobe by Wanda as the big finale of her and Vision’s magic act at the talent show…FOR THE CHILDREN. It’s worth noting that the wardrobe also has an infinity stone motif on the front of it. Monica is now a S.W.O.R.D. agent so we will see whether she is stuck in this same reality as ‘Geraldine’. Or whether she has infiltrated it to befriend Wanda in the next few episodes.

Wanda has no option but to use her magic to try and cover for Vision’s erratic and revealing behaviour. This after he accidentally swallows gum at a neighbourhood watch meeting. The gum affects his inner workings to the extent he acts as if he’s drunk. But in covering for Vision, Wanda drops her guard momentarily. Dottie’s husband Phil, the guy who looks like a cross between David Schwimmer and Inspector Clouseau, notes that Wanda has turned his grandmother’s real piano into a cardboard cut out. She does this as Vision ‘drunkenly’ picks up the original piano, thus revealing his powers, and to try and cover, she uses hers to keep up the pretence.

Episode two really felt like the series has properly started, with plot threads developing. The change from black and white into colour at the end of the episode showed the series is really moving at pace. It also gave a glimpse into the fact we’re moving into the sitcom era of The Brady Bunch and All In The Family.


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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Read our Loki episode five review HERE.

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