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WandaVision Episode Two – Review

Mike Peters

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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


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


Read our WandaVision episode one review HERE.

Read IMDB information about WandaVision HERE.

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The Good, The Bad And The Classic

Sarah Casserley

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Star From Disney Plus

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Disney Plus introduced Star to the service a little while ago now with loads of highlights. We’re sure, like us, you’ve had a good old delve into the catalogue and watched some of your faves. But, just in case you’ve missed anything, we have put together a little guide on what’s good to get stuck into. Also what’s bad and could do with being swiped past, and the classic must-see TV series and films that you probably didn’t even realise were there.

So, when you find yourself looking for something to watch on a Friday evening or binge for a couple of weeks, don’t scroll endlessly, just take a look at our guide of Disney Plus Star recommendations.


The Good

These are the films and series that have been released within the last 10 years, which you need to watch or should at least be on your ‘to watch’ list.

Series on Disney Plus Star

Atlanta (2016 – Present)

If you haven’t watched this series yet, why not? The creative and talented Donald Glover heads up the show as the main character ‘Earn’, and on the writing credits too (among 6 others, including his brother Stephen Glover), in this funny, gritty and realistic series which follows a rapper ‘Paper Boy’ and his manager Earn (Glover) as they navigate the rap business. If you have watched the show before, you may want to re-watch for a recap as season 3 has been promised to us very soon.

9-1-1 (2018 – Present)

This isn’t just any emergency service drama, this series covers the lives of several Los Angeles first responders: police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and dispatchers. It also has some big names involved, including Angela Bassett and, later in the series, Jennifer Love Hewitt. For some reason though, there’s only two of the four seasons of 9-1-1 on Disney Plus Star so far, but it’s well worth a watch and we’re sure the other two seasons should be along soon.

Doll Face (2019 – Present)

By the title alone, and the fact that it’s a weekly release, it initially looked like this series was set around a stereotypical break up and was destined for the bad list. However, the witty script, amazing female actors and relatable storyline made me put this series firmly within the good pile as I can’t wait to watch more. Kat Dennings takes the lead in the series and really brings to life upcoming writer Jordan Weiss’ story of female friendships after a breakup.

Films on Disney Plus Star

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

This beautiful coming of age story, based on a book with the same name, is a great watch for all ages, not just teens. Be ready for oodles of romance, as well as teary and heart-warming moments, as you follow two teens affected by cancer as they set off on a journey of discovery.

The Favourite (2018)

We love a period drama, and this quirky look at the reign of Queen Anne is no exception. With starring roles from Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Nicholas Hoult, it’s no wonder The Favourite had 336 nominations in award season and 182 wins. It’s definitely one of the best films from the last 5 years on Disney Plus Star.

Deadpool 2 (2018)

There are some examples coming up in these lists that give sequels a bad name, however, Deadpool 2 isn’t one of them. If you were putting off watching this one because of the sequel curse, don’t, it’s just as good – if not better – than the first. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is back as the foul-mouthed superhero and, this time, he brings some new friends: Domino (Zazie Beetz), Fire Fist (Julian Dennison) and Weasel (T.J. Miller) among others.


The Bad

There’s not as many on this ‘bad’ list as Star has done a pretty good job with their chosen titles. However, like any service, there are always a few bad eggs in our opinion… This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch these, it’s more of a warning that there may be better things to press play on.

Series on Disney Plus Star

Lost (2004 – 2010)

To be completely honest here, the first two seasons of Lost are very entertaining and interesting to watch, as you follow several people who try to survive a plane crash and have to adapt to life on a strange island. But, by the middle of season three, things start to get a little confusing and we found ourselves getting lost (pun intended) in the plot until the final sixth season, only to be hit with a heavily reported disappointing end… even worse than some people’s feelings about Game Of Thrones. So, we recommendation delving into some of the other series rather than this one.

24: Legacy (2017)

Trying to build another series from an established series can be very hit or miss – and this one was a huge miss. So much so that Fox axed it just after one series.

It takes on the same format as the original 24 series, where one season is just one day, however, this time they are trying to stop a terrorist attack. The format just doesn’t work with this storyline and you lose a lot of momentum and excitement, plus the acting just isn’t the best.

Films on Disney Plus Star

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Just like building another series off a series, sequels can also be tricky beasts… some are good, some are bad and, when it follows an absolute classic like ‘Independence Day’, it needs to be amazing. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite live up to the legacy of the first film; I mean, not even ‘Hunger Games’ Liam Hemsworth couldn’t get this to match up with the original. But it is still entertaining, so if you do decide to watch this one, just do so with caution.


The Classic

As you have probably already noticed there are some absolute classics on Disney Plus Star, so this is going to be the longest list, full of series that you can binge from start to finish and films that stand the test of time and can be re-watched repeatedly. Most of these titles don’t need much explanation as you’ll have already watched or heard about them, but you might not have spotted them yet on Disney Plus Star as some were buried deep in the archives.

Series on Disney Plus Star

X Files (1993 – 2001)

If you were born in the 90s or 00s, this one may have gone under your radar; however, once you watch the first season full of aliens, wired going ons and the brilliantly disjointed relationship of FBI agents, conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder and realist Dana Scully, you won’t want to stop watching. Granted some of the special effects are a little dated and unbelievable, but you will soon forget about that as you get sucked into the narrative.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2002)

I know, I know, it’s hard to think there are people out there that haven’t watched a single vampire slaying, kick-ass, sci-fi loaded episode… but there is. If you are one of those people, what are you waiting for? Every single episode is here wating for you to binge. If you don’t fancy delving into the full thing, I would recommend at least taking a peek at the seventh episode of the sixth series (Once More, with Feeling: Buffy the Musical).

24 (2001 – 2014)

Before Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) burst on our screens in 2001, this kind of format for a series had never been attempted before and it just worked, so much so it ran for 9 seasons. It may seem odd at first, as each series is just one day, but you really do get sucked in.

Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – 2018)

Within its almost 13 years of being on air, this series has offered every heart-warming and breath-holding moment you need from a hospital-based drama. This would be a perfect series to start if you want something that will last you a while.

Sons of Anarchy (2008 – 2014)

Bikes, leather and action: what’s not to like? This series ran for a glorious 7 seasons, and within these episodes, there is storyline upon storyline that will keep you hooked and wanting to know more about the motorcycle club that straddles the line between legal and illegal.

Films on Disney Plus Star

(We’re pretty sure you will have watched most of these films, but they are well worth a re-watch)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

The film that started them all. Since the release of this film in 1968, there have been seven more sequels and remakes of the original sci-fi movie, two of which you can also watch on Disney Plus Star: Planet Of the Apes (2001) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).

Jewel of the Nile (1985)

It could possibly be that the countless TV showings over the have passed you by, but if you’ve not seen Jewel of the Nile, you should definitely give it a go. Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito are fantastic in this pure 80s romantic action comedy.

Cocktail (1988)

Sticking within the 80s romantic comedy realm, you’ve also got Cocktail, which is full of love ultimatums, with a dash of cheese. Come on, you know you want to watch a young Tom Cruise at work.

The Fly (1986)

One name – Jeff Goldblum. Watch it.

Pretty Woman (1990)

We were just as excited as the first time we watched it when we saw this classic on the service. To not watch this again would be a big mistake. HUGE.

Toys (1992)

This wonderfully wacky story by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson comes alive with the help of one of the best comedic actors of all time, Robin Williams, alongside the wonderful Joan Cusack and, bizarrely, LL Cool J.

What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)

Whether you love Tina Turner’s music or not, it does not matter. This is one of the most interesting and inspirational biographical movies that you will ever watch. Word of warning, the incredible Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne are so great at their roles that some of the more sensitive scenes are very realistic.

Braveheart (1995)

With any new service, there are glitches, and we found one! Whilst watching this absolute classic a few weeks ago, about two and a half hours into the film the screen when to the small screen format as if the credits had come up, making it difficult to watch the last part of the film. However, when we went to finish the film off a week later the glitch had been fixed and you can now watch the whole film without interruption… FREEDOM!

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

We all know that when it comes to film, Baz Luhrmann is a genius and he doesn’t disappoint with this abstract take on the story. It’s worth watching for the soundtrack alone.

Independence Day (1996)

90s Will Smith doing what he did best: lots of running, fighting and shouting – need I say more? Oh yes, you can also watch another one of his masterpieces, Enemy of the State (1998) on this service too.

Con Air (1997)

‘Put the bunny back in the box’ and sit down and watch this classic… we all know Nicholas Cage films can be a little unpredictable, but this film is definitely a hit, especially as he is joined by other legends of the screen, including John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, John Cusack and Ving Rhames.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Well if it’s at our fingertips, why not watch this film for the 56th time… this year.


So, there you have it, these are some of our highlights and must-miss titles from Disney Plus Star. Are there any that we missed? If so, comment below and let us know what category they belong in.


Check out the top 10 hidden gems in the other Disney Plus feeds HERE.

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