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  • Writer's pictureNoah Yard

Life is Unfair on the New 'Wandavision'.

When I first reviewed the first two episodes of Wandavision we didn’t know what the show would become exactly. It was a perfect mirror of wholesome mid-century comedy with some weird happenings sprinkled in. But now, six episodes on, the show has fleshed out in bizarre, amazing ways. With the revelation that it’s Wanda controlling Westview and all its inhabitants, everything becomes so much more sinister and it totally changes our assumptions about her. She’s become, not a monster because we don’t yet know how she started this mess, but an antagonist that far outshines every villain the MCU has seen to date, (in my humble opinion.)

She has created the perfect snow globe of a town, totally under her control (well not totally but almost), each resident succumbing to her groovy voodoo and performing the roles she’s set out for them. From the last couple of episodes, we’ve figured out that this is not a good thing at all, that everyone under her spell is suffering and also aware of what she’s doing to them. Plus, her perfect robot husband has caught on to her and is now wondering what is beyond Westview. This thread, of Vision slowly putting together the pieces of this horrible puzzle, leading to the two most gripping scenes in this week’s episode six.

First, in a terrible costume meant to mimic his comic roots, he roams the town and finds that while Wanda is preoccupied her control over people isn’t perfect. A woman, totally hexed, continued to hang up the same Halloween decoration as if she were on a video loop, with a tear in her eye telling us she was experiencing every moment. It’s disturbing, and sad, because as much as you want Wanda to have a happy existence with her family people are suffering, and she doesn’t seem to care very much.

Eventually vision runs into Agnes, who is entranced at her steering wheel as if waiting for her next instructions. Vision doe his cyborg thing to snap her out of it and she clings to him, begging him to stop what Wanda is doing. She looks at vision with sudden, horrifying clarity and asks, “Am I dead?” when asked why she would think that she replies, “Because you are,” before unnervingly cackling behind her steering wheel. The show is getting really good at these little pops of dialogue where it dials up the creep factor, to the point where I now believe it’s a full-blown horror show.

When Vision risks flying to the very edge of the hex, he struggles and tries to claw his way out of the barrier only to splinter like some shattering computer parts, screaming for the stupidly immobile cops to help the people inside the town. The image of him splintering apart before dropping to the ground is the best image so far that encapsulates the absurdity and grotesquery of the show and its premise. I half expected him to fall to pieces, as before he was revived his body was dismembered, that would have really amped up the creep factor.

Speaking of American horror stories, last week’s big reveal, that Wanda’s dead brother, Pietro, has returned with a different face, pays dividends as Evan Peters plays a perfect, pesky brother. While we all love the bulging arms and beautiful face of Aaron Taylor-Johnson, I think Evan Peters version of quicksilver far better suits the style and weirdness of the show. After all he’s played so many freaks and misfits that he’s nearly overqualified.

He spends half the episode being a carefree, rambunctious brother and uncle who operates more like the oldest brother from Malcolm in the Middle (this episode’s sitcom theme I think). The other half he is questioning Wanda’s motives, how Westview works, what he does or doesn’t remember before his death in Age of Ultron.

“What happened to your accent?” Wanda ironically asks at one point, “What happened to yours?” he fires back asking the question we’ve all been wondering since episode one. At another point his backhanded comments about Visions death find him on the receiving end of one of Wanda’s fiercer energy attacks.

His cavalier attitude and lack of tact, combined with him asking seemingly all the right questions definitely raises questions about where this new version of Pietro came from, or who he might really be. I have my own theories about puppet mastery and supervillains but I’m not ready to make any claims yet.

Another anomaly within Wanda’s hex, her children, raise so many questions. Why can’t she control them like everyone else? Why can they change their ages, and how do they have powers? They do make me very excited, however, as in the Marvel comic universe Wanda’s children become young avengers, and I would love for that to become a future marvel title.

Meanwhile, outside the Hex, the cops are preparing to attack Wanda, which as the last episode proved is a very stupid thing to try. The director of the Westview response team is a total dick, hellbent on taking Wanda down without really considering how she’s feeling or what could be causing her surge in power. Basically, he’s an idiot, and it’s lucky the MCU’s greatest new trio, Monica, Darcy and Jimmy Woo are working against him. They are a group who has formed in the last few episodes and they provide much needed comic relief, and a sense of reason and common sense lacking in the police and S.W.O.R.D response units. I have full faith that they’ll be the team that solves the mysterious surrounding Westview and Wanda.

With the sitcoms now reaching the modern age, and Wanda beginning to lose control of her surrounding it’s feeling like the show is ramping up to something big, a big reveal or something that will change the MCU forever. The series is supposed to tie into the next Doctor Strange movie with Elizabeth Olsen attached, is an appearance from Steven Strange on the horizon? Whatever comes, I feel like, with its meta premise, it’s clever, dark moments, and it’s great acting Wandavision has set itself up as an MCU staple.

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