Main cast: Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff), Paul Bettany (Vision), Teyonah Parris (Monica Rambeau), Kathryn Hahn (Agnes), Randall Park (Jimmy Woo), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Evan Peters (Pietro Maximoff), and Josh Stamberg (Director Hayward)
Director: Matt Shakman
Somewhere between the last episode and this one, WandaVision has gone from a some couple-oriented sitcom into a lame Malcolm in the Middle-style thing complete with breaking the fourth wall. I guess Wanda must be on a sitcom binge right before she snapped and did whatever she did, and no wonder she snapped. I’ve tried binge-watching sitcoms of bygone days and almost had all my brain cells killed in the process. I was a completely different and probably drooling-insane person by the time I reached Friends, although thankfully I feel much like my old self now.
Anyway, this episode. There’s even less to say about it than the previous episode, because this is even more of a transition episode between the previous and the next ones. The only decent developments here is that the older kid is developing his own telepathic powers, Pietro lets slip that he definitely knows what Wanda is doing and isn’t merely part of her puppet crew, and Vision finally realizes that he’s dead, although whether he’d be allowed to retain that memory in the next episode remains to be seen.
In the meantime, the cringe-inducing sitcom gimmicks continue, and I don’t know why. Are there actual people that prefer the bad comedy over the actual progression of the plot? At the rate things are going, the show comes off like it’s deliberately drawing out an already thin plot to keep the episodes coming in order to meet some kind of contractual episode number.
Perhaps releasing an episode each week is a misstep, as I am starting to feel that this show would be more enjoyable if it were binge-watched. That way, I won’t have a week to think about an episode and realize how average and unnecessarily drawn-out most of the episodes have been so far.
There seems to be three more episodes to go, so either many things will happen in a rushed manner in those episodes, or things will remain drawn-out to make way for some second season. I suppose I will soon find out. Hopefully those episodes will change my mind about how underwhelming things are going in WandaVision, but I won’t be holding my breath, just in case.