Previously On (2021)

Posted on February 27, 2021 in 3 Oogies, Idiot Box Reviews, Series: WandaVision

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Previously On (2021)
Previously On (2021)

Main cast: Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff), Paul Bettany (Vision), Kathryn Hahn (Agnes), and Josh Stamberg (Director Hayward)
Director: Matt Shakman

Well, I am giving myself a round of applause because, baby, I am right. Oh yes. I said in my review of the first episode that WandaVision is all about Wanda living out her fantasy of a perfect family life, one that she only knows from watching sitcoms of the old days. The whole thing is akin to our dear going through the stages of grieving, and in Previously On, she is one step closer to acceptance, thanks to Agatha Harkness of all people.

This episode does some further damage control. Wanda really didn’t know what she was doing when she mind-raped the people of Westview into playing out her own The Truman Show, or rather, she isn’t in full possession of her feelings, people. This is the second last episode of the season, of course we need to resolve all unanswered questions, even the ones with the most obvious answers, so Agnes, whom we all know now is Agatha, is determined to force Wanda to revisit Wanda’s past in order for Agnes to figure out what Wanda is.

Yes, a flashback episode before the season finale, and worse, it’s one that is completely redundant to folks that have watched Avengers: Age of Ultron, because the same stuff are rehashed here as one long visual exposition. Surprise, Wanda went amok and started all this because of an icky white man! That’s right, Director Hayward showed Wanda that they were assembling pieces of Vision’s body together to rebuild it as some kind of super weapon—wait, doesn’t he belong to Tony Stark as he was JARVIS before he became Vision?—and Wanda is like, no, not her precious creepy chromedome bae, and went woosh.

So, in the end, Agnes announces that Wanda is some kind of mythical witch that controls chaos magic—the Scarlet Witch—and I’m not sure whether I’m supposed to clutch my heart in shock or something. I mean, I know all this by now. I also know that Wanda is super powerful. What’s the shocking revelation supposed to be again?

I guess the best thing about this episode is that it proves that I am right and everyone should always listen to me. Oh, and for the three people out there watching this show that haven’t watched anything in the MCU before, I suppose this episode is their “I see dead people” top surprising twist ever moment.

Sigh. Just hit me with that last episode, okay, so that we can all move on to some other show.