The Series Finale (2021)

Posted on March 6, 2021 in 2 Oogies, Idiot Box Reviews, Series: WandaVision

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The Series Finale (2021)
The Series Finale (2021)

Main cast: Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff), Paul Bettany (Vision), Kathryn Hahn (Agatha Harkness), Teyonah Parris (Monica Rambeau), Randall Park (Jimmy Woo), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Evan Peters (Pietro Maximoff), and Josh Stamberg (Director Hayward)
Director: Matt Shakman

Well, I gloat when I am right, and I am also big enough to admit when I am wrong. You know what I said about this show wanting to let Wanda have the cake and eat it too? This episode still lets Wanda get away without having to be held accountable for her sins, but hey, she apologizes for what she has done in the end, so I guess… that’s okay? So yes, I’m wrong about the show being blind to Wanda’s sins, although it of course is too chicken crap to let Wanda face difficult questions or handle complicated emotional dilemmas. I’m still right about everything else, including Wanda never actually having to face the music.

So yes, by this episode, the last one in the first season, Wanda finally accepts her grief. Good for her. I’m sure the rest of the residents of Westview will understand and forgive her, like Monica does, because Wanda is a superhero in an MCU thing, after all. Meanwhile, the confrontation between Wanda and Agatha is a cringe-inducing clash of CGI on CGI, any sense of danger or suspense ruined by Agatha wise-cracking because hee-hee, look, the show even used her to pay an eye-rolling homage to L Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and damn it, no one watching an MCU show is allowed to feel negative emotions for more than three minutes.

So, basically, the entire episode and Wanda’s powerful arc in this season boils down to these bullet points.

  • Take that, Agatha. LOL.
  • Vision on Vision, that ends with a bro-fist bump of sorts.
  • Quicksilver’s powers are no match for Monica’s ultimate power of being a female character in the woke twenty-first century.
  • Oh, did Wanda do anything bad in this show? She doesn’t fully understand what she did, and look, she, like, feels bad and stuff, and Monica practically tells the audience that Wanda should be forgiven.
  • Wanda says she will learn how to be the most ultimate witch ever and flies off to be in the next Doctor Strange movie or something.
  • Ooh, is that mid-credit scene another sign that Monica will indeed be the new Captain Marvel? Please let that be true. Brie Larson always said the movie industry needs fewer white people in lead roles, and more people of color in those roles instead, so let’s boot that robotic white chick and place a far more expressive and charismatic black actor in the role of Captain Marvel!

What a typical MCU and hence, unsatisfying finale. I’ve mentioned quite often in my reviews of previous episodes that this season has an average, forgettable story wrapped up in a gimmick, but Elizabeth Olsen’s unexpectedly poignant and hard-hitting performance as Wanda transcends the generic and trite materials handed to her many times during this season. There is an Emily Blunt-like property to her performance here, in the sense that she has this ability to let her face and her eyes convey all the emotions her character is experiencing while putting on a forced, calm faςade. Unfortunately, while an MCU gig will pay better, Ms Olsen will never to be allowed to play anything more than a limited range at a time. Those people at MCU don’t like it when the audience experiences disquieting feelings, after all.

So, The Series Finale is an anticlimactic, rushed, and underwhelming wrap-up of a season carried valiantly by Elizabeth Olsen, who deserves better than the material she has to work with here. Kathryn Hahn may or may not be a good comedian, depending on one’s taste, but her Agatha Harkness is never allowed to be anything more than that mom in a PTA event that gets too drunk and starts embarrassing the other guests with her loud antics. Paul Bettany has increasingly less to do as the season progresses, although the kids are surprisingly likable and not at all irritating like most child actors tend to be.

I’d give three oogies to the overall season, and a meh of a two oogies to this episode. This season of WandaVision ends up being a wasted potential. What’s next on the plate, some Winter Soldier and Falcon crime bro-medy or something? I can only hope that one will manage to successfully capitalize on whatever gimmick it will revolve around.