WandaVision ★★★★½

Growing up, my family and I watched The Dick Van Dyke Show routinely. I came home from swim practice on Tuesday evenings, we popped out the TV dinners, and gathered around the couch. My parents described The Dick Van Dyke Show as ultimate nostalgia for their youth. The show is the first mystery box I unlocked towards understanding my parents' childhoods. Naturally, I had a huge crush on Mary Tyler Moore and wanted to live in their home and be friends with Ritchie. I wanted to work on the Alan Brady show and eat Moo Goo Gai Pan with Laura.

I Love Lucy followed Dick Van Dyke. My Mom in particular loved the show and I connected with her through the characters. Ethel and Fred Mertz were the aunt and uncle I never had. I wanted to work on Ricky Ricardo's show and crush grapes in Italy with Lucille Ball.

Why am I featuring two other shows in my review of WandaVision? Because the first Phase 4 Marvel projects brings me right back to these foundational childhood moments. My parents raising me on Dick Van Dyke and Lucille Ball projected me into a love for television and movies. I love the homage to the shows in WandaVision. I can't remember the last time a TV series made me feel so warm and fuzzy inside. Nostalgia, ultra!

The MCU side of the project is also superb. I am not a huge Marvel guy, (Please don't be mad at me, but I am not the biggest Loki fan). WandaVision though, makes me want to jump aboard the MCU fan bandwagon. I sort of remember Wanda and Vision from the older Avengers movies, but as you can guess, my knowledge on Marvel is slim. I see a lot of the major movies in theaters when they come out, but honestly pretty much forget them entirely a week later.

WandaVision is making me a new man. I want to revisit all the movies and get into the lore! If you are like me and not a Marvel expert, this series seems like a good place to start? The plot stands alone decently without knowing the past references, although of course once I researched connections to older films I understood more of the story. The CGI battle at the end is a little meh, just like in Shang-Chi, but isn't bad enough to detract from the show's huge strengths.

Consider me a skeptical Marvel consumer turned fan. I wish I could have seen this earlier in the pandemic, because the show so powerfully portrays how we use escapism through entertainment to avoid the trauma of the outside world. After being laid off from my old job at the start of the pandemic and placed on unemployment, I turned to movies and shows even more so to bear with reality. I know many others can say the same.

The show so charmingly and sincerely imitates life. By episode 9, Wanda Maximoff proves to be a very relatable and dynamic character. I normally hate when Marvel sets up the next installment at the end of its movies. No more. I am now converted, and I will be there opening weekend to see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness!

"Boys, handle the military. Mommy will be right back."

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