WandaVision ★★★★

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10 Most Anticipated of 2021 -> HERE
Top Ten Favourite TV Shows* -> HERE

*For the record, when I filmed this I hadn’t seen The Office (US). I’m on season 9 now and it might make #2.

Overall I have mixed feelings on WandaVision, but at the very least it was a new and intriguing venture for the MCU that felt vastly different from anything they’ve ever made before.

There were some bold decisions; some I agreed with and some I didn’t, but in general I tend to give the benefit of the doubt when it comes to boldness, as I don’t see it enough and I think it can be subversive, important and challenging.

Contrary to the opinions of others I’ve spoken to, I actually wasn’t a fan of the sitcom element (liked the idea but didn’t find the execution that great, and it wasn’t nearly funny enough to say it started off leading with the comedy). My favourite parts of the show were seeing the agents and scientists hanging out in their base trying to figure this thing out from the outside.

The show had a lot of intrigue from the start and I appreciated a lot of its references to different shows, from Malcolm in the Middle to The Office. Everyone clearly had a blast creating this as it’s chock-full of Easter eggs and fun ideas that are played around with.

I think the entire cast did a great job but Elizabeth Olsen is the real stand out and gives the best performance I’ve ever seen from her, as she plays different versions of herself and has to balance the sitcom style of acting with the MCU style of acting and she gets it perfect. Kathryn Hahn deserves a shout out too, as she stole every scene she was in. 

The writing was arguably my least favourite part of the show. Like I said before, I never found the humour to be particularly funny and while I preferred the more MCU side of things, the story took a few twists I wasn’t really on board with. Particularly the whole ‘Pietro isn’t really Pietro, and also his name is Ralph Bohner’ reveal. I also found the lack of consequences for Wanda at the end hard to believe. I get it, she’s the protagonist, she was in pain, we sympathise with her. But she took a whole town hostage for months and essentially tortured these people. Her cross into villainy was cool but they didn’t really hold her accountable for it.

The first 2 or 3 episodes were my least favourite, then there was a string of about 5 increasingly good episodes that I really enjoyed, and then the last episode - while a mixed bag - fell slightly short for me and took some turns that didn’t really work for me. 

Another solid entry into Marvel’s ridiculously consistent oeuvre. It does some things you won’t have seen in the MCU (or any superhero property) before, whets your Marvel appetite and offers a lot of mystery/intrigue, but I’m glad it was just a 1-season thing. 


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