TV Review: WandaVision (Season) | A Meticulous and Therapeutic Edging Session

When the WandaVision show was announced I was thrilled because Wanda & The Vision are such great character that are very well portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany (Code); their storylines in all the movies they’ve appeared in made them more interesting with each entry. But then the more we learned about the show, the casting of Kathryn Hahn (Mitty, Leave You), Teyonah Parris (Beale Street, Chi-Raq) as grown-up Monica Rambeau, or the return of Randall Park (Always Be My Maybe, Aquaman) and Kat Dennings (Dollface, Thor: The Dark World), the more intriguing it got. The concept art, poster and premise that followed just added to the mystery and confusion.
the return posters were brilliant and did give us an idea of what they were going for, a weird, trippy but sophisticated show. However, what they didn’t tell us was how far they’d go with it.

Premise: Set three weeks after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Wanda Maximoff and Vision are living an idyllic suburban life in the town of Westview, New Jersey, trying to conceal their true natures. As they begin to enter new decades and encounter television tropes, the couple suspects that things are not as they seem.

Review: In anticipation of the series finale, binged the whole season, and as interesting as the first two episodes premiere was I’m still glad that they were just half an hour. I go a bit deeper on why in my premiere breakdown but the first couple of episodes are the only ones where the runtime didn’t bother me. I love the artistic choice and the level of commitment to this history of American sitcoms because it really showcased the calibre of talent that Marvel has in front as well as behind the camera.

In this crew we have an array of incredible artists, like Jess Hall, the cinematographer on this show. You can say what you want about Ghost in the Shell but he did a great job on that movie and he does the same here. The director, Matt Shakman (The Boys, GoT), who I wasn’t familiar with before has directed some of the most memorable episodes on very popular shows. And the creator of the show, Jac Schaeffer crafted a series that managed to keep us on the edge, kept us guessing, and wanting more at every turn – using somewhat questionable means.

However, nothing is – technically – wasted on that show, every word, every second seems to have been well thought out and intentional, even the red herrings. Every week this show gave us possible answers to questions we had but nothing definitive, confirming some things, but leaving us with the bigger questions while adding some in the process, that’s edging. Every week, one or two of my theories were falling apart, anytime I felt like I was close ready to bust…this mystery open something pulled me back denying me the satisfaction of the answer. At some point, I gave up trying and was just present for the experience. Once I did that it was pure bliss, well sad bliss if that’s a thing because there are quite a few heavy moments that’ll give you the feels.

The cast is amazing with that, they carry the emotional weight of the show. From several styles of comedy to the intense dramatic moments peppered with fantastical action, these actors did an amazing job. Olsen showed so much range that I am dying to see her in another type of franchise. Bettany, Hahn, Dennings, Randall and Parris shown just as bright in their respective roles but Olsen made a bigger impression on me. I knew she was talented but I would still put her in a box, a certain type of role, now I can picture her in anything.

As good as this show is it’s not perfect, there’s one too many misdirects, and although I don’t mind what they did with Ralph, I understand with some people are mad. I have a theory about that, if the rumors about the Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness are true, meaning that we’ll see different versions The Avengers in that movie, played by actors who almost got these roles, I think Ralph is simply who that actor is in this MCU universe/dimension but the same face and/or actor is a hero in another universe.

WandaVision is a narrative driven whodunit that will keep on the edge of your seat brimming with excitement to figure it out but the best way to approach it is to go with it, let it happen.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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