Back in the first few episodes of WandaVision, I said that the reviews were contingent on if there was a reason behind all the mysterious sitcom shenanigans. Fast forward to Episode 7, and the answer is… sort of. I despise Episode 4, not because I dislike WandaVision but rather because of the cartoon characters that are Monica, Darcy, Agent Woo, and Generic White Middle Aged Bad Guy (formerly known as Patrick Warburton Lite). But in Episode 7, they’re toned down a bit, so they are a bit more tolerable. And while this isn’t the multiverse-bending psychothriller that it could have been, it’s setting up WandaVision Season 1 to have been a nice little popcorn experience.
The nods to Modern Family and The Office are nice. I’m not sure they’re ever going to explain why we’ve been moving through various sitcom time periods, and since it’s not a small deal, I don’t know what the point is. Elizabeth Olson and Paul Bettany continue to be incredible. Kathryn Hahn continues to be great, although she goes full ham in this episode… I suppose it’s necessary. Kat Dennings never fails to be just absolutely horrible, but they put her in a circus costume this time around, so it actually is more appropriate. At least then her Louise impression is only missing pink bunny ears.
I don’t really know what else to say about Episode 7. It’s nicely done? Production values continue to be excellent, the CGI for the Hex isn’t that great… the vehicle Monica tries to drive into the Hex looks more appropriate for Dr. Robotnik in the Sonic sequel. The problem I guess is that this is a series that could have been so much more. And it isn’t.
So as far as episodes go – it’s good. As far as where this takes us with the next phase of Marvel… well, it’s just more glowy eyed heroes and villains. It’s like when your parents take you to Disney World as a kid and you see a zipper on one of the costumed characters; a little bit of the magic is lost, but if you go along with the whole photo and signature thing, it’s nice enough. I mean, it would be way cooler if Mickey was real, but once you’re over that, it’s still a neat thing that someone dresses up and your parents pay big money for you to play along. That’s WandaVision. We were hoping it would be something mind-blowing, but it’s just Marvel pretending to be Stranger Things or Twin Peaks for a little while before we go back to the same old same old.
So I’ll rate this episode not on what it could be, but only what it is. And it’s fine. It’s really good local sushi, but you were hoping you were being taken to a five star chef. Once you accept it’s decent for what it is, you can appreciate it. You just may need a bit more soy sauce, and wish for more authentic wasabi.
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