WandaVision Season 1 Episode 3 Review

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Vision and Wanda in 70's attire standing back to back ready to fight

Oh WandaVision, trying to review you is ridiculously difficult. On the one hand, if there’s a massive payoff to all this craziness, these first episodes will be masterpieces in setting up the salvation of Marvel’s Phase Four entertainment offerings. However, if the first season doesn’t deliver, this has all been a lot of waiting for naught.

Episode 3 is set in the seventies. Vision is beginning to discern that not all is right, but Wanda seems to be able to reverse course if Vision becomes suspicious. Her abilities to manipulate time and space around her are impressive, almost like the dungeon master of a virtual reality. Or is it a malicious entity that is controlling all of this and we’re only led to believe that Wanda is in control?

It’s all very mysterious, but the ominous tone is definitely cranking up with each new episode. If it keeps up this pace, we very well may be looking at some horror-level entries by the time we reach the nineties and beyond. As is, the various pregnancy euphemisms in visual form are already disturbing enough — extra points to the writers for having Wanda’s water break via sprinkler systems in the ceiling (or was it burst pipes in perfect ways to mist the entire house).

The costuming, special effects, production values, etc, all continue to be essentially perfect. Olson plays the character as well as you possibly could. And Vision is no longer required to do such slapstick comedy, which relieves Bettany to go back to his wheelhouse of acting. Meanwhile, Mustache Man steals the only scene he is in… probably because he’s the only person in his scene… but he’s the best thing out of this series so far. If anyone is still working on post production of the final few episodes, feel free to insert as many Mustache Man scenes as possible. There shouldn’t be a single one cut at this point. In fact, just give us Marvels’ Mustache Man Shorts on Disney+ where our favorite Everyman just looks awkwardly into the camera a la Jim Halpert.

The one significant critique I will make is the CGI stork. What was the point other than as a gag? Did Wanda make the stork? If not, then why is it there? Is there some sort of magical entity as well, or does the Sword organization like throwing a little visual humor in every once in a while just to see what shenanigans might occur? Seriously, if you understood the appearance of Storky from a logical point of view, please share it in the comments below.

So did WandaVision Season 1 Episode 3 lay an egg? No, not quite… but it’s not the wunderkind of Disney+ yet either. A lot is riding on this series, as Marvel’s never been in this place since Ironman first debuted. If WandaVision can get us all excited again by the end of Season 1, it will be a huge success. Given the divisiveness of these early episodes where it would be easy for bored viewers to check out, it will need a heck of a finale coming up to bring them back in. Whether or not it can do so depends on if this series sticks the landing well, or whether this is a JJ Abrams style Mystery Box™ filled with nothing. WandaVision are you Lost?

I guess that remains to be seen.

Score: B-


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