WandaVision Wows Fans

the episodes progressed, leading up to the crazy season finale.

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the episodes progressed, leading up to the crazy season finale.

Max Williams, Staff Writer

Although younger audiences, most likely won’t get all of the sitcom references, WandaVision managed to blow viewers away ever since the release of the first episode. The finale, which was finally released on Friday March 5, was no exception. (Warning: Many Spoilers Ahead!)

If you’re anything like me, you often tell yourself that you won’t binge watch a show, and that you’ll try to watch the episodes either as they are released or spread apart —if the entire season has already been released. Unfortunately, when I heard about all of the praise that WandaVisonhad been receiving each and every day, I knew the sensible thing to do was to watch every episode from the third to the grand finale in a single day. With that being said, this is a serious review of the series, and a pretty good list of reasons why you should probably watch it.

One thing that I couldn’t shake from my mind while watching were the tremendous cliff hangers presented at the end of most of the episodes. Especially toward  the end of the series, when the action began to pick up, each episode did a brilliant job of making the audience beg for more after the final scene. Granted, I had the luxury of just pressing a button and skipping over to the next episode all within a matter of five seconds, but even then I had a hard time waiting to see what was going to happen. The mystery is real, the tension is heavy, the suspense is second to none, and I found myself on the edge of my seat until the credits of the last episode began to roll. Perhaps the best example of this is when Agatha (Kathryn Hahn) was revealed to be a witch at the end of episode 8 in the very last scene! Although I was kicking myself for not thinking of it beforehand, I think most audience members were in utter disbelief when she revealed herself as a power hungry villain looking to steal Wanda’s (Elizabeth Olsen) powers.

Another thing that makes this series worth watching is how it explores the past of each of the characters. I for one was never a huge fan of Wanda or Vision in any of the previous Avengers movies that they have appeared in, but by the end of this series I found myself very attached to both of the characters to the point where each tragic event felt like a physical punch to the gut. The shot where Vision (Paul Bettany) finally disappears for good at the end hit home to say the least. After going through a huge rollercoaster of emotions all in a matter of hours, that was the one event that felt like being stabbed with a knife in the heart (in the best way possible). Another character who I thought was very enthralling to watch was Captain Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris). It’s been a while since the Captain Marvel movie was released, but it was interesting to learn about the life of the daughter of one of Captain Marvel’s best friends and how she carried on the legacy of her mother. I was a little underwhelmed by the character’s involvement in the later episodes, but she was still an interesting character all throughout, who could totally handle her own and put up a fight.

The visual effects of the show deserve high praise, which would hopefully be a given considering the size of the project. It’s not often that Marvel fans get to see two witches battle it out while flying in the sky, but bright colors and cool depiction of their power being used was visually appealing on many levels. The most notable scene was easily during the finale when Wanda and Agatha duel hundreds of feet in the air in a giant cloud of red and grey. However, even the smaller fight scenes were fun to watch and you felt like all of the characters in the show could probably duke it out with some of the toughest characters in the Marvel Universe with their superior fighting skills.

Despite the many intense moments of the show, the comedic relief throughout was killer, and a crucial part to the show’s success. I thought one of the most hilarious parts was when the agents working with S.W.O.R.D. became invested with the different episodes of WandaVision that they were watching by interrupting the signals. It was here that the true talent of Kat Dennings and Randall Park was able to shine through. Some of the comedy was cheesy during the first few episodes, but it only added to that vintage sitcom feel, and I have to applaud the writers of the script for adding the perfect amount of humor to lighten the mood at appropriate moments.

For me, I could only think of one major reason why the show might be hard to watch, and that was the level of Marvel knowledge needed to keep up with the plot. For an avid Marvel fan like myself, it was relatively easy to follow since I knew most of the characters already, but I can see how it would be very difficult for someone who hasn’t seen movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, or Captain Marvel. The mystery within the plot itself is enough to figure out on its own, and it would be a great challenge for anyone not already familiar with the Marvel Universe to enjoy the series.

Overall, this series surprised me in so many ways—there was action, mystery, suspense, comedy, tragedy, and some stellar acting performances. With the addition of so many little Easter eggs and details hidden within as well, this show really had something to satisfy all Marvel fans, and I think it perfectly lays down the foundation for many more Marvel TV show spin-offs to come. Each episode managed to build off the previous one leading to a spectacular finale to season one. With the release of the last episode this past Friday, you can now watch the entirety of the series with a Disney+ subscription, which currently costs a total of $7 per month.