WandaVision returns for the second part of its 2 episode debut. I liked this episode even more than the last one. Oops. Maybe I should wait until the end of the review to say how I feel, but I promise I have more to say than just that. The main elements are still intact in this episode, but instead of the 50s we are in the 60s and there is an absolutely killer animated title card. They can change whatever they want in the upcoming episodes but I pray they keep that intro.
In the end of the first episode we begin to see glitches in the world, little hints that tell us that there is more to this series than we are being told. This episode is the first time we see elements of the real world invade the sitcom world. Let’s revisit this in a little bit.
The episode begins with Wanda and Vision in their bedroom (sleeping in separate beds might I add) when they hear a loud banging on their window. Vision is completely terrified and unwilling to go check it out which is funny considering he is an indestructible android. It’s nice to see this show humanize characters that are the furthest thing but. Wanda investigates and finds that it must have been a tree branch outside their window. The two are then practicing for a community fundraiser talent show. Their act for the show is to be a magic show, without any real magic. Wanda then hears another loud noise from outside the house and goes out and finds a toy helicopter, but it’s in color. Eagle-eyed Marvel fans might recognize the S.W.O.R.D. logo on the helicopter, as for what the significance of that is we do not currently know.
Wanda and Vision then go their separate ways to different groups in the Westview community. Vision heads to the neighborhood watch meeting as he is for some reason very concerned with the safety and security of the neighborhood. Someone at the meeting gives Vision a stick of gum and he accidentally swallows it, and through the magic of animation we see the gum get stuck in his gears. Getting gum in your gears must be the android equivalent to getting drunk because for almost the rest of the episode Vision looks, talks and acts like he’s had one too many drinks.
Wanda, on the other side of town attends the planning committee meeting for the neighborhood fundraiser. This is where we get our first look at Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), but she says her name is Geraldine. Wanda is trying to get on the good side of Dottie, the leader of the committee and defacto queen of Westview. This whole scene has an air of weirdness about it, it’s incredibly creepy especially when the committee chants “For the children” at Dottie’s command. Dottie senses something up with Wanda and begins to question her, the whole moment is very tense. The tension is cut when over a radio we hear “Wanda, who’s doing this to you?”. Now I have a million questions because I was under the impression that this whole sitcom reality was created by Wanda to help her get over the loss of vision but the possibility that someone is doing this to her is frightening. Who is powerful enough to capture and control Wanda Maximoff?
When the radio stops transmitting, Dottie smashes the glass in her hand and starts to bleed heavily, but the blood is in color, a bright red. There is another commercial like the Stark Industries toaster commercial we saw in the first episode. This time we are being sold a “Strücker” watch. Marvel fans will recognize Baron von Strücker’s name (Strücker is the one who experimented on Pietro and Wanda Maximoff in Age of Ultron) and the HYDRA symbol. After the commercial we are at the fundraiser where Vision is still all gummed up but every great magician knows that the show must on. He decides to use his powers to perform tricks and Wanda has to step in to use her powers to make it look like Vision’s powers are just ordinary tricks. The audience applauds their magical performance with a few more “For the children” chants thrown in for good measure. At home, Vision notices that Wanda is visibly pregnant and she asks “Is this really happening?”.
Another noise is heard outside, when the two go to investigate they watch a person in a beekeeping suit with a S.W.O.R.D. logo surrounded by bees crawl out of a manhole. Wanda says “No.” and we rewind to the moment just after Vision notices that she is pregnant. Vision is fully in colorful and the house around them is slowly turning colorful and in the style of the 1970s. Wanda’s rewinding of time tells us that even if she is not in complete control of this reality she is still very powerful, maybe more powerful than she realizes. I had a lot of questions after episode 1 but I have even more questions now, I can’t wait to see where this show ends up going.