TV Review: Marvel's WandaVision, Episode 7

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WandaVision is a 2021 superhero-mystery show created by Jac Schaeffer. It is currently streaming on Disney+. The show will run for nine episodes until March 5, 2021. The series stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany. It is based on various Marvel Comics. The show shares continuity with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, acting as a sequel to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. It will be followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.


"It's probably just a case of the Mondays. Am I right?" -Wanda Maximoff

Plot


After Wanda expands the Hex, she anxiously awaits Vision's return home while watching the Westview anomaly fall apart. Vision finds Darcy Lewis and breaks her out of the trance to get his questions answered. All the while, Monica and Jimmy try to find a way to get Monica back into the Hex and have her save Wanda from Director Hayward.








IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN WANDAVISION EPISODE 7, STOP READING!!!!!!!!!!!






Episode 7 "Breaking Through the Fourth Wall" Review


WandaVision is really making its way toward a great finale.


This episode definitely made me super excited for the last two. It vanquished all of the concerns that I had about the direction that the show was going, meaning I can now enjoy these last two with no worries, just the anticipation of the final few answers that are required to leave me satisfied with this series.


Episode 7 will make many viewers that are my age happy, as it took inspiration from both Modern Family and The Office. I love The Office and have watched a few episodes of Modern Family, so I really enjoyed that aspect of the episode.


The full plot lines that are going to be paid off at the end are definitely taking form. We now know Hayward's true motivations for going after Westview. It has a more villainous vibe to it than what we previously thought, and I liked that. They are giving just as much attention to S.W.O.R.D. as they are Westview, which is the sign of a well-thought out show.


And, of course, the reveal of Agnes as Agatha Harkness was done fabulously. It almost had a horror-movie type build-up, feeling like the climax of The Silence of the Lambs. The slow aspect ration change was haunting and the set was great. If you have talked to me at all about WandaVision, you know that I theorized that Agnes was really Agatha Harkness, who is a witch in Marvel Comics. I don't remember if I put that in any of my previous reviews, but if I did, I told you guys so.


I also really liked that little montage with the catchy song of Agatha toying with things behind the scenes. It was a great way to show what she had been doing to manipulate everyone. Most shows would settle for lazy exposition, but WandaVision had an evil song number that actually showed us some really important shots.


The main reason that WandaVision is great is the way that tension is suddenly thrown into a scene. The scenes can cut from funny sitcom tropes to nail-biting intensity in a second. This is very evident in this episode, mainly with the confrontation between Monica and Wanda. As I mentioned before, the reveal of Agnes does this also.


This episode also contained my favorite commercial. It poked fun at the tropes of the drug commercials that list the ridiculous amount of side effects that the drug has. It was really, really funny.


The one problem that I have with this episode is that it felt like Vision was sidelined for most of it. He and Darcy have a few minutes of screen time, but both Wanda and Monica were getting the spotlight much more than he was. The writers were in a pickle here, because they obviously didn't want Vision to be with Wanda when she finds out that Agnes is evil, so they didn't really have much to do with him. Hopefully he does something in the next episode.


I cannot wait to figure out what's in store for the end of WandaVision, and my excitement is skyrocketing each episode. I hope you guys feel the same, because I am really enjoying watching this show.


Fun Factor: 9/10

Acting: 9/10

Story: 9.5/10

Characters: 9.5/10

Quality: 9/10


"Breaking the Fourth Wall"


38 minutes


Aired on February 19, 2021


Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch

Paul Bettany as Vision

Teyonah Paris as Monica Rambeau/Spectrum

Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness

Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis

Randall Park as Jimmy Woo

Julian Hilliard as Billy Maximoff/Wiccan

Jett Klyne as Tommy Maximoff/Speed

Josh Stamberg as Tyler Hayward