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The Facade Begins To Fall | “WandaVision” Season 1: Episode 5 “On a Very Special Episode …” Review

This should go without saying, but spoilers ahead.

Coming out of Episode 4, the truth behind WandaVision’s mystery became a little clearer, as we learned that S.W.O.R.D. Agent Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) successfully infiltrated what appears to be a pocket reality in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) AKA Scarlet Witch has trapped the residents of Westview, N.J., where they perform sitcoms set place in different decades. Ejected during Episode 3 once she mentioned details about the real world, Monica has been on the outside of Wanda’s TV reality, working with FBI Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park), Dr. Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and a bunch of government goons in hopes of freeing the people of Westview out of Wanda’s control.

Meanwhile, this episode Wanda’s TV reality heads into the 1980s, and Vision’s (Paul Bettany) gets computers, which ends up being massively consequential, as it has been previously established that the outside world can contact Wanda’s reality through technology. Vision has already slowly been catching on that the TV world is a little too perfect, and when he gets a message detailing the anomaly Wanda has caused, he realizes that not only is the world not real, but what Wanda is doing isn’t right.

The facade the show put up is starting to fall, and the show is getting interesting. It’s also revealed that Wanda stole the dead body of Vision days prior, and we learn via a direct confrontation with S.W.O.R.D. that her maintenance of the TV world are very intentional, that it has everything she wants. It makes you question Wanda’s motives, not only in this show, but throughout her entire run as an Avenger. Truth be told, she was never given the spotlight like the original Avengers were, or any of the Avengers that got their own movies. We see her join the Avengers mostly out of necessity and a perceived need to do good, but she only appeared in the large team up films and she was a small side character at that; there wasn’t a whole lot we really knew about her.

The show also drops a bombshell at the end as (HEAVY SPOILERS) Wanda’s brother, Pietro AKA Quicksilver is revealed to be recasted by Wanda, played by Evan Peters, who played Quicksilver in Fox’s X-Men movies.

I don’t think it’s of too consequence to the show, but it’s going to light up the internet with fan theories. The way I see it, there’s a few directions this can go:

  1. It’s an inconsequential cameo that does not literally have Fox’s Quicksilver enter the MCU, much like when “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” recently had Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick from the 90s Sabrina sitcom play alternate reality versions of their old roles rather than have them straight up reprise them. This could be done by either having the guy who plays Quicksilver just be some guy in the MCU that looks like Evan Peters, or pulling the old trick in which Fox’s X-Men movies are films in the MCU, and Evan Peters is just an actor in that world.
  2. It could mean some serious universe-bending ramifications that would open a door between Fox’s X-Men universe and the MCU. I kind of hope this isn’t the case, because Fox’s X-Men universe is a mess.

There’s also a B plot involving Wanda and Vision’s kids and a dog they find named Sparky, but at this point, the weekly sitcom plots have taken a back seat to the show’s mystery.

“WandaVision” Season 1: Episode 5 “On a Very Special Episode …” gets an 8/10

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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