As promised, Episode 6 of “WandaVision” has revealed a little bit more about the anomaly in Westview, N.J., created by Wanda Maximoff (Elizebth Olson) AKA Scarlet Witch. And that’s just about all the episode offers us: a crumb of information. Spoilers ahead.
This week’s episode mimics conventions of modern day sitcoms like “Malcolm in the Middle”, and presumably takes place close enough to the modern day for home console versions of “Dance Dance Revolution” to be out. It’s also Halloween, and the showrunners capitalize off this by having Wanda, Vision (Paul Bettany) and Wanda’s brother, Pietro (Evan Peters) dress up in their old comic book outfits as Halloween costumes. Wanda and Vision’s twin sons, Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne), have a larger role in this episode, though the focus is really on Wanda, Vision and Pietro.
On the other side of the anomaly, in the real world, S.W.O.R.D. Director Tyler Hayward (Josh Stamberg) has decided to take drastic action against Wanda, expelling the trio of S.W.O.R.D. Agent Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), FBI Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) and Dr. Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) from his team. Hayward only manages to provoke Wanda and worsen the anomaly, as Monica, Jimmy and Darcy begin to stumble upon some dark secrets of Hayward’s. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s connected to a Marvel villain from the comics who hasn’t yet been introduced into the MCU, and as we learn that Wanda herself doesn’t know how she created the anomaly, it seems like there is a far more sinister force at work.
All in all, Episode 6 doesn’t change the show that much, and all it really accomplishes is following up on predictable plot lines, while giving us another crumb of information as to the show’s mystery. Hayward’s turn against Wanda was entirely predictable, as was Vision’s attempt to leave the TV world, as last episode broke the illusion for him.
Still, I can’t help but feel that, had it not been connected to the MCU, “WandaVision” would not be getting the attention or praise it has gotten. I’ve enjoyed it so far, but its mystery has been painfully cookie cutter — hardly as imaginative or well-written as a show like “Russian Doll”, “You”, or even “Dead to Me” or any one of the excellent original series Netflix has produced, that have gained popularity entirely off of their own merits.
I’ve enjoyed it for what it is, but strip it of its recognizable characters, and at its core, it’s a very standard streaming show.
We’ve yet to see how “WandaVision” will end, and I have no doubts Marvel will deliver an excellent finale. But covering this week to week, “WandaVision” has failed to instill a sense of urgency in me to tune into its next installment, as while its twists have been welcome, I haven’t been impressed with them.
“WandaVision” Season 1: Episode 6 “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!” gets a 7/10