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TV Review | WandaVision (Episode 7: Breaking the Fourth Wall)

Once again, WandaVision knows how to alternate between sitcom content and moving the story forward.

Today is WandaVision day! The seventh episode is called “Breaking the Fourth Wall”. It’s about the characters talking to the camera.

WandaVision meets The Office

For the 2000s sitcom, they have chosen The Office. What better choice than using the best sitcom ever! The opening credits had almost the same tune as The Office theme song. Unlike other opening credits though, this one was solely focused on Wanda herself.

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

I have to say I have laughed a lot during this episode. In terms of humor, it’s my favorite. They nailed the tone of The Office. What the characters say to the camera, the way the jokes are told, it’s spot on! I really love the scenes where Vision talks to the camera and then realizes that there’s no point in doing it and he should join Wanda instead. The scene where Wanda is having a sort of nervous breakdown in front of Billy and Tommy is also one of my favorites. The kid’s reactions to Wanda’s words are priceless!

(L-R): Jett Klyne as Tommy Maximoff and Julian Hilliard as Billy Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
Troubles in Westview

Not all is well in Westview though. Beyond the humor, you can see there is a problem. Things keep glitching, changing inside Wanda’s house. The twins are playing video games, they are using the Gamecube. Then the console suddenly changes to an old one before becoming a Wii (as we later see them using Wii controllers). Wanda is also having trouble with the things she uses. She picks almond milk from the fridge but it changes its appearance three times becoming milk. The Television, the walls, everything keeps changing. It seems to be a result of Wanda having a nervous breakdown. She completely lost it after expanding the hex in the previous episode.

However, one thing is sure for me – Billy has a role to play before it all ends. Once again in this episode, he is the one sensing things and it affects him.

Enter Photon
Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Two major things happen in this episode. The first one is with Monica Rambeau. She is finally becoming a superhero. When she realizes she can’t cross the hex with the SWORD vehicle, she decides to cross it simply by walking by. She indeed succeeds and this gives her powers. Last week, it was revealed her body was changing on a cellular level because she crossed the Hex twice already. And in episode three, we learned her mother’s nickname was Photon. All of these little hints were leading up to this moment.

I love the way Monica gets her powers, it’s a beautiful scene and you can once again hear Captain Marvel and Maria Rambeau’s voices (they already spoke in episode 3 when Monica blipped). Monica hasn’t taken the name Photon yet. Though I’m sure it’ll happen in the next two weeks.

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WandaVision (Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.)

Once, she is inside the Hex, Monica tries to help Wanda. Both have suffered and are still grieving. Monica lost her mother, Wanda lost Vision. The difference is Wanda doesn’t want to accept her loss, she is in denial. Things don’t go as planned though. Agnes interrupts them and takes Wanda with her. However, that discussion isn’t for nothing. I think Monica is on the right path to help Wanda. If she wanted Wanda could have expelled Monica again, but she didn’t do it. I think deep down Wanda wants to move on, she just doesn’t know-how.

The Big Bad Revealed?
Kathryn Hahn as Agnes/Agatha Harkness in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

The second major event in this episode is the reveal of Agnes being Agatha Harkness. Once again, it’s a character comic fans will recognize. She is a powerful witch and was once Scarlet Witch’s mentor. She wiped her memory after Mephisto took Wanda’s twins, trying to help her deal with the trauma. The MCU brings a twist to it. This version remains a witch and in a way, we could even say she is a mentor to Wanda but not the good kind of mentor.

She appears as a friendly person always trying to help Wanda but she is doing so only to control her. The question is why? She has taken the twins so they must be useful to her. That’s why I’m thinking it may have to do with magic/powers … what if she wants to steal their powers for a reason. We’ll see that next week!

Kathryn Hahn as Agnes/Agatha Harkness in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Anyway, I love the reveal of Agatha, it’s slow but effective. Wanda wanders through Agnes’ basement showing us that it’s more than a basement. And it’s actually a dark magical lair and then Agnes finally reveals herself. To stay in the sitcom fashion, we get another opening credit showing us she was behind it all since the beginning. Even though Wanda had some control over what was happening in Westview. The opening credits is a reference to The Munsters, it fits with the paranormal/crazy aspect of what is going on. Wanda did tell the truth in episode 5 – she wasn’t controlling everything. Even though it’s not yet confirmed who is this Pietro, we now know he is mind-controlled by Agatha.

We obviously reach the conclusion that Agatha Harkness is the big bad of the series and yet I have some doubts. Is she really the villain we think she is? In the comics, she isn’t really a villain. It’s the MCU so there can always be a twist to it but I think the twist isn’t there and there might be someone else behind it all. There is still two episodes left.

Paul Bettany as Vision in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
What Else?

Other things are happening in the episode as well. Outside the Hex, Hayward is preparing an assault on the Hex. Meanwhile, inside the Hex Vision is teaming up with Darcy Lewis and frees her from Wanda/Agatha’s control. These scenes allow Vision to catch up on his life as he has forgotten everything. Darcy tells him his story. To be honest, Vision’s reaction to it is confusing. It’s quite understandable, he doesn’t remember anything and suddenly he’s told he died twice and he started as an AI and became “real” because of Ultron, it’s complicated!

These scenes are often funny at times but it’s clear they are also building up to what will happen in the next two episodes. Vision now knows who he is and that could influence his choices, it’s important.

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Evan Peters as Pietro in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
Verdict

It’s another amazing episode and a beautiful tribute to The Office. Once again, the show knows how to alternate between sitcom content and moving the story forward. Next week, we will finally enter the full MCU epic as Paul Bettany described it.

This time stay for the credits as there is a post-credit scene. Monica tries to get inside Agnes’ house when she is interrupted by a mind-controlled Pietro. It’s the only scene he appears in this episode.

WandaVision is streaming exclusively on Disney+ NOW!

 

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