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TV Review | WandaVision (Episode 8: Previously On)

Once again, WandaVision delivers the most emotional episode yet – telling us the heartbreaking story of Wanda

Today is the penultimate episode of WandaVision! This one is called ‘Previously On.’ It is about what we learn. This episode reveals how the Hex started and we learn more about Agatha Harkness.

Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
Agatha and the Witches of Salem

The episode opens with a flashback – Salem 1693. Agatha is held for a trial by a group of witches because she uses dark magic. She ends up killing them in self-defense. This scene makes it clear she doesn’t have a choice, it’s either her or them. She has a taste for darkness but that doesn’t necessarily mean she has bad intentions.

Back to the present, episode 7 ended with the opening credits ‘Agatha All Along‘ trying to convince the audience that she was behind it all. Obviously, it’s not exactly as it seems with this series. Agatha didn’t start the Hex but she did make a few tricks to get close to Wanda, to help her. She did that because she wants to know how Wanda created the Hex.

WandaVision - The Hex
(L-R): Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

It’s hard to label her as a villain but it’s also hard to label her as a good person. I think she is in the middle, serving her own interests. She helps Wanda uncovering the truth in this episode as they take a journey in her past. However, the end of the episode doesn’t give a good image of Agatha – she is choking Billy and Tommy in the streets in front of Wanda. That isn’t something good guys would do but something a witch does. And yet, it’s unclear what she wants to do with them. She does have plans for Wanda whether it is to stop her because she is too powerful or something else.

(L-R): Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
The Tragic Story of Wanda Maximoff

This episode is the one fans were waiting for. We finally get to know the truth about the Hex. It was indeed Wanda who created it. She had reasons of course. She lost everyone – her parents, her brother, her lover – while she never really had time to properly deal with her grief. Creating the Hex was for her a way to forget about it and not to have to confront reality.

During, this episode we see several moments of Wanda’s life, important moments that eventually lead to her creating the Hex. In each of these moments, we see her watching sitcoms like The Dick Van Dyke Show and Malcolm in the Middle, series that later influence the aesthetic of the Hex. Sitcoms were Wanda’s happy place so that is why she then uses them for the Hex.

(L-R): Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Wanda’s story is tragic and this episode has several tearjerking scenes. Elizabeth Olsen’s performance is poignant and heartbreaking! The first flashback is the night Wanda and Pietro’s parents died. The family was watching The Dick Van Dyke Show when a bomb blew up. And then another Stark Industries bomb hit the apartment except this one didn’t explode. Wanda claimed that it was because the bomb had a glitch but it was because she used her magic. Wanda always had powers, she just didn’t know it. The mind stone only helped her realize she had powers and helped her using them.

The Mind Stone

The second scene is her first encounter with the Mind Stone during her Hydra days. That scene is quite important as it gives her our first glimpse at her Scarlet Witch costume. I assume this one moment was the Mind Stone showing her the future without her truly realizing what it was at the time.

(L-R): Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

“But what is grief, if not love persevering? !” – Vision

The third scene takes place after Avengers of Ultron at the Avengers campus. It’s a poignant scene between Wanda and Vision in which they talk about loss and grief. Vision has a beautiful quote about describing grief. It’s a small scene but it’s an important one, it’s all about emotion and what Wanda feels during this moment.

Becoming The Scarlet Witch
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

The fourth and final flashback shows us Wanda visiting the SWORD headquarters and revealing the truth about Vision. Unlike what Hayward claimed, Wanda didn’t steal Vision’s body, she left because she couldn’t bring him back and she was utterly heartbroken seeing him in pieces. (We’ll go back to Hayward later on). She then heads to Westview where she and Vision were supposed to build their house and that’s when she created the Hex. So Vision inside Westview is only a creation of Wanda. She made him.

Until now, the MCU only had Wanda as Wanda Maximoff but this episode finally drops the name Scarlet Witch. Agatha Harkness explains to Wanda that she is using Chaos Magic which makes her the Scarlet Witch. Chaos Magic is magic that is capable of warping and rewriting reality and the fabric of existence. It is a power Wanda has in the comics along with her son Billy a.k.a Wiccan who is a bigger expert on the matter when he grows up. That’s when the episode ends on a cliffhanger and the wait for the final episode is going to be insane!

Josh Stamberg as in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
The Lies of Hayward

When Wanda visited the SWORD headquarters, he lied to her explaining that they had Vision’s body to destroy it because he was the most powerful weapon ever created. As we learned in Episode 7, Hayward is using Vision’s body to recreate him and make him a weapon. And it is becoming clear he is tracking the Westview Vision because he wants another to add him to his project.

Cataract is finally revealed in the post-credit scene of Episode 8 – it is White Vision. The scene ends just when SWORD activates him. All cards are now on the table for the big fight in Episode 9!

WandaVision - White Vision
WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
Verdict

Episode 8 is the most emotional yet telling us the heartbreaking story of Wanda. Prepare some tissues because it’s quite the rollercoaster of feels!

 

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