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The wait was long, but the wait was worth it. After an unplanned 18-month hiatus, Marvel Studios came back strong with their first TV series WandaVision. The first two episodes debuted on Disney Plus January 15th.
From the time WandaVision was announced we were told it would be both a tribute to sitcoms past and part Superhero “spectacle” that Marvel is known for. The first two episodes didn’t disappoint!
The premiere is full-on classic sitcom, a tribute to shows like I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
This episode and the next were even filmed in Black and White to complete the 50s-60s aesthetic. It’s full of cheesy jokes, a laugh track, and each episode has its own theme song. And the magic used in the show is reminiscent of the techniques used on Bewitched. And just like on Bewitched, the Vision’s have their own Gladys Kravitz in the form of Agnes (Katheryn Hahn) whose a fun addition to an already amazing duo, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.
In the episode, Wanda and Vision can’t remember what the heart on the 23rd on their calendar means. They just know there must be something special about it. Wanda is led to believe it’s their wedding anniversary, and Vision is reminded at work that his boss Mr. Hart and wife are coming to dinner. Typical sitcom hijinks ensue.
In the midst of the fun sitcom, you get the feeling that all is not right with the seemingly picture perfect scenario when the Hart’s interrogate the newly weds about their basic history and neither one can provide an answer. But the strangeness of the show doesn’t ramp up until episode 2.
The next episode is heavily influenced by Bewitched. Starting with the opening theme and credits which is animated in the same style as Bewitched. Wanda is even similarly styled like Samantha Stevens.
In the episode, the Visions try their best to fit into their new town. They both attend community meetings and even participate in the talent show that will benefit the local school.
Things in episode 2 soon begin to take a strange turn. There are loud noises that can’t be explained, Wanda finds a toy helicopter (in color) out in the flower bed/landscaping, and an unknown voice comes through a radio demanding to who is doing this to Wanda? A question that both Wanda and the audience don’t have an answer for. A new character named Geraldine (Teyonah Parris) shows up. She has no idea why she’s at the talent show planning meeting, and the audience is left in the dark as well.
Despite an undercurrent of strangeness, there’s plenty of sitcom action to go around. Paul Bettany definitely steals the show this time around with his Dick Van Dyke inspired antics during the scenes where Vision gets “drunk” via gum getting stuck in his gears.
Towards the the end of the episode, we find out that Wanda is pregnant. (Hello, Speed and Wiccan. Young Avengers Assemble!) We hear another loud BOOM from outside, the Visions go outside to investigate, and watch as a mysterious character dressed in a beekeeper suit crawl out of a manhole in the middle of the street. We get a glimpse of just how powerful the Scarlet Witch is when just one word, “NO,” she rewinds time back to her pregnancy announcement. All is once again right in her altered reality, and the Black and White transitions to Color.
The first two episodes were a great start to what promises to be a wild ride, and I can’t wait for the next episode!
WandaVision premieres new episodes every Friday on Disney Plus.