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‘Powerbroker’- Falcon and Winter Soldier episode 3 Review

Falcon and Winter Soldier keeps getting better with every passing week. And this time around, Zemo (Daniel Brühl) has a major role to play and Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) returns! The entire gang is together again!

The episode starts with John Walker (Wyatt Russell) and his sidekick Battlestar (Clé Bennett) are on the hunt for Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) The new Captain America isn’t afraid to throw his weight around to get what he wants. He acts more like a villain than a hero. And is a far cry from his predecessor, Steve Rogers. He may be a good soldier, but he’s not the good man that Steve was.

Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Sam (Anthony Mackie) are where we last left them: Zemo’s prison. Bucky is the first to see him. Zemo tries the old Winter Soldier trigger words to see if they still work. They don’t. Though the infamous words don’t turn Bucky, Zemo notes, “There’s still something in there.” Maybe Bucky won’t be able to completely escape Winter Soldier after all.

Bucky wants to break Zemo out of prison. Naturally, Sam’s against it. But Bucky’s convinced they need Zemo’s help in finding out who’s behind the new batch of serum and Super Soldiers. Sam doesn’t know it, but Bucky has already taken the initiative and busted Zemo out of prison. The breakout scene was highly entertaining to watch!

Bucky asks Sam to trust him:

Bucky Barnes: When Steve refused to sign the Sokovia Accords, you backed him. You broke the law, and you stuck your neck out for me. I’m asking you to do it again.

Sam begrudgingly agrees to the hare-brained scheme. They fly off with Zemo (Literally! Forming a skeptical alliance with an actual baron comes in handy.) to Madripoor in search of answers. Comic fans will be excited by the appearance of a location linked to the X-Men!

On the plane ride over, Zemo tells the guys that in order to enter Madripoor they’ll have to disguise themselves. Zemo says that for Bucky “that means you will have to become someone you claim is gone.” The Winter Soldier returns!

Someone important to Karli Morgenthau is dying. We find out later it’s Donya Madani, Karli’s adoptive mother. We find out later she’s died from tuberculosis.

The Madripoor bar fight scene was fun to watch. It was interesting seeing Bucky fight as Winter Soldier without being under Hydra’s mind control. More action scenes like this please! Thankfully, there’s plenty of awesome fight scenes to go around in this episode.

During an important meeting with Selby (Imelda Corcoran)to get information about the super soldier serum, Sarah (Adepero Oduye) calls Sam about their boat. This is the comedy highlight of the episode and provides some comic relief in the midst of an otherwise serious scene.

Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) shows up and isn’t happy at all to see Bucky, Sam, and Zemo. Especially when she finds out the heroes and villain are working together. She’s still still on run for her crimes committed in Civil War so I can’t blame her for being bitter.

She’s naturally reluctant to help them. Sam bargains with her: help them and he’ll get her name cleared.

Our new favorite trio pay a visit to the scientist behind the serum recreation: Dr. Wilfred Nagel (Olli Haaskivi)

After some persuasion by way of gun being held to his skull, Dr. Nagel explains how he got involved in recreating the serum. Sharon has a brutal fight scene with some bounty hunters to buy the guys more time. I can’t stress this enough: GREAT ACTION SCENES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE EPISODE!

Everyone is violence happy this episode. There’s a lot of punching, shooting, and my personal favorite, fiery explosions! 🔥🔥🔥

A couple of my favorite moments were Zemo wearing his comics-accurate mask and Bucky refusing to move his seat up for Sam, A great callback to a fan popular moment back in Civil War.

As usual, there are more questions than answers: Who is Sharon working for? Who is this mysterious Powerbroker? What does Black Panther’s Ayo want? To hopefully answer these questions, I’m off to watch episode 4!

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‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ – Falcon and Winter Soldier Episode 2 Review

This time around a lot of time was given to John Walker (Wyatt Russell) ,and his introduction as the new Captain America. (BOO!)

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Apparently, fans have chased Wyatt off Instagram because of hatred/death threats he was receiving due to playing a fictional character. This is a reminder to separate a fictional character from his actor.

The government has chosen John as their new Captain America and send him on a tour introducing him to the nation. This tour ends at John’s high school where during an interview the reporter reads a list of his impressive credentials. Turns out that John’s a good soldier. Some people might even say great. But whether or not he’s the good man that Steve Rogers was is yet to be seen. Though by the end of the episode, he goes from wanting to work with Bucky and Sam to telling them to stay the hell out of his way. Whether or not, he’s a hero or another villain, I couldn’t say.

Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Sam (Anthony Mackie) finally cross paths. Bucky is upset that Sam has given up the shield and continues to give Sam grief for it throughout the episode.

I love having Bucky and Sam together. The show’s better with them together. It gives the show buddy cop comedy vibes.

Sam tells Bucky he’s headed to Munich where the FlagSmashers are wreaking havoc to put a stop to them. Bucky tags along much to Sam’s chagrin.

The episode has, in my opinion, one of the best action scenes: Bucky and Sam fight the Flagsmashers on top moving trucks. The new Captain America jumps into the middle of things uninvited. All three get their butts kicked.

The guys come to the conclusion that they “got their asses handed to them”by Super Soldiers. Now they have to figure out how these Super Soldiers came to be.

John Walker wants to join forces with Sam and Bucky. Naturally, they’re not interested.

Bucky tells him off, “Just because you carry that shield doesn’t mean you’re Captain America.”

This episode, fun as it can be, also tackles racism. It introduces America’s first ever Super soldier, a black man named Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly), who not even Steve knew about. Bucky takes Sam to meet Isaiah but first has to make it past his grandson Eli (Elijah Richardson). This means we got a brief glimpse of another Young Avenger, Patriot.

Sam and Bucky try to get Isaiah to tell them why more Super Soldiers exist, but he’s not interested and who can blame him? The government used him to go after Winter Soldier and then put him in jail and experimented on him. I wouldn’t want to talk either after being horribly mistreated like that.

After the guys leave, Sam almost gets arrested due to racial profiling. Bucky steps in and asks if the officer knows who Sam is. The second officer reminds the first that Sam is Falcon. The officer quickly apologizes for his HUGE blunder. He gets a call to bring Bucky in after missing his court mandated therapy session. The tables have turned and Bucky is arrested instead.

The two wind up doing a couples therapy session which was hysterical as it sounds. But among the sass and juvenile staring contest, this heartbreaking Bucky monologue happened:

“He gave you that shield, and you threw it away like it was nothing. So maybe he was wrong about you. And if he was wrong about you, then he was wrong about me.” – Bucky (Insert tears)

We learn that the Flagsmashers are on the run from someone called the Powerbroker. This leads me to believe that while the Flagsmashers aren’t the main biggest big bads this series has to offer.

After leaving therapy, Bucky and Sam discuss their next steps concerning the Super Soldiers. Bucky suggests going to Zemo, the same Zemo who broke the Avengers up in Civil War. Sam is resistant to the idea, but reluctantly agrees.

Falcon and Winter Soldier gets better with each passing episode. I’ve already watched episode three. I’ll try to have the next article out before episode four. But with the way my brain works or doesn’t, I can’t make any guarantees.

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‘New World Order’ – Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 1 Review

The premiere of Falcon and the Winter Soldier hit the ground running hard! It starts off with explosive action scenes reminiscent of Captain America: Winter Soldier. I’d always wondered what a Falcon solo movie would be like. The opening of the first episode gave me a taste of what that would look like, and it was epic!

It’s been six months since The Blip and half the world reappeared five years after being snapped existence. Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and the rest of the world have to learn how to live in a post-Endgame world. They also have learn how to function in a world without the help of Captain America to defend against any villains that might take advantage of the world when it’s at its most vulnerable.

The guys are trying their best to move forward with their lives as normal civilians. Sam’s joined up with the Air Force to help take down terrorist organizations like L.A.F. And Bucky, as part of his pardon, is required to go to therapy and “make amends” for the crimes he’s committed as the Winter Soldier.

We also see Sam’s continuing struggle of accepting Steve’s shield as his own.

As he’s packing up the shield, the conversation he had with Steve runs through his mind:

Old Steve Rogers How does it feel?

Sam Wilson Like it’s someone else’s.

Old Steve Rogers It isn’t.

In trailers leading up to the premiere, the above photo along with the one below, was sending fans into a frenzy believing that we were getting a scene set at Steve’s funeral. I think we all breathed a sigh of relief when Sam donated the shield to complete the Steve Rogers exhibit at the museum after a formal ceremony.

Steve is on Sam’s left one last time.

Rhodey (Don Cheadle) makes an appearance in the audience. The following scene of him and Sam taking a walkthrough the Captain America exhibit. The conversation between these two is one of my favorite scenes in the episode! This quote in particular jumped out at me:

James Rhodes: The world’s a crazy place right now. People are… Well, nobody’s stable. Allies are now enemies. Alliances are all torn apart. The world’s broken. Everybody’s just looking for somebody to fix it.

It perfectly reflects on the current events our country and world are currently facing. There couldn’t have been a more timely show.

Another standout scene for me was Bucky’s nightmare scene. It’s a great look into how his time as Winter Soldier still affects him to this day. This is followed by his therapist appointment. If any character needed therapy it’s him!

Dr. Raynor (Amy Aquino) asks him if he’s had any more nightmares. He denies it. He doesn’t want to talk about it. She reminds him that this is part of his pardon deal with the government: therapy and making amends for past actions. She also encourages him to nurture his relationships. He’s cut everyone off including Sam so I wonder how they’ll cross paths.

He hasn’t cut off all relationships though. He meets up with Yori (Ken Takemoto), an older neighbor, for lunch. While at the restaurant, Yori insists that Bucky asks their waitress, Leah (Miki Ishikawa), out on a date.

Finally! They give Bucky a chance at love.
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During lunch, Yori starts talking about his son being killed and not knowing what happened. We find out later when that Bucky, as the Winter Soldier, is the one that killed. When the connection is made between the guy in the photo in Yori’s apartment and the guy Winter Soldier murdered during Bucky’s nightmare, it’s the most sobering, heartbreaking moment in the episode. Bucky repays Yori for lunch and leaves.

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Sam goes back home to Louisiana. We’re introduced to his sister Sarah (Adepero Oduye) and his two nephews. Sarah has to sell their parent’s boat, but Sam insists she get a loan from the bank to help with finances. Unfortunately, their request for a loan is denied.

It was great seeing Bucky and Sam experience civilian life for a change. Some of those scenes felt a little slow, but were great character development for our two leads.

They also introduced Joaquin Torres (Danny Ramirez) who in the comics replaces Sam as the Falcon in the comics. That’s probably what will end up happening in the show at some point. I enjoyed the character and can’t wait to see more of him. If you’ll allow me a moment to fangirl: HE’S PRECIOUS AND MUST be PROTECTED AT ALL COST!!! Ok. I’m better now. Moving on.

We also got our first look at the Flagsmashers, a gang of villains. The scene we get of them was great and proved that they’re a group you don’t want to mess with. Plus they tried to kill the cinnamon roll pictured above. (OK. Now I’m done.)

The last scene is when John Walker (Wyatt Russell) is introduced. Sarah tells Sam to turn the TV on and watch what’s going on. The government introduces the world to a new Captain America, and Sam watches as Steve’s shield gets handed over to the imposter! The acting from Anthony Mackie during this scene was amazing!

The only way to describe Sam’s expression and the fandom’s sentiment towards this character can only be summed up in a GIF:

Unlike,WandaVision ,which felt like and was designed as a TV Show,Several of the episodes felt Falcon and Winter Soldier feels more like Captain America 4 chopped up in six pieces. Just when I was really getting into it, the credits started to roll. It left me wanting more.

This episode was a good start to what I’m positive will be a great series!

PS. Can we please give Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie all the awards now? They deserve it!

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‘The Series Finale’- WandaVision Episode 9 Recap and Review

The last episode of WandaVision fittingly explores the last stage of grief: Acceptance. It has all the intense action of the third act of any Marvel movie along with an emotional ending for our main cast of characters.

The episode starts where episode eight ended: Agatha (Katheryn Hahn) holds Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne) hostage.

Wanda uses her magic to repel Agatha backwards forcing her to release the twins. Like any good mother, she sends the boys to go to their rooms. At first they refuse, but Agatha tells them to listen, and they need no further convincing. 

Wanda continues to attack Agatha, but instead of doing any damage, Agatha just absorbs Wanda’s magic. Just like she absorbed her Coven’s powers in Salem. She tells Wanda that she “takes power from the undeserving.” Wanda looks at her hand which has turned grey. This reminds me of the Yo Magic commercial from episode six when the boy trapped in the island slowly starved to death when he wasn’t able to open the shark’s yogurt. (That’s a weird sentence.) Agatha is the Shark draining Wanda of her powers.

Agatha tries to make a deal with Wanda: her powers in exchange for keeping WestView and Wanda’s new reality in tact. In response to the offer, Wanda throws a car at Agatha but misses her target.

White Vision comes home and tries to kill Wanda. Hex Vision flies in and saves her.

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 apologizes to Vision for what’s she’s done and assures him she can fix it.

The major action of the episode is split between three major battles:

Wanda VS Agatha

Vision (Paul Bettany) VS White Vision

SWORD Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) VS Monica (Teyonah Parris) and the twins

The action scenes run concurrently so it can be a bit overwhelming to follow what’s happening when it keeps cutting back and forth between several different action sequences.

Before diving into the action, there’s a scene between Agent Woo (Randall Park) and Hayward.

Woo confronts Hayward about not being able to get away with his plan to use Vision as a weapon. Hayward reveals how he’s going to cover his tracks: kill Wanda, thereby destroying the Hex, and leading people to believe that White Vision is the only Vision.

Wanda and Agatha take their battle to the town square. Agatha asks her, “Do you know there’s an entire chapter devoted to you in the Darkhold?” “The book of the Damned” was last seen in Agents of Shield. Agatha reveals that Wanda is more powerful than Doctor Strange and that it’s her destiny is to destroy the world.

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Agatha releases the townspeople from Wanda’s spell.To state the obvious, they’re angry at what she’s done to them, and they surround her. They’re panicking and asking questions about their loved ones. This overwhelms Wanda.

While all this is going on, Monica (Teyonah Parris) is in Agatha’s basement with “Fietro.” She discovers a bill with “Pietro’s” personal info. He’s actually Ralph Bohner, a random citizen under Agatha’s control. She’s living in his house. This is the same Ralph Agnes claimed was her husband. Director Matt Shakman revealed in an interview that Ralph Bohner’s name was a tribute to Mike Seaver’s friend Boner in Growing Pains.

This reveal obviously upset die hard X-Men fans expecting Evan Peters to reprise his role as Quicksilver. I haven’t seen those movies yet so it really didn’t bother me. I enjoyed him in the show as a whole. Episode five and six wouldn’t have been half as fun without him! And who knows? Maybe he can come back somewhere down the line. Either as Quicksilver or someone else altogether. Either would be fine by me! I just want him to continue in the MCU in some shape or form.

Billy and Tommy watch their dad and White Vision battle it out from their bedroom window. Billy sees a vision of their mom in trouble. The twins rush outside to try to help.

The scene cuts back to Wanda. The townspeople continue to close in.

Herb: [to Wanda] I don’t recognize my face in the mirror, my voice when I speak. I used to try to resist you, but now, I can’t remember why. Do you?

Wanda: “You’re all going to be fine.”

Norm: “When you let us sleep. We have your nightmares.”

Dottie: “We feel your pain.”

Mrs. Hart: “Your grief is poisoning us.”

They beg to be let go, or for Wanda to let them die.

These people are going to be in need of some serious counseling!

Wanda’s reality is unraveling. In her panic, she chokes the townspeople with her powers.

She splits the hex open and lets everyone leave.

As people run out; S.W.O.R.D. drives in.

Since the Hex is open, Wanda’a family start to disintegrate proving that they can’t survive outside the Hex. She closes it, and everything returns back to “normal.”

The family that fights together stays together. I got total The Incredibles vibes from this scene and I loved it! They faceoff against SWORD, and the scene looks familiar:

Wanda and Vision induct their children into the family business of superheroing. Wanda sends the boys to fend off the military while she goes after Agatha. Meanwhile, Hex Vision and White Vision are having a philosophical discussion on the Ship of Theseus to determine who the true Vision is. A conversation that is extremely fitting for Vision to have.

Hayward shoots at Billy and Tommy. (He’s a monster!) Monica blocks the bullets and they phase through her. Billy stops the other one using his telekinetic powers. It was fun seeing these three together. It was one of the best scenes in the episode! I wish we’d gotten more with this trio.

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

Hayward then tries to run the twins and Monica over with his SWORD rover.

The only moment we get with Darcy is when she  drives the funnel cake truck right into him so he can’t get away. It was a blast having Kat Dennings back as Darcy. I hope Marvel brings her back for another project. It’d be cool if she showed up in Loki.

Back in the library, Hex Vision unlocks White Vision’s memories up through Infinity War. And then White Vision flies off not to be seen again… for now. Who knows when he’ll show up, but I doubt this will be the last we see of him.

Vision has a touching reunion moment with the twins, and they get front row seats as Wanda and Agatha’s aerial battle intensifies. Like any good parent, Vision tries to shield the boys from the worst of it.

 Wanda is up to her old tricks and makes Agatha live through her worst nightmare: tied to the stake about to be killed. Wanda resurrects the coven, but the tables are turned when Agatha magically reveals to them Wanda’s identity as the Scarlet Witch. 

Agatha bargains with Wanda oncemore: Wanda’s power for a peaceful life in WestView with her family.

Wanda tells Agatha to take all her magic. She doesn’t want it. She throws all her power at Agatha til she’s completely grey and suspended in midair; completely drained.

But then the tables are turned again. Agatha tries to make Wanda’s spell permanent, but she can’t. Wanda learned her lesson from episode 8 well and has cast a protection spell. Only she can use her magic.

She accepts herself as the Scarlet Witch, takes back her power from Agatha, and creates an awesome new suit in the process. 

Agatha and Wanda return to earth, as punishment for her crime, Wanda restores Agatha’s Westview identity as Agnes the nosy neighbor and sentences her to life in Westview.

(Clockwise from left): Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Tommy (Jett Klyne), Vision (Paul Bettany), Billy (Julian Hilliard) Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

She then goes home with her family. They spend one last evening together. Wanda and Vision put Billy and Tommy to bed one last time. Before they leave the room, Wanda thanks the twins for choosing her as their mom. Billy knows what’s going to happen next since he can read minds. (Thanks to the random Twitter user who first pointed that out. Like I needed anymore pain to deal with!)

She allows the Hex to recede and return everything to normal. Her and Vision say their final goodbye before he disappears for good this time.

Before he fades from existence. He asks who he is and ponders what he might be next.

“Wanda, I know we can’t stay like this. But before I go, I feel I must know: What am I?”

“You, Vision, are the piece of the Mind Stone that lives in me. You are a body of wires and blood and bone that I created. You are my sadness, and my hope. But mostly, you’re my love.”

(Insert buckets of tears here.)

“Goodbye, Darling.”

“We’ve said goodbye before so it stands to reason…we’ll say hello again.” 😭😭😭😭😭

Vision and the house disappear. Wanda’s left back on an empty lot. Everyone glares at her as she walks out of town. They remember what she’s done. She’s not forgiven.

Monica empathizes with Wanda. She understands Wanda’s pain better than anyone else. She’s the only one who offers Wanda any sort of forgiveness for what she’s done. This was one of the best scenes in the episode! I hope we see more of these two together in the future. They were the duo I never knew I needed and now I’m left wanting more!

The show ends with Wanda flying off to learn more about her powers and how to use them.

As usual with Marvel, there are two end credits scenes setting things up for the future:

1.Monica meets with a SWORD agent who reveals herself to be a Skrull. She tells Monica that an old friend of her mother’s wants to meet with her. This will lead into Captain Marvel 2.

2. Wanda is studying the Darkhold and she hears Billy and Tommy’s cries for help. This is clearly setting up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Final Thoughts

This was most anticipated Disney Plus series, and I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint! I loved it from beginning to end. As a die-hard fan of both classic sitcoms and Marvel, the combination of both was a treat. I adored those first two black and white episodes! I grew up on reruns of Bewitched and Full House so all those tributes to those shows were so fun to watch! I enjoyed all the different theme songs, but my favorites were from episodes two and five because they were heavily influenced by Bewitched and Full House. My favorite episode was episode five because of the 80s and 90s sitcom influences, and I loved that they brought Evan Peters in to play Pietro. Now I’m obsessed with him and need to watch X-Men as a result. I hope they bring him back in the near future. I have a feeling based off a recent interview with show runner Jac Schaeffer that they will.

I thought the transition from sitcom to classic Marvel movie action worked perfectly. The shifting tone from cheesy sitcom fun, to the horror undertones, to that emotional, tear-jerker ending worked really well.

I liked the finale. I understand people’s complaints and disappointment that a certain Sorcerer Supreme didn’t show up like he was heavily rumored to, but I’m actually glad that he didn’t show up. This was Wanda and Vision’s time to shine, and that’s where the focus had to stay through to the very end. If Doctor Strange had shown up, that’s all everyone would’ve been able to focus on!

This was an excellent debut for the TV side of Marvel Studios. The bar that’s been set is high, and the shows to come have a lot to live up to.

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‘Previously On’ WandaVision Episode 8 Recap and Review

Episode eight takes a deep dive into Wanda’s (Elizabeth Olsen) grief and provides an origin story for Agatha Harkness (Katheryn Hahn). The episode starts where the last one left off with Wanda under Agatha’s spell. Agatha gives her a look at her past before Agatha moved to Westview.

We flashback to Salem in 1693: Agatha Harkness is tied at the stake for “betraying” her coven and “practicing the darkest of magic.” She denies committing any crimes and pleads for her life. Her pleas fall on deaf ears. The witches (including her mother) try killing her by draining her of her power, but Agatha ends up using her dark magic to drain and kill them instead, and she absorbs their powers. I don’t think she was in full control of what happened, or maybe she was. I’m not sure. I think the scene is open for interpretation.

The flashback ends. Wanda tries to read Agatha’s mind but can’t access her thoughts to figure out where the twins are or what Agatha’s plan is.

Wanda demands to know where her children are. Her Sokovian accent is out in full force. She tries to use her powers against Agatha, but can’t because of her powers are being canceled out by the runes on Agatha’s walls. (One of the runes is an M, a possible nod to The House of M comics?) This protection spell means that only Agatha can use her magic. This renders Wanda completely helpless.

Agatha wants to know how Wanda got to be so powerful. She seems to believe that Wanda was always a witch. “When I sensed this place, the afterglow of so many spells cast all at once. I couldn’t make heads or tails of it.” Agatha demands to know how Wanda did it, created her own reality, but Wanda denies doing anything.

“I think it’s time to look at some real reruns.” Agatha takes Wanda back to the past and forces Wanda to relive some painful memories so that she can figure out how Wanda created her own reality. At first Wanda refuses, but Agatha allows her to hear her twins yelling for help as if they’re being tortured to manipulate her into doing what she wants.

Wanda walks through Agatha’s magically conjured door into the apartment she lived in with Pietro and her parents in Sokovia. They’re preparing for family TV night. They watch classic sitcoms to practice their English. Pietro calls Wanda to join them. Wanda enters the scene and transforms into her past self. Her dad lets her choose the show they’ll be watching. She chooses her favorite: The Dick Van Dyke show. This answers the question of why the alternate reality Wanda created is a sitcom: it reminds her of happy memories of her family, and it explains why the first two episodes are in Black and White.

It May Look Like A Walnut: The Dick Van Dyke Show

This is the night their apartment building was bombed and Wanda and Pietro’s parents were killed. The twins are trapped under the rubble. A Stark Industries bomb lands near them, but doesn’t go off. Wanda sees their TV in the middle of the debris still playing The Dick Van Dyke episode.

Wanda says, “By the end of the episode, you realize it was all a bad dream. None of it was real.” Unfortunately, sitcoms aren’t real and her parents being killed isn’t a bad dream.

Agatha pulls Wanda out of the memory. She thinks Wanda’s the reason the bomb didn’t go off. She says Wanda used a probability hex. Wanda denies it and says the bomb was defective.

Agatha conjures another door. Wanda realizes what coming next. “I don’t wanna go back there.” Agatha tells her, “The only way forward is back.”

Wanda walks through the door into her next traumatic memory: Being Hydra’s human experiment. This is where she was exposed to the Mind stone that gave her her powers. And you can’t have the Mind stone without Loki’s staff which does make an appearance in this scene. 

Wanda is the first person in these experiments to survive coming into contact with an Infinity Stone. This scene is visually stunning. She sees a vision of herself as the Scarlet Witch. She passes out from the experience and is put in isolation.

While in isolation, Wanda watches The Brady Bunch which explains the 70s sitcom vibe of episode three.

After the memory ends, Agatha tries to put the pieces together. She’s still convinced that Wanda has always been a witch:

“So, little orphan Wanda got up close and personal with an Infinity Stone that amplified what, otherwise, would’ve died on the vine. The broken pieces of you are adding up, buttercup. I have a theory, but I need more.” – Agatha 

Another door appears leading to the next memory which takes place at the Avengers compound after Pietro’s death in Age of Ultron. Once again, Wanda is watching a sitcom. (Can’t blame her. They are the ultimate in comfort television. I do the same thing when I’m sad. I call it sitcom therapy.) This time it’s Malcolm in the Middle. 

This is the best scene of the episode where we get some of the best writing in the MCU to date courtesy of Laura Donney:

Vision: Wanda, I don’t presume to know what you’re feeling, but I would like to know. Should you wish to tell me. Should that be of some comfort to you.

Wanda: What makes you think that talking about it would bring me comfort?

Vision: Oh, see, I read that the-

Wanda: The only thing that would bring me comfort is seeing him again. Sorry. I’m so tired. It’s…It’s just like this wave washing over me, again and again. It knocks me down, and when I try to stand up, it just comes for me again. And I…It’s just gonna drown me.

Vision: No. No, it won’t.

Wanda: Yeah. How do you know?

Vision: Well, because it can’t all be sorrow, can it? I’ve always been alone, so I don’t feel the lack. It’s all I’ve ever known, I’ve never experienced loss because I have never had a loved one to lose. But what is grief, if not love persevering?

This scene meant a lot for me personally, and I know it’s a scene that resonates with anyone who has experienced grief.

Wanda walks through the next door. This time into SWORD headquarters to get Vision’s body back. Wanda’s only intention was to give Vision a proper burial. But Agent Hayward (Josh Stamberg) doesn’t intend on giving the body up. He lets Wanda have a look at what they’re doing with the body: “dismantling the best sentient weapon ever made.” Vision’s head is one table; his body scattered around the room on other tables.

She shatters the glass of the observation deck and flies down to say goodbye to Vision.

“I can’t feel you.” = saddest line of the episode.

She leaves, gets in her car and drives to Westview, New Jersey. She drives to the piece of property Vision bought. They were going to build a house “to grow old in.”

Overwhelmed with grief, Wanda falls to her knees. Just like in Age of Ultron, after Pietro’s death, power explodes from her. It’s from this power that the Hex is created, the house is built, and Vision is brought back to life.

Agatha ends the tour of Wanda’s memories. Back outside she holds Billy and Tommy hostage. I thought she was going to kill them right in front of Wanda!

Her superhero name is official!

In the end credits scene, we get our first look at White Vision. In the comics this meant that after being rebuilt he lost all of his memories and emotions, essentially everything that made him human, and has been returned to the state of being a weapon.

Only one more episode to go! This was my most anticipated Marvel show so I’m sad it’s ending. But at the same time, I can’t wait to see how it ends! The finale streams tomorrow on Disney Plus.