Synopsis: “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!” sees a shift to the 1990s. But things moving back in the real world are what really begin to threaten stability within Westview. Additionally, Vision (Paul Bettany) continues as he did in last week’s episode, and aims to discover the truth. Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro (Evan Peters) further reacquaint themselves, and ask some big questions . . .
It’s Halloween in West View, or, at least the version that Wanda and co. are currently inhabiting. This week we’re in the 1990s, as the subtle shift in decades continues. Having a themed episode really worked. With more inventiveness writing, we saw the “fourth wall break” trope employed. It worked particularly well, due to the fact that it was one of the twins who was narrating. We saw what was promised in the trailers, the original outfits, too! The way that was done was great, and it really felt part of the storyline. We’d mentioned that in our WandaVision: What to Expect feature. It was a great way to further show Wanda becoming Scarlet Witch . . .
On the outside, Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) continued his agenda. As a result, Monica (Teyonah Parris), Woo (Randall Park) and Darcy (Kat Dennings) were kicked off the base. So, they had to form their own team. But that team was shortened to two. By the end of things Darcy (Kat Dennings) was absorbed into the expanding “hex”. Vision (Paul Bettany) came very close to death, again.
We saw much more of Evan Peters this week, who picked up his character of Quicksilver superbly well. He provided much needed relief, as Peters continued playing the super quick clown. Some fantastic comic timing and real, immediate presence, on his full debut.
Again, Elizabeth Olsen excelled, subtly continuing her transition into Scarlet Witch, as discussed this week in Becoming Scarlet Witch.
CGI & Effects
The final scenes of “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!” provided great use of CGI. As we saw Vision begin to come apart, there were flashbacks to his original death. This showed that well considered CGI is more than just visually impressive. It can help to tell the story too, which it did a fine job of. And, the absorbing of more of the outside world also showed us Wanda’s increasing state of panic.
We saw aspects in “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!” that both WandaVision themed poems from May The Verse Be With You drew on. In short, A Scarlet Spell and Vision’s Vision focused on tragic love. That definitely came about this week, as we learned that Vision may now only be able to exist within Wanda’s created world of Westview. A good way to possibly justify Wanda’s drastic actions.
We now know the twins also have powers, too. Their role was assessed in WandaVision: 5 Things to Expect. Their inclusion will also give Wanda further fuel to protect her and her family, from Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) , who might not be exactly who he claims to be . . . It looks like a truly explosive finale is being set up in a few weeks, which might have long lasting MCU ramifications.
WandaVision airs weekly, Fridays, on DisneyPlus. There’s 9 episodes in Season 1. We’ll feature the show in coming PodCast Episodes.
- CGI & Effects9.2
- Incidental Music9.6