Synopsis: WandaVision, Season 1 Episode 4 dramatically shifts away from last week, episode 3. Consequently, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) take a backseat in the action. Instead we see a very welcome return of some familiar faces . . .
The non-linear aspect to WandaVision, Season 1 Episode 4 worked woderfully. For example, allowing us to make sense of what we’ve already seen. Providing context, which is everything. It’s clear Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) will be an important part of things in WandaVision. Her entry and exit point into WestView gave us much needed clarity. So, we now know much more than we did before.
The return of Darcey Lewis (Kat Dennings) and Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) made for great world building. At the same time, it allowed for them to begin to develop as characters in their own right. Darcy’s skills allowed for a meta narrative, where the her and the show’s characters are seeing what we have, too. And again, it worked so well because of the use of non-linear storytelling, and perspective.
Back in “Wanda World” (Westview), we see some of what we didn’t, previously. very clever use of selective storytelling, for dramatic impact. We’re given more this week, but there’s still plenty that we don’t know. And that’s how great writing should pan out – slowly. For example, it allows for some of what we accurately predicted in WandaVision: Five Things to Expect, to start to come to fruition.
MCU newcomer Teyonah Parris just about took the award for best performance, this week. Some great emotional scenes, as she learns the fate of her mother. Her reactions were believable, her anger-fuelled response genuine, too. A skilled and capable actor.
Both Kat Dennings and Randall Park did brilliantly. Their interactions provided humour, in a different way than we’ve had so far.
Whilst she didn’t feature heavily, Elizabeth Olsen excelled in her role, again, Olsen showed us the developing darker side to her character, excellently. Her scene when she banished Monica was raw and scary, too. It was controlled, to offer just glimpses of danger.
CGI & Effects
The “big stunt” of the week was Wanda using her magic to send Monica back from her fantasy world. This idea was the theme of A Scarlet Spell, part of weekly fun feature May The Verse Be With You. The way the magic looked was impressive, more a force of nature than mystical. And seeing Wanda fix things afterwards was equally cool, visually. A great dose of some big budget MCU CGI trickery.
We got some important answers, in WandaVision, Season 1 Episode 4. And a great set up for what’s coming. Some of this week’s story picked up on aspects identified in WandaVision: Five Theories, last week’s feature we ran on the show. The fact that we know as much as the rest of the “real world” of the show is a cool trait. We get to discover things via the characters. Also, the “two worlds” dynamic is a good one. Vision will have to choose, presumably. That was one of the themes of Vision’s Vision, another series tie in from May The Verse Be With You. Now that we know more of the premise, things are really getting going, and this looks to be a truly great show.
WandaVision airs weekly, Fridays, on DisneyPlus. There’s 9 episodes in Season 1. We’ll feature the show in coming PodCast Episodes.
- CGI & Effects9.7
- Incidental Music9.4