Synopsis: WandaVision, Season 1 Episode 5 follows developments from last week, episode 4. As a result, we see Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) make some very strange discoveries. We also see much more of Agnes (Kathryn Hahn), who replaces Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Paris), in her role as “Geraldine”. Additionally another very special surprise guest turns up . . .
We see a great tension of writing, in WandaVision, Season 1 Episode 5. Here’s what’s actually happening, and what’s being implied. For example, the aspect of Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) reclaiming, then reanimating Vision’s (Paul Bettany) body. On the face of it, that’s entirely her own decision. But perhaps not . . . Maybe this is extreme grief, though, it could be something more sinister. We touched on that in our WandaVision: Five Theories feature. In that same feature, we also mentioned the possibility of “the twins” rapidly aging, which we saw. Their experience with “Sparky” was further evidence WandaVision might yet take Wanda down a very dark path.
The role of Agnes (Kathryn Hahn)was not quite clear. That’s another great example of action vs. implication. She may well be of extreme significance. Despite the fact that we’ve had plenty of answers, there’s plenty yet still to be revealed. One thing that was revealed was that the return of Quicksilver, a.k.a. Pietro Maximoff came by way of Evan Peters, the “X Men universe” version of him.
Credit must go to the show’s central stars, for reminding us WandaVision is very much their show. WandaVision, Season 1 Episode 5 was a fine episode for them to do so. They both show fantastic development, over a really short space of time. Olsen again shows us a very dark version of her character, teasing she’s becoming Scarlet Witch. Once Vision begins to realise more that things aren’t right, he too gives us a side to the character that we’ve not yet seen, one we predicted in “Vision’s Vision”, from May The Verse Be With You.
CGI & Effects
There were so many wonderful aspects, that all deserve individual accolade. The sudden aging of the children, the “hex” bubble as Wanda steps out of it. But the one that was truly a work of genius is the theme show. The combination of the 1980s themed music and the visuals were exceptional, in their ability to invoke nostalgia. So too were the costumes, which continue to be impeccably genuine.
Everything combined to bring individual aspects into a complete example of fantastic storytelling. Part of what makes this such an impressive accolade is careful pacing. There’s so much happening, that you could blink and miss something, easily. The past is being referenced, whilst the future story-world is being built. Those eagle-eyed viewers will notice that the “Lagos” kitchen tissue advert was a brilliant, concealed Easter egg. It references events in Captain America: Civil War. Such an inclusion shows why the MCU continues to excel. They’ve truly got some of the best writers in the business, incorporating canonical references with originality, and humour. Already established events were something we felt would definitely come up, as stated in WandaVision: What to Expect.
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 Music10