[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “WandaVision” Episode 3, “Now In Color.”]
Welcome to the Nineteen Seventies, now in colour! Although the brand new opening title sequence (courtesy of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) stopped in need of recreating the long-lasting “Brady Bunch” three-by-three grid, its rainbow “in colour” tag and peppy music set the tone for a Technicolor episode inside a spacious, suburban residence about to double its occupancy. Sure, the much-anticipated twins are right here, and Episode 3 goes delightfully overboard with wacky sitcom shenanigans to make their beginning an occasion to recollect. Family objects spin, sprinklers go off, and a really CGI stork wanders via the lounge.
However none of those peculiarities are essentially the most notable unusual occurrences in “WandaVision.” Episode 3 primarily tracks Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) as she speeds via a nine-month being pregnant in only a few days, however the Megan McDonnell-penned half-hour shares loads of hints as to what’s actually happening, together with our first look outdoors Wanda’s tv bubble, in addition to all-but-airtight affirmation that she is the one controlling this world. (Although it appears most viewers have assumed as a lot from the bounce.) “WandaVision’s” stability between its two reveals — an earnest homage to sitcoms and a strung-out Marvel thriller — continues to be method off, however at the very least the sequence appears to be inching nearer to acknowledging its duality.
To kick issues off, let’s have a look at the sitcom facet of issues. “WandaVision” Episode 3 suits in intelligent references to TV tropes wherever it might: The physician inspecting Wanda is known as Dr. Nielsen, in a nod to Nielsen scores, aka the still-operating TV viewers measurement service; there’s a enjoyable meta montage the place Wanda hides her being pregnant from Geraldine (Teyonah Parris), which speaks to TV’s artistic historical past of hiding stars’ real-life pregnancies (coats, counters, bowls of fruit, and so on.); Wanda even goes via a quick bout of Braxton-Hicks contractions, one in all TV sitcoms’ favorite pregnancy scare fake-outs.
That they get to suit all these homages into one episodes is a credit score to Wanda’s truncated being pregnant, which ends in a birthing scene worthy of “Bewitched,” “The Brady Bunch,” or every other zany sequence from the basic TV period. When Wanda’s water breaks, the sprinklers in the home go off. She dries every thing off through the use of her powers, however they’re of no assist when Geraldine comes calling, in want of a bucket after the pipes burst in her ceiling. This units up a comparatively well-blocked little bit of distraction, as Wanda tries to speak to her good friend with no) letting her know she’s pregnant, or b) letting her see the stay stork parading round their residence. (Did the stork get a bit of too shut? Did it make a bit an excessive amount of noise? Did too many frames spin on the partitions to imagine Geraldine actually wouldn’t discover something? Positive, however it’s a foolish bit. Simply go together with it.)
What’s much less humorous is Geraldine’s secret id. MCU fanatics already famous that the pleasant neighbor who got here out of nowhere in Episode 2 wasn’t precisely who she gave the impression to be, and Wanda quickly catches on. “I’m a twin,” Wanda says, after giving beginning to her second son. “I had a brother.” Earlier than she will cease herself, Geraldine says, “He was killed by Ultron, wasn’t he?” That breaks Wanda’s pained recollection and snaps her again to this world, a world the place nobody is aware of about Ultron, her brother, or her actual previous. (It doesn’t assist that Geraldine is sporting a necklace along with her group’s secret image on it. I imply, come on. That’s not even Spy 101 — that’s simply frequent sense.)
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Subsequent factor you realize, Geraldine is zapped out of Wanda’s world, touchdown within the grass subsequent to an enormous forcefield carefully monitored by unidentified brokers. She’s been expelled from Wanda’s world, which clues us in to some issues:
- Deep down, Wanda is aware of what she’s doing and is fiercely protecting of her manufactured TV Land.
- Somebody is making an attempt to get in — or pull her out — although, as of now, there’s no telling why.
- Geraldine is probably going a spy, despatched to seek out out what’s happening in there, amongst different unknown goals.
Presumably, Geraldine is definitely Monica Rambeau, the daughter of Maria Rambeau, aka the little lady from “Captain Marvel” (who’s already confirmed to seem within the sequel movie), and people monitoring Wanda’s world are S.W.O.R.D. brokers, final seen in “Spider-Man: Far From Dwelling.” However you’ll have to go over to our “WandaVision” Easter Eggs article for extra on these connections. What issues in assessing the effectiveness of this episode isn’t how a lot info we realized however how little.
The overwhelming majority of Episode 3 (let’s say, 80 %) is devoted to the sitcom lives of Wanda and Imaginative and prescient (Paul Bettany). We’re requested to spend money on their relationship, of their means to mix in with the neighbors, and of their new child infants. However the different 20 % argues there’s no level in caring about this sitcom actuality as a result of it’s not actual. Granted, none of that is actual (“WandaVision” is, after all, a fictionalized present), however stripping consequence from our characters’ lives is a one-way ticket to “Westworld” (the place the stakes are both incomprehensible or meaningless).
The tidbits of knowledge we find out about who’s controlling these lives and why makes it look like Imaginative and prescient isn’t actual (so who cares about their relationship?), the neighborhood isn’t actual (so who cares about becoming in?), and the infants additionally aren’t actual. Though comedian followers have mentioned the youngsters may nonetheless find yourself mattering a fantastic deal, you need to go outdoors the present to discover a motive to care about them, and that’s not how good tales are informed.
Three episodes into “WandaVision,” and it’s clear Imaginative and prescient is correct: “There’s one thing mistaken right here, Wanda,” he says. However in contrast to with Imaginative and prescient, Wanda can’t simply zap the viewers into forgetting what they’ve seen, felt, or thought. We all know this can be a pretend setting, stuffed with pretend individuals, and it’s actually exhausting to chill and benefit from the present she’s placing on when you realize it’s simply there to fill time between info drops. Imaginative and prescient can solely stick it out as a result of he can’t bear in mind. How lengthy can we maintain ready, once we already know an excessive amount of?
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Bonus Footage: How, on God’s inexperienced Earth, did they not higher incorporate Kathryn Hahn into this episode? Agnes has already been established as a nosy, needy neighbor, so a) she would’ve come over instantly when the pipes burst, and b) she by no means would have tolerated Geraldine sliding in as Wanda’s new greatest good friend. Tipping off Imaginative and prescient to Geraldine’s suspicious look is actually the least she would do, and while you’ve acquired Hahn, why ever accept the naked minimal?