Series Review (With Spoilers): WandaVision: Season 1, Episode 4


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Monica Rambeau (Parris) and Jimmy Woo (Park) near the static energy field surrounding the town of Westview.

“WandaVision: Episode 4 – We Interrupt this Program” was written by Bobak Esfarjani and Megan McDonnell and directed by Matt Shakman. Outside of Westview, Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) accompanies FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) on a missing person case.

It may have been refreshing to some people that “WandaVision” took a slight break from the sitcom-style that the last three episodes have been, but did we really need to dedicate an entire episode to how Monica arrived in Wanda’s reality? In my mind, the opening scene is what made the episode. After being blipped back into existence by Hulk’s snap, Monica finds herself in a hospital room that belonged to her mother, Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), five years ago. This leads to her finding out that her mother passed away from cancer in the years that she was snapped away by Thanos. 

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Monica didn’t have the chance to say goodbye, but her mother’s legacy still lives on. At the S.W.O.R.D. headquarters, Monica meets Acting Director Tyler Hayward (Josh Stamberg) who sends her to investigate the town of Westview, New Jersey. I felt that the mystery was trailing behind the audience this week. S.W.O.R.D. spends the entire episode mapping out information and asking questions that many people have already theorized. The point of this weekly release strategy is to keep the discussion about the series going, and that can’t happen when there’s nothing new to discuss. It’s a slight dip in quality, and the mystery slipped on its footing, but I have faith it can pick itself back up.

Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) is another character this show reintroduces, and there wasn’t much purpose for her to be in this episode other than having two familiar characters interact with each other in order to skip introducing new people. I think there is potential to develop the duo of Darcy and Woo, because I’m liking what we have so far. But as I said, when the broadcast frequency was picked up from Wanda’s (Elizabeth Olsen) “Neighborhood of M,” many details were missed from the first three episodes they watched on a retro television. It feels like the show is behind on giving the audience answers to details that have been hinted at, and is simply asking questions that don’t add to the conversation. Using Jimmy Woo’s board of information only to offer up useless possibilities was a missed opportunity. 

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As many people have suspected, Wanda alters incoming objects to fit the sitcom production design. One example of this would be when the guy in the hazmat uniform was changed to look like a beekeeper. Many of the people in Westview are real people with different identities, and they were “cast” as the characters in Wanda’s show. They’re not agents, they’re just regular people. The only exception to this is Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) and Dottie (Emma Caulfield), who were the only ones without a confirmed identity because they are “special characters.” Another question asked was, what is with all of the hexagons? The only reason no one is discussing this is because it’s obvious that they’re referring to Wanda’s hex powers. It’s unlikely to be a hint at the A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) logo, because that organization was already in “Iron Man 3,” and it would be quite an underwhelming reveal to bring them back as the puppet master of the show.

It’s not confirmed yet that Wanda is the only person behind everything, but we now know that she is fully aware of everything that has happened so far. She’s basically gone crazy, and is now playing house with Vision’s (Paul Bettany) corpse. This is a good reminder to audiences who forgot that Vision was not snapped, he was killed. As of right now, he is still dead. The Mind Stone is still destroyed, and the Vision that we’re seeing is a filter that Wanda has been projecting. It seems that the Vision we’ve been seeing has figured a lot of this out, and is playing along to please Wanda. Is Wanda meant to be set up as the main villain of this multiverse trilogy that Marvel is doing? There are so many obvious misdirects that I don’t even know what to think anymore!