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Monday, February 15, 2021

TV Show Review: WandaVision (Season 1: Episode 6)

WandaVision (Season 1: Episode 6)
Jan 15, 2021
Executive Producers: Jac Schaeffer, Kevin Feige
Starring: Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Teyonah Parris
Episodes: 8
Genre: Action & Adventure
Based on: Scarlet Witch; by Stan Lee; Jack Kirby;
TV Network: Disney+
 “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!” is the sixth episode of the American television miniseries WandaVision, based on the Marvel Comics characters Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and Vision. 
Disturbances on Halloween separate Wanda from Vision, who looks into anomalous activity in Westview.

It seems fitting that Wandavision should have a Halloween episode in its repertoire and last week’s episode had a visually fun trip with a nod to the comic book versions of Wanda and Vision. But it wasn’t without its problems.

The sixth episode (out of eight) entitled All-New Halloween Spooktacular didn’t do much to further whatever direction the plot is going in. Wanda is obviously experiencing some severe trauma and denial. With her powers, she’s become a danger to the people around her and to herself, but the episode barely touches on that. In fact, the series as a whole, while fun and kooky, isn’t really going anywhere fast. I mean, six episodes in and only two more to go, and what answers do we really have?

Not much. And if you are hoping to avoid spoilers, now is the time to stop reading because I’m going to mention a few things that have already been revealed on Marvel’s Instagram page via an episode still.

Episode six felt more like fan service without the progress needed to keep people invested. If anything, more questions are being asked than answered.

The biggest one being, who is this Pietro? Is he really her brother? Or is he some outside “interference” come to Westview for his own reasons? When Wanda point blank asks him why he looks “different,” it’s obvious the show is touching on the fact that Pietro is not Aaron Taylor Johnson, but it’s like Wanda just ignores this huge issue of her “brother” not looking like she remembers him. Naturally, Pietro claims he can’t remember what happened to him, and Wanda claims she can’t either. Of course, this particular actor's appearance as Pietro could mean that the MCU is getting ready to integrate some very familiar mutants into their franchise. However, the show could still throw us a bone at this point and still maintain most of its secrecy.

The only “biggie” question that has been answered so far is whether or not Vision can live outside of Wanda’s bubble.

One of my personal questions is this: Wanda claiming not to remember certain things that include Pietro does that mean she may not be in charge of Westview? Could someone else be allowing Wanda to think Westview is her doing? With the way this episode went, there might be an answer in the final episode. But I’m not going to hold my breath.

Rating: 3

Adria Reyes

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