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Monday, February 22, 2021

TV Show Review: WandaVision (Season 1: Episode 7)

WandaVision (Season 1: Episode 7)
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+
 “Breaking the Fourth Wall” is the seventh episode of the American television miniseries WandaVision, based on the Marvel Comics characters Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and Vision. 
Monica plots her return, Wanda navigates unsettling complications, and Vision forms a new alliance.

Well, hello, episode 7! Wandavision is almost done telling its off the rails-but-totally-makes-sense story and the latest episode. Breaking the Fourth Wall had so many juicy tidbits in it that made for good tv. Honestly, this should have been the energy from the first episode.

And it was great to see the nod to Modern Family. Elizabeth Olsen’s take on Julie Bowen’s frustrated mom persona was familiar yet unique, if that makes sense.

Breaking the Fourth Wall paid more attention to the conflict at hand rather than just the goings-on of Wanda’s world, and that is what I am here for. I want to know what is going on, not just what Wanda has going on inside that reality of hers. Wanda’s psyche is being stretched to its limits following the previous episode. She is using more and more power to keep her world intact, and the current episode showed the strain of that.

Or did it? Wanda herself is doubting her reality, whether she is truly okay with what she is doing with Vision and the people of Westview. Huge glitches are happening in her world that even the twins, Billy and Tommy, pick up on. This is the first time in the series that Wanda has shown doubt over her actions. From the start, it seemed that the show was setting her up to become a villain, and I was not happy about that. I love Wanda, and I empathize with her immensely. To see her doubting herself and questioning whether she is doing the right thing or the selfish thing was refreshing. I want to see Wanda become something more than a traumatized victim, or worse, a villain.

The big reveal at the end of the episode answered some big questions (plus it kept up the tv series within a tv series theme), but it also brought out some new ones. I'm hoping that the last episodes keep this energy up and that the finale doesn’t disappoint. But for now, this episode is my favorite.

Rating: 4

Adria Reyes

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