After two episodes of “WandaVision” set in the 1950s and 1960s, the third episode of this new Marvel series sees Wanda and Vision move into the 1970s, bringing some flashy clothes, funky costumes and questionable home decor.
At the end of the last episode, we discover that Wanda is pregnant and the whole world moves from black & white into technicolour, with this episode continuing exactly where it left off.
Throughout the episode, Wanda’s pregnancy continues to grow at super speed, causing confusion and wacky moments, that you’d expect from a sitcom from that era. There are many sitcom clichés in this episode, which is kinda the point of the whole show so far. From the cheesy introduction, to the live studio audience laughing along and camera angles that instantly took me back to being a kid watching shows like “Happy Days” and “Mork & Mindy”.
While I did watch some classic sitcoms from the 50s and 60s, I grew up on sitcoms from the 70s and 80s, so this episode naturally just felt much more nostalgic, which is one of the main themes of the episodes so far.
This episode leaned much more in on Wanda and Vision’s superpowers, since she couldn’t control herself when the contractions kicked in. Leading to many wacky moments that helped with the comedy moments.
While the first two episodes gave us hints of something being wrong, the third episode dials that up further. With Vision continuing to question what’s going on, only to be once again re-winded like an old fashion VHS player.
It’s easy during this episode to forget your watching a Marvel series, it feels like something from that era, while also being crazy enough to make you think something is way off. This isn’t your standard Marvel movie and the benefit of having a Disney+ show, is that we get to spend a little longer building the story. Had “WandaVision” been a film, this whole episode would have probably been squeezed into a montage and it would lose that long build-up to the reveal.
One of the biggest moments in the show once again comes in the final few seconds, when its revealed that Monica “Foxy” Rambeau also doesn’t know who she is, but when Wanda remembers she is also a twin and that Pedro (Quicksilver) had died. This leads to Monica remembering that Ultron killed Pedro, causing her to be thrown out of the “reality” back into the real world, where we see the military surrounding the town of “Westview”. It instantly reminded me of “The Truman Show”, which is one of my favourite movies.
It’s crazy stuff and instantly makes me want to watch the next episode. You can see “WandaVision” is really starting to pick up steam as we travel through the eras, something sinister is going on and we want to know what it is. Unfortunately, we’ve got to wait another week for the next instalment.
This is without a doubt my favourite episode of the show so far, just the small tease of the outside of “Westview” completely changes the tone of the show. Seeing helicopters flying around (which might explain the toy helicopter found in the garden in last weeks episode) and Monica just lying on the ground as “The Monkees” Daydream Believer song is playing is an incredible way to finish the episode.
Rating 4.5 out of 5