WandaVision - Season 1 (EPISODES 1 - 2)
WandaVision, the first of many Marvel Studios' series to launch on Disney+, is truly a vision. The first two episodes were released together, with more to be released on a weekly basis. A two-episode launch seems strange at first, but it sets up the series’ episodic themes in a really organic way. As such, I’ll be reviewing both episodes as a package here.
We meet Wanda and Vision as they start their new life as a married couple in the suburb of Westview. Stylistically, WandaVision’s pilot emulates iconic classic TV sitcoms of the 1950s. Evidently, the second episode seems to maintain this setting, but more closely resembles a 1960s setting. This establishes an expectation that each episode might imitate a different era of classic shows, and it’s a really clever use of the episodic format. I commend Marvel Studios’ ability to commit to this ultra-stylized world and still have it remain interesting and fit in with its characters and the Universe we all know and love. There are already small glimpses at the mystery of why our heroes are trapped in their sitcom world.
Both Wanda and Vision’s powers are used to the setting's advantage, setting up satisfying pop-culture references. I didn’t have cable growing up, so I found this tribute to classic METV programming absolutely charming. I grew a real interest in television history this way, so to see all the character dynamics, costuming, verbage, and overall essence of those shows captured so authentically makes me excited to see what else the show is cooking up. In terms of Marvel, I think it’s a fresh direction for the universe in this new phase as far as creativity goes.