*this recap contains spoilers for episode four of WandaVision.*
This was the episode that we were waiting for.
Episode four of WandaVision moves entirely away from the sitcom set-up that we’ve seen the last three episodes and has officially moved into what I am assuming is the plot-based episodes to drive the remainder of the season. Even though the first three episodes were some of the more unique experiments Marvel has put forth, it was time for the writers to move forward with the storyline. And that they did.
This episode was a much-needed break from the sitcom tropes event though they provided entertaining television. “We Interrupt This Program” provides answers to many of the questions that have been bugging fans for weeks now. This episode almost effortlessly raises the stakes with real consequences that will easily satisfy die hard and casual fans alike.
After last week’s cliffhanger ending, the opening moments of this episode instantly answers the question about who Geraldine is. We find out that Geraldine, real name Monica Rambeau, is a SWORD Agent who had just returned from “The Blip”. We are quickly brought up to speed to see where Monica fits into the MCU and we also discover that WandaVision takes place after Thanos’ defeat in Avengers: Endgame.
After Monica disappears into Wanda’s perfect little world of Westview, we are reintroduced to several characters that MCU fans will instantly recognize–Agent Jimmy Woo and Dr. Darcy Lewis from the Ant-Man and Thor movies respectively. Not that this show needed any more credibility, but the introduction of these characters in a weird sense does. Jimmy and Darcy add a sense of reality that I didn’t know that WandaVision needed.
Jimmy and Darcy, along with other members of SWORD, begin to crack the mystery of what is Westview. Their genuine curiosity and questions closely mirror exactly how I have felt as a fan recently. Turns out, Westview, NJ doesn’t exist and the previous episodes were in fact actual sitcoms put on by Wanda with the cast comprised of actual missing people.
I know I have said this in the first couple of reviews, but I am more and more convinced that this show is pulling from “House of M” for inspiration. The revelation that the “cast” of the sitcom is in fact missing people completely correlates with the Avengers going missing in “House of M”.
This episode is the most coherent episode we have seen so far, which in my opinion, makes it the best episode to date. This is almost a weird thing to say when you consider that the main characters are hardly seen. Jimmy and Darcy pick up the slack and deliver some truly great moments throughout the 30-minute runtime of this episode.
Without giving out too many spoilers here, this is a must-see episode. It has been suggested that fans who were on the fence watch this episode first. However, I think in order to appreciate the reveals that were in this episode the way that they were intended, I would stick to the episodical order of things.
As I am sure many of us expected, the nature of Wanda’s sitcom is not some sort of extra terrestrial threat or even some foe from the Avenger’s catalogue, but instead coming straight from Wanda Maximoff herself. Towards the very end of the episode, we are treated to a brief insight on just how messed up Wanda’s psyche is when we see “dead” Vision. Wanda has suffered an almost incomprehensible level of trauma and we are seeing her way of dealing with it.
Dr. Darcy sums this series up better in one line than I possibly ever could when she said “What? I’m invested!”, and invested I am. I have been looking forward to seeing where this series is going and after this week’s episode, I am even more so now. Bring on episode 5!
New episodes of WandaVision air every Friday on Disney+.
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