By now, Episode 8 of Wandavision – the penultimate episode, the show has gotten to the point whereby using words like good to describe the show is redundant. As, bar a very slow start, the show has gone from strength to strength and will only improve as it continues and its story plays out. And, I’m sure next week’s season finale will blow everyone’s minds as well.
“Previously On”, episode 8 of Wandavision once again shakes things up, after last week’s shock reveal that Agnes was actually Agatha, the episode takes us on a look back of Wanda’s life as we look to see how she created this world. Allowing the audience to explore more of Wanda and how she came to be, from her childhood to her reaction to Visions death, it allows audiences to understand why Wanda has done what she has done whilst also explaining who the mysterious Agatha is. And why Wanda picked Westview, which makes her pain ever the more hard-hitting to the audience.
I think what is key, is this episode highlights the trauma Wanda has faced, and succeeds in not just telling us but showing us, and creating a link through sitcoms that allows the audience to empathise with her, which creates stunning moments both in terms of storyline and visually in which audiences are firmly on Wanda’s side as all we want to see is her power.
As you will know if you read any of my reviews, I love the structure of Wandavision, and this episodes sees a change from the last three episodes where they were part inside the hex, part sitcom and part outside the hex. And, just as the name of the episode suggests, it explains what happened before Wanda created Wandavision.
Episode 8 sees the complete drop of the sitcom aspect from the show, but explains why sitcoms are important to Wanda in an interesting and smart way that allows the audience to accept the first three episodes, and understand why they (even though many people didn’t agree at the time) were so important. And, dedicates some time to build that relationship between Wanda and Vision, development we haven’t seen since Infinity War, which makes those first three episodes ever the more heart-breaking.
Even though I have already mentioned it, it would be amiss not to dedicate some time to explain how visually stunning this episode is, as the episode really has its fun with Wanda and showcasing just how powerful she is. But, the true star of the show is Elizabeth Olsen, she is fantastic in this episode – as she has been for the entirety of the season, but she takes Wanda to a new level as she rises to the occasion, and delivers an incredible performance.
Just like last week, you get a spoiler-warning and we get an end-credit scene. But first, the episode hints that Wanda was always powerful as she finally gets called a Scarlett Witch. Which finally feels like Wanda isn’t an after thought like she was in Age of Ultron. But with her mysterious past explored, a Magneto cameo that the internet was convinced would happen (apart from me) seems further than ever now – even though I suspect there is still more to discover about Wanda’s past.
And with the end-credit scene, showing Vision coming back to life as White Vision, it is something I have a lot of hope for. I hope this is a new incarnation of Vision, is a cold machine, more inline with what we saw in Age of Ultron only without the compassion. And that he somehow finds a way to say ‘I’m is a new Vision’.