TV Round-Up: WandaVision, “We Interrupt This Program”

MEX2090_104_comp_v007_r709.00099148.0With “We Interrupt This Program,” WandaVision suddenly feels like an episode of Lost. After spending three episodes establishing the world of the series and introducing some head-scratching elements, “We Interrupt This Program” provides a few answers, but opens up a world of even larger questions.

So, we’ve found out that this isn’t some kind of experiment being run on Wanda, but is instead a reality she’s created in Westview. And apparently, she’s able to manipulate things beyond the wall — from police officers who forget that Westview exists despite standing in front the sign for it to altering the helicopter drone that passes through the barrier. It does raise an interesting question about if and when Wanda knew that Monica had invaded the universe she’s created. Yes, we find out the moment she realized last week (and we saw it again on-scree this week, only in widescreen this time), but how much did Wanda know before. It certainly seems as if Wanda is unaware of just how far she’s going in creating this elaborate sit-com fantasy for herself and dragging everyone in with her.

I find myself wondering just if and how the avatars in her world know and if they have any power to try and resist whatever it is she’s doing.

It’s probably apparent that the Vision doesn’t have much control, since we get a glimpse of him with the soul stone removed from his head and not looking quite so healthy. I also can’t help but wonder if the twins are real or if they’re elaborate avatars.

Outside the bubble, there are a myriad of Easter Eggs to the MCU (because, why not) and some familiar faces on hand to guide us. I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed Kat Denning’s Dr. Darcy Lewis until she showed up here. Watching her become invested in the goings-on in Westfield was a nice touch and the chemistry between Lewis and FBI Agent Jim Woo was a nice touch. If these two wanted a spin-off series of their own, I certainly wouldn’t mind.

Seeing real-world explanations for the irregularities that Wanda has encountered filled in some gaps and answered some questions — all while seemingly bringing in a few more. Wanda apparently doesn’t want to have to deal with reality and will go to great lengths to not allow it to intrude on the seemingly perfect life she’s creating here. I did find it interesting that when her control slips a bit, the cracks begin to show.

Another aspect of the series that I liked was the exploration of what coming back from “the Blip” is like. End Game really didn’t delve much into it beyond our heroes assembling to battle Thanos and Spider-Man: Far From Home played it for laughs. Seeing Monica restored and not know that time had passed and those implications were nice. It’s also interesting to hear that not everyone dealt well with returning from the Blip. I wonder if Monica’s desire to return to work and the regular order of her life says something more about her.

I guess we’ve got five more episodes for this to all unfold. Though I still contend that Wanda’s tampering with reality via rewinds is having a negative effect that we haven’t seen yet.

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