Friday, January 29, 2021

WandaVision: Episode 4


4. We Interrupt This Program
A disoriented Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) re-forms in a hospital post-blip, searches for her mother, and finds out she died years ago right after her disappearance. She gets reinstated in her position at SWORD (Sentient Weapon Observation Response Division), her first mission being that of a missing person who fled to a town in New Jersey called Westview. There she meets FBI officer Jimmy Woo (Randall Park), who has been briefed that the town didn’t exist prior and just popped up out of nowhere just recently. When Monica is sucked into the force field enveloping the town, her colleagues call for backup from various fields. One of them is astrophysicist Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), who detects broadcast signals from the town coming from a sitcom called WandaVision, starring Avenger Wanda Maximoff and android Vision, who died in Infinity War. As they try to send radio signals to contact Wanda, “Geraldine” is ejected from the village and crash lands on their base.

 
Episode 4 is basically a summary of episodes 1 to 3 from the point of view of those watching the sitcom outside of Westview. It is a catchup chapter that answers most of your burning questions from the first three episodes. Marvel probably figured out early on that a barrage of non-sequitur sitcom episodes with no context would eventually bore the casual viewer. When they said that this episode will up the ante, they weren’t joking. It directly links the series to Endgame, revealing that "Geraldine" was one of the many victims of Thanos’ snap. As they fill us in on what is happening outside of Wanda’s fantasy world, it just follows that the plot of her sitcom will take the backseat, at least in this episode. Even then, they still manage to verify that Wanda is indeed in a psychotic world-building frenzy. Whether being manipulated or acting alone and going down the House of M route is now the biggest question. SWORD has already identified most of the characters in the sitcom by the way EXCEPT Dottie. Surprise us.

“So you are saying the universe created a sitcom starring two Avengers?” –Jimmy Woo

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