by Sam Acosta
In the latest episode of “WandaVision,” we finally get answers to many of our questions as things just keep getting crazier. Opening with a theme song reminiscent of “The Office,” this episode pays homage to the cut-away interviews and mockumentary filming style of that show as well as later sitcoms like “Parks and Rec” and “Modern Family.” With the consequences of her actions finally catching up to her, Wanda finds her whole world being thrown into chaos as the curtain begins to lift on her veiled reality.
The episode starts with signs that things are slightly off with Wanda. She seems overly tired and kind of out-of-it; she doesn’t want to get out of bed and is particularly dismissive of the twins. Meanwhile, things around the house are glitching out, with various items aging back into older forms. The boys’ video game console morphs into older and older gaming systems, eventually ending up as UNO cards. The worst part of all of it is that Wanda doesn’t seem to be able to control any of it. Agnes offers to watch the twins so that Wanda can get some rest, which she readily agrees to.
On the other side of town, Vision awakes restored from his near disintegration in the previous episode. He finds an adapted-for-television Darcy, now an escape artist with the traveling circus that was once S.W.O.R.D.’s base of operations. With Vision’s help, she remembers her true self, and together, they try to get back to Wanda and sort things out. On the way, they find their path blocked by random obstacles, including oblivious construction workers and passing school children. Eventually, Vision decides to just fly back home, leaving Darcy.
Outside the Hex, Monica and Jimmy meet up with agents who’ve brought a special vehicle they believe can enter Westview. It fails to do so, however, and Monica chooses to run into the Hex herself. As she crosses the barrier, a weird surge of energy flows through her, and she comes out on the other side with her eyes glowing a luminescent blue. She rushes to find Wanda, who angrily confronts her.
Agnes abruptly steps in and leads Wanda back to her house, but the twins are nowhere to be found. Agnes tells her that they’re just playing in the basement, but when Wanda goes down to see for herself, she finds a dank dungeon. Agnes appears and reveals herself to be the big bad who’s been orchestrating everything from the beginning. That’s right everyone: Agnes (in actuality the witch Agatha Harkness, as her theme song reveals) is the villain we’ve all been waiting for.
This is another big episode for fans who like to theorize, for better or for worse. The last episode seemed to be leading up to a major reveal with the unnamed aerospace engineer Monica was going to meet. There were theories of fan-favorite characters who might be joining the MCU. Instead, we got an incredibly anti-climactic interaction with a random agent named Major Goodner. It is unclear whether she is the aforementioned engineer or merely works for them, but either way, it was disappointing, to say the least.
Luckily, that was the only underwhelming aspect of this episode. It appears that Monica now has superpowers of some kind. What they are specifically we don’t know, but it seems she can withstand Wanda’s magic, something not even Thanos was able to do during their confrontation in “Endgame.” I’m hoping we get to see the full range of her abilities in the next episode. We also got to see the first mid-credits scene of this show, with Monica trying to infiltrate into Agnes’ basement but getting caught by Pietro, who is actually a creation of the witch.
Finally, let’s talk about the big reveal. Many fans have theorized about Agnes being the villain since the beginning of the show. Something has always been slightly off with her, but, up until now, her true nature was anyone’s guess. As she traps Wanda in her dungeon, a montage set to a catchy theme song shows all the ways she’s been manipulating Wanda’s reality. This includes her most heinous act of cruelty: killing Sparky, the family dog.
Everything seems to be building up to the final two episodes. It seems like we will be having some big superhero showdowns, with the next episodes most likely chronicling the chaotic confrontations between Agnes, Wanda, Vision, Monica, and Pietro. I am so in love with this show, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next week on “WandaVision.”
Episode seven of “WandaVision” is now available to stream on Disney+.
Sam Acosta is a Sophomore Theatre Comprehensive Major and an A&E writer for Cedars. He likes spending his time watching movies, drinking Dr. Pepper, and writing plays.
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