[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision, Season 1, Episode 6, “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!”]
It’s a new week of WandaVision, which means a new period of time and visual style taken from an iconic family comedy and, of course, a new theme song:
Don’t try to fight the chaos Don’t question what you’ve done Some days it’s all confusion Easy to come and go But if it’s all illusion Sit down, enjoy the show Let’s carry on Let’s carry on Through each distorted day We’ll carry on Go ahead Let’s go ahead Even though I can There’s no way of knowing who’s coming to play
Lasted Bryan cranston me Frankie muniz Fans, of course, will recognize that Episode 6, “New Spooktacular Halloween!”, Is a tribute to Malcolm in the middle, one of the least appreciated series of the XXI century. And that show’s high-energy music and chamber choices, along with the fourth wall breaking, end up being a pretty solid template for what might be the show’s most disturbing episode to date.
“Did she rephrase Pietro?” is the last line of Previously On … this week, but Evan Peters He slides smoothly into the cast of the series, playing the man-child tendencies of “Uncle P” as he joins young Billy and Tommy. It’s Halloween so Billy is in costume and the two twins are eager to go trick or treating. Vision, dressed as a “Mexican wrestler”, tells Wanda (dressed as a “Sokovian fortune teller”) that he has plans with the neighborhood guard that night, so Pietro volunteers to take the children in his place.
It’s all very cozy and familiar, although (as Billy explains to the camera) not only is “mom” being weird right now, but she and Vision “aren’t fighting … they’re just different.” This is, of course, because Vision is aware at this point that something very strange is happening; in fact, when he leaves, he doesn’t actually join the neighborhood watch. Instead, he basically heads to the outskirts of the city, watching as the increasingly limited movement of citizens progresses, who, even if only based on the single tear that runs down a woman’s cheek as she repeats the same gesture over and over, they are not. in a great place.
Meanwhile, Wanda and Pietro roam the neighborhood with Billy and Tommy, a neighborhood now full with children. With the help of his superspeed (and by the way, no one seems to notice / care that he’s wearing it), Pietro does some Halloween-style pranks, but he also keeps trying to connect with Wanda. While he is confused by what is happening, he seems to be the only one relatively aware of what Wanda is doing, and observes that he is handling “the ethical considerations of this scenario to the best of his ability” (which serves as an explanation for why not We’ve done it). seen any child before this episode; she saves them as much torture as she can).
Speaking of torture … Vision reaches the outskirts of town, marked by “Ellis Avenue”, where he finds Agnes (dressed as a witch) in her car, paralyzed and numb. Vision takes her out of there with a tap, but doing so doesn’t exactly help things: after recognizing him as an Avenger, she asks him if he’s dead, because isn’t he? And then hysteria takes hold of her, with her laughter as she cries “all is lost” (godDammit Kathryn hahn she deserves an Emmy for her work on this show, I swear) until Vision brings her back to a wonderful numbness.
Outside of Westview, what have the good folks at SWORD been doing while all of this is going on? Good question! Episode 5’s curmudgeonly confrontation with Wanda has Hayward in a real rage and when he and Monica wonder how to proceed, he throws her, along with Woo and Darcy, from their base. But in order not to be stopped, the trio takes out the assigned soldiers to escort them and try to get more information, not only on what is happening with Wanda, but on what Hayward is doing.
Darcy is able to figure out that he’s tracking Vision’s movements inside the barrier (and that he has a secret plan connected to Vision called Cataract, which, clever) and wants to do more digging; Monica, however, is eager to return to Westview. “I know how Wanda is feeling and I won’t stop until I help her,” she says, even after Darcy warns her that after two trips through the barrier, her cells are rewriting themselves. “It’s changing you.” Darcy stays behind while Monica and Jimmy head to meet a contact, who should be able to help Monica re-enter the barrier. (And yes, said contact is most likely another exciting MCU cameo so put on your speculation hats now if they weren’t yet, oh who am I kidding?).
All this comes together when Vision reaches the barrier and manages to break through; The outside world, however, is not a welcoming place for him, and he literally begins to disintegrate even as he begs the SWORD agents rushing to him to help the people within the city.
The good news is that both Maximoff twins have activated their powers in this episode, and while Tommy has his uncle’s superspeed, Billy seems to have abilities a lot like his mother’s, and can feel like his father is in trouble. The bad news is that Billy’s solution is to rush to Wanda and tell her that Vision needs help; she responds by expanding the barrier surrounding Westview, sucking up SWORD agents and the base (not to mention a poor captured Darcy, handcuffed to a Jeep) and turning them into a literal circus.
Hayward and some of his people escape in a van; We don’t see if Monica and Jimmy also bypassed the barrier or got caught in it. Wanda’s eyes flicker red back to normal, and we’re left hanging with that now-familiar title card: “Please wait.” It’s the series’ most suspenseful suspense yet, as it’s clear how much worse things will get before they get better.
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This week’s commercial was the weirdest yet, and we’ll get more ideas about it on Saturday.
Needed talent for a professional costume designer to make something that looks like handmade, so accessories to Mayes C. Rubeo for this week’s costumes. Favorite touch: Pietro’s jean shorts.
There are so many cool touches scattered throughout this episode in terms of the relationship between Wanda and Vision, but “there were no other clothes in my closet” as a reason why wearing the Mexican wrestler costume sticks in my memory, as it is a a sign of how extensive Wanda’s control has become (we assume).
This episode is a Malcolm tribute, but baby Pietro and Wanda’s flashback trick or treating felt a lot like the ABC sitcom. Happy endings, which also featured characters from Eastern European heritage. (Although the Serbian Kerkovich sisters).
Speaking of other great shows, this show reminds me: on a purely superficial level, Paul Bettany, who is tall, blond, and British, conjures up thoughts of Chris Geere, another tall, blond, British actor who was charming on FX. You are the worst. But in his first scene in this episode, there was heaps of Geere-esque energy (maybe because he was wearing a costume and had a plan he was working on). It will be interesting if / when it is rumored Modern Family The tribute episode happens, as Geere was a guest star on that series for a few episodes.
“What happened to your accent?” “What happened to yours?” We have been wondering that too.
New episodes of WandaVision air Fridays on Disney +. For more information, here is our recent interview with Jac Schaeffer, as well as all the Easter eggs we’ve seen to date.
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