“WandaVision” Episode 3 Review

Story posted January 25, 2021 in Arts & Entertainment by Colton Pleslusky.

“WandaVision” has upped the ante with the show's third episode, which released this past Friday.

Moving the show into full color instead of the classic black and white, the episode “Now in Color” puts the bizarre couple through another trial entirely: Childbirth. With a rapid pregnancy that seems to take only a week, Wanda Maximoff and Vision rush to prepare their household for the child.

Of course, not everything is as it seems in the small town they call home. Between the strange antics that Wanda’s powers create as the pregnancy continues to the neighbors holding secrets from Vision, it seems the “matrix” is breaking even more than the previous episodes.

The show is still capturing the idea of a classic-styled drama series set throughout the latter decades of the 1900’s. It also does this fairly well, giving those who have even caught a glimpse of shows from that time period the idea that they are, in fact, watching a show of that era.

This is fascinating when it comes to the “Marvel Cinematic Universe”, as it strays from what the viewer may normally suspect of the universe. Additionally, the show presents the idea that the future “Marvel” shows will stray from the normal trend as well, providing fresh takes on the universe.

Which, by all accounts, is very exciting to a long-time viewer.

The music also fits the theme of the show, playing appropriate tunes for the era the particular episode takes place in.

The episode takes a turn towards the end. When a neighbor mentions Wanda’s brother, the scene takes a turn from enjoying the aftermath of Wanda’s pregnancy to a darker, almost evil tone.

Between Wanda singing a Sokovian lullaby to how she carries herself when interrogating the person who said something she obviously shouldn’t have; it truly makes the viewer question what all is actually happening in the show.

“Who is the real villain of the show?” is a common one.

Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen are great. They portray the two out of place Avengers perfectly, capturing the awkwardness of two super heroes just trying to live a normal life. It really helps portray the idea that they are living in a classic sitcom.

The cinematography is done like an older sitcom as well, normally featuring shots that showcase the entire room that characters are in while the action plays out before the viewers the eyes.

The change to color should also be noted, as the entire world now seems a lot spunkier with very little to no dark tones present up until the cryptic ending the episode, which may be another hint as to what is happening to Wanda Maximoff.

Containing an ending that raises even more questions as to what is truly happening in “WandaVision”, this episode seems to be setting up quite the thrill ride for the coming episodes.

Overall, this episode is a fun watch, setting up the rest of the show with the pair of Avengers now having a family. Mystery seems to lurk around every corner in this small town, so it will surely be interesting to see how this unusual “Marvel” plot plays out in the coming weeks.

 

Colton Pleslusky is junior majoring in telecommunications. To contact him, email csp5289@psu.edu.

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Colton Pleslusky

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Colton S. Pleslusky is a junior from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania majoring in telecommunications at Penn State. He is a director and writer for the CommRadio arts & entertainment department as well as a co-host for the This is the Way Weekly podcast. He is a co-host for the Nittany Record Club alongside David Fortunato and Jade Campos. He is the arts and entertainment anchor for PSN News. To contact him, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).