First of all, apologies. This post published early and I bet those of you that subscribe were like “what the hell?” WordPress changed its format a little while ago and I clicked on the wrong option because it is where the right option used to be. Please accept my apologies. It might happen again but I’ll do my best to make sure it doesn’t.
On to the final episode of WandaVision.
I was discussing this episode with a friend, and the best way I could describe how I felt about it was to compare it to the Sarah J. Maas A Court of Thorns and Roses series. The first 6 episodes were like the first book: not great but interesting enough that I kept reading/watching. Episodes 7 and especially 8 were like the second book: OH MY GOD THIS IS AWESOME AND AMAZING MORE PLEASE. Then it was like the writers realized they had something impressive in their hands and they panicked, creating The Series Finale.
Much like the third book of the series, episode 9 was a tangled mess that went on too long and was extremely disorganized. In an attempt to organize my feelings, here’s a list.
- Wanda and Agatha flying around fighting was boring.
- HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE SHIP OF THESEUS?
- Where did Wanda learn to cast runes in the time between being trapped in Agatha’s basement and having that fight with her?
- “You don’t have to tell me who I am.” Bitch you have spent no less than 3 movies throwing your magic around like you have no idea how it works or where it comes from and suddenly you’re casting runes and taking on the identity of the Scarlet Witch? You have a crown? You know what you are doing? Man this is some bullshit let me tell you.
- Why didn’t the real Vision stay with Wanda once the created Vision pulled an Ultron on him and transferred all the memories? Why did he fly away? I fully expected the two of them to merge, recreating a new Vision.
- I am not a fan of how they left in the idea that the townspeople were basically tortured under the dome. It takes a lot away from the original message of how we can grieve when we know that she was hurting people while she was so sad. She walks away from this an accidental villain, which is exactly how she’s walked away from all the other situations we’ve seen her in. And if she knew what she was doing all along, if she knew what she was, if she had these skills that we’ve never seen her use before, then she would be a purposeful villain. This entire premise erases the emotional weight of the previous episode, where we see her create the entire neighborhood from nothing but her grief.
- At the end of the episode we see her astral projecting into a darkness realm where she is accessing the book that Agatha was reading from. She’s projecting while her body is up and moving around. Where did she learn this? How is she suddenly this master witch when previously she’s been nothing but a blubbering mess?
This episode was asking a lot while it was throwing a lot at me, and it just felt like a disorganized mess that was expecting that we take a lot based on ~*~it’s mAgIc~*~ and not ask too many questions. Well, I have questions, and I’m mad because the emotions I felt in the 8th episode were basically for nothing. All this finale leaves us with is that a grieving woman is dangerous and that is not where I wanted this to go. People already believe emotional women are dangerous, they don’t need this show to reinforce that belief.
Neat beginning, awesome middle, bad ending. And now we wait for the next season of WandaVision.
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