X-Geeks

WandaVision – Episode 9 Review

By Robert Ernest (@thatRobster | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

This review contains spoilers.

Going into the finale, I really wasn’t sure what I was expecting. I started to worry we’d all be left disappointed and for that I sincerely apologise to the Marvel gods because this was brilliant. Wanda-ful in fact. The finale picks up straight where we left off as a full out battle begins between Wanda and Agatha and as Wanda sends the boys to their room, excitement levels rise in anticipation for what we’re about to see.

The premise of this whole altercation is that Agatha wants Wanda’s powers. We’ve see how she has the ability to take power from other witches and I enjoyed the aspect of Wanda discovering just how powerful she is here. Agatha claims the difference between them is knowledge and informing Wanda that it’s her destiny to destroy the world sort of flicks a switch in Wanda’s head where she steps up her fight. As woeful as Agatha’s presence is, surely at some point in the future Wanda is going to thank her for making her realise her true potential. Two particular moments I loved were firstly, when Wanda threw a car at Agatha and we only see her boots under the wreckage, Wizard of Oz style, and then being taken back to the Salem witch trials was so creepy and exciting as we see the beginnings of a new, classic look for Wanda.

As well as the witchy power battle, Vision meets the new version of himself and this sets other wheels in motion. In between punches, original Vision manages to take White Vision on a journey of self discovery, helping him realise he’s not a weapon by sharing his memories with him. This is obviously big for what’s to come in Marvel’s next phase as White Vision is still out there somewhere. Monica is trapped with Pietro and as great as Evan Peters is once again, this would be my one niggle with the episode. The reveal that he’s been controlled by Agatha and his real identity is Ralph Bohner was a little underwhelming. Even if both of them laughing at the pronunciation of his surname was humorous I just felt that it took away from the whole X-Men link and the huge buzz that created.

The core of this episode is Wanda’s redemption and decision to move on. Of course this brings heartbreak. As Wanda allows the residents of Westview to escape through the hex, we discover mid way that it’s not only Vision, but also the twins that can’t exist outside of this and Wanda is left with the ultimatum of saving Westview or saving her family. Julian Hilliard and Jett Klyne are so impressive as Billy and Tommy and you can practically see the joy in their eyes at being part of the Marvel world while we see them using their abilities to help their superhero parents. I loved all the moments we had of them as a family and they impacted the devastation of Wanda’s final actions.

As the red walls around the town begin to narrow Wanda and Vision say goodbye to their children and then to each other. As someone who experienced a lot of loss in the past year, these scenes just crushed me. Before leaving town, Wanda apologises to Monica who sums it all up perfectly. If she had her power she would have done the same and I’m sure that many of us would just to have a moment with a loved one again. It was gut wrenching amounts sadness of watching Wanda left back in the rubble of the ground where Vision planned for them to build their family, but there’s some solace in the seeds planted for Wanda’s future. She’s discovered just how powerful she can be AND she’s got her classic costume and boy does she look fantastic in it. The costume made this all feel like a new start for Wanda and I’m so very excited to see what comes next for her.

With Agatha receiving the well deserved consequences of being left committed to the role of the nosey neighbour and a mid credits and post credits scene the series is wrapped up perfectly. Yeah, there was no huge cameo like we all built ourselves up to expect but I don’t think the episode really needed it. I didn’t find it a disappointment. It’s clear that there’s much more to come from Monica Rambeau which I’m looking forward to. The last images of Wanda show her out in a cabin in the mountains, exploring her abilities even more and it leaves you questioning what is actually happening. Brilliant!

WandaVision has been 9 episodes of pure joy and I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say it’s given us something to look forward to each week during this never ending lockdown. As sad I am that it’s over, I’m satisfied with how it wrapped up and I’m now sat here ready for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier next week.

What did you make of this latest episode of WandaVision? Let us know in the comments.

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