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‘The Series Finale’- WandaVision Episode 9 Recap and Review

The last episode of WandaVision fittingly explores the last stage of grief: Acceptance. It has all the intense action of the third act of any Marvel movie along with an emotional ending for our main cast of characters.

The episode starts where episode eight ended: Agatha (Katheryn Hahn) holds Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne) hostage.

Wanda uses her magic to repel Agatha backwards forcing her to release the twins. Like any good mother, she sends the boys to go to their rooms. At first they refuse, but Agatha tells them to listen, and they need no further convincing. 

Wanda continues to attack Agatha, but instead of doing any damage, Agatha just absorbs Wanda’s magic. Just like she absorbed her Coven’s powers in Salem. She tells Wanda that she “takes power from the undeserving.” Wanda looks at her hand which has turned grey. This reminds me of the Yo Magic commercial from episode six when the boy trapped in the island slowly starved to death when he wasn’t able to open the shark’s yogurt. (That’s a weird sentence.) Agatha is the Shark draining Wanda of her powers.

Agatha tries to make a deal with Wanda: her powers in exchange for keeping WestView and Wanda’s new reality in tact. In response to the offer, Wanda throws a car at Agatha but misses her target.

White Vision comes home and tries to kill Wanda. Hex Vision flies in and saves her.

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.


Wanda apologizes to Vision for what’s she’s done and assures him she can fix it.


The major action of the episode is split between three major battles:


Wanda VS Agatha

Vision (Paul Bettany) VS White Vision

SWORD Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) VS Monica (Teyonah Parris) and the twins

The action scenes run concurrently so it can be a bit overwhelming to follow what’s happening when it keeps cutting back and forth between several different action sequences.

Before diving into the action, there’s a scene between Agent Woo (Randall Park) and Hayward.

Woo confronts Hayward about not being able to get away with his plan to use Vision as a weapon. Hayward reveals how he’s going to cover his tracks: kill Wanda, thereby destroying the Hex, and leading people to believe that White Vision is the only Vision.

Wanda and Agatha take their battle to the town square. Agatha asks her, “Do you know there’s an entire chapter devoted to you in the Darkhold?” “The book of the Damned” was last seen in Agents of Shield. Agatha reveals that Wanda is more powerful than Doctor Strange and that it’s her destiny is to destroy the world.

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Agatha releases the townspeople from Wanda’s spell.To state the obvious, they’re angry at what she’s done to them, and they surround her. They’re panicking and asking questions about their loved ones. This overwhelms Wanda.


While all this is going on, Monica (Teyonah Parris) is in Agatha’s basement with “Fietro.” She discovers a bill with “Pietro’s” personal info. He’s actually Ralph Bohner, a random citizen under Agatha’s control. She’s living in his house. This is the same Ralph Agnes claimed was her husband. Director Matt Shakman revealed in an interview that Ralph Bohner’s name was a tribute to Mike Seaver’s friend Boner in Growing Pains.


This reveal obviously upset die hard X-Men fans expecting Evan Peters to reprise his role as Quicksilver. I haven’t seen those movies yet so it really didn’t bother me. I enjoyed him in the show as a whole. Episode five and six wouldn’t have been half as fun without him! And who knows? Maybe he can come back somewhere down the line. Either as Quicksilver or someone else altogether. Either would be fine by me! I just want him to continue in the MCU in some shape or form.
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Billy and Tommy watch their dad and White Vision battle it out from their bedroom window. Billy sees a vision of their mom in trouble. The twins rush outside to try to help.

The scene cuts back to Wanda. The townspeople continue to close in.

Herb: [to Wanda] I don’t recognize my face in the mirror, my voice when I speak. I used to try to resist you, but now, I can’t remember why. Do you?


Wanda: “You’re all going to be fine.”

Norm: “When you let us sleep. We have your nightmares.”

Dottie: “We feel your pain.”

Mrs. Hart: “Your grief is poisoning us.”

They beg to be let go, or for Wanda to let them die.

These people are going to be in need of some serious counseling!

Wanda’s reality is unraveling. In her panic, she chokes the townspeople with her powers.

She splits the hex open and lets everyone leave.

As people run out; S.W.O.R.D. drives in.

Since the Hex is open, Wanda’a family start to disintegrate proving that they can’t survive outside the Hex. She closes it, and everything returns back to “normal.”

The family that fights together stays together. I got total The Incredibles vibes from this scene and I loved it! They faceoff against SWORD, and the scene looks familiar:

Wanda and Vision induct their children into the family business of superheroing. Wanda sends the boys to fend off the military while she goes after Agatha. Meanwhile, Hex Vision and White Vision are having a philosophical discussion on the Ship of Theseus to determine who the true Vision is. A conversation that is extremely fitting for Vision to have.

Hayward shoots at Billy and Tommy. (He’s a monster!) Monica blocks the bullets and they phase through her. Billy stops the other one using his telekinetic powers. It was fun seeing these three together. It was one of the best scenes in the episode! I wish we’d gotten more with this trio.

(L-R): Julian Hilliard as Billy and Jett Klyne as Tommy in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Hayward then tries to run the twins and Monica over with his SWORD rover.

The only moment we get with Darcy is when she  drives the funnel cake truck right into him so he can’t get away. It was a blast having Kat Dennings back as Darcy. I hope Marvel brings her back for another project. It’d be cool if she showed up in Loki.

Back in the library, Hex Vision unlocks White Vision’s memories up through Infinity War. And then White Vision flies off not to be seen again… for now. Who knows when he’ll show up, but I doubt this will be the last we see of him.

Vision has a touching reunion moment with the twins, and they get front row seats as Wanda and Agatha’s aerial battle intensifies. Like any good parent, Vision tries to shield the boys from the worst of it.

 Wanda is up to her old tricks and makes Agatha live through her worst nightmare: tied to the stake about to be killed. Wanda resurrects the coven, but the tables are turned when Agatha magically reveals to them Wanda’s identity as the Scarlet Witch. 

Agatha bargains with Wanda oncemore: Wanda’s power for a peaceful life in WestView with her family.

Wanda tells Agatha to take all her magic. She doesn’t want it. She throws all her power at Agatha til she’s completely grey and suspended in midair; completely drained.

But then the tables are turned again. Agatha tries to make Wanda’s spell permanent, but she can’t. Wanda learned her lesson from episode 8 well and has cast a protection spell. Only she can use her magic.

She accepts herself as the Scarlet Witch, takes back her power from Agatha, and creates an awesome new suit in the process. 

Agatha and Wanda return to earth, as punishment for her crime, Wanda restores Agatha’s Westview identity as Agnes the nosy neighbor and sentences her to life in Westview.

(Clockwise from left): Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Tommy (Jett Klyne), Vision (Paul Bettany), Billy (Julian Hilliard) Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) in Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

She then goes home with her family. They spend one last evening together. Wanda and Vision put Billy and Tommy to bed one last time. Before they leave the room, Wanda thanks the twins for choosing her as their mom. Billy knows what’s going to happen next since he can read minds. (Thanks to the random Twitter user who first pointed that out. Like I needed anymore pain to deal with!)

She allows the Hex to recede and return everything to normal. Her and Vision say their final goodbye before he disappears for good this time.

Before he fades from existence. He asks who he is and ponders what he might be next.

“Wanda, I know we can’t stay like this. But before I go, I feel I must know: What am I?”

“You, Vision, are the piece of the Mind Stone that lives in me. You are a body of wires and blood and bone that I created. You are my sadness, and my hope. But mostly, you’re my love.”

(Insert buckets of tears here.)

“Goodbye, Darling.”

“We’ve said goodbye before so it stands to reason…we’ll say hello again.” 😭😭😭😭😭

Vision and the house disappear. Wanda’s left back on an empty lot. Everyone glares at her as she walks out of town. They remember what she’s done. She’s not forgiven.

Monica empathizes with Wanda. She understands Wanda’s pain better than anyone else. She’s the only one who offers Wanda any sort of forgiveness for what she’s done. This was one of the best scenes in the episode! I hope we see more of these two together in the future. They were the duo I never knew I needed and now I’m left wanting more!

The show ends with Wanda flying off to learn more about her powers and how to use them.

As usual with Marvel, there are two end credits scenes setting things up for the future:

1.Monica meets with a SWORD agent who reveals herself to be a Skrull. She tells Monica that an old friend of her mother’s wants to meet with her. This will lead into Captain Marvel 2.

2. Wanda is studying the Darkhold and she hears Billy and Tommy’s cries for help. This is clearly setting up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.


Final Thoughts

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This was most anticipated Disney Plus series, and I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint! I loved it from beginning to end. As a die-hard fan of both classic sitcoms and Marvel, the combination of both was a treat. I adored those first two black and white episodes! I grew up on reruns of Bewitched and Full House so all those tributes to those shows were so fun to watch! I enjoyed all the different theme songs, but my favorites were from episodes two and five because they were heavily influenced by Bewitched and Full House. My favorite episode was episode five because of the 80s and 90s sitcom influences, and I loved that they brought Evan Peters in to play Pietro. Now I’m obsessed with him and need to watch X-Men as a result. I hope they bring him back in the near future. I have a feeling based off a recent interview with show runner Jac Schaeffer that they will.

I thought the transition from sitcom to classic Marvel movie action worked perfectly. The shifting tone from cheesy sitcom fun, to the horror undertones, to that emotional, tear-jerker ending worked really well.

I liked the finale. I understand people’s complaints and disappointment that a certain Sorcerer Supreme didn’t show up like he was heavily rumored to, but I’m actually glad that he didn’t show up. This was Wanda and Vision’s time to shine, and that’s where the focus had to stay through to the very end. If Doctor Strange had shown up, that’s all everyone would’ve been able to focus on!

This was an excellent debut for the TV side of Marvel Studios. The bar that’s been set is high, and the shows to come have a lot to live up to.


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‘On A Very Special Episode…’ WandaVision Episode 5 Recap and Review

Episode four provided us with answers. Episode 5 raised more questions. The episode is a perfect tribute to popular 80s sitcoms like Family Ties and Full House. The theme song is full of callbacks to both the aforementioned shows’ theme songs.

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The episode starts with Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) trying and failing to get the twins to sleep.

Agnes (Katheryn Hahn) pops over and offers to help with the babies. This is where it gets strange. Agnes breaks character and starts directly talking to Wanda as if Vision isn’t even in the room. She asks Wanda if she wants her to “take it from the top” as if she’s being directed in a scene, but why? Does Agnes know what’s going on?

Vision naturally has questions that Wanda doesn’t want to answer. She turns back to the twins in their cribs, but they’re missing. The couple discover that Billy and Tommy can magically age themselves up and are now five years old.

Adorable!

The perspective of the episode is split between the sitcom world and the real world. Back in the real world, Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) is remembering her recent interrogation by Acting Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) while having tests run, after her confrontation with Wanda, to make sure she wasn’t hurt from being expelled out of Sitcom World. She recalls Wanda voice in her head as “a hopeless voice keeping me down. Like drowning. it was grief.”

Something mysterious is also happening with Monica. Her x-ray comes back blank, no bones just a bright light where bones should be. Why?

Later, the S.W.O.R.D team watches footage of Wanda breaking into S.W.O.R.D. headquarters and stealing Vision’s body. Somehow, she’s managed to bring him back to life even without the mind stone.

Monica reminds them of that Wanda could’ve defeated Thanos. She’s that powerful. Agent Woo (Randall Park) thinks that Captain Marvel could’ve defeated him. Monica doesn’t look like she agrees. This is weird considering she once was close to “Aunt Carol” What happened? Did they have a falling out of some kind?

Meanwhile, back in Sitcom World, Tommy and Billy bring home a stray. They decide on the name Sparky, a fun reference for comic fans! They beg to keep him. Vision decides ten is suitable age for them to take on the responsibility, so they age up to ten.

Agnes, once again, pops in suddenly with a doghouse. How does she know what they need?

Monica plans to reenter Westview, much to dismay of her colleagues.

Since things that get sent into the hex change to fit the time period, Monica decides to send something in that won’t change: an email.

Vision is the one who receives the email and this is where things start getting a little scary. When he opens it, the entire office starts reading it in creepy unison. The email reveals information on the “Westview Anomaly” and on Wanda’s involvement.

In an effort to find out what’s going on, Vision removes Wanda’s mind control on Norm. He panics and says, “You have to stop her. She’s in my head. None of it is my own. It hurts… hurts so much. Just make her stop.” Vision restores Wanda’s spell and Norm returns to “normal.” Who is the her Norm is referring to? Wanda? Agnes? Someone else?

Back home, Wanda and the boys have one of those eighties sitcom cheesy life lesson moments about the importance of family. And such scenes wouldn’t be complete without the cheesy, emotional tone shifting background instrumentals.

Sparky hears something outside and starts barking outside. Wanda lets him out, and he runs off. The boys and and Wanda head out to investigate.

The noise turns out to be a S.W.O.R.D. drone which Wanda isn’t happy to see. Monica tries contacting Wanda, but she doesn’t respond. Director Hayward fires a missile. Monica thought the drone was unarmed and is upset that it wasn’t.

Wanda marches out of the hex and tosses the drone at Hayward’ feet. She orders S.W.O.R.D. to stay away. They ask her what she wants. She tells them that she has everything that she wants, and that no one will take it away from her again. She marches back into her perfect world where no one can hurt her.


Wanda and the boys continue their search for Sparky, and are devastated to find out their new pet is dead after getting into Agnes’ begonias. (It’s interesting that Agnes lives in the Bewitched House. This could hinting that Agnes is a witch AKA Agatha Harkness.)

The boys beg Wanda to bring Sparky back to life. “You can fix anything, Mom. Fix dead!”

They have another eighties-esque heart-to-heart about not growing up fast when it’s convenient and how death can’t be reversed. Maybe she should take her own talk to heart.

Later that night, Vision confronts Wanda about the Wanda Westview Anomaly. She tries her usual diversion tactics and start rolling the credits, but Vision isn’t having it!

Vision asks several questions including “Why are there no other children in Westview?”and “What is the Wanda Westview Anomaly?” Wanda struggles to answer his questions. She doesn’t want her perfect world to crumble. She doesn’t understand why all of this happening.

It doesn’t appear like Wanda has as much control over the situation as we all think. Who’s really pulling the strings? Vision no longer believes anything Wanda tells him even when she insists she isn’t the reason the doorbell rang.
Surprisingly, for both Wanda and audience, Evan Peter’s Quicksilver is at the front door and makes a similar entrance to Uncle Jesse in the Full House Pilot.

Where is all this headed? Is Quicksilver good or evil? Who’s really in control of Westview. Hopefully, we’ll continue to get answers. Let’s pretend this article isn’t being published after episode six was released!

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‘We Interrupt This Program’ WandaVision Episode 4 Recap and Review

In WandaVision’s fourth episode we finally get some answers to what is going on! First off, the events of this show are set immediately after Endgame! We get our official introduction to adult Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and find out that she was one of the victims of Thanos’ snap. She reappears in a chair by an empty hospital bed.

She goes to find someone to ask where her mom, Maria, has gone, only to be told that Maria died from Cancer three years earlier. (Marvel, how could you!?) Monica’s confused, and doesn’t realize that there’s five years missing from her life. (Thank you, Thanos!)

We also get our first official look at S.W.O.R.D which was founded by Maria. ❤️

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Monica is a Captain (Walking in her mom’s footsteps!❤️)and works for S.W.O.R.D. She reports for work and is told by Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) that she is grounded citing her mother’s policy on the reappearance of missing persons as the reason. She is assigned to collaborate on a missing person case with FBI Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park).

He learned the card trick! Scott would be proud.

Jimmy is working on a missing person case; the only problem being that the town he’s supposed to be investigating doesn’t actually exist! The missing person case has turned into a missing town case. There’s a force field surrounding where the town is supposed to be, and it won’t let anyone from the outside in! This scene gives the audience two answers to questions from episode two:

  1. The colored toy helicopter that Wanda finds in the bushes is a S.W.O.R.D. drone Monica used to investigate that got sucked into Sitcom Land.
  2. Monica gets sucked in by the force field and is forced to play along as Wanda’s neighbor Geraldine.

Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) arrives on the scene. This is her first appearance in the MCU since Thor: The Dark World. Not much has changed since we last saw her except now she’s a Dr. in Astral Physics.

Darcy discovers Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation mixed with a broadcast frequency, picks up on picture of Wanda and Vision in Black and White, and asks for an old TV set.

She settles in for the three episodes of WandaVision that the outside world has previously enjoyed. It’s revealed that Vision is dead in the real world, and we find out that Darcy’s the one adjusting the control board at the end of episode one. (I thought it was someone more nefarious.)

A S.W.O.R.D. Agent is sent through the sewers into to town to investigate Monica’s disappearance. He wanders too far and gets sucked into Westview. His hazmat suit changes to a beekeeper suit therefore providing the answer for the “beekeeper” who crawls up through the Manhole in episode two.


Darcy and the team analyze the episodes to identify the missing townspeople. They end up with as many questions as the audience like Why sitcoms? And why does Monica have to play along as Geraldine?


Darcy suggests that Jimmy try to contact Wanda through the radio seen on the table in episode two. This confirmed earlier fan speculation that Jimmy’s voice was coming through the radio in one of the original trailers for the show.


While watching the 70s themed episode, Darcy discovers that part of the episode is missing.
The episode switches from the real world back to the sitcom world where we left off in episode 3. We finally get an answer to how Monica reappears in the real world.

Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) questions Geraldine about Ultron, she gets increasingly upset. She feels threatened and uses her powers to expel Monica from the sitcom universe. She puts the hole in the universe back together, and Vision comes back in from his strange conversation with the neighbors.

Wanda is shocked/scared(?) to see Vision (Paul Bettany) ashen with the hole in his head left by Thanos. Vision sees that Wanda is upset and offers to leave Westview and take her wherever she wants.

Zombie Viz

Wanda insists that they can’t leave, she has everything under control. This is a world of Wanda’s own making. This seems to confirm that Vision is really dead.

This episode was fun. I loved seeing Darcy again! And it was fun to see the Darcy and Agent Woo team-up! The only problem I had was that it was a Wanda and Vision lite episode. The episode also provided several answers to earlier questions, but it also left me with more questions. While the episode does seem to confirm Vision is actually dead, is he really? Can he be brought back in some way outside of the sitcom universe? Is Wanda really in control of the situation, or is someone else pulling the strings? There’s five episodes left. Hopefully, that’s enough time to provide those answers.