As the name suggests, episode 4 of WandaVision, “We Interrupt this Program”, diverts from the format we’ve been expecting. Instead of a sitcom, we’re in the “real” world.
It begins with Teyonah Parris’ “Geraldine”, who we quickly learn is actually Monica Rambeau, daughter of Captain Marvel’s Maria Rambeau. After disappearing in Thanos’ blip, Monica is sent on a mission by S.W.O.R.D. to investigate a number of disappearances at the town called Westview. What she finds on arrival is the local authorities denying the existence of such a town despite being stood beside it. Upon further investigation, Monica notices an energy field surrounding the town, but no sooner does she realise this before being dragged into said field.
What follows is the set-up of the S.W.O.R.D. base we glimpsed at the end of the last episode, as dozens of experts, including the return of Thor franchise’s Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, try to figure out what’s going on.
Despite wanting to know and this episode being the most revealing to date, I must admit being slightly disappointed I didn’t get new Wanda and Vision sitcom content. Without that, there isn’t much charm as the episode felt like an information dump straight from any MCU film.
That’s not to say the episode was bad. Dennings was especially good and it was nice to see a largely underrated, overlooked character (as most in the first two Thor films are) take a central role and her interactions with Randall Park’s return as FBI agent Jimmy Woo were amusing.
Despite the agents and S.W.O.R.D. acting as mouth pieces to tell us what’s happening, the most revealing moment in the episode happens towards the end within Wanda’s world. She turns to Vision and sees him dead, the stone in his head torn out, his skin grey. It was a surprisingly disturbing image for the MCU but very effective. Although none of the mysteries revealed in this episode were surprising, they were very well done.
But alas, this episode didn’t thrill me. It lacked the charm and creativity of the first three episodes and I wonder if they could’ve gone about telling the story without this. Despite the episode’s purpose being to clarify the situation, I’m not sure I learnt that much. Still, I look forward to the resumption of WandaVision’s regular
Action, Comedy | USA, 2020 | PG | Episode 4 | Disney+ | Dir.Matt Shakman | Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn, Kat Dennings, Teyonah Parris, Randall Park