“We Interrupt This Program” | WandaVision
The week started off with a riveting episode of Miss Scarlet and the Duke. Black-ish returned from its winter hiatus. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist focused on David’s (relatable) struggle in his career path. The Expanse continued with its crew separation, which hopefully means we’re headed toward reunions. A Discovery of Witches took us back to present day London with a focus on Marcus and Phoebe that felt rightfully placed mid-way through. But it is WandaVision’s acutely titled and exquisite “We Interrupt This Program” that delivered in more than one way this week.
We still have a lot questions about this show, and it is times like this where we wish we were not watching live so we could have all the answers at once, but that is part of what makes the Marvel Cinematic Universe such a journey, and one that we have adored for over a decade now. “We Interrupt This Program” showed us what is happening–WandaVision is a TV show within a TV show, and now, everyone is watching–including fan favorite characters like Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and Jimmy Woo (Randall Park). Which is great, because really, who isn’t watching this show? Last week we learned that Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau had found her way into this universe, and this week, we got details on the how. We also find out that she was one of the billions to have disappeared from Thanos’ snap. We also learn that her mother, Maria has passed during the five years, and we are not ready for whenever that is likely going to be seen presumably in one of the Captain Marvel films.
At the end of the day however, it all comes down to the reveal that Wanda Maximoff is doing this herself. Or so we think.
Elizabeth Olsen is a topnotch performer, and especially as Wanda, she has found such remarkable ways to layer the character while continually digging deeper into the character’s heart. So what exactly is happening and why is she doing this? Well, if Olsen’s performance tells us anything it is that Wanda Maximoff is deeply hurting, and if the events of Avengers: Endgame confirm, Vision isn’t really alive. We know that Wanda is among the most powerful Avengers (the most powerful, I would say), and this is proving that fact beautifully. But how is all this working and how could she get pregnant from someone who isn’t really there? We don’t know. We really don’t. And our brains hurt trying to figure out, to be perfectly honest.
But that is not what makes this scene exquisite and it is not the reason we are screaming into a void for. What makes this moment great is that even if it is short lived, even if their show must end one day, Wanda gets to be happy in the midst of her darkness. She and Vision (as himself) get to hold their twin babies and watch a TV show together. They get to just be. They get to call this place a home, and we as the audience are given the chance to see just how deep Wanda’s love for Vision runs. We get to see just how much she is willing to sacrifice and just how hard she is willing to work to ensure that this be there home. It’s a small moment, but casual intimacy of this sort has always spoken much louder than anything else could–it’s a showcase of the ease in which two people could find solace with one another.
Again, we do not know what the future could look like for them, but we do know that the cinematic universe for one, did not do their relationship justice, and we are thankful for the TV show delivering every beat of their adoration for one another.
The universe’s most powerful Avenger is doing all that she can to ensure she can keep someone alive–to ensure that she doesn’t lose more than she already has. The world’s most powerful Avenger is fighting for love and that, in and of itself, is something we admire greatly. You can love and be loved, and kick ass–go figure!
Come what may, we know that Wanda and Vision care deeply for each other, and we know that these little moments, however brief they may be will shape her arc beautifully. We aw’d and choked up just as Darcy did.
What’s the most exquisite thing you watched on TV this week?