After last week’s mind-blowing episode, WandaVision continues this week with its fourth instalment: We Interrupt This Program. Will the show continue to hit the heights of its first three episodes? Read on to find out!
As the title suggests, this episode sees a quite significant break from the narrative that we’ve been following for the last two weeks. Wanda and Vision are largely absent here; we instead follow SHIELD, the mysterious organisation glimpsed in the first three episodes, as they investigate what’s going on in Westview.
It’s a shame that the sitcom premise has been abandoned so early in the series’s run (though there’s evidence it’ll be back next week), because it was just so fun! Sure, it’s nice to have a bit of a change of pace, but I’m not quite sure that this episode was all that necessary. A lot of answers to the questions posed earlier on in the series are given here, but, to be quite honest, I’d already worked a lot of it out myself, and I’m sure many other people did too. Therefore, We Interrupt This Program fell short for me in that respect.
It does, however, thrive through its strong character work. Right at the beginning of this episode, Geraldine is revealed to actually be Monica Rambeau, the daughter of Maria Rambeau from Captain Marvel. This means that Teyonah Parris gets to put on a largely different performance to the last episode, and she’s absolutely fantastic. She’s such an interesting and compelling character, both in writing and performance, so it’s great that we get to learn a lot more about her life here. I can’t wait to see where the show takes her next.
Also returning are FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), who last appeared in Ant Man and the Wasp and Thor: The Dark World respectively. They’re both also really compelling characters, and their returns aren’t just bits of throwaway fanservice. There are definite and clear reasons for why they’ve begun to feature in this narrative, and I look forward to seeing how they become further involved in the next few episodes.
As previously mentioned, Wanda and Vision aren’t in this episode all that much, but the few short scenes we have with them are superb. We get to see a little more of Wanda’s fight with Geraldine/Monica from last episode, which is great, while Vision is part of a pretty scary moment towards the end of the episode, which definitely made me jump.
Execution-wise, this episode is flawless. While, earlier in the series, the special effects had to look dated to fit with the sitcom premise, everything here is absolutely on point. Seriously, when they said that these MCU TV series would be exactly like the movies, they weren’t kidding; much of this episode really does feel like a film. Kudos to director Matt Shakman and the FX team!
Overall, this is definitely the weakest episode of WandaVision so far, but it’s definitely nothing bad. Writers Bobak Esfarjani and Megan McDonnell do an excellent job at introducing lots of new characters, while developing pre-existing ones and continuing the ongoing plot. It’s such a shame that the sitcom premise was done away with so quickly…
WandaVision continues next Friday on Disney+