‘WandaVision’ captivates viewers

Plot, design amaze

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Jacob Khabie

In its first television show to be released on Disney+, Marvel Studios brings “The Truman Show” and “The Twilight Zone” together to create the instant, addictive hit, “WandaVision.” Filled with insanely clever writing and captivating aesthetics, this show is not to be missed.

“WandaVision” follows the life of Marvel superheroes Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olson) and Vision (Paul Bettany) as they settle into their idyllic television sitcom life in the suburban utopia of Westview, New Jersey. Initially framed as a ‘50s-style sitcom, the show follows the couple as they face a variety of classic television tropes, from nosy neighbors to marriage antics, all while attempting to hide their powers from their friends and coworkers. However, as the story progresses, some characters realize that not all is as it seems, and perhaps Wanda and Vision’s life isn’t picture-perfect.

Among many other wonderful aspects of this show, the design of each episode is an immediate standout. Framed like a sitcom, each episode follows the couple to a new decade, and everything surrounding the episode is changed accordingly. Each episode also takes inspiration from sitcoms from the corresponding eras, with clear references to “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Brady Bunch” and “Full House” sprinkled throughout the first couple of episodes. There is very clear attention to detail; everything from the theme song, to the costumes, set designs and even the camera angles change following what decade each episode takes place in. Although this might seem insignificant, this attention to aesthetics makes the show so much more believable and allows viewers to be truly immersed in the world of “WandaVision.”

Aside from the design, the plot of “WandaVision” is what has kept me craving more. Although the episodes are short, generally clocking in at around 30 minutes, the writers do an amazing job of incorporating sitcom-style mini-plots into each episode, as well as fabricating an overarching story of mystery and drama. There have been multiple times throughout watching the show where I have realized that cryptic details from earlier in the series had crucial meanings later on. The series also does a great job of incorporating details from the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, hinting at details from other Marvel works such as “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain Marvel,” to name a few.

Overall, “WandaVision” is another amazing addition to the works of Marvel Studios. The series has truly captivated many, including myself. Whether viewers are superhero fans, science-fiction lovers or if they’re just there for the aesthetic, “WandaVision” truly has something for everybody.

“WandaVision” episodes one through five are available for streaming and new episodes are released every Friday at 2 a.m. on Disney+ until March 5.

“WandaVision”: ★★★★★