If the buzz on social media was real – especially with the return of Pietro – episode six was not at the top of our list. However, it came in second place after the staff survey, which, along with the other episodes on the list, caused a landslide.
Scroll through the pages to see how the team rated this week’s six episodes of WandaVision!
6.) Episode 2 – Don’t touch that dial (-2).
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Finally, the second episode of WandaVision, “Don’t Touch This Set”. Episode 60 dropped two places from last week, surpassing Episode 1, and most entrants placed it at the bottom of the list.
“‘Don’t Touch That Dial’ is not a bad television episode, but thematically it stuck more in the sitcom pastiche than the other episodes and pushed the story further than the others. That’s good, but it lacks the fluidity that was present in the first episode,” writes our Spencer Perry.
5.) Episode 1 – Filmed in front of a studio audience (-)
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“Filmed in front of a live studio audience” has been in place since last week. The episode dropped two places, the first no longer in last place – thanks in large part to a surprising first place finish. Jenna Anderson loved the episode and congratulated it on its ability to shake up the habits of the MCU.
As important as the SWORD series and Westview’s explanation of the anomalies of the “real world” were, I especially liked WandaVision when it approached its sitcom universe with determination and creativity,” Anderson said. “Episode 1 worked for me on many levels – it really let Olsen and Bettany shine as actors, it was sprinkled with detailed 1950s sitcoms, and it showed that Marvel can create imaginative and rich stories from the smallest details.”
Writer Nicole Drum has expressed similar sentiments in sitcoms. However, according to Drum, Episode 1 cannot compete with the other episodes of WandaVision.
“This episode is really perfect in terms of sitcom format and may be one of my favorite episodes on TV, but in terms of the strength of WandaVision as a whole, it just doesn’t measure up. But it deserves a lot of love and respect because they do a great job with the format and it’s really fun to watch,” Drum adds.
4.) Episode 4 – We interrupt this program (-1).
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Like most of the other films on this list, Episode 4 has dropped one spot to make way for a new entrant at the top of the list. “We Interrupt This Program” remains one of our Jamie Jirak’s favorites, coming in second on his list, the highest of all.
3.) Episode 3 – now in color (-1)
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Again, the third episode was largely omitted to make way for a sixth episode. “Now in Color” sat in the middle spot for the vast majority of our votes. Surprisingly, he finished last on one of the ballots, which certainly didn’t help him in the points race.
2.) Episode 6 – The New Halloween Spooktacular (Week 1)
The sixth episode started in second place, a favorite of almost the entire staff. Despite its strong debut, “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!” ranked only first among the staff and second or third among almost all other voters.
“It was so much fun to watch Evan Peters play the dumb uncle and watch Wiccan and Speed come into their powers, not to mention Wanda extending Hex and the overwhelming moment when Vision collapses,” says Jirak. But I’m also a part of this sitcom, and The Brady Bunch has a much bigger place in my heart than Malcolm in Medium, and so episode 3 ultimately trumps episode 6 for me. I was a little disappointed that we jumped right into the late 90s/early 2000s instead of getting more mid-90s references with shows like Fresh Prince, Roseanne, and Family Matters. The Halloween costumes were iconic though!
(1.) Episode 5 – In a very special….(-)
Surprisingly, Episode Five remains at the top of our WandaVision Power rankings as our favorite. “On a very special episode …” came in first place with an overwhelming seven votes, an absolute favorite.
“This is the episode where we saw most clearly the true depth of what’s going on, and it all comes down to the knockout show of Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany,” Drum says of his favorite episode. It was incredible to see Bettany’s “vision” begin to challenge the events in Westview and her momentary irrationality – something so “out of character” for him – while Olsen’s portrayal of Wanda slowly beginning to fall apart and lose control was just as compelling, storytelling and heartbreaking for all. Not to mention the balance between the Westview and SWORD parts. For me, it was just a 5 and a 6, but there is something about a 5 that is not only good for the series, but good for the story, period.
Perry adds, “In a very special episode…” represents the best version of the WandaVision concept yet, bringing us ongoing stories about the Internal Hexagon and the implications for the larger MCU. The mix of tones and stories is tuned to provide the right balance for everyone.”
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Frequently asked questions
What happened in episode 6 of WandaVision?
Sharing All Exchange Options: “WandaVision” Episode 6 Recap: Wanda is becoming increasingly powerful and desperate. The vision doesn’t seem to be able to impose itself. After she died when Thanos ripped the Spirit Stone from her forehead in the War of Infinity, Vision almost died.
What TV show is episode 6 of WandaVision based on?
The sixth episode of WandaVision was also full of sitcom gadgets – heavily inspired by the previous series Malcolm in the Middle – and scenes of investigation by corrupt cops and scientists.
WandaVision episode 6 in the 90s?
WandaVision episode 6, recap: Marvel series get creepy in the 90s.