Pinkie’s Vision on WandaVision

Hello my little lights! The upside of being sick a lot is being able to play catch up with a lot of content  you might have missed, and for me one of those pieces of content was WandaVision. I had watched the first three episodes and felt kinda “meh” about it but with six more episodes out there, I just had to check if that feeling had changed! At worst Wanda seemed like an excellent homemaker, so I might just learn some tricks to manage Paradise!

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WandaVision: The Sitcom

This show can roughly be divided into three parts, all give or take three episodes long.  Phases as it were. The first three episodes this show presents like a sitcom. A progresive one with each episode dealing with a new decade and iconic sitcom to spoof.  Episode 1 of WandaVision is set in the 50’s and heavily spoofs the Dick van Dyke show, while Episode 2 is in the sixties , showing a lot of similarities with BeWitched. Episode 3 is set in the seventies and borrows heavy influences from the Brady Bunch.  All with just a splash of Twilight Zone mixed in between them. It’s lovely to spot all the smaller references and  even the major ones , like the tripping on the stool Van Dyke used to do.. it’s all there and done very faithfully which makes this is a great homage… yet that is also a pretty big problem for me.

The first three episode of this show seem to be the most loved among those that I follow that had anything to say about this show.. but for me it has a huge flaw. These are kind of rehashes of old Dick van Dyke Episodes, the second episode really feels like a recast of Bewitched and the third episode feels like a nuttier unhinged episode of the Brady Bunch…but because of it… it doesn’t do  that much new stuff other than blend in a mystery, yet if you have seen what happened before and if you know what Wanda can do in the comics as Scarlet Witch, the mystery is really REALLY obvious. That was confirmed to me at the end of episode 2.  Which, I must admit is one of my favourite episodes of the show overall, just because I do kind of like Bewitched.. However I do not like The Brady Bunch or Dick van Dyke and as such those episodes kind of strike out for me.

I do have to say that Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Betanny have great on screen chemistry though!  They also do the whole time skipping thing in a very funny way! There is so much love for sitcoms in this first part of the show, there is attention to detail and on a production level it works really well! The simple coloured in parts in episode two, the video effects, the fake commercials, it is all done very well. I just do not care about the subject matter of two out of those three episodes.. but I can see the good despite of it!  Clearly this is a passion product and that is the saving grace of these three episodes. This is great experimental tv, that also pays tribute to tv of the past. This is something that has been done much outside of cartoons before, and it is very unmarvel at the start making it a more intriguing product. However if you come to get your Marvel action on, you kind of can kind of  skip the first three episodes and not miss a single thing.

WandaVision: Agents of S.W.O.R.D.

The second act drops the focus on Wanda and shifts the focus to agent Monica Rambeau , who in the comics is better known as Miss Marvel 2,  Spectre of Photon. She has heavy connections to Miss Marvel and somehow became part of Wanda’s little world and in the next few episodes we find out why.  Monica Rambeau is played by Teyonah Parris and she is assisted by FBI agent  Jimmy Woo, played by Randall Park and the plucky Scientist Darcy Lewis, whom you might know from the Thor Movies played by Kat Dennings. Mostly the latter character really shines so much more for me than she did before.  Darcy here is a charming character. I am not sure if I can say the same about Rambeau, while I love that  we will get a more diverse cast in the marvel universe I could not really buy her story and her motivations. She is an extremely determined woman who lost her mother during the Blip and that makes her relate to Wanda so much that she is willing to break all kinds of rules and do her utmost to save Wanda?!  I am not sure..while acted pretty decently I felt there was a lot of forced writing. 

This is also the part where the show creators begin to do something about the whole “It’s too obvious” thing, as we are thrown for a loop on several occasions. We do establish indeed that it is Wanda who is doing all these things yet things do not always make sense. Stuff seems to happen without her intending it too. Like her dead brother showing up..strange! However he has been recast… by the Quicksilver from the Fox XMen Universe. That is hilarious! It is also what made the fanbase incredibly toxic.. They all felt that this could lead them into bringing the X-men into the MCU .. but Marvel doesn’t go that route and throws us a huge red herring, the likes of one in Iron Man 3. Fans are reacting super salty that their fan theory was not correct.. and I think heavily disagree with those fans! I LOVE that they threw some red herrings in there!  This show was a little on the nose before.. but here the creators just make it fit into the MCU in their own way.. and thus WandaVision gets more needed identity in this second part.  Even though half an episode is still clearly a spoof of Malcolm in the Middle, there is also more of an actual show moving throughout it. Albeit with a lot less mystery.

Unfortunately this is the part that suffers the most from the show just being 9 episodes.  Of which 6 episodes are only 30 minutes long. Monica and Darcy uncover things a bit too fast for my liking. Which is enhanced by the fact that most of the fourth episode is just Darcy rewatching the first three episodes on an old tv. The next two episodes add in twists and turns and change the dynamic between Wanda and the Vision, which takes away that awesome chemistry. For a large part of the second and  third act, the Wanda and Vision don’t interact with each other at all. Which dulls the experience of the third act a bit. That being said however I do really like the dynamic between humans trying to cope with a super powerful entity of questionable sanity and alliance.  You do get invested in how this situation can be resolved and you get a certain sense of dread as it seems inevitable that this show can not end with a “happily ever after for everyone” While clearly the weakest part of the show it did provide the incentive to watch on.

WandaVision: The Marvel Movie

The third act plays out as a classical Marvel movie, including the hidden endings at the end, new people getting superpowers and a colourful cast of heroes and villains ending with an epic showdown. As a Marvel fan I was kind of pleased with this part! I haven’t read to much Scarlet Witch Comics but I am fairly aware of the bigger universe, so I actually knew who the main antagonist was at the moment she was introduced. It’s a nice character to meet Wanda since the two share a mentor-student relationship from Scarlet Witch her villain days.  The character has her origins in the Fantastic Four comics though and I very much hope that they do not make that connection. After three different attempts to create a Fantastic Four Franchise, with only one of them getting a sequel,  I think we are done with them for a while. We failed too often, now we need to give it some time to breathe. However with Wanda having a limited rogues gallery, I think  the choice was nice. I allowed Wanda to blossom into Scarlet Witch finally and be a more defined character in terms of powers, mindset and her hero identity. I also like the choice to mirror this type of antagonist for Vision.  Clever and it really opens possibilities for the future. Even in the case of the Vision , introducing his rival also felt like a huge cop-out!  At least given how that encounter ended.

I think this part really does a pretty good job at making Wanda walk both the path of the hero and the villain, which is very much in line with the character in the comics. I’d say the series offers a more compelling product though, being both a hero and villain at the same time, rather than just be a redeemed character. Wanda has a darkness and an instability to her, she is aware of this and does not ask for forgiveness, instead she accepts what she has done and even Monica says she would have done the same in her situation! I really like this.. philosophy as it makes for much more compelling characters. Wanda has an insane amount of power and now that her powers have been explained to her, even more so, it makes sense that someone as broken as Wanda would abuse her powers and not just use it for good, unlike virtually every hero ….ever. Wanda feels so much more human and I love her for it. Darcy and Woo, really come alive during the last part as well and even Rambeau lightens up a bit and feels less like a Deus Ex Machina. I also liked the cleverness of the last battle. People  argue that Wanda would not know how to do what she did.. but she can create towns.. I assume she can make some things she saw as well pretty easily.

What the third part lacks for me is pollish!  Where the first part had so much love and attention to detail, that really dries up in the third part. We find out trough flashbacks that Wanda loved classic Sitcoms, but I don’t think that has  been established very much before.   We see an old 60’s tv to  depict her Sakovian poverty , yet somehow they are able to connect a dvd player to it?! That should technically not even work!  At least not here in Europe! There would not be any way to connect these two devices.. and while it is a nitpick..  the fact that they went through great lengths to duplicate sets and hairdo’s from original shows in the first part and now miss something as obvious as this just shows how the tone of this show shifts. We never seen Wanda display these traits before in any of the movies she was in, at least not to my knowledge, the Villain somehow escapes Wanda’s mind altering magic that effects everyone else, yet her entire thing is that she can steal power by being hit by a said power… so the why does not make sense. Monica gets powers and suddenly instinctively knows how to use them, a misguided cop goes from stickler for rules ot stone cold child killer in the bat of an eye…it all is epic and looks amazing and is super Marvel and satisfying.. however it all feels a bit like loose sand.   That even messes with it’s own consequences one to many times.

Wandavision: The Show of Many Shows

I had a fairly good time with WandaVision , in fact I really came out of the conclusion pretty hyped! I really want to see Dr Strange and the Multiverse of Magic or whatever it is called now, which features Wanda. However after sleeping on it for a night… cracks began to show.. WandaVision has three parts that all have something compelling to offer in their own right! We get a fun experiment with old Sitcoms, we get an intriguing mystery that is solved by scientists and detectives and the likes and we get a bombastic Marvel Movie at the end.. that seems like a pretty good three course meal! And it is!  The acting is great, the production is high level and doesn’t feel like a tv show at all! It feels movie quality almost all the way trough! Cool effects, great references, this is a great series to just geek out with! Even if it’s just for seeing more obscure marvel characters, cool red herrings that might be more.. and all that jazz. Throughout the journey I felt engaged to consume more and keep watching. Never have I seen a show that has been so many shows at once!  Because It’s not just a sitcom, it is Dick van Dyke, it IS  the Office, it IS  modern family .. but it is also WandaVision and that on it’s own even has three versions! That is something so unique and fascinating and worth watching.

Yet at the same time.. this is also the greatest weakness of this show!  Because all those versions of WandaVision don’t blend very well.  The Sitcom tone is in shrill contast with the suffering people go through in this series. Yet because Deborah Jo Rubb (best known as Eric Forman’s Mother in That 70’s show)  is type-cast as that Sitcom type character, suddenly believing this was a normal person being brainwashed.. feels… odd. Because Sitcom references are such a part of its DNA seeing sitcom actors take those roles counteracts that third act. The fact that the whole detective stuff is kind of blown out of the water by a supernatural force being an element in the third act, invalidates the second act a bit and this keeps happening. If you like the first part, the third part will feel too safe, if you mostly like the third act, the first act is bit too much out there. Especially when everything ends with basically a reset of the status quo. Except that Wanda now knows what her powers are and Rambeau will go into space.

In the end this is just yet another Marvel product where you need to have seen at least Captain Marvel, Avengers 2, Civil War, Avengers 3, Avengers 4 and kind of Spider Man Far From Home to get what is happening. You need to watch WandaVision to get full context of Dr Strange. Yet even in a 9 episode show we lack actual context. So we now know what Wanda’s power is, but have no idea why she has magic, why is her brother an Inhuman or a Mutant yet she is a witch?  If Photon, or Miss Marvel 2 or whatever else Monica Rambeau uses (as she has like 9 hero names)  gets a movie you have to also see this series, and I do not like that.

The C in the MCU stands for Cinematic and I think  the important content should be limited to cinema. Sure this allows for deeper story telling, but honestly the first six episodes hardly matter to this show’s grander story. It could all be made into a movie by Darcy watching a comedy episode showing Wanda and Woo asking her what she is watching.. giving some explanation that Wanda in her grief erected a reality bubble and they are trying to free people..but some strange force is interfering.. and we could have all fitted it in a movie. So in the end while an enjoyable experience.. something isn’t right here. Normally I end with an allegory but the perfect allegory for this show.. is this show itself. The show within the show describes all the flaws and oddities of the product we get.

While I might be highly critical of the show, I still had a good time! However I also think that the Marvel formula is wearing a bit thin. I really enjoy the MCU, and Scarlet Witch/Wanda is very much a character I adore.. but I feel like the world is getting thinner.. stretched to far.. and this series kind of confirmed that for me! Do take in mind this is just my own opinion! If you had a great time , all the power to you! If you really disliked this, I am sorry it wasn’t your cup of tea! Regardless! I love you all my little lights! Shine on! Oyasumi!

Pinkie’s Fantastic Five: Movie Themes

Hello Little Lights, it is time for another post! Mallow tagged me for something quite awesome! Thanks Mallow! Visit Mallow! He listed some of his favourite Movie Themes. A top  four!  However 4 is an unlucky number and I am unlucky already..so I decided to make it five!  I always feel a bit stressed when making a top 5 as it basically forces me to rank things against each other and maybe other movie themes would get sad! There are so many that are great! So instead of doing top 5, I decided to change this to Fantastic Five! A random grab of five things that are super awesome! Not ranked and maybe not even my favourite 5! Just five I want to talk to you about today!

This post will feature 5 videos and they are best Listened to while reading their respective Paragraphs! So please visit this post on my actual site!

Power Rangers The Movie (1995): Go Go Power Rangers

With a guitar Riff that immediately takes you back to the 90’s you know what is heading your way when you watch this movie!  Yet.. these first notes also surprise you.. where is that iconic sound.. of impending thunder and lighting, that guitar roll that is so linked to the show!
It follows soon!  In this day and age I think this is the best rendition of the theme because of those few opening notes!  Thus qualifying as a movie theme! As the series never had those first few Riffs!  I always wanted to be a Power Ranger, and to an extent I would still like to be! Not only is this one of THE best childhood themes out there.. it also also a theme of escapism to me! I’d be able to unwind with Power Rangers.. hoping that one day I might find the strength to stand up to my bullies! That I would morph into a more confident person that can stand up to them.. and that I did!  I never expected to grow up as a Pink Moth.. but at least I have a great idea of what my Zord would be!  “Mothra Pink Ranger Power”

Dragon Ball Super Broly: Blizzard

So a re-dub of a song that is about a movie.. that once again is a series! However this song really is unique to this movie! The music is so different from what you usually hear! It’s so unique and Megami’s textual interpretation shows how well she knows the source material!  I love how she wrote the song from Broly’s perspective. While I prefer subs in anime.. I really like dubbed music so I can understand the lyrics and while there is an orginal english version I have not found it as audible as Megami’s version! That doesn’t stop the music from this track to be pretty amazing though!  I really like it. Dragon Ball Super Broly is the most expensive movie I ever went to! By FAR! Not only did I pay top dollar to see it 4D.. which was amazing to have steam going off around you and your chair shaking at powerful punches, but I also travelled half the country to find a theater that ran a 4d version in Japanese. It was a great memory and the song to me reflects that.

Catch me if you Can : Catch me if you Can

If I have a favourite movie, it will probably be this one! Steven Spielberg did a great job of telling the tale of Frank Abignail Junior.  The casting was amazing, the atmosphere so fun and it is just an extraordinary tale! The main theme is unique and has this elusive quality!  Just when you think you get the melody it slightly shifts!  And that is exactly what this movie is about so when I first realised that I was like OH MY ARCEUS!  I love this! It might not be a thing I can bob my head to but I can flail it from right to left in a seizure like fashion as I do know this melody quite well by now!  It is just a very fascinating theme to me! A;also for some reason I really like movies featuring Tom Hanks and Airports! I am not sure why! I love the Terminal as well! But that one doesn’t have too much of an amazing song! It also misses the best knock knock joke ever!

Children of Dune: Summon the Worms

I am really messing this one up! Not only is this song from a Mini series rather than a movie, I also did not get it from said mini series. I actually know this song from another tv series where it was used as the title sequence. It was a dutch show called Peking Express, which basically is our translation for Orient Express. It was a show very similar to the great race and it involved people having to hitchhike from Moscow to Beijing. With some special challenges along the way. It was a great show with an even better opening. The drums in the song are timed with the beating of some sort of chinese tower at the end of the trip! Would your favourite couple make it to the finish line.. it got you pumped and hyped, and then I watched Children of Dune with a young James McAvoy …It was not what I had expected.
Dune.. to me .. is kinda boring! Not gonna lie! Luckily it will always have this amazing soundtrack! I know it has a lot of fans but it went way too political with me! I just wish my eyes were as blue as Leo Artreides! 

The Rock : Hummel gets the Rockets

Golly gosh I love this music Track! It would probably be my favourite Theme of all times. There just so much to unpack! So dynamic, so epic!  And once again, I fell in love with this not because of a movie but because of a tv series! In this case it was Expeditie Robinson. A show originally from Sweden that in America got adapted to Survivor. Sixteen people get dropped on an Island and have to survive and determine who is worthy to stay on the island. I loved this show for many many years, but at one point the scheming element got so out of hand that people could get extra votes and negative votes. At one point 8 people were left but 32 votes were cast, to kick the most deserving survivor off because he was too big of a threat. I don’t mind casting out a treat.. but the episode was so convoluted and sucky that I dropped the series after. Luckily the movie is still pretty good so if I want to hear the theme song I can still watch Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery break into Alcatraz to stop some sparkly ball missile treat!  That’s the worst kind of missile treat!

Tags

So Mallow tagged four people to do this challenge! It’s a bit of his own thing and this is not meant as a Blog Challenge I think… however! I am going to try something out! I am challenging my STAFF to do this tag as well!

Periwinkle, Sunny, Kuro and Indigo, I challenge you to come up with a list of movie themes that is as good as mine!… or Mallows! and like always my normal rules of tagging apply!
Mention that you want to be nominated and I will make it look as if you were nominated all along! I look good, you get a tag.. we both win! And with that I shall be off for now! I hope you enjoyed some great movie soundtracks with me! Shine on my little lights! Oyasumi!

Pinkie Laughs and Sings Along with: Galavant

Way back in days of old, there was a legend told.
About a hero know as Galavant
Square jaw and perfect hair, Cojones out to there!
There was  no hero quite like Galavant!

This bardic song ushered one of the most memorable tv shows I have ever watched.  It’s one of the rare examples of british tv that I like! In fact I love this little show! Even if it got cancelled after two seasons and was subject to terrible critic reviews… maybe it’s the worst thing after all.

Blackadder the Musical

For those who have never seen this amazing show, it is a british musical comedy set in a medieval fantasy world.  It’s not very high on fantasy elements though it’s all fairly tame with just some minor magic and a mythical creature sporadically spread throughout the series.  We follow the fallen hero of Galavant who has lost his love Madeleina to the evil king Richard. Who usurped many other countries. Along with dethroned Princess Isabella and his trusty companion and squire Sid. Very early in the show we discover that Medalena isn’t exactly a damsel distress but a spoiled rotten power hungry wench who sleeps with just about everyone except for King Richard and Galavant.

A hilarious journey with plenty of twists and turns ensues. With enough betrayals to mimic game of thrones and enough dry humor to be Black Adder, the old classic Rowan Atkinson show we already got a different sort of beast. Yet that isn’t where it ends. The show is a musical epic, where each episode has one or two amazingingly humorous, well written songs that start very disney and  as the show goes on become more and more broadway spoofs. A combination that i haven’t ever really seen nor would I think it would work out. For example take this song where the two villains and the two main heroes start growing closer together despite their differences. 

A Sacrilegious Crusade.

As it should be with these kind of shows, nothing is safe from being the subject as jokes. The characters all share this fourth wall like awareness which enables to tell them how much their lives differ from all the tropes we have been spoonfed. This show lives to kick down your classic tropes. As much as they possibly can. Even pirates do not roam the see, no they are landpirates.. .who still sing about the sea. Character know their series switches epsiodes, they are aware they have low Nielsen ratings because of the singing, and they know that because they live in the middle ages there is a big chance their children will die from one of the many nasty diseases.  So.. there is just a hint of deadpool sprinkled throughout the series mostly during the songs.

So with dead baby jokes, constant slut jokes, plenty of virgin jokes as well and jokes making fun of the token character and plenty of minorities this show isn’t exactly politically correct. Yet all the jokes are also innocent enough , it’s just that no one is spared. In a way that is part of it’s charm. I never felt insulted at least, even if they make plenty of gay joke and poor jokes never I felt wronged. The jokes again mostly focus on the tropes and hardly tackle reality.  So if you are easily offended perhaps this might not be the best show for you but at least to me it was all fairly innocent. Galavant is very aware of that it is set in medieval times, troughout the entire show, which means characters will not care about being politically correct and this song from the second season makes that and my entire point about this paragraph very clear.

Actual actors singing

A cute touch of the show is that all the actors who star in this show are the ones singing and again the series has some fun with that. For example Luke Youngblood who plays Sid might not be the strongest singer of the group but that results into his lines being “cut”  by weird jump cuts to other locations or characters taking over his lines and such. Meanwhile Joshua Sasse who plays the titular character is singing quite well and gets so many songs that sometimes Galavant himself doesn’t really know what to do with a song.. being unable to think of words fast enough because he has so many songs.. or him running out of breath. When Vinnie Jones  character Gareth sings.. it sounds awful. Because it’s Vinnie Jones, no one would imagine he could sing and the show makes it very clear to us that he really can’t .
Gareth and the show are very aware of that though with him barely getting any songs and when he finally gets a song alongside madelana she talks about how different she is from him. She tells how she likes fancy meals and fancy wines on the rhythm of the music. Vinnie Jones lines are “I want meat and more meat” and Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer Beer. Why waste rhymes on a non singer after all yet it all brilliantly works out.  Characters are so aware of who they are they can get annoyed for being dragged into a song that doesn’t fit their style or notice when a line seems out of character.

The most briljant character in the show Timothy Omundson who plays king Richard. Who is very much like the king Richard in Robin Hood. Mostly the disney version. He has a small heart and actually wants to be loved, despite that he is evil. As the show goes on we see him grow into the main character more and more over Galavant.. which is great! The chosen hero trope gets shattered again by this show. One of my favorite jokes throughout the series is that Richard turns out to be a virgin, a quality which apparently attracts unicorns. Each time Richard is bragging about his sexual conquests a unicorn shows up to signal he is lying. Which obviously Richard will try to rationalise with that the unicorn must be mistaken or is not a real unicorn, only to be proven time and time again that it is legit. It’s that kind of humor throughout the show. It just tries to have fun with it characters and actors. The show knows it’s to out there to have any credibility so they just make sure both the actors and the people have a fun time. This is very well illustrated in the song “secret mission” where two enemies band together to stop an even bigger evil. Rules of the world phase in and out as it works for the comedy and thats exactly how this show should be.

Wonderful Chaos

This show is a show where anything can happen, it’s one of those kids who wants to colour outside the lines just to be different. Yet never does that colouring make it look ugly. You can still see where this story is going ,you can understand the characters because it’s so much about them. They sing about what they think and due to that we get a lot more insight in them as we would trough normal dialogue. We  know what drives them and plagues them and it all just feels great. Galavant feels like a middle finger to the standardised writing that has come over most western media. I’d compare it to family guy but it has so much more pay off, their side stories bland together so well.

The narrator is a jester who lives in their world for example. Of course Madalena also sleeps with him and when Richard suspect that he thinks she likes Jester because he is funny, he wants a lesson in comedy from the man.  While Richard is to evil to understand killing people is not funny, the Jester calls it comedy gold, not just to please his king but because to us the viewers it’s a very funny scene. Very similar to when Spongebob sang the FUN song with Plankton. Some side characters realise that they are the “red shirts” (A star trek trope for faceless people who always die during missions) of the show and they plan to kill the main characters to end the show.. just so they can have a happy end. Which becomes a returning joke for them or others like them. They often sing about their bliss in their missery. Yet nothing beats the character arc of Richard in the second season! Those final words he ushered, that final song the show goes out on, it knows so incredibly well what it is and what we want to hear as an audience that I count it among my favorite show endings off all times.That line at the end .. was just perfection… of course to see perfection you will have to watch the show! Until then here is a sexy song. That one is very spoiler friendly and one of my favorite songs from the show!