WandaVision is four episodes in and while it definitely appears that we are getting somewhere with this story it seems even more clear that this show’s format is unusual.
I’m okay with thirty-minute episodes of a show but those shows have a common blueprint that feels normal. WandaVision feels like each episode is the half of a whole, hence the most satisfying week of episodes was the first week when we got that two-episode premiere.
Imagine having only the first episode that first week. Fans and casual viewers alike would’ve been seriously disappointed, but with two episodes we got to understand the show’s vibe and were ready for the next week.
Episode 3 was more episodic in tone as it dealt with a single subject, concluded that subject, and left us with a nice cliffhanger BUT Episode 4’s basic rewind of the last three episodes which leads to practically the same conclusion as Episode 3 left me feeling a bit hollow, I’m not going to lie. Then it clicked yesterday. This probably wasn’t how the season was supposed to be.
When it was first announced it was said that WandaVision, like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, would have six episodes. Then, as COVID-19 delayed, well, everything WandaVision had to adapt. It would become the MCU’s first foray into the television department and it was moved to January.
Disney+ understands that last year, when The Mandalorian concluded, the streaming service lost a bucketload of customers so they developed a strategy. Introduce a new show that runs long enough until it basically collides into the next show. Hence, after WandaVision‘s conclusion, we will be getting The Falcon and the Winter Soldier two weeks later. And then, after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier‘s six-episode run, Loki comes out in May, and so forth and so forth.
Disney’s stretching of WandaVision‘s storyline to fit nine episodes will help Disney’s bottomline but it slightly hurts the storytelling.
If WandaVision was 6 episodes everything would’ve come together smoother. The first episode would’ve consisted of Episodes 1 and 2. Episode 2 would’ve been 3 and 4, most likely. And then this week, we’d be moving into the next era and phase of the series. Hence, the overall consensus of the show would be higher because we’d be able to fully indulge in what is going on. Instead, we have to take the slow-burn approach to the series which will undoubtedly come to a fantastic conclusion in the last couple of episodes.
I personally don’t have a problem with how the episodes are turning out but it’s very clear that at one time this was supposed to be handled an entirely different way.
What do you think? Does it feel like the series should have only had six episodes? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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