10 thoughts on “More on WandaVision (2021)

  1. I wish I wish I wish this was actually a show that just followed these two characters in different television genres for the whole run. I’m much less interested the more the actual MCU comes into play.

    1. I kind of agree, but I also am willing to see where they’re going to take the larger story. It would be neat to see an entire show produced around the idea of Wanda and Vision reenacting a 1950s sitcom, but I also know that the larger audience out there wouldn’t go for it. People were already complaining about how the show made no sense the moment the first episode dropped, so yeah…

      Anyone remember Hi Honey, I’m Home!? I dimly recall it… it was on Nick at Night when I was a pre-teen, and I remember really liking the premise (basically a 1950s sitcom reenactment, but very self aware for modern audiences), and I remember my mom LOVED it because it was poking fun at The Donna Reed Show and Father Knows Best and all the other sitcoms of her childhood, but it didn’t last very long on air. I’ve seen a few reviewers connect it with WandaVision, so now I’m curious to see if I can find episodes online and revisit it as an adult.

      1. Yeah, I definitely remember HI HONEY, I’M HOME! (I even mentioned it in the comments on the first WANDA/VISION thread.)

        It was an ABC show that ran on Fridays during their “TGIF” family comedy block, but it also repeated on Nick at Nite. ABC pulled it from their schedule after only six episodes, but the complete set of thirteen ran on Nick.

        The show’s about a teenage boy– with a bratty younger brother and a hard-working divorced Mom struggling to take care of them– who takes comfort in old reruns of a B/W ’50s sitcom (which people were then doing in reality through Nick at Nite programming). The old sitcom represents the ideal family he wishes he had.

        To his amazement and great delight, the new family that just moved in next door are, in fact, the “Nielsens” from the TV show, trying to pass as a normal modern family through use of the “Turner-izer,” a device that temporarily colorizes their home and everyone and everything in it.

        (Mogul Ted Turner had recently been taking heat from film purists for computer-colorizing classic films for his cable channels.)

        It was pretty much a BEWITCHED-type setup, with the B/W ’50s family having to constantly avoid getting exposed as “different”; later episodes went from only their teen ally knowing, to more and more characters getting let in on the secret.

        Obviously, a one-joke show, and the thin premise limited its run– but if you’re interested, some episodes are on YouTube:


        A few years later, the concept was reversed for a much better theatrical film, PLEASANTVILLE.

        Here, a squabbling pair of suburban teens (early roles for Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon) with a harried single Mom (again) this time find themselves sucked into the TV and into the idyllic world of a ’50s FATHER KNOWS BEST-type sitcom the boy watches for comfort.

        As they try to figure out how to return to their own world, their very presence starts to change things, and the bland B/W utopia suddenly gradually gains bits of color– and imperfections and conflicts. Joan Allen is particularly good as the Jane Wyatt-like ’50s wife-and-mother married to William H. Macy, also a standout.

        And I just found this WANDA/VISION-inspired illustration posted to a Tumblr I visit:


        The artist is a Brazilian guy using the name “Butcher Billy” who does Pop Art-inspired fine art pieces and illustrations:


  2. Two points:

    1) Paul Bettany? Still dreamy (also, he’s really tall)

    2) It’s actually striking to Elisabeth Olson in what I assume is her natural sandy blonde. I’m so used to her as a brunette in the movies or the lovely auburn they’ve colored it for this show.

    okay, three things.

    2) Kathryn Hahn wins all the things!

    1. I agree on all 3 points! Paul Bettany is a handsome man, but something about that Vision costume and his hotness ratchets up.

      And I keep remarking out loud just how beautiful Elizabeth Olsen looks in every episode. She is so striking, and yet kind of normal at the same time, if that makes sense. Like, just a really naturally pretty woman. I also love how healthy she looks in the show. There was a time I was worried she was going to end up the same as her sisters.


      1. re: Paul Bettany as Vision.

        It’s the eyes. The red make-up makes his blue eyes just pop and zing. Plus, he’s so calming and sophisticated sounding. See also, the looming tallness. YES PLEASE!

      2. Just to add to your comments about her looking “healthy” – the most recent episode which had her in her actual (relatively silly) comic book costume just showed how normally proportioned and healthy she looks.

        Yes, she’s in far better shape than most of us gals who aren’t in the biz, but she looks… fit and toned and fleshy, for lack of a better word (I mean that in a good way), not starved or gaunt. She really looks wonderful. Sorta like when they would show women in “the full bloom of health” in swimsuit ads from the 50’s. In order to be healthy, doesn’t mean 0% BMI with your clavicle and pelvis showing through your clothing.

  3. We’ve been trying to play “Guess the Influence Show” based on costume (and set) flashes in the trailers. I know 80s is way past your cut-off but they are definitely going all in for iconic 80s fashion. We just this past week realized that one BIG 80s influence is going to be Full House (where, interestingly, the majority of the women’s fashion is showcased on tween/teen sibling Candace as the oldest female for much of the run of the show) simply because Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda) is Mary Kate and Ashley’s younger sister. There is one frame where they are absolutely playing up that resemblance/relation so that will likely be in this coming week’s episode.

    1. Yes! I’ve read that the future episodes are going to be drawing from Roseanne, Full House (I cannot wait for the inside jokes), and Friends, among other classic 80s and 90s shows. I am loving the previews that show Wanda in those gawdawful pleated-front jeans and floral vest that were the uniform of every mom I knew when I was in elementary school.

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