WandaVision Episode 8

SPOILERS FOR WANDAVISION EPISODE 8

“What is grief if not love persevering”” -Vision.

*SOB*

WandaVision episode 8, titled “Previously On”, breaks from the sitcom style to provide a flashback episode, looking at the past of Wanda Maximoff and all of her tragic events of her life. This included the quote above, which was stated by Vision in one of my absolutely favorite scenes of the series. It was a quiet moment between two characters and it showed how great they are together.

Speaking of that scene, it took place at Avengers Compound in Wanda’s room, probably sometime around Civil War. Wanda was alone and watching The Brady Bunch when Vision came in to speak with her. Their dialogue within the scene was beautiful, intimate and dealt with loss and grief. We got to see Wanda grieving for the loss of Pietro, which is something that we had not gotten to see before. The quote about grief above nearly broke me. It is such a deep and lovely thought and it showed how human the character of Vision truly was.

This scene was one of the flashback scenes that Agatha Harkness was forcing Wanda to relive in an attempt to get her to provide Agatha with the answers of how Wanda has been doing what she has with the Hex.

With this flashback episode, WandaVision hits some of the best emotional beats of the series. Another major emotional moment was when we see Wanda head to SWORD HQ to get Vision’s body. She wanted a funeral, but Hayward was not going to give the body away. $3 billion dollars worth of vibranium, he said. So, of course, this is where Wanda steals Vision’s body as he said she did several episodes ago, right?

Nope. She leaves after touching his head and saying that she “…can’t feel him.” We find out that Hayward lied about Wanda stealing Vision’s body. He still had it and he’s been trying to manipulate this situation. And in the mid-credit scene, we see the white Vision from West Coast Avengers, all because of Hayward and his machinations.

Of course, last episode revealed that it was “Agatha All Along” and we are confirmed that Kathryn Hahn is truly playing Agatha Harkness. This episode begins with a flashback to 1693 in Salem, Massachusetts where Agatha Harkness is being led to a stake by a group of women. We all believed that this was the Salem Witch Trials, but the show swerved us by making this Agatha’s coven. Her coven was ready to destroy her because she had done some dark magic, but Agatha drained the magic and the lifeforce from them (including her own mother) instead… much like a certain shark that was feeding on Yo Magic.

Back to Wanda, another flashback finds Wanda’s first exposure to the Mind Stone where we thought she got her powers… or did she? We got another flashback to the Stark Missile scene originally told by Pietro in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the show hints at little Wanda using a probability hex to stop the bomb from exploding instead of it being a dud. So when the Mind Stone is in contact with Wanda, it amplifies her magic instead of giving it to her. Oh.. and by the way… we see a female form in the Mind Stone that sure looks like someone in a comic version of the Scarlet Witch costume.

At the episode’s end we get Agatha stating that Wanda is using chaos magic. She also claims that Wanda is a creature that was supposed to be a myth, but who had powers of creation, and she called her The Scarlet Witch. It was a jaw-dropping moment and absolutely sets the stage for where Wanda is heading in the MCU. It sounded as if The Scarlet Witch was a title given to a being of immense power within the chaos magic and Agatha was really jealous of Wanda’s capabilities.

I feel as if I have jumped all around this episode, but it is also how I felt when I was done watching the show. And, I swear, the episode was 40+ minutes, but it felt like 15. When it was over, I screamed out thinking that there was no way it was over yet. However, it was actually the longest of the series so far. WandaVision has done an amazing job of leaving us in a situation every week that makes us want more. It flies by and those end credits are like a punch to the gut. I sat on my couch this morning wondering how I was going to be able to wait until next Friday for the finale. Marvel has done a fantastic job at keeping us on the hook and getting us talking about WandaVision.

It seems that I say this every week, but Elizabeth Olson, Paul Bettany and Kathryn Hahn all deserve Emmy Awards for their work in this series. No excuses, Academy. Don’t pull that “it’s a super hero show” crap. This is next level work and they deserve everything.

What else did I miss?

  • Hayward is a dick. I mentioned it earlier, but I am not sure I made enough of a comment.
  • “Fietro?” : Fake Pietro… Agatha made a comment about him.
  • And where is Fietro and Monica? After their appearance in the mid credit scene last week, we do not see them this week. They’ll be back next week.
  • Agatha has a bird-eating rabbit.
  • Oh, and that bird? It was the cicada from last week transmutated into a bird by Agatha. Was that meant to squash the “Mephisto first appeared as a fly” bit?
  • The show confirmed that Wanda has been a life long fan of sitcoms, watching them back in Sokovia not only for entertainment and escapism, but to learn English.
  • The deed that seemed to appear in Wanda’s car seat was another heartbreaker. The deed appeared to be from Vision and was the plot of land in Westview where they could “grow old in” and signed by V.
  • Not sure when this deed came into play but it was what triggered Wanda to create the Hex. And she did it on her own.
  • We see the pre-Hex people of Westview, and they do not look happy. Maybe Wanda helped them after all?
  • They do not mention the magical book in Agatha’s basement this week.
  • The bomb that killed Wanda’s parents was shown and it was a horrible moment of shock for me. Did not expect it.
  • Agatha’s mother has a certain magical crown…hm.

This is the end of the penultimate episode of WandaVision. I am not sure how they can wrap it all up in one more episode. I am not sure how I am expected to do anything this next week until the finale arrives next week.

WandaVision Episode 7

SPOILERS for WandaVision Episode 7

This week’s WandaVision had two major disappointments, one that was built up by the fans and one that was a misunderstanding. The first disappointment was the fact that this was not an hour long. There were comments online that the last three episodes of WandaVision were going to be an hour in length. That was an amazing announcement so when it ended after about 30 + minutes, I was shocked. I should have known not to trust the internet.

The second disappointment was the reveal of the aeronautic engineer. Online speculation ranged from Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four to Hank McCoy of the X-Men to Blue Marvel. When it turned out to be Mayor Goodner, I couldn’t help but be disappointed. That is my own fault. I allowed the speculation to become out of hand. I never believed that it would be Reed, but the no name major was surprising. My belief is that she will be revealed as Skrull Talos’ daughter from Captain Marvel all grown up. That may not be as sexy of a pick as Reed and Sue, but it makes a lot of sense.

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Starting the episode off, it was clear that episode 7 was going to be the homage to Modern Family, The Office and Parks & Recs. The episode was entitled “Breaking the 4th Wall” and it featured these characters talking to the camera in the documentary style. Wanda seems to be feeling down and depressed. The use of the talking head style works really well here with Wanda, Agnes, Vision talking directly to the camera.

Monica has a big week this week. She is such an awesome character and WandaVision has done a magnificent job of creating her and giving us a strong woman to follow. Her dedication to find her way into Westview to help save Wanda was the height of a hero. Watching her force her way through the Hex field and gaining her new powers was dramatic and epic. The character of Monica, whether she winds up being Spectrum or Photon, has a bright (no pun intended) future ahead for her.

And how about that super hero landing? No practice needed!

The other major reveal this week was the fact that it was “Agatha All Along.” Agnes was shown to be who we all thought she would be…Agatha Harkness, and that she was behind everything that had happened, from the arrival of Pietro to the death (now murder) of Sparky. The show gave us a fun and catchy theme song at the very end of the episode to show us how she has been manipulating Wanda and all of us. Last week when it looked like she was scared of Wanda and trying to escape in the car, we know now that it was all an act to mess with Vision. We see her basement, which is decked out as a frightening witch’s lair, including a book that sure made me think about the Darkhold, last seen in Agents of Shield (or was it the Runaways?). Agatha has done something with the twins, Billy and Tommy as well- some of the online speculation being massively traumatic (ate them?). We knew she was Agnes was Agatha, but the reveal was so well done that it still felt like a gigantic shock.

Now will we find out that Agatha is working for someone else? *Cough* Mephisto *Cough*

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The commercial this week was huge. It was for a depression medication called Nexus. In Marvel Comics, The Nexus of All Realities is a cross-dimensional gateway which provides a pathway to any and all possible realities. In the comics Man-Thing is the guardian of the Nexus. I don’t think we’ll get Man-Thing (I think…) This is huge! My immediate thought was that it was possible (I have learned that any sort of theory about this show could be wrong) that Pietro was actually the Quicksilver from the FOX universe after all. I was convinced he was not, but now..

And, after the appearance of the first ever mid-credit scene in WandaVision, and the return of Pietro to speak to Monica… “Snoopers gonna snoop.”

Although the purple eyes on Monica at this point may indicate that Pietro is actually involved in the magic, which could mean he is Mephisto or Nightmare or whomever.

Other Moments

  • The twins have trouble with their game.
  • Vision frees Darcy from the Hex’s spell and they team up. These two are great together.
  • Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olson are brilliant.
  • Dottie made a return appearance for a second. Why? Is she important? The mailman too seems to have more of a role than what it seems.
  • #JusticeforSparky
  • Director Hayward preparing to make an assault. We find out his motive is to get his hands on a weaponized Vision.
  • The cicada on the window of Agatha’s house… Mephisto first appeared in the comics as a fly. Coincidence or is Marvel just messing with us?
  • Wanda’s power seems to be glitching more. Is the Hex too big?
  • Funnel Cakes!!!!!
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WandaVision episode 6

WandaVision has become what I look forward to the whole week. When I get home from work on Thursday, I know that the next thing I am going to be able to do is watch WandaVision.

Spoilers for WandaVision Episode 6

Where to start?

There are so many places that I could start. Maybe we start with the big cliffhanger from last week that seemed to break the Internet… the arrival of Pietro, Wanda’s brother, but played not by Aaron Taylor-Johnson as it was in the Age of Ultron, but Evan Peters, who played Quicksilver in the Fox X-Men movies. Theories abounded about what this meant for the MCU, for mutants, for Evan Peters himself. We still do not know what exactly this guy’s deal was, but he absolutely rocked the comic accurate costume with the unbelievable hair.

We see Pietro using his powers all throughout episode six, but is he truly Pietro? The show addresses the fact that he looked different, explicitly from Wanda herself and Pietro says he does not know. He does seem to know a lot about what his sister has done here, going as far as saying he was impressed with what she did. There were times that he felt like he was the MCU Pietro (like the time that he referred to their childhood or when he talked about getting gunned down in the street), but there were also a bunch of times where he felt as if he were pumping Wanda for info and doing things intended to gain a reaction from her.

Either way, Evan Peters was absolutely fantastic here and played the part of the fun-uncle in the 1990s/early 2000 sitcom perfectly. There were several times when Pietro himself commented on the tropes of the fun uncle within the dialogue of the show as if he knew what was happening. It is a brilliant piece of writing that continues to tie the show into the world of sitcoms.

Which, by the way, this week’s episode is honoring Malcolm in the Middle, from the theme song through to the changes in the camera work that was brought into by that show. We also had the twins, Billy and Tommy, both turning to the camera and talking about what was happening, just like Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) would on Malcolm in the Middle.

Speaking of the twins, Billy & Tommy gain their powers this episode as comic fans know will lead to them being Wiccan (Billy) and Speed (Tommy) in the Young Avengers. I’m not saying that these kids will be in those plans, but there is certainly a possibilities. Both of the young boys do an amazing job of acting in this episode. Julian Hilliard played Billy and Jett Klyne played Tommy and they have a couple of tough scenes and they bring the goods, which is important since Elizabeth Olson and Paul Bettany are consistently exceptional in WandaVision.

That brings us to one of the darkest moments in MCU history. An animated commercial for Yo-Magic yogurt. Yes, the commercial this week takes a bit of a turn and features a young boy stranded on a deserted island. The boy says he is hungry, and things look bad for him. However, a shark swims up to the island and offers the boy some Yo-Magic in a container. The boy tries to open it, but he cannot get his fingers to open the foil on the top of the container. We see a progression of time as the boy continues to try to get to the Yo-Magic, until he dies of starvation and is left behind as a skeleton, still grasping the yogurt container.

It was shocking watching the commercial. There a a ton of theories about what this commercial represents. As the previous commercials all pointed to trauma and bad experiences in Wanda’s life, this could represent the people of Westview, or Vision or Wanda herself. The magic can not be reached and the kid dies slowly because of it. Could this be a reference to the “big bad” that helped give Wanda the power to take over Westview, a power level that she had never displayed before? Is the shark a specific metaphor for something else in the story (I would say for sure)? No matter what, the commercial is quite sinister and devastating.

This week is the first week that I believed that SWORD Director Hayward had some ulterior motives in the story. I still do not believe that he is any sort of a maestro of what has happened to Wanda, but he is definitely looking to track Vision. I have seen a cool theory about Hayward being the person to create Sentinels in the MCU and that he was using the technology of Vision to do it. Hayward clearly had a grudge against super powered people, which he let slip in an argument with Monica Rambeau. There is something hidden behind his final firewall that Marcy had not breached yet. What is Project Cataract?

More points of interest this week:

  • What is going on with Agnes? Is she more than what we think or not? The meeting with Vision in her car seems to have thrown the theories of her being connected to the big bad into chaos.
  • Monica’s cells are being re-written? Is this how mutants are coming?
  • Vision being ripped apart by the Hex was horrifying
  • So was the image of zombie Pietro with bullet holes.
  • Jimmy Woo is good for more than just getting coffee!
  • Darcy gets swallowed by the Hex. What will happen to her?
  • Monica’s “guy” is still coming. Who is this aero engineer? Blue Marvel? Reed Richards? Her skrull friend? etc.
  • The Hex turned SWORD agents into clowns. Ha Ha Ha. Wanda throwing shade.
  • There are kids everywhere now. Where did they come from? Did Wanda have them “tucked in their beds until she needed them”?
  • The single tear of the woman frozen in place was heart wrenching.
  • As Vision is getting torn apart, he thinks of the people trapped in Westview.
  • People on the outskirts of town seem to be nearly frozen. Could it be that the farther you are away from Wanda, the less you are able to do?
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I can not wait until episode 7!

WandaVision episode 5

This week…on a very special episode of WandaVision….

[EDIT: Here is something wild. I wrote this before I was aware that the title of the episode was actually “On A Very Special Episode.” When I saw that, it blew my mind. Obviously, they did a great job of working in that trope about special episodes of sitcoms because that is exactly where my head went.]

SPOILERS FOR WANDAVISION EPISODE 5

At least, that is the way it felt. As we moved into the 1980s style comedy heavily influenced by Family Ties, things are starting to crack in Westview. And we get a massive “recast.”

Vision is beginning to see things the way they are. It started with a strange encounter with Agnes and their crying babies (who…by the way… appear to be immune to Wanda’s magic). The moment where Agnes asks Wanda if they should “take it from the top” continued to plant the seeds of confusion in Vision that started last episode.

He discovers even more as he “freed” Norm for a moment while at work, revealing his true personality away from Wanda’s control. Paul Bettany is masterful as he portrays the confusion and the feeling of betrayal while still having deep feelings for his family.

His family, which includes the twins, Tommy and Billy. The twins age twice in the episode, once to stop crying constantly and once to keep the dog that they found outside. Sparky is named after the dog from the Tom King Vision series, though that one was a synthezoid as well. Tommy and Billy end up as ten-year old children.

This is the basis behind the “very special episode” comment I made earlier. When Sparky winds up dead (in Agnes’s arms…hm), Tommy and Billy have to deal with the death of a loved one, and they, quite rightly, think their mom could fix it. Back in the 80s, many of these sitcoms handled these deep subjects in, what would be referred to as, a “very special episode.” That was the feel given off here. Sparky’s entire presence here felt outside of Wanda’s control and she appeared to be uncertain about what happened. She does prevent the twins from “aging up” again, saying that people cannot run from their grief. Ironic.

This episode also contained two major confrontations. The first was with Wanda and SWORD outside of the Hex (thanks Darcy). Wanda let it be known that any further interference from Director hayward would not be tolerated. This scene gave us a bunch of tidbits, including the idea that Wanda brought Monica into Westview (as we saw last episode) as a way to get help.

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There was a high level of stress with this standoff. Understandably, Wanda was ticked off. Hayward had sent a 80s style drone into the Hex to take out Wanda. It failed, of course, but it directly led to Wanda coming outside of Westview to warn him. The way she redirected the agents who had their guns set on her to direct the guns on Hayward instead was frightening. I really thought she was going to finish him off right there.

Then the second confrontation was between Wanda and Vision as he told her about Norm and how he knew she was behind this. Vision had said that Wanda could not control him and she implied that she could. This tense war of words were interrupted by the doorbell and the arrival of Evan Peters as Pietro. Darcy, watching on the screen, was surprised and said “she recast Pietro” confirming that Peters was not the MCU Pietro. We know he appeared as Pietro in the FOX movies, but there had been a ton of speculation about what his role would be here in WandaVision. Wanda seemed as surprised as anyone leading one to think that there might be more to this than we think.

This was a fantastic episode with so many things happening Things I did not include in the write up”

  • Monica’s weird reaction to the comment about Captain Marvel
  • Wanda’s use of magic in front of Agnes
  • The credits rolling when Wanda wanted the show over to avoid the argument with Vision
  • New commercial connecting to Lagos. Paper Towels- for cleaning up the mess you didn’t mean to make
  • Confirmation that there has been no “Scarlet Witch” name in the MCU as of this moment
  • Vision’s ability to break Norm out of Wanda’s control (although Norm never says Wanda by name. She only says “she”. Could it be Agnes?)
  • Wanda’s line to the crying babies “Why won’t you do what I want?”
  • Bulletproof vests
  • No children in Westview
  • Wanda doesn’t “know how this all started”
  • Wanda steals Vision’s corpse.

This was a tremendous episode. I felt myself tearing up a bit when Sparky died. You know they have got me.

WandaVision Episode 4

SPOILERS FOR WANDAVISION EPISODE 4

We Interrupt This Program

WandaVision took a turn this week and it was glorious.

This week, the show’s point of view flipped a couple of times. There is no sitcom this week (and I honestly missed it a bit) and the show focuses on Monica Rambeau, Jimmy Woo and Darcy Lewis. It shows you the strength of the MCU when you can bring in a group of characters like this and feature them in the middle of your superhero show.

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This episode reminded me of LOST more than any other episode so far. When we first meet Desmond Hume in “Man of Science, Man of Faith,” we flashback over everything that had happened before, but from his point of view. We get the same concept in episode 4 of WandaVision.

The first point of view is with Monica and this cold open was just amazing. We see Monica coming back from being snapped and the chaos that ensued with the people appearing from nowhere after the blip. That truly emphasized how wild and traumatic that situation could be. Spider-Man: Far From Home showed the blip in a comedic manner but this feels how that situation, people being dead for 5 years suddenly being there, would play out.

Plus, the show gave us a painful reveal as we find out that Monica’s mother, Maria, who we met in Captain Marvel, died of cancer during the time when her daughter was snapped away.

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We also are told that Maria founded SWORD. Monica is a captain in SWORD as well.

The arrival of Jimmy Woo and Darcy Lewis (that is Dr. Lewis, by the way) was awesome. This was actually my favorite use of both of these characters. I enjoyed Darcy in Thor, but was never a fan of Jimmy Woo. They worked so well together and brought some wonderful interactions. Darcy was the one who figured out what was going on with this Westview Abnormality and she did it with humor and showed how competent she was. It’s been a long time since she could not pronounce Mjolnir.

As they went through the episode, we see a great deal of what happened in the mysterious first three episodes. We find out for sure about the scene of the TV sets at the end of episode 1, the voice of the person asking “Who’s doing this to you Wanda,” the truth about Westview and several of the citizens, the beekeeper, the toy helicopter, and how much Wanda is in control.

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Technically, that last one may still have some questions about it. Monica came out of the dome saying that it was all Wanda. However, I still believe that there may be someone whispering in Wanda’s ear, helping direct what is happening. Could it be Mephisto? That is still my belief, but it might be too much to introduce to the general public.

We still did not get any revelation of Agnes. Is she Agatha Harkness? I think so, but it could be a swerve.

Oh, by the way, the image of Vision that we get at the end of the episode is frightening and gives us a hint that Vision may not truly be alive.

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This episode was tremendous and is going to send this series into the next act.

My theories on WandaVision Mysteries

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After seeing the first three episodes of Marvel’s first Disney + show, WandaVision, I, as a comic book geek, feel that I am at a point where I believe I can make a few inferences on what is happening on the show.

Understand, I could be completely wrong. That is one of the wonders of this show. It clearly has a plan in place for where they are headed, but it could be any number of places. However, I feel as I am ready to make some educated guesses on the core mysteries of the show.

#1. What is going on?

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I believe that after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Wanda was feeling lost and alone. She had seen the death of her brother Pietro and her great love in Vision. It is at this point where she either is approached by or approaches a certain being for help. My guess is that Mephisto, Marvel’s “devil”, is the character involved here. It makes sense considering how important the character of Mephisto was in the comic storyline upon which this series is loosely based. Mephisto convinced Wanda that he could help her reunite with Vision and give her everything she ever wanted.

#2. What is the motive?

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Why is Mephisto doing this? I do believe, as in episode 2, the reason is “for the children.” Much like the comic series, Mephisto wants Tommy and Billy as a way to steal Wanda’s reality warping powers for himself.

#3. Who is in control?

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Wanda’s powers are what has created the sitcom world that she lives in with Vision. She has created this world and maintains it. I do not think she is consciously doing it, or, at least, realizes that she is doing it. I do not think that it is a coincidence that all the times when the outside world sneaks into the situation, Wanda has had some emotional moment. When Mr. Hart is choking, he had been pressing Wanda for answers about her past, which she did not know. I believe she subconsciously caused him to choke, and it wasn’t until her inner hero came out that she had Vision help him. Another example was from episode 2 with the arrival of the Beekeeper, mere moments after she discovered that she was pregnant. In episode three, the comment by Geraldine (aka Monica Rambeau) about Pietro being killed by Ultron came after Wanda was reminiscing about her brother while watching her twins sons. Elizabeth Olson has been brilliant in these scenes portraying Wanda’s confusion over these contradictory moments.

#4. What about SWORD?

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In the MCU, SWORD stands for Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Division. In the comics, the W actually stands for “world.” In the comics, SWORD is based mainly as a space observation unit, but the MCU version feels as if it is more than that. I do believe that Wanda could be considered a “Sentient Weapon” and that SWORD has been watching her. They are not sure what has happened, so that is why they were trying to get Wanda to tell them “Who is doing this to you?”

#5. What about the town?

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I am convinced that the town of Westview is a real town that existed in the MCU and was taken over by Wanda in an attempt to recreate her fantasy world. The people of the town are enslaved by Wanda’s powers but they do have some flashes of understanding of what is happening to them. I do think Agnes is more than what she seems (and maybe Herb too). I think it is clear that the people of Westview are not happy (and rightfully frightened) that they are being forced into living out this happy fantasy by Wanda.

#6. Why a sitcom (and ads)?

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I would assume that Wanda, growing up a young girl in Sokovia, watched a lot of sitcoms as a youth and this embellished her understanding of a happy life in America. The ads are references to the most emotional/tragic moments of Wanda’s life. Thus, the connection to Strucker, the beeping bomb from Stark that tormented her and her brother as children, and Hydra. Plus, the Hydra Soaks soap does look considerably like the Tesseract. Another online theory that I live is that the two “actors” in the ads, who are the same in all of them, is actually Wanda and Pietro’s parents. That would make these ads all the more relevant inside Wanda’s potentially fractured mind.

#7. What is Vision?

Why Marvel Fans Should Notice WandaVision's Butterflies

I truly believe that this series is heading toward ripping our hearts out at the end because I do not believe that Vision is real/alive. He is a construct of Wanda’s mind and we are being set up to grieve his loss once more. I sure hope I am wrong about that. There are some hints in episode three that Wanda is able to subconsciously bring inanimate objects to life with her. We see Wanda’s magic give life to the butterflies over the crib and the stork from the painting on the wall. In fact, after the butterflies come to life, Wanda says “Oh, did I do that, I didn’t mean to.” I think that is an important piece of dialogue that I have not heard anyone talking about. So maybe she really did reanimate the dead body of Vision and he is truly back. Her power is based on the same energy from the mind stone that gave Vision life in the first place.

These are just some of my thought on the show. I have really loved WandaVision so far. As a huge fan of the classic sitcoms, I am enjoying seeing them play with the tropes and adapting them into this story that is way deeper than what it appears to be.

WandaVision Episode Three

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If you haven’t watched the third episode of WandaVision on Disney +, then you do not want to read this article. We will be discussing some of the specifics from “In Color”

After two episodes in beautiful black and white, WandaVision finds its way into color, and takes a huge step forward in showing us exactly what is going on.

Episode three is clearly based on the 70s sitcoms. The setting of the house this week resembled the Brady Bunch homestead and the music is distinctly The Partridge Family. We also have the song “Daydream Believer” which seem to be giving us a hint about what is going on as well.

And one episode after discovering that she was pregnant, Wanda gives birth to twins.

Tommy and Billy.

Comic fans knows the relevance of the twins in Wanda and Vision’s life and their rapid development gives us an idea that things are happening.

This episode also featured “Geraldine” heavily. She is featured in much of the show’s most creepy-feeling moments. One of the biggest being how, after Wanda tells Geraldine that she was a twin and she had a brother named Pietro, Geraldine says to her that he had been killed by Ultron. This led to Geraldine being rejected from the sitcom world.

Other signs that Geraldine (who we know is to be a grown up version of Monica Rambeau, whom we met in the movie Captain Marvel) include:

  • Geraldine has a necklace with the SWORD symbol.
  • Agnes tells Vision that Geraldine has “No Home” or no family
  • Agnes and Herb nearly revealed something to Vision
  • Agnes clearly seems unnerved by Geraldine
  • After she is rejected from Westview, Geraldine is surrounded by a military looking group (probably SWORD)

The moment of memory about Pietro was a powerful one for Wanda. She was conflicted at this point but the attempt at inserting the idea of Ultron in the show by Geraldine breaks that momentum for Wanda.

This week’s advertisement was for Hydra Soak, bubble bath, and, of course, a tie to the villainous Hydra that Wanda had worked for with Baron von Strucker.

Things seem to be firing up and next Friday cannot get her soon enough.

WandaVision Episode 1 &2

SPOILERS for WandaVision

I was very excited this morning to see the premiere of the first two episodes of Marvel Studios new Disney + series, WandaVision. I am, of course, a huge mark for Marvel and the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it has been too long since Spider-Man: Far From Home. That was the last time that we had any new content from the studio. With Covid-19 playing chaos with the schedule, the anticipation for this show only grew. I am pleased to say that the anticipation was well worth it. I loved WandaVision and I am completely on board with what they are starting.

However, I can understand if there are people out there who will not love this as much as I do because there is no denying that this is Marvel Studios taking a huge swing and taking their universe into a direction that you have never seen before. It is totally weird, original, unexpected…all in the best ways.

When the people at Marvel Studios said that this was going to be a sitcom, they were telling you the truth. The first two episodes are clearly reminiscent of the TV days of I Love Lucy, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, right down to the laugh track. The black and white helped set the tone of the series and it is unlike anything Marvel has tried up until now. It is a real gutsy move from Marvel to have this series be the first one out of the gate for the Disney + shows.

The show is an homage to the black and white sitcoms of the 50s and 60s. I was always a huge fan as a child of the reruns of these kind of shows so I enjoyed honoring them by including the sitcom tropes into this 2021 series. Plots of having to host a surprise dinner with the boss or perform at a city talent show are the type of plots one might have seen on these sitcoms.

WandaVision - Season 1 - Episodes One and Two TV Show Review

Elizabeth Olson and Paul Bettany are absolute joys. They are clearly having a blast with these characters being placed in this setting. And they do it without sacrificing what made Wanda and Vision the fan favorite characters that they are. They fit seamlessly into the framework that the show is going for and I expect that their performances will only increase as the show progresses.

Kathryn Hahn as the nosy next door neighbor Agatha is a beautiful touch to the series. Her character is starting out as a trope herself, but there is so much more that is under the surface with Agatha that I am excited to see where this character is taken. I also loved having Debra Jo Rupp, a veteran of sitcoms from That 70s Show, appear as one of the women in the town of Westview. These touches really help to make WandaVision feel like a sitcom of the 1950s.

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However, there are subtle (and some not so subtle) hints that there is something sinister going on with the show. It is not going to remain just a sitcom paying tribute to the days of TV lore. I would go as far as to say that there were a couple of distinctly creepy moments of reality among the black and white façade. When Mr. Hart (played by Fred Melamed) was choking, I was totally creeped out. There was a puppetmaster feel to the situation, as if someone was forcing him to choke, and the looks on the faces of Wanda and Vision truly helped cement the scene as bizarrely intense.

The appearance of the mysterious Beekeeper near the end of episode two was a moment that was really out there. The show does a remarkable job in such a few short, quick scenes of building the mystery of exactly what is happening to two of our favorites from the Avengers. There was also the radio that was asking Wanda what was happening. Another subtle point was the feel that the crowd at the talent show of people from Westview were more like the Stepford wives than we had expected. And the end of episode one with the person watching on the TVs gave a LOST vibe (and you know how much that hits with me).

The beekeeper in the wandavision trailer is a SWORD agent! : marvelstudios

When the second episode ended, I immediately wanted more. While I have been leaning more towards shows that are weekly in nature instead of the binge, WandaVision might have just made me reconsider that.

Oh, and I did not even mention the commercials. Yes, there is a commercial for each episode and I wonder how they may play into the narrative. A mini oven made by Stark Industries or a watch made by Strucker? The whole Strucker reference was great, since Baron von Strucker played a huge part in Wanda’s past.

I cannot wait until next Friday.

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Cobra Kai Spoilers

Over the last year or so, I have not watched as much television as I used to watch. It was as much for time reasons as anything else. In fact, I have put a definitive limit on binging. I used to binge series a lot, but now, it is very light.

The TV shows that I have moved towards are those such as The Mandalorian, which is released on a weekly basis. Actually, I am not sure what the last series I binged was. Again, it had to do with the commitment of time required to binge a show on a weekend.

I had watched season 1 of Cobra Kai on YouTube Red and I enjoyed it quite a bit. However, season 2 had fallen into that no binge thing that I have been doing. It just did not fit into what I wanted to see. Even when it wound up on Netflix, season two had not enticed me.

2021 stared with Cobra Kia season 3 dropping on Netflix. I had heard some positives about it, but I had not seen season 2, so there was a roadblock. Saturday, I looked at the episode count and time for Cobra Kai season 2. It was only 10 episodes and they ranges around 30 minutes. That was not bad so I decided I might take a look at season 2, at least an episode or two, just for a flavor.

I wrapped up season 2 that Saturday night.

It was so good and so easy to binge that I found myself going to the next episode easily. I also chose to start on season 3 immediately, which I finished Sunday morning.

I have to admit that there were some things that I had to get past to enjoy the show. For example, during the beginning of the huge Cobra Kai vs. Miyagi-Do fight at the high school, I kept thinking how unrealistic this was. Where were the teachers? Why had the police not arrived by now? How is this being allowed to escalate to this point? These kind of questions were bugging me at first. Then, I understood. I suspended my disbelief over what was happening and just let the story be told without the constant nitpicking, and I found that fight to be hugely entertaining with amazing consequences for those involved.

Cobra Kai's Cast Explains How They Shot the School Fight Scene

Season three kicks off showing those consequences for all. Miguel is in a coma. Samantha is shell-shocked with a form of PTSD. Robbie is on the run. Karate is seen as the villain as the public, in a typical manner, blames the activity instead of the kids.

There were parts of season three that I was not a huge fan of. I was not a fan of Miguel’s recovery with the help of Johnny. Johnny’s methods seemed so over-the-top to me that it felt to comedic. Even with the super healing power of Dee Snyder, Miguel seemed to recover from his surgery quickly.

Probably the biggest problem I had was the turn from Hawk at the fight at the LaRusso house. It felt as if it came out of nowhere. Sure there had been some close ups on Hawk during the year making you thing that he was having second thoughts on what was happening, but he had done so many horrible things and was such a horrid bully that I did not think he earned that “face turn” enough. It was too out of the blue and I still do not want to root for this guy. I know redemption is a theme of this series, but that just did not feel developed well enough.

I loved the trip to Japan by Daniel and the reunion with the characters of Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita) and Chozen (Yuji Okumoto), both the original actors from Karate Kid 2, was excellently done. The whole Okinawa material of the season worked really well.

Cobra Kai Season 3: New Characters Kumiko & Chozen Explained

Watching Robbie’s fall from grace was tough this year too, but it gives you the understanding on why he does what he does at the end of the season, sticking with Kreese over his father and Daniel. From his perspective, Daniel betrayed him to the police and Johnny was always choosing Miguel over him. You could see the conflict through the whole season with Robbie and you can see how that conflict was all-but-gone in the finale.

One has to wonder why the police are never involved in this series. It is one of those speedbumps that you have to accept and ignore to make everything work. I did like how the LaRussos tried to go to the police at one point this season only to find it a flop. It is not a major scene, but it helps address that potential plot hole.

I especially loved Amanda LaRusso this year. There were so many times when the trope of the genre would insist that she would be jealous or do something to cause more drama, but she does not. When Daniel is with Ali, his old girlfriend, there is not one moment of jealousy. Instead, she bonds immediately with Ali and starts to exchange stories. She is no nonsense and straight speaking and her undying support of Daniel and her family comes through in a level-headed manner.

Speaking of Ali, one of the best moments of the series was the arrival of Elizabeth Shue as Ali Mills. This is handled perfectly. She is not brought in to be the third side of the love triangle or to cause more problems. In fact, she is just the opposite. She is there to bring an end to the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel and that is a perfect choice since she was the reason the rivalry started in the first place. I appreciated the way the writers allowed Ali to give her side to the Daniel-Ali break-up that we only heard about during Karate Kid 2. The way Ali says it played out definitely sounds like how Daniel may have reacted. Elizabeth Shue brought a level of credibility to the scene and she was excellent in them.

Elisabeth Shue In 'Cobra Kai' Season 3 as Ali, Explained

We also got some flashbacks into the history of John Kreese. Every flashback to Kreese’s past were expertly handled and were some of the best scenes of the season. It was able to show us his back story without removing his teeth. You can see where his anger and his mindset is built from, especially in the scenes in Vietnam, and it only helps to build him as an excellent villain. Kreese took a step up this year into the spotlight as the key antagonist of the series.

I loved the early season Johnny and Daniel “buddy cop” vibe that was happening as they searched for the missing Robbie. There was great humor and remarkable chemistry between the pair of Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. It furthered the story while continuing to highlight the tensions between the two main characters of the adult story.

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The finale with the war between Johnny, Kreese and Daniel was epic and helped bring everything back around. It perfectly sets up the next season of the show and gave us the truce between the warring factions of Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang (what a name!). I am excited to see where season 4 goes.

2020 Emmy Nominations

The 2020 Emmy Nominations were released on July 28th.  This list was originally shown on EW.com.

Emmy nominations 2020: See which shows made the cut

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

Killing Eve

The Mandalorian

Ozark

Stranger Things

Succession

Outstanding Comedy Series

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Dead to Me

Insecure

Schitt’s Creek

The Good Place

The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

What We Do in the Shadows

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Issa Rae, Insecure

Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Laura Linney, Ozark

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Zendaya, Euphoria

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Steve Carell, The Morning Show

Brian Cox, Succession

Billy Porter, Pose

Jeremy Strong, Succession

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Masked Singer

Nailed It!

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jeremy Irons, Watchmen

Hugh Jackman, Bad Education

Paul Mescal, Normal People

Jeremy Pope, Hollywood

Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Shira Haas, Unorthodox

Regina King, Watchmen

Octavia Spencer, Self Made

Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul

Nicholas Braun, Succession

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Matthew Macfadyen, Succession

Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale

Billy Crudup, The Morning Show

Mark Duplass, The Morning Show

Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies

Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve

Julia Garner, Ozark

Sarah Snook, Succession

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Mahershala Ali, Ramy

Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek

William Jackson Harper, The Good Place

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Betty Gilpin, GLOW

Yvonne Orji, Insecure

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live

Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek

D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Dylan McDermott, Hollywood

Jim Parsons, Hollywood

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen

Jovan Adepo, Watchmen

Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Holland Taylor, Hollywood

Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America

Margo Martindale, Mrs. America

Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America

Toni Collette, Unbelievable

Jean Smart, Watchmen

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Drunk History

Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Amy Poehler, Making It

Nicole Byer, Nailed It!

Bobby Berk, Queer Eye

RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Barbara Corcoran, Shark Tank

Padma Lakshmi, Top Chef

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Andrew Scott, Black Mirror

James Cromwell, Succession

Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian

Martin Short, The Morning Show

Jason Bateman, The Outsider

Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder

Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black

Cherry Jones, Succession

Harriet Walter, Succession

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale

Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Fred Willard, Modern Family

Dev Patel, Modern Love

Brad Pitt, Saturday Night Live

Adam Driver, Saturday Night Live

Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live

Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Angela Bassett, A Black Lady Sketch Show

Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Saturday Night Live

Maya Rudolph, The Good Place

Wanda Sykes, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Bette Midler, The Politician

Outstanding Limited Series

Little Fires Everywhere

Mrs. America

Unbelievable

Unorthodox

Watchmen

 

 

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (2020)

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I resisted watching this thing for a bit.  However, several friends started talking about it in our zoom meeting, so I decided that I would give it a chance.

All I heard about it was this was a true crime docu-series that could not be described.  People claimed that it was insane and that you couldn’t look away, like a car wreck.  I would say that my opinion was different than this one.  I enjoyed this doc-series a ton, but I kept waiting for that first episode top deliver these shocking moments.  I did not think that was happening.

It definitely happened later in the series.

This followed the story of a man who called himself Joe Exotic.  His real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage and he was a big cat breeder and dealer who ran a “zoo” while he sold tiger cubs to other zoos in the country.

The story also involved Joe’s arch nemesis Carole Baskin, owner of the Big Cat Rescue, who went after Joe for his practices and methods.  The feud between Joe and Carole was a major basis behind the entire series.

There are other individuals included as well.  Jeff Lowe was one of Joe’s partners whose own motives are called into question.  Rick Kirkham was a producer of a reality TV web series featuring Joe.  Doc Antle who was the owner of the Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, (T.I.G.E.R.S.) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

This show shows all of these people in an extremely negative light.  It covered the rumors that Carole Baskin murdered her first husband and fed him to the tigers.  Huh?  It was implied that Jeff Lowe may have set Joe up, leading to his eventual arrest.

There is no doubt that this series shows the dirty, ugly side of all of its featured flawed individuals, and it details a story that unfolded over the last 5 years or so that is so unbelievable that if this were a fictional movie, you would have a hard time believing that any real life person would do this.  The cliche “stranger than fiction” was invented for just for this story.

It is definitely compelling and hard to turn away.  It is a reasonable easy binge, time wise, though more difficult when considering the lowlifes involved here.

 

 

Monk

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I have recently been watching clips on YouTube from one of my favorite TV programs of all-time that ran for 8 seasons on the USA Network, Monk.

Image result for Monk Adrian"I loved Monk.  The defective detective.  Adrian Monk, one of the most tragic main characters on TV.  Monk was played brilliantly by Tony Shalhoub, who won three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for the role.

The show was about a former police detective, Adrian Monk, who had OCD and just about every fear and obsession known to man.  When Monk’s beloved wife Trudy was killed in a car bomb, Monk’s obsessive compulsions went into overdrive.  He lost his job as a police officer.

Eventually, with help of his assistant, Sharona (Bitty Schram), Adrian Monk became a consultant to the police, solving crimes despite his problems.

Image result for Monk Adrian"Monk was a genius.  His power of observation was Sherlockian in practice.  He could look at a crime scene and see things that no one else could see.  Tiny little clues that would form together into a picture and Monk would utter that phrase, “Here’s what happened.”  And he was always right.

After a few years, Sharona left and she was replaced by Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard).  Despite loving Sharona and being upset when she let, I actually think I grew to like Natalie even more.

Image result for Monk Adrian"Monk had friends at the police station.  Captain Leland Stottlemeyer, played by Buffalo Bill himself- Ted Levine, and Lieutenant Randy Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) make up the crew of four that the series focused on.  They had a ton of chemistry with each other and really worked as an ensemble.

Adrian Monk was perhaps the most tragic television character ever.  The loss of Trudy was never far from Adrian, who was sad and depressed, down on himself.  Yet this was countered by his brilliance, his unbelievable intelligence.

Most of the time, Monk’s problems were played as a joke, but the show was best when the humor came from the situation and the OCD was played with sadness and irony.  My least favorite times on the show was when Monk’s fears were made to make Monk look like an idiot.  He was never an idiot.  He just could not help himself.

Image result for Monk Adrian"The mysteries on Monk were the type where we knew who the killer was, but we did not know how they did it.  The fun was watching how Monk would figure out the crime and catch the “guy.”

There were some amazing episodes over the ten years.  One of my favorites was when Monk’s absentee father came back and Adrian and he went in his truck.  The episodes with Dale the Whale provided Monk with an adversary.  There was an episode where Monk met a cabbie who received an eye transplant from Trudy.  Adrian had amnesia.  We met Adrian’s agoraphobic brother.  He went on an airplane.  He went on the run.  They put him in so many situations and Adrian always found a way to solve the crime.

This show was as clever as you will find, with writing to match.  Throw in some wonderful performances with characters that you grow to love… well, Monk is a show unlike any other.  I do miss it.

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CW Crisis on Infinite Earths

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Spoilers

It has been a long time since I watched The Flash on the CW.  The seasons got too long for me and the episodes felt as if they were all the same.

As the Arrowverse shows continued to grow, I never got into them any more than the little bit of The Flash that I watched.

However, the crossover of CW shows, Crisis on Infinite Earths, based on one of the greatest maxi-series in the history of DC Comics, got my attention.

It started tonight on Supergirl and I was excited to watch.  I must say that there were plenty of things that I was trying to decipher, since I am not a regular viewer of these shows.  I do have more background knowledge of DC Comics than most other viewers so I am recognizing the names and guessing how they fit together.  I can imagine this is like those people who had not watched the entire MCU films but only watched Infinity War and Endgame.

Green Arrow’s death at the end of the first hour of the crossover was a surprise, but I know this is the final season of that show so it is not totally shocking.  Honestly, the death was a bit cheesy to me.  I am still waiting to see if that death sticks because, you know, it is a comic book show.

There were some cool cameos, including Burt Ward from Batman ’66 on one of the earths.  “Holy crimson skies of death!”   We saw Robert Wuhl as Alexander Knox from 1989’s Batman.

There was a nice homage to Superman: The Movie too, but that one felt like a throwaway part considering there was no other reason for it.  Baby Jonathan was sent off by his parents Clark and Lois in his own little rocket ship (they also used the same dialogue from the movie) but it turned out to be an unimportant twist (at least at this point).

We see the Monitor, Harbinger and Pariah, all faces that the shows have had before.

I kind of enjoyed the little bit I got of Batwoman.

I thought this was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the story.

Disney + is here!

The future is now.

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Disney + kicked off in the early hours of the morning today and I logged on to my account (that I had ordered last month) prior to school.  Unfortunately, I could not spend all day watching.

Sure, there are a few bugs out there.  I had some problems with my Roku TV at first, but when I finally got back from work, most of them were worked out.

Thing was, I did not have the time I wanted to watch tonight, having to catch up on the Movie Trivia Schmoedown.  Still, I was excited to get a dose of Plus.

Image result for The MandalorianThe Mandalorian was very fun.  You could taste the talents of Jon Favreau throughout the episode.  The series was very promising, but the ending was mind-blowing.  This is one that I am looking forward to following along.

 

 

Image result for world according to jeff goldblum runningHowever, let’s not sleep on the real TV treasure here. The World According to Jeff Goldblum was hilarious.  I never thought I needed to see Jeff Goldblum running in sneakers (or shall I say bopping in sneakers), but it was clearly the greatest thing ever.  That may be a little bit of hyperbole, but this is so entertaining.  I can’t wait for the next episode. Wow…wowie wow wow.

 

I am anxiously awaiting the Marvel series as well.  I should get some chance to get some movies watched too.  I should do a Disney Plus binge soon for the Doc’s Classic Movies Reviewed section.

Emmy Award Nominees 2019

Lead Actor Limited Series or Movie

Mahershala Ali, “True Detective”
Benicio del Toro, “Escape at Dannemora”
Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”
Jared Harris, “Chernobyl”
Jharrel Jerome, “When They See Us”
Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Verdon”

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie 

Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects”
Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”
Aunjanue Ellis, “When They See Us”
Joey King, “The Act”
Niecy Nash, “When They See Us”
Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Don Cheadle, “Black Monday,”
Ted Danson, “The Good Place”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominksy Method”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Julia-Louis Dreyfus, “Veep
Natasha Lyonne, “Russian Doll”
Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”
Kit Harrington, “Game of Thrones”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Billy Porter, “Pose”
Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us”

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”
Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”
Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Reality-Competition Program

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
“Nailed It” (Netflix)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Variety Talk Series

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)
“The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS)
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Outstanding Limited Series

“Chernobyl” (HBO)
“Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)
“Fosse Verdon” (FX)
“Sharp Objects” (HBO)
“When They See Us” (Netflix)

Outstanding Television Movie

“Bandersnatch,” (Netflix)
“Brexit,” (HBO)
“Deadwood: The Movie,” (HBO)
“King Lear,” (Amazon)
“My Dinner with Herve,” (HBO)

Comedy Series

“Barry” (HBO)
“Fleabag” (Amazon)
“The Good Place” (NBC)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“Russian Doll” (Netflix)
“Schitt’s Creek” (Pop)
“Veep” (HBO)

Drama Series

“Better Call Saul” (AMC)
“Bodyguard” (Netflix)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Killing Eve” (BBC America)
“Ozark” (Netflix)
“Pose” (FX)
“Succession” (HBO)
“This Is Us” (NBC)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones”)
Julia Garner (“Ozark”)
Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)
Fiona Shaw (“Killing Eve”)
Sophie Turner (“Game of Thrones”)
Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Alfie Allen (“Game of Thrones”)
Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau (“Game of Thrones”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
Giancarlo Esposito (“Better Call Saul”)
Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”)
Chris Sullivan (“This Is Us”)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”)
Sian Clifford (“Fleabag”)
Olivia Colman (“Fleabag”)
Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”)
Sarah Goldberg (“Barry”)
Marin Hinkle (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Anthony Carrigan (“Barry”)
Tony Hale (“Veep”)
Stephen Root (“Barry”)
Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Patricia Arquette (“The Act”)
Marsha Stephanie Blake (“When They See Us”)
Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”)
Vera Farmiga (“When They See Us”)
Margaret Qualley (“Fosse/Verdon”)
Emily Watson (“Chernobyl”)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Asante Blackk (“When They See Us”)
Paul Dano (“Escape at Dannemora”)
John Leguizamo (“When They See Us”)
Stellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl”)
Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”)
Michael K. Williams (“When They See Us”)

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Laverne Cox (“Orange Is the New Black”)
Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story: Apocalypse”)
Phylicia Rashad (“This Is Us”)
Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away With Murder”)
Carice van Houten (“Game of Thrones”)

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Michael Angarano (“This Is Us”)
Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)
Michael McKean (“Better Call Saul”)
Kumail Nanjiani (“The Twilight Zone”)
Glynn Turman (“How to Get Away With Murder”)
Bradley Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Jane Lynch (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Sandra Oh (“Saturday Night Live”)
Maya Rudolph (“The Good Place”)
Kristin Scott Thomas (“Fleabag”)
Fiona Shaw (“Fleabag”)
Emma Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Matt Damon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Robert De Niro (“Saturday Night Live”)
Luke Kirby (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Peter MacNicol (“Veep”)
John Mulaney (“Saturday Night Live”)
Adam Sandler (“Saturday Night Live”)
Rufus Sewell (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)

Structured Reality Program

“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives” (Food Network)
“Queer Eye” (Netflix)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” (Netflix)
“Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC)

Unstructured Reality Program

“Born This Way” (A&E)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel)
“Life Below Zero” (National Geographic)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (VH1)
“Somebody Feed Phil” (Netflix)
“United Shades Of America With W. Kamau
Bell” (CNN)

Host for a Reality or Competition Program

James Corden (“The World’s Best”)
Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game Of Games”)
Marie Kondo (“Tidying Up With Marie Kondo”)
Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman (“Making It”)
RuPaul (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)

Variety Sketch Series

“At Home With Amy Sedaris” (truTV)
“Documentary Now!” (IFC)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman” (Hulu)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Who Is America?” (Showtime)

Variety Special (Live)

“The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards” (NBC)
“The 61st Grammy Awards” (CBS)
“Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: Norman
Lear’s ‘All In The Family’ And ‘The
Jeffersons’” (ABC)
“The Oscars” (ABC)
“RENT” (Fox)
“72nd Annual Tony Awards” (CBS)

Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

“Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met
McCartney Live From Liverpool” (CBS)
“Hannah Gadsby: Nanette” (Netflix)
“Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé” (Netflix)
“Springsteen On Broadway” (Netflix)
“Wanda Sykes: Not Normal” (Netflix)

Informational Series or Special

“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” (CNN)
“Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” (Netflix)
“Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath” (A&E)
“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman” (Netflix)
“Surviving R. Kelly” (Lifetime)