WandaVision: “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!” Review

It’s Halloween in Westview!  As Wanda deals with the return of her newly faced brother Pietro, Vision gets closer to the truth, and the agents on the outside make some shocking discoveries.  All this and more, on the latest episode of WandaVision!

This latest episode goes full Malcom in the Middle!

(Spoilers Ahead – You’ve Been Warned)

Pietro in the Middle
Pietro’s arrival shakes things up a bit, as he eases into the role of fun uncle, getting Billy and Tommy all wound up.  As of now, it does seem like this is the same character from the MCU Pietro, because he has memories of their childhood back in Sokovia.

He even seems to remember what it was like being shot to death by Ultron, and then simply heard Wanda calling out to him.  The two of them have a conversation about how she’s pulled all this off, as well as the ethics of it all, which only reinforces that Wanda is fully aware and in control of everything she’s doing.

His addition makes for a really interesting exploration into Wanda’s past and how she’s thinking.  There’s an honesty she has with him that she doesn’t with Vision.  Partly because they’re twins, partly because Vision is against what she’s doing with Westview.

He seems to be really enjoying using Westview as his playground.

However, we can’t discuss this episode without highlighting Evan Peters and his amazing performance as Pietro Maximoff.  Without a doubt, Peters was one of the highlights of the last few Fox X-Men movies.  Even the ones that weren’t exactly great like Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix, he was always one of the better aspects of the movie.

We still don’t know exactly how this happened or how it will play out (though it does seem clear that this is not the X-Men universe version of the character), but having Peters back reminds us all why we preferred Fox’s version to Quicksilver over the MCU’s.

Investigating from the Inside
All the while the tension that began with Wanda and Vision’s argument last episode hasn’t really gone anywhere.  They seem the most distant they’ve ever been.  Vision flat out lies to Wanda, telling her that he has to do a shift with neighborhood watch since it’s Halloween, but what he’s really doing is investigating this “anomaly”.

He notices that many citizens (including children) are completely still at the end of the night, as if in a trance.  Upon running into Agnes,  he snaps her out of it for a moment, just for her to plead with Vision to help her (which does put a damper on any Mephisto fan theories about her).

It’s the most normal and human we’ve ever seen Agnes be.

But everything ultimately culminates in him trying to escape the border, just for his body to start to be torn apart as he does.  As a result, Wanda expands the border several more blocks, and now encompasses all of the outside camp as well.

While the S.W.O.R.D. basecamp being inside the bubble will certainly have huge implications going forward, the real bombshell in this episode is the reveal that apparently Vision can’t exist outside of Westview.

Perhaps the only way Wanda was able to give him life was in this artificial world she created.  And it gives her a much stronger motivation to want to stay in it.  Deep down, we all know that this story can’t have a happy ending, at least not for Wanda.  Its ultimate tragedy will be her losing Vision for a third time.

Vision really can’t catch a break!

What did you think of this episode?  What do you hope to see next week?  Let us know in the comments!

WandaVision is streaming exclusively on Disney+

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