Classic entertainment references were a big part of WandaVision, as the early episodes were homages to sitcoms throughout television history, from The Dick Van Dyke Show to Modern Family. That went by the wayside in the home stretch of WandaVision’s run, specifically following Agatha Harkness’ big reveal. As the series hit its climax, there wasn’t room for extended pop culture riffs, but the show found space for a cinematic reference in its finale.
In the opening moments of “The Series Finale,” Wanda realizes using her powers against Agatha is what she wants, as the witch absorbs every bit of the Wanda’s blasts. Wanda finds a clever solution to Agatha’s abilities, using her powers to throw a car at Agatha. She and the car crash through the front window of a nearby home. When Wanda approaches the wreckage, she finds a pair of boots, but Agatha is not there. Before she can process this, she’s confronted by a white Vision.
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The scene is a nod to another villainous sorceress, the Wicked Witch of the East from The Wizard of Oz. Specifically, it’s a call back to the iconic scene following her death. After Dorothy Gale’s farmhouse lands on her, her body disintegrates, leaving only her enchanted ruby slippers behind.
The difference between the two wicked witches is that Agatha survives her magical hit-and-run. In fact, Agatha makes it through the entire series in one piece; although, it can be argued that she suffers a fate worse than death after Wanda defeats her.
The Wicked Witch reference is a nice element of levity in an episode that doesn’t have much room for jokes. Between Wanda’s confrontation with Agatha, Vision’s heartbreaking fate and the hints at Wanda’s future in the MCU, “Series Finale” can’t spare a lot of time for Marvel Studios’ comedic tendencies.
While this is an emotional episode, it’s not completely humorless. Beyond its Wizard of Oz gag, Darcy Lewis’ brief appearance offers some nice comic relief in an otherwise tense episode, serving as a deus ex machina in a funnel cake van as she stops Director Tyler Hayward’s escape from Westview. Sitcom veteran Kat Dennings gets to have fun with her one line in the episode before Darcy disappears, avoiding the inevitable post-Hex debriefing.
WandaVision’s finale had high expectations to live up to. Whether it lived up to Dennings’ promise of a massive payoff depends on the viewer, but it’s nice to see the creators still able to have some fun while tackling such an emotional conclusion.
Written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau and Kathryn Hahn as Agnes. New episodes air Fridays on Disney+.
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