The Plugged In Show, Episode 64: What’s the Deal With WandaVision, Anyway?

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With your permission, I’m going to geek out for just a moment.

It’s 1977. That’s the year Star Wars rearranged the pop-culture universe forever, of course. But even before that, I’d been introduced to another character whom many casual Marvel fans have only met more recently: Vision.

He was a synthezoid (think robot-meets-android-meets-human, and you’re in the neighborhood). He was a bit Spock-like, with red skin and a green-and-yellow outfit. And the love of his synthetic life was Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch.

I’ve been a Vision fan almost as far back as I can remember. I didn’t much care for [spoiler warning] his sad fate in the movie Avengers: Infinity War, where he perished not once, but twice. Poor Vision.

But Marvel wasn’t done with him. You know, death can’t keep a good hero down. There are always ways around it in the comics, be it through time-travel alternate universes or the method that Wanda has used to bring him back to “life” in the new Disney+ series WandaVision. I think it’s safe to say that this series—which is largely constructed in the form of old TV sitcoms—is unlike anything Marvel’s ever done before. Not surprisingly, it has generated a huge amount of buzz, too.

So this week on The Plugged In Show, we’re diving head first into this hit series, as well as talking more broadly about the escapist appeal of sitcoms. So, take a listen, then take a look at the links below related to our show this week. Excelsior!

Adam R. Holz

After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.