Well for this week’s installment of what’s going on outside of hobbying, I can share that I closed on the condo finally! It was stressful up until the end but thankfully, I have the keys to the new place and can start to make arrangements to move. A couple of things like switching over utilities and potentially hire a painter will determine when I move. So we’ll see when I have to put the brushes away and start the packing but I’d imagine it will be within 2-3 weeks.
Even with all of the craziness, the holiday weekend helped me make some decent painting progress. I wasn’t sure exactly how much I liked the gold parts that I started last week but I played around with them a bit more and I think I’ve got them looking quite nice. The scale mail might need a bit of touching up but I’ve never painted any in NMM and pretty happy with the results. The main thing that I need to do now are the gold “fins” and the big jewel and I’ll have about a quarter of the elk done. Surprisingly, I’m not at all tired of painting this mini yet and so I guess I’ll keep painting it until it is time to move.
Other than that, I did watch all of WandaVision on Disney+ and it is interesting enough of a show, I thought I’d share my thoughts on it. First, I should disclose that I will watch anything Marvel that I hear is good or better. Very few Marvel things have been disappointing to me as a result. WandaVision truthfully did not excite me when I first heard about it. A sitcom with two Avengers that were not that interesting in the movies? That seemed like a strange and kind of unappealing choice. Once positive reviews started come out for it, I did become more interested and decided to check it out.
First off, the show is not really a sitcom. Each episode models its look and style from a particular famous sitcom and each one is different. So there is one that is inspired by I Love Lucy and one is definitely influenced by Bewitched and then there are more modern sitcoms all the way up until now. While there are some jokes in the show, they aren’t laugh out loud funny and are more endearing than anything else. As the show goes on, all is not what it seems and the tone of the show becomes a bit darker and more serious. The mystery of what is going on carries a fair bit of the show and if you like things where suburbia and the appearance of a perfect life often mask something else, then you’ll like this. I think of things like Virgin Suicides, American Beauty, and Revolutionary Road, although this is with superheroes of course. Since the mystery is a big part of the plot, I won’t say a lot more about that and let you discover it for yourself. Surprisingly, there is very little fighting in the whole series though what is here is pretty satisfying. The ending is emotional and I thought that part of the show delivered. Well that and the actor who plays Vision is just really great in this show. He plays the role so well which is impressive considering the type of character that Vision is in the previous Avengers movies.
Is the show perfect? No, it has some flaws. There are some big clichés that comic book stories rely on too much. I wish I could say more on that but I don’t want to give anything away. Kat Dennings’ character, Darcy, makes an appearance and I find her to be one of the more annoying personalities in the Marvel cinematic universe. She is supposed to be a scientist but is clearly there just to make us laugh but I don’t think she is actually funny or believable as a scientist so seeing her show up in WandaVision made me cringe a bit. The show does slow down a bit around the halfway point and I found myself hoping that it would pick up and get more interesting. It did thankfully in the last few episodes but I would say the show doesn’t really keep you at the edge of your seat even with some suspenseful elements. As a result, I would say anybody who is a fan of Scarlet Witch and/or Vision should watch. If you want to see an exploration of loss and grief and/or like the suburban theme I described above, I think you’ll probably like this as well. WandaVision was a creative leap of faith by Marvel and Disney and I’m glad they made something so innovative. It isn’t the greatest show ever but its hard not to be impressed by its audacity and creativity. Upper Deck is going to make some cards for the show in the future and I think I’d be a buyer of those. Hopefully they’ll be creative just like the show. If so, I wouldn’t be surprised if I share some here on this very website.