I wish this was an overwhelmingly positive post I was about to write. Unfortunately, it isn’t.
Star Wars: Visions is beautifully animated, I cannot take that away from the series. Each short is imbued with a palpable love for Star Wars from each Japanese anime studio. Despite this, the series honestly bored me.
The series’ two best episodes, Ronin and The Ninth Jedi, were absolutely fantastic from a storyline perspective. Ronin is unlike anything I’ve seen in Star Wars and left me feeling very, very intrigued about the short’s title character. I will definitely be reading the upcoming novel about him because he is absolutely fascinating!
The Ninth Jedi was also brilliantly developed as a story. I found myself enthralled in the world, the characters, and the unexpected plot twist toward the end of the short. When it concluded I had goosebumps.
Unfortunately, these were the only shorts, out of nine! that had me sitting back in awe. The rest of the shorts felt so repetitive in tone that after a while they just became boring to watch. And don’t get me started on Tatooine Rhapsody. No amount of Boba Fett could save that short for me.
I wanted to love this series. I wanted to come away from Visions feeling like I had seen something truly spectacular but no, I felt the exact opposite. I’m not, however, going to rain on the parade of others who enjoyed this series. I just personally was not at all a fan.
I’ll give the entire series as a whole 7 out of 10.
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So, the last four weeks of What If…? were very dour. From having to watch the OG Avengers being killed off to seeing Doctor Strange lose the love of his life over and over again to even last week, watching Killmonger live up to his name was just…shocking, to say the least.
So, this week’s episode was a welcome respite from the darker tones and was just plain fun.
Chris Hemsworth’s return as Thor was hilarious and don’t even get me started with Loki! Oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVED Loki in this episode and I’m sure Hiddleston had an absolute blast playing him.
All in all, the entire objective of this episode was to just have fun and that I did. And then…that ending happened!
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. Next up, Star Wars: Visions.
What If…? continues to surprise me on a weekly basis and this latest episode really took me for a spin.
It focuses on Killmonger and honestly, I thought this series would turn him into a hero. It didn’t. In fact, it solidified Killmonger’s stance as a villain…and I LOVED IT!
This episode surprised me at every turn and wow, was it entertaining. When it concluded I was like, “Wait, what?!”
As I always say, if you haven’t watched this series because you think it isn’t necessary or worth the time trust me, it’s just as good as everything Marvel Studios has been giving us over the years. In fact, it’s actually kind of brilliant.
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Marvel Studios just won’t stop giving us fantastic content and the latest episode of What If…? was both terrifying and hilarious at the same time. Last week’s episode is still my personal favorite but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the episode.
I loved that it kept subverting my expectations all the way to the very end while managing to inject enough humor into the story to keep it from being too traumatizing.
Honestly, I’m so glad we’re getting a second season because this show has been fantastic week after week.
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If you haven’t seen the animated Marvel series What If…? you’re missing quite an entertaining series. The show features some of our favorite Marvel characters primarily voiced by the actual actors who play them in the movies in wildly different scenarios that have become more and more fascinating as the weeks go by.
This week’s episode, What If…Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands? went in a completely unexpected dark direction. No, this episode wasn’t about highlighting an evil Doctor Strange. This episode highlighted the power of grief and what it could do to someone with the powers of someone like Doctor Strange. And of course, because this series is canon, I immediately began to think of Wanda Maximoff a.k.a the Scarlet Witch.
WandaVision was a nine-episode study of grief and the pain it caused a simple town and its inhabitants as Wanda Maximoff accidentally took them by hostage through her own power. This power is called Chaos Magic and it is the most powerful and volatile source of magic in the universe.
Through Chaos Magic Scarlet Witch was able to bring Vision back to life and create two children while also changing the reality of a little town, turning it into her own eutopia inspired daily by different sitcoms. Of course, she ultimately is reminded that she’s an Avenger and undoes the wrong that she has caused but that doesn’t mean she’s not capable of turning back into the woman who will get what she wants, no matter the cost. Remember the haunting words Agatha says to Wanda in the season finale, “It is your destiny to destroy the world.”
Hmm…now that sounds grimly familiar.
Just think about The Watcher’s final words in the latest episode episode: “One life, one choice, one moment, can destroy the entire universe.”
I knew this week’s episode of What If…? was going to feature Doctor Strange Supreme a.k.a Evil Doctor Strange but what I did not realize was that Marvel Studios was about to reach into my chest, take my heart, and rip it to pieces with a 30-minute story that honestly felt like a miniature movie.
The past three episodes have been fun to watch but they did feel a bit rushed, specifically last week’s episode which reached a conclusion that felt like a sudden stop after a compelling previous twenty-five minutes. This episode does not suffer from that. No. It has a tragic beginning, an intriguing middle, and a what-the-heck! ending.