WandaVision is a weird television series (Disney Plus). Even by modern television standards, where hardly any project can get a greenlight from a studio unless it is “high concept” or experimental, WandaVision seems like the kind of series that would look mighty dubious even on paper. The story here could easily have been told in the usual straightforward manner—and, in some ways, this might have been the wiser decision to make—yet the show’s creators have chosen to spin their yarn in a unique way. Viewers who don’t mind taking a trip through television history and manage to slog through the first three episodes may find themselves invested in the compelling mystery that drives the series. Eventually, viewers who stick it out until the end will have witnessed a profound character study on the effects of grief and the power of catharsis.
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with Journal author Cole Burgett about his online-exclusive article, “Catharsis and the Power of Release in WandaVison.” **Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for WandaVision**
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