Thursday, January 27, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks (TV Edition): 2021 Freshman Series


For the fourth week of 2022 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We venture into the world of television in 2021 Freshman TV series as there was a lot of new TV shows to emerge in the previous year. Here are my three picks as they’re all from MCU!!!!!!:

1. Wandavision
The first of five shows from MCU is one of the most original and inventive projects they’ve created in homage to the sitcoms in which Wanda and Vision have moved to New Jersey to live their lives as they encounter many different changes as it revolves around the evolution of American television. Yet, it has so much more in than just being a homage to American sitcoms as it is also a study of grief as well as a woman dealing with the powers that she has while dealing with someone who wants that power. With Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprising their respective roles as Wanda Maximoff and Vision along with Kat Dennings, Teyonah Parris, Randall Park, and the scene-stealing Kathryn Hahn who gets to have her own theme song that is truly one of the best songs ever.

2. Loki
The third show from the MCU doesn’t just play up into the world of alternate universes but it is also a show about its titular character learning about his fate and the need to redeem himself and find his own purpose. It is a show that has a lot of humor but also some drama as it has Tom Hiddleston being the God of Mischief once again who is trying to catch an alternate version of himself in the form of a woman who calls herself Sylvie. With an ensemble cast that includes Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia di Martino, Eugene Cordero, Sasha Lane, Wunmi Mosaku, and special appearances from Richard E. Grant and Jonathan Majors. It is a show that is filled with a lot of whimsy that includes Loki having to meet many different versions of himself with a few of them having redeeming qualities including Sylvie but it is also a show that opens up a lot more for what will come hopefully in its second season and in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

3. Hawkeye
The fifth and most recent show from the MCU that came out in 2021 is a holiday special of sorts as it revolves around a young woman named Kate Bishop who finds herself in a murder mystery where she wears the costume of Ronin that lead her to meet her idol in Clint Barton. It is a show that doesn’t just play into this titular character dealing with loss and wanting to go home to his family but also clean up some dirty laundry with the help of this young lady as they would deal with the Tracksuit Mafia and those with some serious issues towards Barton. Among them comes in a breakthrough performance from Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez/Echo who is just fucking cool while stealing the show for the show’s second half of the series is a guest appearance from Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova whose encounters with Bishop are among some of the funniest and light-hearted moments of the show.

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Brittani Burnham said...

Great minds think alike! I loved that scene with Yelena and Kate in the elevator. I wish I could have Yelena's coat. it's gorgeous.

Often Off Topic said...

Yeeeees I am living for all this MCU on my blog feed right now. Wandavision came along at just the right time, and I loved all of your picks.

Birgit said...

I have not seen any of these and so want to. I have to see if they are on DVD or something. I have read many reviews so would like to view my own opinion.