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(Photo by Independent Voices, Internet Archive)Rotten Tomatoes is celebrating Pride with our new section, Rainbow Tomatoes, where you can find guides to the best and most groundbreaking LGBTQ movies and shows to stream. As part of the celebration, we re spotlighting some of the work our archival team has been doing in bringing more LGBTQ publications into the Tomatometer. The Rotten Tomatoes Curation team – the team that works on gathering the movie and TV reviews that form Tomatometer scores, and which vets and approves the critics and publications that contribute to those scores – spends a lot of time digging through history to find publications and outlets to potentially add to our list of Tomatometer-approved sources. You can read a little about the project in a New Yorker article from Richard Brody published earlier this year; and check out the criteria by which we vet publications here. For Pride, we re shining a spotlight on seven publications that recently became Tomatometer-approved through this archival research. Among them are some of the earliest LGBTQ publications in America, and some of the longest-running, and a handful of short-lived titles that shook up the media scene and pushed the LGBTQ movement forward. Crucially, each saw film, TV, and criticism as vital to its coverage and engaged with Hollywood s representation of the LGBTQ experience – or its lack thereof – with sharp and honest insight.Below, you can read up on these pioneering titles and then read reviews published in their pages, many of which give a fascinating, of-the-moment account of how LGBTQ writers and thinkers responded to some of the most seminal LGBTQ films of the last 50 years.(Photo by One Magazine)ONE MAGAZINE (1953-67)ONE Magazine was born in the early 1950s from discussions that began among members of the pioneering Mattachine Society, many of whom would branch off to form the gay rights organization ONE, Inc. It was a simple idea, but a revolutionary one: to produce and distribute a pro-gay magazine that represented the interests, concerns, and challenges of the community. Launched in January 1953 and sold on the streets of L.A. for 25 cents, ONE is widely considered one of the first publications for the LGBTQ community in the U.S.A. (There were some short-lived predecessors, such as Vice Versa and Friendship and Freedom.) As such, it inevitably suffered raids of its offices and bans from the U.S. Post Office over issues deemed “obscene.” (The challenge to that ban led to a Supreme Court ruling that would become one of the gay rights movement’s most significant early victories.) Within ONE s striking, often abstract covers, readers found news, essays, fiction, letters to the editor, and reviews that are notable for the incisive ways they grappled with the portrayal of the gay experience on screen. “The important thing is that presumably Mr. and Mrs. Average will not see the bad points,” Don Slater wrote in his review of the British noir thriller, Victim, a landmark of gay cinema that the magazine concedes was not tailored to the gay audience. “Here lies the major contribution of Victim: that it appears possible the picture may reach and influence for the better thousands of people which ONE has not been able to, at least so far. Victim (1961) 100%Fresh: With typically British genius for compromise, the motion picture Victim which treats the subject of homosexuality almost fairly, if not squarely, also is a jolly good thriller. – Don Slater, May 1962The Children's Hour (1961) 78%Fresh: The beautiful black-and-white photography, the score, the impeccable acting and, above all that master director, William Wyler all combine to make a film classic. And when you ve seen it, you ve seen a landmark in homophile history. – Alison Hunter, June 1962Third Sex (1959) Rotten: To encompass the entire homosexual question in a single film is impossible This insipid film makes a brave attempt which is the nicest thing one can say about it. – Leslie de Noronha, October 1959Read more reviews from ONE Magazine.(Photo by Lesbian Tide)THE LESBIAN TIDE (1971-1980)The Lesbian Tide was, for its almost decade-long existence, marked by the renegade streak from which it was conceived. The publication was launched after the young, radical group running the newsletter for the L.A. branch of lesbian civil rights organization the Daughters of Bilitis – who had been ruffling the feathers of older, less radical members – decided to split off and create their own magazine in 1972. They were led by the The Lesbian Tide’s founder Jeanne Córdova, who told Long Beach newspaper The Press-Telegram in 2012: “At the time, there were no national lesbian newspapers. I wanted to reach lesbians in Tennessee, Florida and across the nation, not just Los Angeles. The guys had their paper, The Advocate. Why couldn’t lesbians have one? I wanted to be the lesbian Newsweek.” The founder also brought a ton of insight and plenty of personality to the magazine’s film reviews. Witness the opening to Córdova s review of Cleopatra Jones: I walked up to the box office on Hollywood Blvd. and asked, ‘Do you have a press ticket for Jeanne Cordova from The Lesbian Tide?’ ‘Wh…what newspaper was that, lady?’ ‘The Lesbian Tide. We heard there was a dyke in the film. There should be a ticket for me. Would you look please.’ That’s how I bluffed my way in to see Cleopatra Jones. Córdova, who died in 2016, may not have reached her Newsweek ambitions, but Tide was a landmark publication: it became the first lesbian publication to reach a national audience, as well as the first to use “lesbian” in the title. (Though, for a period, the team experimented with just The Tide to see if circulation would increase with the safer name. It did not.)Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (1977) 100%Fresh: The film makers let the 26 individuals be themselves and in so doing they paint a realistic picture of what it means to be gay within this society. – Bridget Overton, July/August 1978The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) 88%Fresh: The best movie on role playing, power, and human suffering that I have seen in a long time. – Karla Jay, April 1974Cleopatra Jones (1973) 79%Rotten: Take your .00 and go buy some sticks and poster board and stand outside and picket. That s the only potentially feminist contribution of Cleopatra Jones. – Jeanne Córdova, September 1973Read more reviews from The Lesbian Tide.(Photo by Bay Area Reporter)The Bay Area Reporter (1971-present)The Bay Area Reporter has been serving the queer community of San Francisco and its surrounds for almost 50 years and boasts of being the country’s longest continuously published – and highest circulation – LGBTQ newspaper. Its longevity and its location mean its pages have covered and influenced some of the biggest moments and figures in modern LGBTQ history. Harvey Milk wrote a column for the paper, the Milk Forum, in which he singled out political candidates worthy of the community’s support and pushed for readers to register to vote; in 1989, at the height of the AIDS crisis, the paper published an eight-page section with names and pictures of more than 500 people who had died of the virus that year. The paper was founded in 1971 by Bob Ross and Paul Bentley, who in those early days used a mimeograph to produce pamphlets dedicated to listing events, drag contests, parties, and drink specials, and even as it grew in size, influence, and ambition, the paper continued its dedication to live events and culture. That included insightful film reviews through the lens of the LGBTQ community, which it continues to publish to this day.The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) 78%Fresh: For the most part it moves spiritedly along and the whole thing is a giant giggle. It’s all so blatantly outrageous it can only be taken in the spirit of campy fun; this is one time a stage production has been enhanced by the film version. – Donald McLean, December 11, 1975Paris Is Burning (1990) 98%Fresh: Not since Andy Warhol s The Chelsea Girls have I been so taken and fascinated by such a gallery of real-life, stunningly etched characters. – Warren Sonbert, August 8, 1991 Cruising (1980) 50%Rotten: This is a malicious movie from the grim voyeurism of the ungraphically depicted sex to the nauseating and unnecessarily explicit scenes of violence. – Michael Lasky, February 28, 1980Read more reviews from The Bay Area Reporter.(Photo by Big Mama Rag)Big Mama Rag (1972-1984)Big Mama Rag was the feminist newspaper of Big Mama Rag, Inc., a Denver-based women’s rights organization that proudly wore the label of “radical.” Released monthly, the magazine was produced by a group of volunteers who wrote and edited news items and features on abortion, the Equal Rights Amendment, lesbianism, new legislation, and more; the editorial mission was to cover those things that would advance the cause of the women’s movement – and co
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2.57.5 2月喜迎Whether we like it or not, we live in an age of reboots. From 80s franchises to 90s sitcoms, every property with a significant fan base is getting a new chance to tell more stories, so it was inevitable that we would eventually get a wave of reboots of beloved cartoons from decades past. But just because an old title is being resurrected doesn t mean it s necessarily going to be bad.If you grew up during the era of Saturday morning cartoons and after the era of toy-commercials-turned-TV-shows, then there s a big chance your favorite animated series is either getting a fresh start in the near future or has already been the recipient of a recent makeover. It s a good time to be an animation fan, so we ve prepared a list with the most exciting reboots of classic animated shows you should keep an eye out for and a few you can watch right now.AnimaniacsWhy It s Beloved: The original Animaniacs was unlike anything else in children s animation. It featured a variety show format that consisted of wildly unpredictable segments that could always surprise you, a large cast of memorable and funny characters, and references to everything from classic Hollywood movies to the big players in the industry. Oh, and did we mention the amazing songs? Animaniacs had a lot of them.How the Reboot is Different: Instead of reimagining the show, Hulu s Animaniacs reboot actually picks up right after the original series ended, with the Warner brothers Yakko and Wakko and the Warner sister Dot reawakening after 22 years to provide new stories and make fun of everything you can imagine. In other words, it retains the spirit of the original, but updates everything for a more modern audience. The first season, which premiered less than a month ago, is also Certified Fresh.Beavis and Butt-Head(Photo by Everett Collection)Why It s Beloved: Before MTV s Daria (see below) went on to inspire countless 90s kids to embrace sarcasm, Beavis and Butt-Head connected with couch potatoes everywhere. It was an unadulterated satirical look at Gen X, blending poignant social commentary and lowbrow humor in a way that captured an entire generation. The show was so successful that it spawned not only a spin-off, but also a feature film and a previous revival in 2011, and there s no sign of Beavis and Butt-Head stopping.How the Reboot is Different: Creator Mike Judge will be back to spearhead the Beavis and Butt-Head reboot, which will, of course, deal with meta-themes relatable to both new and die-hard fans.Clone HighWhy It s Beloved: People always love to look to the past to understand the present, so what if a cartoon actually depicted what important people from the past might do in the world today? Clone High had a phenomenal cast of historical figures and great voice actors, and it was a huge love letter to the teen drama boom of the time. Every trope of the genre is explored here, but because of its unique cast, the show was always able to put its own twist to things to hilarious effect.How the Reboot is Different: This reboot is being described as an updated version of the show that will explore high school and also coming-of-age tension through historical figures. Also, show creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street) will return to write the pilot.Daria(Photo by ©MTV courtesy Everett Collection)Why It s Beloved: Sarcasm reigned in the 1990s, and no character embodied the sentiment of the decade as well as Daria, a high schooler with incendiary wit, razor-sharp insight, and a great cast of supporting characters surrounding her. Any teen who was going through rough time with student life could see themselves in Daria, a show that touched on feminism, social class, and even race. But those teens grew up, and now so has the show.How the Reboot is Different: This one is actually getting more of a spin-off than a reboot, which is somewhat appropriate, considering Daria itself was originally a spin-off of Beavis and Butt-Head. Comedy Central will be airing a new series called Jodie, following Daria character Jodie Landon now to be voiced by Tracee Ellis Ross as she enters the workplace after graduation from college. Jodie aspires to be for Gen Z what Daria was for Gen X. It s the first in a series of planned Daria spin-offs, and it will be the first adult animated show in decades to center on a Black woman (considering Tiffany Haddish s character on Tuca Bertie was technically a toucan).Darkwing DuckWhy It s Beloved: Before we got a Batman cartoon, we had Darkwing Duck, the best anatine superhero around. He had more gadgets than the Caped Crusader, a suave personality like James Bond, a sidekick who resembled Han Solo, and a theme song you d want as your ringtone.How the Reboot is Different: Avid fans will surely know that Darkwing Duck actually appeared very recently in the DuckTales reboot (see below for that), where the character is reimagined as an actor who decides to take on the role of a caped crusader after being inspired by his favorite movie character: Darkwing Duck. It is unclear at the moment whether the upcoming reboot produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will follow this storyline or continue the original.Digimon AdventureWhy It s Beloved: Millions of kids around the world were first introduced to anime during the late 1990s, mostly thanks to two shows: Pokémon and Digimon: Digital Monsters. The latter in particular was also unique among cartoons for its serialized story that continued week by week, its flawed protagonists, and its surprisingly dark themes. It was a kids show, to be sure, but it also helped introduce those kids to more sophisticated storytelling.How the Reboot is Different: This year saw the return of Digimon with a new reboot that reimagines the original 1999 show as taking place in 2020, with all the new technology we have today. Additionally, the show does a great job of including a whole lot of mythology from latter seasons, resulting in a series that has enough surprises for fans old and new.DuckTalesWhy It s Beloved: The original DuckTales was a phenomenal adventure series that took viewers to fantastical and remote locations in stories that had fans of Indiana Jones hooked for 100 episodes. Plus, it has one of the best and catchiest theme songs around.How the Reboot is Different: For one, the Disney XD reboot has done a much better job of integrating Donald Duck into the narrative, which is a lot more serialized in this version. There is a lot of depth to the story now, and the characters are more fleshed out, finally giving Huey, Dewey, and Louie distinct personalities beyond their different-colored hats.The Ren Stimpy Show(Photo by Everett Collection)Why It s Beloved: The Ren Stimpy Show was one of the original Nickelodeon toons, a show that was as beloved as it was controversial for its raunchy, gross-out humor and sometimes dark themes. The series was purely creator-driven, aimed at kids but with adult humor that any grown up could appreciate, and featured a cast of beloved and ultra weird characters. It has since become a cult classic.How the Reboot is Different: Comedy Central announced that they will air a new reboot of Ren Stimpy, albeit without the involvement of the show s controversial creator John Kricfalusi, who retired from the business after a number of sexual abuse allegations surfaced in 2018. As of now, we don t know who is returning or what the reboot will be about, but fans of the characters may be pleased to see them back again.RugratsWhy It s Beloved: The original Rugrats was a clever show with a simple concept: What if we do everything regular sitcoms do, except through the eyes of babies? The characters were likable and hilarious, creating a Peanuts for a whole new generation. The show was even able to play with mature themes like divorce and even the death of a parent, despite also being mostly about baby talk. It was also a trailblazer at times, being one of the very first animated series with an episode focused on a Jewish holiday.How the Reboot is Different: It was originally announced in 2018 that a new film will be made as a live-action/CGI hybrid, but those plans got pulled. Then, we learned just this October that a proper Rugrats series reboot would be coming in 2021 with, yes, 3D animated characters, and it will see the return of most of the cast and the original creators. With a world constantly changing, Rugrats is a show that s always been able to boil down what s going on around us through the eyes of the youngest of us.Tiny Toon Adventures(Photo by ©Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)Why It s Beloved: Before we were introduced to Yakko, Wakko, and Dot in Animaniacs, Buster Bunny, Babs Bunny, and Plucky Duck showed 90s kids that the Looney Tunes could still be hilarious and fresh after so many decades. The main characters were the young relatives of the famous Looney Tunes characters we know and love, and they grew to become just as beloved.How the Reboot is Different: Like Animaniacs, the upcoming reboot is more of a direct continuation, dubbed Tiny Toons Looniversity. The characters will now attend an esteemed institution of higher hijinks learning to become professional toons. That Steven Spielberg returns to produce the show should have fans of the original excited.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
CASTING NEWS: Wait, How?!?! Ethan Hawke Lives in The Purge Season Finale on USA Network(Photo by Universal Pictures)Ethan Hawke is back for The Purge: the star of the original Purge movie guest stars in the season two finale (December 17, 9pm EST) of USA’s The Purge series. His James Sandin, the security system salesman who set out to protect his family from home invaders in the movie, pops up in the opening moments of “7:01 AM,” which flashes back to one week before the first national purge, when Sandin’s high-tech security system was first tested.For December 18’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family/Good Times, the follow-up to the Emmy-winning All in the Family/The Jeffersons installment that aired in May, ABC has announced the Good Times cast. Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Award-winner Viola Davis and Emmy-winner Andre Braugher will play Evans family parents Florida and James, while Saturday Night Live alum Jay Pharoah will play “dyn-o-mite” catchphrase spouting oldest son J.J., Asante Blackk (This Is Us) will play younger son Michael, and Corrine Foxx (Beat Shazam) will play Evans daughter Thelma. Tiffany Haddish will play Evans family friend and neighbor Willona, while When They See Us Emmy winner Jharrel Jerome will also join the cast in an undisclosed role, and Patti LaBelle and Anthony Anderson will appear in a musical number.Meanwhile, Marisa Tomei, Woody Harrelson, Ellie Kemper, and Ike Barinholtz are returning as Edith and Archie Bunker, and Gloria and Mike “Meathead” Stivic, respectively, for the All in the Family half of Live in Front of a Studio Audience, which will also include Kevin Bacon, Justina Machado, and Jesse Eisenberg in yet-to-be-announced roles.DEVELOPMENT NEWS: HBO Max Hoops It Up with Drama Series About the Lakers’ Showtime Years with Magic and KareemHBO has given a series order to an Adam McKay-produced drama about the 1980s-era Los Angeles Lakers, the Magic Johnson/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar team known as “Showtime” after the squad’s exciting, rapid-pace gameplay and A-list crowd. The series will star Jason Clarke as legendary player-turned-general manager Jerry West; John C. Reilly as Lakers owner Jerry Buss; newcomer Quincy Isaiah as Johnson; and former Harlem Globetrotter Solomon Hughes as Abdul-Jabbar. The series is based on Jeff Pearlman s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.Lifetime will premiere Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning on Jan. 2. The three-night special is a follow up to the network’s Emmy-nominated documentary that investigated the decades of sexual abuse allegations against the titular R B singer, who currently faces 18 federal charges, including child pornography and kidnapping. Part II will feature new interviews with survivors, investigative journalist Jim DeRogatis, music industry insiders, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, and attorneys prosecuting R. Kelly.(Photo by Barry Wetcher/ © Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection)Nicholas Braun, who plays cousin Greg on HBO’s Succession, will executive produce and star in an in-development drama about WeWork. Based on an upcoming book by Wall Street Journal reporters Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell, the limited series doesn’t have a network home yet, but will feature Braun playing controversial WeWork founder Adam Neumann. Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content are behind the project, and as part of acquiring the rights to the book, will also produce a documentary about WeWork, the billion workspace startup that crashed after an IPO attempt. (THR)Netflix has ordered a scripted series about Spotify, based on the book Spotify Untold by Swedish business journalists Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud. The series will unfold the tale of how a pair of Swedish tech investors helped revolutionize the music industry – actually, helped save the industry from rampant online piracy – with the 2006 launch of the music streaming company.Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are producing a new dance competition series for Amazon Video. Based on their own December 2018 wedding celebration, the series is inspired by the Indian pre-wedding tradition called the Sangeet. The Sangeet takes place the night before a wedding ceremony, and brings together the bride and groom’s families for a program filled with song and dance performances. Each episode of the series will follow one engaged couple and their friends and families as they prepare for their own Sangeet, with help from celebrity choreographers, stylists, and creative directors.Quibi, the short-form streaming service that will launch in April, has greenlit a new season of the Comedy Central gem Reno 911!, which originally aired from 2003-09 on the cable network. Co-creators Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, and Kerri Kenney-Silver will write and return as the series stars, along with additional members of the series’ original cast.Steve, Steve Harvey’s syndicated talk show, ended in June. The comedian will debut his new talk show – Steve on Watch – on Jan. 6, on Facebook Watch.Showtime is getting musical on Dec. 27 with documentaries on Duran Duran and New Order. New Order: Decades and Duran Duran: There’s Something You Should Know air back-to-back beginning at 7:30 PM ET.Fortune Feimster (The Mindy Project, Life in Pieces) will star in Sweet Salty, an hour-long standup special for Netflix. The special, which premieres on January 21, will find the comedian telling very personal stories, about being a former debutante and realizing she was a lesbian while watching a movie.(Photo by BBC America)Doctor Who on the big screen: in a January 5 Fathom event at more than 600 movie theaters across the country, Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker and companions Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill will do a live Q+A following a screening of the Doctor Who season 12 premiere. Tickets are available at FathomEvents.com.Who doesn’t love a Thin Mint or a Do-Si-Do? Food Network is getting in on viewers’ obsession with Girl Scout cookies in Girl Scout Cookie Championship, a new competition series that challenges five bakers in each episode to transform the iconic cookies into “works of edible art.” Alyson Hannigan hosts the four-episode series, which will include such concoctions as a three-tiered blueberry mint glacier cake made out of Thin Mints, a giant double barrel toasted marshmallow cake made with S mores cookies, and a 10-layer Do-si-do red velvet globe cake with peanut butter buttercream. The series premieres on Feb. 3.Andy Cohen is launching a sequel to his bestselling memoirs, in the form of an animated TV series. The Bravo father of all things Real Housewives and Watch What Happens Live host has inspired The Andy Cohen Diaries, a Quibi series that will unfold Cohen’s “iconic and untold moments,” the kind he has written about in his bestselling memoirs The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year and Superficial: More Adventures From the Andy Cohen Diaries. Cohen will also be an executive producer on the Quibi series. (THR)Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, and writer/producer Bob Gale will be in attendance as the 11th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival kicks off on April 16, 2020 in Hollywood with a 35th anniversary screening of Back to the Future.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
nal themes and does it fairly well. It may not quite stick the landing flawlessly, but Pitt turns in a noteworthy performance and Gray largely succeeds in grounding the epic scope in effective human drama. The end result is a more cerebral odyssey that still features enough thrills to please genre fans.
Beautiful Boy (2018) 67% Be prepared for a whole lot more of Timothée Chalamet. After turning heads with his performance in Luca Guadagnino s Oscar-winning Call Me By Your Name, Chalamet has signed on for a number of big films, working with people like Greta Gerwig (again) and Denis Villeneuve. Before all that, though, he appears in this drama alongside Steve Carell, and both of them have got people talking about awards. Based on the dual memoirs of writer David Sheff and his son Nic, Beautiful Boy traces Nic s struggle with addiction that nearly tore his family apart, and critics say it s an earnest depiction that s beautifully acted and feels genuine, even if the narrative covers familiar ground. While it may not shed any new light on the nature of addiction, the film is a showcase for Chalamet and Carell, who make the most of their meaty roles.
奇迹暖暖第二章攻略 With the advent of color on WandaVision, the series evokes an era of change and prepares for a big change itself — which may or may not be the real issue behind Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision s (Paul Bettany) current circumstances. But considering what we now know about Westview, can we safely say this is all Wanda s doing?Let s try to decode the puzzle of television history to see what becoming a family sitcom means to WandaVision.Spoiler Alert: This feature reveals details from WandaVision episode 3 Now In Color. Stop here if you have not watched the episode. From Bewitched to The Brady Bunch: WandaVision Advances Its Family-Sitcom Aesthetic(Photo by ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.)As we mentioned last week, the television series Bewitched began its life in black-and-white. It also started its run by focusing on newlyweds Samantha and Darren. Season 1 stories included Samantha meeting Darren s parents — it was a whirlwind courtship — and Darren trying to keep Samantha from revealing her witchy powers to his boss or the neighbors. The parallels to last week s WandaVision are obvious.Continuing the parallel, to an extent anyway, is the switch to color and Wanda s pregnancy — both a child and color filming would come to Bewitched by its third year. But it s clear from episode 3 s Partridge Family–inspired credit sequence and The Brady Bunch–style set alterations that WandaVision is moving away from the Bewitched format into the late 1960s or early 1970s and the large-family sitcoms of that era.The Brady Bunch, launching in September 1969, told stories about a blended family of six children — three girls from wife Carol s previous marriage and three boys fathered by widower Mike Brady — coping with their new living arrangement. Though it would last only five seasons, endless re-runs through the ’80s and ’90s (and four attempts to continue the series in new forms) made it iconic and a clear go-to as Wanda anticipates her soon-to-be family.Although, it could be argued The Brady Bunch s most iconic element is its late ’60s decor, given a loving tribute on WandaVision via the multi-colored frosted glass feature above the entrance in this week s episode. The sudden appearance of brickwork throughout the house, the step down from the foyer to the living space, and certain elements in the kitchen — note the island and oven — also evoke the look of the classic sitcom.(Photo by ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.)But as with the stylistic callbacks to ’50s sitcoms in the first episode, episode 3 s commitment to the Brady aesthetic extends outside the home. Both the backyard and front areas are realized with sets (and an obvious painted flat for Herb s home), fake grass, and a few other visual cues which both honor the Bradys on-set backyard and call attention to the artificiality of the situation.In the previous episodes, the front of the house was shot on location (or a studio backlot) with natural sunlight. Here, Vision s talk with Herb (David Payton) and, later, with Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) extend the set-bound feel of the Maximoff-Vision home, which we ll refer to from here on out by its address number of 2800. For careful watchers, the change of production technique should offer a sense of foreboding well before Vision notices Herb cutting through the cement wall with a edge trimmer.But to come back to The Brady Bunch for a moment, the set-bound feel was not absolute. Production often went outside to shoot exterior scenes at the kids schools (an administration building on the Paramount lot in Los Angeles), neighborhood streets, and family vacations. Which means WandaVision’s choice to be so set-bound this week means something.It s just too bad Vision loses his train of thought before he could sense that meaning.Geraldine s Otherness Begins to Unnerve Wanda(Photo by Suzanne Tenner. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.)And while Vision is contained on the sound stage exteriors, Wanda is left to deal with early contractions and the unexpected arrival of Geraldine (Teyonah Parris). By the sound of the story she tells Wanda about her day at work, it seems like she s the star of her own sitcom. As it happens, the first sitcom to feature an African-American woman in a career role (as opposed to a maid) was Julia, which ran more or less concurrently with the early seasons of The Brady Bunch. It starred Diahann Caroll as a widowed single mother working for a doctor at an aerospace company. And though the story Geraldine tells Wanda about getting a job at an ad agency takes us in a different direction, single mothers and aerospace lead us toward Geraldine s true identity.We also point out the feeling of her star power and the possible connections to Julia because the emerging sense that she doesn t belong in Westview has a connotation we don t think WandaVision intends, but is nonetheless present and an aspect of TV history. For the purposes of this episode, Geraldine is a black woman in 1968 breaking into the advertising world, and both Agnes and Herb find her strange. Agnes s suggestion to Vision that Geraldine is wrong for the town would give offense if not for other non-white faces like Herb and Norm (Asif Ali).This week s commercial, with its mixed family and direct reference to Hydra, could be making a point about the values Strucker wanted Wanda and her brother to believe in. Could Hydra have purposely fed her a diet of classic sitcoms to instill their notion of a proper society?(Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.)In the series text, though, Geraldine s otherness comes to light as she tries to get Wanda to talk more about her brother Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). It seems, for the moment anyway, that she s forgotten about his death. Or, at least, the circumstances of his demise in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But Geraldine s knowledge of events and her attempts to coax it out reveal one important detail to Wanda: Geraldine s really not from around here.Of course, as we ve all known for quite some time thanks to Marvel s publicity machine, Geraldine is really Monica Rambeau, the grown-up daughter of Captain Marvel’s Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), a fighter pilot and single mother. Also, thanks to Wanda s rejection of her presence in Westview, we also know the town is a physical location somewhere on Earth surrounded by an energy field that resembles the Red-Green-Blue of a cathode-ray tube television. It is also surrounded by some sort of government agency. We re going to assume it is S.W.O.R.D.Wanda and Vision s On-Screen Twins Parallel a Comics Plotline(Photo by ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.)The Westview revelation might be the biggest reveal on any other show, but for WandaVision, it is merely a counterpoint to the arrival of Billy and Tommy, Wanda s miraculous twins.Back in the comics, the existence of the twins was a point of debate for many years. Originally presented as Wanda and Vision s children — via magical means — it later turned out to be a grand deception involving various demons and mystical entities. The twins were gone for a time, but currently exist as flesh-and-blood beings and members of the Young Avengers.It seems clear WandaVision wants to play with this tension because, even at this point, Wanda may be the real power behind everything. This week s evidence comes in the way she forcibly removes Monica from town and her edit to Vision s line of thinking when he starts to note all the oddities in Westview. If she is causing all of this, then the point was to create a family with children. Two children were ultimately required because Wanda was herself a twin, and we re willing to bet she never dealt with the loss of Pietro; in fact, it is possible Wanda entered into her relationship with Vision to avoid her grief.All of that is assuming, of course, that Wanda is causing all of this. There is another suspect, though: Agnes. At this point, all we really have is her status as the nosy neighbor and the way she voiced her suspicions about Geraldine. It is also possible to interpret her interest in Wanda s life and the way she called her the star of the show in episode 2 as indications that she is aware of more than she lets on. Then, of course, there are the internet rumors suggesting she is really Agatha Harkness, the ancient sorceress who tutored Wanda in magic and revealed to her the true nature of Billy and Tommy in the comics.We re not entirely convinced of that yet. For one thing, Harkness is typically an ally of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. Since we re still leaning toward Wanda being behind all of this, we re inclined to believe Agnes is just another resident of Westview who has been press-ganged into being part of the TV fantasy. Since Westview is a real place, it seems likely all the people we ve met up until now are real as well and straining against these sitcom roles and characterizations.Maybe this is why Mrs. Hart (Debra Jo Rupp) pointedly asked Wanda to stop it in episode 1.The Kitchen Review(Photo by ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.)As we noted last week, the evolution of 2800 came with remarkable recreations of the kitchen sets from The Dick Van Dyke Show and Bewitched. But with the arrival of the late-’60s and early-’70s aesthetic, the kitchen set has stopped changing as drastically between episodes. The kitchen s place in the overall layout of the home and the partition separating it from the dining area remain from the earlier episodes. Instead of replicating the Brady s iconic kitchen color scheme exactly, it merely evokes the aesthetic with Vision s comic book colors. Also, those looking closely will see the center island and the double oven are overt quotes of the Brady house.We think the changes to the kitchen are meaningful. In terms of TV history, mother characters were relegated to the kitchen on shows like Lassie and Dennis the Menace. It is also the place both Darren Stevens on Bewitched and Ricky Ricardo on I Love Lucy would ve preferred their wives to stay while they went to work. Even on The Brady Bunch, the kitchen was the place Carol was expected to be despite live-in housekeeper Alice.(Photo by ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.)Going into next week, it will be interesting to see how the kitchen evolves again. From trailers, we know it will eventually mimic the Family Ties kitchen, but will a late-’70s sitcom inspire the decor before the ’80s arrive in Westview, or are we already headed to Reagan Era just four episodes in?New episodes of WandaVision premiere on Fridays on Disney+.