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Wednesday - Friend or Woe

episode 1.3

USA 2022
produced by
Carmen Pepelea, Miles Millar (executive, showrunner), Alfred Gough (executive, showrunner), Kayla Alpert (executive), Gail Berman (executive), Tim Burton (executive), Jonathan Glickman (executive), Tommy Harper (executive), Kevin Lafferty (executive), Kevin Miserocchi (executive), Andrew Mittman (executive), Steve Stark (executive) for Millar Gough Ink, Tim Burton Productions, Toluca Pictures, 1.21 Pictures, Glickmania, Tee and Charles Addams Foundation/MGM, Netflix
directed by Tim Burton
starring Jenna Ortega, Gwendoline Christie, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane, Hunter Doohan, Percy Hynes White, Emma Myers, Joy Sunday, Moosa Mostafa, Georgie Farmer, Naomi J. Ogawa, Christina Ricci, Iman Marson, Johnna Dias-Watson, Oliver Watson, Victor Dorobantu, Cezar Grumazescu, Calum Ross, Tommie Earl Jenkins, Lisa O'Hare, Sophia Nomvete, Morgan Beale, Islam Bouakkaz, Murray McArthur, Gloria Garcia, Daniel Himschoot, Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo, William Houston, Michael Okele
written by Kayla Alpert, developed for television by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, based on characters created by Charles Addams, music by Chris Bacon, Danny Elfman, visual effects by Rocket Science VFX

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Wednesday, The Addams Family

review by
Mike Haberfelner

After the kidnapping cliffhanger that ended last episode ends in utter disappointment (both for Wednesday [Jenna Ortega] and the audience), Wednesday is ordered by her school's principal (Gwendoline Christie) to play in the school band at the fair for the town's anniversary. In town, she is however much more interested in the museum which she has to break into as it's closed for repairs - but the book she was intending to study (steal?) has already been stolen. However, some more research lead her to the ruins of a house outside of towns where centuries ago witches were burned. Once there she has a vision, and it turns out one of her ancestors (a girl she has seen in visions before) was thrown into the witch house too by city founder Joseph Crackstone (William Houston), but she alone managed to escape. Wednesday also runs into the monster again, but again it spares her but kills a bum residing in the ruins. The bum's camera gets some photos of the monster though, which soon enough fall into the hands of the sheriff (Jamie McShane). Ultimately, Wednesday does play with the school band, and at the climax of their piece, Wednesday's reduced-to-a-hand relative Thing sets the statue of Joseph Crackstone on fire ...

 

A rather disappointing episode as instead of telling a story or at least enhancing the story so far it seems to just meander about between clichéed high school drama, bits of sleuthing and the supernatural, doing a little bit of this, a little bit of that but nothing with any conviction, with even the climax (the burning of the statue) seemingly been pulled out of the hat. If it wasn't wor Jenna Ortega, this would be a perfectly dull episode, but the longer the series goes on, the less characters she's provided with to perfectly sound off of.

 

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