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Wednesday - You Reap What You Woe

episode 1.5

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 Gandja Monteiro
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, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzmán, Isaac Ordonez, Lucius Hoyos, Oliver Wickham, Ismail Kesu, Gwen Jones, George Burcea, Oliver Watson, Johnna Dias-Watson, Ichiro Yuki, Amanda Drew, Ryan Ellsworth, Gracy Goldman, Victor Dorobantu, Rina Mahoney, Georgia Goodman, Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo, Lewis Hayes, Philip Rosch, Tommie Earl Jenkins
written by April Blair, developed for television by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, based on characters created by Charles Addams, music by Chris Bacon, visual effects by Rocket Science VFX

TV-series
Wednesday, The Addams Family

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It's parents' weekend at Nevermore, and to Wednesday's (Jenna Ortega) distress, Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Gomez (Luis Guzmán) do show up - for Gomez to be arrested by the local sheriff (Jamie McShane), who holds a decade-long grudge against him, almost immediately for a murder from over three decades ago - of course it's left totally unexplained why he, never a fugitive of the law, hasn't been arrested during all the time inbetween, but there you go. The backstory here is, back when, when he and Morticia (played by Lucius Hoyos and Gwen Jones in the flashbacks) were still students at Nevermore he got into a fight with another of Morticia's suitors, Garett (Lewis Hayes), and apparently pushed him off a scaffolding, with the school's now principal (Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Wickham in the flashbacks) witnessing the whole thing. Thing is, it was actually Morticia who pushed Garett, and Gomez only took the blame - for nothing to happen for over 30 years despite an eye witness. Anyways, Wednesday can eventually prove that Garret, when fighting with Gomez, was under some drug and would have killed not only Gomez but also Morticia, so whoever pushed him was acting in self defense, and ... Gomez goes free. And Wednesday has had some quality time with her estranged mother and her brother Pugsley (Isaac Ordonez), too.

 

There are some glaring plotholes here, the most obvious being why wasn't Gomez arrested until over 30 years later, and also that this episode dusts off yet another high school drama cliché, "parents' day", as its base is beyond disappointing, but overall it's one of the better episodes of the series (though being the first one not directed by Tim Burton) as it at least tells a coherent story instead of just meandering about, even if it totally deviates from the series' main plot, and the scenes between Wednesday and Morticia do carry some emotional depth. Not great, but surely one of the better episodes.

 

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