The Falcon and the Winter Soldier | The Quiet Life After the Blip

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Gosh, this month has been a long one.  We got the finale for WandaVision, the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and the premiere of Falcon and the Winter Soldier — which was very … mediocre in comparison to the other two giants of comic-book media. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier takes place 5 months after the blip, Sam Wilson — or the Falcon — turns down the title of Captain America to preserve Steve’s legacy.  After turning down the mantle, Sam goes back to his hometown, where he and his sister try to acquire a loan to save their parent’s houseboat that they used to live in before their passing.

Bucky goes through a journey of self-realization in this episode as he is still haunted by the crimes of the Winter Soldier and the persona that creeps over his shoulder.  He goes to a therapy session where he tries to make amends after being pardoned and proved innocent of his crimes, but his mental health is still very broken after his attempt to cure himself.  He meets with an old man whose son was taken from him overseas.  Bucky, after hearing this news, tries to give the old man closure.  He and the man go get lunch on what looks to be a regular basis, and one time the old man gets Bucky a date.  It was a funny scene, to say the least, showing how a one-hundred-six-year-old man would try to get back into the love-life.  At the end of the scene, the woman who Bucky takes out to “dinner” sheds more light on the old man’s troubled past that somewhat compares to Bucky’s.  We see him give the old man money at the end of the episode, but other than that, that’s all we see from the Winter Soldier in this 50 minute long episode. 

 Sam Wilson gets the spotlight for the majority of this episode.  He has an action scene in the opening of the episode, which includes the MMA fighter Georges St. Pierre, portraying Batroc the Leaper who last appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  The rest of the episode was set-up for a separate plot-line.  The episode was a bit of a quiet one, we didn’t see anything interesting in the episode besides the setup of the U.S. Agent who made his appearance at the end, as well as the flag smashers who are supposed to be the big baddies of the series. 

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Who is the U.S. Agent?

The U.S. Agent, or Ex-Soldier John Walker, is one of the individuals who took up the mantle of Captain America after Steve’s fateful retirement.  The U.S. Agent is an anti-hero, or maybe just a plain super-villain, as he fought alongside the West-Coast Avengers and plenty of other heroes such as The Punisher and the boy in red, white, and blue: Captain America.  He first appeared in Captain America #333 (1968).  Steve Rogers turned in both his suit and shield to the government.  Trying to find a replacement, John Walker was the next suitable candidate for the star-spangled patriot.  He took on the role but only out of spite for Steve Rogers, who he despised with a passion.  Steve later came back for his shield and took down the U.S. Agent in a bloody brawl.  John Walker now takes on the role of an Anti-Hero as he “sometimes’ fights alongside the Avengers and Captain America only for his selfish deeds. 

There wasn’t much from this episode, to be honest, it was … mediocre.  Maybe it’s just setting up the rest of the series, but I just didn’t get that “Captain America feeling” that the Russo Brothers achieved in flying colors.  Maybe the rest of the show will be flawless, but for now, I’m somewhat underwhelmed.  For a 6-episode series, I expect the entire show to keep you on your feet in anticipation for the next episode, but all that the show has going for it is the charm and chemistry between both Bucky and Sam.  Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie are both very close in real life, and you can see that chemistry on the big screen as well — well… in all the teasers that we’ve seen from the series.  Although we didn’t get them together in this episode, I believe in the next chapter of this series, we’ll get to see some buddy-cop action, but so far, all we can do is wait.  

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) airs weekly every Friday starting on March 19th, 2021, and every week forward, starring Sebastion Stan as Bucky Barnes and Antony Mackie as Sam Wilson, or the Falcon.

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