The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 2 | A Quick Recap and What to Expect from the Star Spangled Man with a Plan

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John Walker — the new Captain America in the MCU — is the hero we all need in such a disastrous era of the Marvel universe; the only question is: is he the righteous hero we all know Captain America as? Or will he become something far more sinister in his quest for patriotism and justice?  That is the question presented in the second episode of Falcon and the Winter Soldier.  

Bucky and Sam finally team up in the newest episode of the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, that premiered on March 25th of 2021.  The show is ramping up in action after the boring last installment, with much more insight into, not only the main antagonists of the series, but how the Buddy-Sam dynamic will evolve throughout the Disney + show.  We got the reveal of a hero from a long distant past, the newest member of the Young Avengers, and a couple of new super-villains that will challenge the patriotic duo.  A long-awaited villain is finally coming back into the universe after being absent for almost an entire phase, and it may reveal more of the history behind Cap’s most trusted allies.  

John Walker isn’t a super-soldier like Steve Rogers, but he is pretty damn close.  At the start of the episode, John Walker, now known as Captain America, is partaking in a parade celebrating the return of America’s favorite hero.  John Walker is the limit of human capabilities, far exceeding the average person’s strength, mobility, and intelligence — similar to Steve Rogers in the comic books rather than his transformation in the movies.  Bucky is agitated by the reveal of the new Captain America and still does not agree with Sam’s decision to give the shield to the government in hopes of putting the title to ease, mostly because it didn’t work.  He confronts Sam, who is on his way to ambush a medical transaction hosted by the Flag Smashers, about the handling of Captain America’s Shield.  The chemistry between the two is almost flawless.  They both ambush the Flag Smashers, which is the first action scene with the two united.  It’s the same fight scene that we have seen in so many of the trailers advertising the show.  In the middle of the scene when both Sam and Bucky are getting their asses handed to them, the new Captain America drops heroically, saving the two along with his trusted sidekick: Battle Star, who was at his right side.  The opposing duo of Captain America and Battlestar are the “other guys” of the show.  They seem like the duo that you would see in a buddy cop flick that are almost the better versions of the main characters.  

John Walker isn’t a super-soldier like Steve Rogers, but he is pretty damn close.  At the start of the episode, John Walker, now known as Captain America, is partaking in a parade celebrating the return of America’s favorite hero.  John Walker is the limit of human capabilities, far exceeding the average person’s strength, mobility, and intelligence — similar to Steve Rogers in the comic books rather than his transformation in the movies.  Bucky is agitated by the reveal of the new Captain America and still does not agree with Sam’s decision to give the shield to the government in hopes of putting the title to ease, mostly because it didn’t work.  He confronts Sam, who is on his way to ambush an outpost led by the Flag Smashers, about the handling of Captain America’s Shield.  The chemistry between the two is almost flawless.  They both ambush the Flag Smashers, which is the first action scene of the two united.  It’s the same fight scene that we have seen in so many of the trailers advertising the show.  In the middle of the scene when both Sam and Bucky are getting their butts handed to them, the new Captain America drops heroically, saving the two along with his trusted sidekick, Battle Star, who was at his right side.  The opposing duo of Captain America and Battle-star are the “other guys” of the show.  They seem like the duo that you would see in a buddy cop flick that are the “better” versions of the main characters, but turn out to be be much more corrupt than you could ever imagine. 

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier's Isaiah Bradley: Who Is He?

 

The Return of Isaiah Bradley

After the fight scene, we see how the opposing teams see each other. Captain America and Battlestar see Bucky and Sam as allies that they could trust, while Bucky and Sam see them as a disrespect to the shield.  After failing to capture the Flag Smashers, Bucky brings Sam to a neighborhood, where he meets a very influential character in the series: Isaiah Bradley.  Isaiah was the second Captain America in the nation’s history, participating in the Korean War, and is one of the only people to tear off Bucky’s arm in a fight. Isaiah is also an African-American soldier who was jailed after his heroic acts for 30 years and was experimented on by the U.S. Government for the reason that he was one of the only test subjects that lived through the transformation of the super-soldier serum.  His grandson is there as well, who, in the comic runs, is known as the Patriot after being given his grandfather’s blood during a tragic incident.  The blood infusion gave him heightened abilities and the role of Captain America in the Young Avengers.  

Bucky and Falcon leave Isaiah after asking for his help in which he simply couldn’t after being disrespected by his country.  Bucky is arrested by two police officers who try to confront Sam after seeing the team argue about the existence of another Super-Soldier — probably a representation of today’s current political controversies.  The Captain America movies have always been about politics, so you couldn’t expect this series to differ.

The only way for Bucky to get out is to go to another one of his therapy sessions, this time with Sam. Bucky opens about why he is so frustrated about Sam turning down the mantle of Captain America.  He says in the session, directed towards Sam, that, “The shield is everything he stood for. That is his legacy.  He gave you that shield, and you threw it away like it was nothing.  So maybe he was wrong about you.  And if he was wrong about you, then he was wrong about me.” After the session, the U.S Agent tries to recruit both Bucky and Sam but quickly gets turned down; this is when we see John Walker’s true nature when he states to the dynamic duo to “Stay the hell out of my way.”  The episode ends with Bucky and Sam conjuring up a plan to meet up with Zemo to see if he has any information about the Flag Smashers and their true purpose in “purifying” the world, along with more insight on how they acquired their Super-Human abilities and if it ties with the sinister organization of Hydra.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 2 - What Did You Think?!

Conclusion

How will Zemo play into this series? Besides the U.S. Government, who are the Flag Smashers running from and how would they play into the greater scheme of all things?  Will Isaiah Bradley appear again in the near future? They are so many questions that fans are dying for an answer to, and honestly, who isn’t?  Sadly, it appears they aren’t going to be answered this week.  Disney has been doing an incredible job with how they handled their streaming service — besides the additional $35 fee to watch movies the day they come out.  This series is the next chapter of Marvel’s journey to bring the MCU to the home television, and it is working.

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 / Winter Soldier and Antony Mackie as Sam Wilson, or the Falcon.

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