One World, One People: Falcon And The Winter Soldier – Disney+ Talk.
Friday saw the release of the series finale of ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’. This article will not contain spoilers; spoiler section will be coming next week!
In this episode, Sam and Bucky, alongside John Walker, confront Karli and the Flag Smashers, while Sam must accept his role as the new Captain America.
Overall, ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ improved in the second half of the series. While the events of the second half were more interesting and exciting, the first half was just as important if a little bland. After the unique ‘Wandavision’, this show felt like a return to the familiar Marvel format that viewers are used to seeing. The format works for the show, but the timing of its release made it seem tiresome. It would’ve been better if ‘Loki’ had been released first, then ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. But, the second half raised the stakes, especially with Episode 4’s ending.
While the show as a whole has been a mixed bag, Sebastian Stan and Antony Mackie are, once again, fantastic. Like mentioned during my coverage of ‘Wandavision’, Sam was another character that was poorly written throughout the films, so I’m glad this show has fleshed his character out more. It continued his story as he learns to accept the role of Captain America, and what that would ultimately mean. And, while I thought Bucky’s story was completed in the films, I was proven wrong when watching the show.
Bucky Barnes is a complex character with a lot of trauma and issues that still need to be resolved. Interestingly, one of the most interesting aspects of this show was the psychological side of the characters, e.g.: Bucky’s therapy sessions. So, I’m glad that ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ took the time to explore this aspect. Another character that was fantastic was John Walker. Played by Wyatt Russell (Overlord), he played a soldier that was plunged and moulded into the role of Captain America but didn’t have the empathy for it. It therefore made him a dangerous figure, even more so after Episode 4. Russell’s acting was just perfect; he played Walker fantastically, making us feel conflicted about our feelings towards him at the beginning of the show, to then hating him when events took a dark turn. Alongside Bucky and Sam, John Walker was just as important and his evolution at the end of the finale will presumedly carry on into future Marvel projects.
Like ‘Wandavision’, it also explores the consequences of The Blip and the fact that the action may have been positive for The Avengers, but it’s an overall negative decision for the general public and the world as a whole. I’m glad that the shows have shone a light on this, as this is an aspect that also needed to be focused on. However, while I liked the idea of the Flag Smashers and the moral dilemma between their cause and their methods, Karli Morgenthau is possibly the weakest Marvel villain ever. She should’ve been threatening, but the show’s short run time, along with the writing, didn’t give her enough screen time to develop her character, or make her intimidating. This was to the point where I would forget that she even existed! While most of the writing was good, this was its weakest aspect unfortunately.
Overall ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ had an enjoyable second half but is ultimately a show that isn’t entirely worth revisiting. The acting is fantastic and the psychological aspects it brings up, either around a character or revolving around The Blip, was enjoyable. However, it was also a return to typical Marvel format which is a shame, especially after ‘Wandavision’. The timing of its release would’ve been better if it arrived after the ‘Loki’ series.
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