Spoiler Free Review: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Ep 1: New World Order (2021)

Certificate: 12

Director: Kari Skogland

Screenwriter: Malcolm Spellman

Starring: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Wyatt Russell

Genre: Action, Adventure, MCU

Runtime: 50 mins

Language: English

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

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Occurring roughly six months after the events of Avengers: Endgame, we find Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes both struggling to adjust to life after the ‘Blip.’ Bucky is trying to make amends for all the things that he was forced to do under hydra’s control, and finding it hard to deal with the memories of the crimes he committed.  And Sam is back doing work with the US military, whilst dealing with the legacy that was passed to him by Steve Rogers.

I was super anxious going into this one this morning.  Sam and Bucky, and the legacy of Captain America, are all things that are very close to my heart, and therefore I am equal parts super excited for this show, and it also has the greatest opportunity to disappoint me.  So I clicked play with more than a little trepidation.  But after thirteen years, you would think I would I come to trust the system, and the writers, and producers, and know that I am more than likely going to love whatever they put out.  This is no different.

For those who thought that Wandavision was a little too zany and a bit too ‘Out There,’ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier returns a lot more to the Marvel feel.  It is still about characters we love dealing with the events of Infinity War/Endgame, but in an environment that we are more comfortable with.  Though did anyone else miss those sitcom intros?

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We are thrown straight into the action immediately, we are talking full MCU scale action sequence with flying, and explosions and all that good stuff.  And while there is plenty of action to ben had here, there is also some great character work.  We are finally seeing some background to Sam, some of his life outside of the Avengers.  And we are getting to see Bucky dealing with everything that he went through, and finally trying to get his life together in the modern world, after just being a soldier for hire for ninety years.  As with Wandavision, I think the character development is going to be the focus and the highlight of the show, and I can’t wait to get more info on these characters.  There isn’t much in the way of plot in this first episode, it is mostly a launching off point for the rest of the series, seeds have been planted for the larger plot and we get our first look at the new ‘Captain America.’ I’m gonna call it right now, that guy is shifty.

Please do not leave any spoiler content in the comments if you wish to discuss this weeks episode, I am happy to chat about it with anyone via twitter DMs etc, but please, not direct spoilers out in the open.  You wouldn’t want it spoiled for you, don’t spoil it for someone else.



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