Director: Kari Skogland
Screenwriter: Malcolm Spellman
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Wyatt Russell
Genre: Action, Adventure, MCU
Runtime: 50 mins
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
Following his introduction in the first episode, John Walker is out introducing himself to the people, and taking on his first jobs as the newly minted ‘Captain America’, while all the while questioning whether or not he is suited to the role. Sam and Bucky team up to take out a group of flagsmashers, and when John turns up to help, make their feelings on his appointment very clear. Instead of teaming up with the new captain, they come up with their own, risky plan to get intel on the Flagsmashers.
So after a lot of set up and word building in last weeks pilot, this episode finally gives us all the bickering and bantering that we were waiting for. The humour can u a little forced at times, with maybe more jokes and insults than is truly necessary but Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie are just fantastic together, and their on screen chemistry means they can pull it off. Just. I was worried a ’buddy cop’ show wasn’t going to be for me, but I am one hundred percent behind these two.
I think it is safe to say that after the reveal of John Walker last week fans were not as prepared to see someone else in that uniform as we thought we were. The hashtag #NotMyCaptainAmerica flew around twitter quicker than you could blink. This week we see an attempt to give fans a glimpse of the man behind the shield. To show that he isn’t as sure of himself as he may appear and that he knows he can’t replace Steve Rogers. But there are moments, and they are quick, where he shows that maybe he isn’t as righteous as he tries to come across. And I am interested to see how his character develops throughout the show.
The show continues to do some fantastic character work, especially this week on Bucky’s background, as we continue to get glimpses of his past as the Winter Soldier. Each snippet we learn opens up the world a little more and we are learning more about the Marvel universe. It also has a lot to say about race and racial politics, and how black people are viewed in America, and those scenes are put right in the forefront of the show, it’s great to see them trying to do something more with the show than just guys in stupid outfits blowing shit up.
Some great action sequences worthy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe rounded out this episode nicely. The way this one ended, leaded me to believe there are some interesting scenes to come in next weeks episode. I am already counting down the days.
‘The Falcon and the Winter Solider’ is streaming on Disney+ Now.
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