Friday, March 26, 2021

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 2

2. The Star-Spangled Man
John Walker (Wyatt Russell) is hesitant to be the new Captain America but understands that it is now part of his job. Bucky pays Sam a visit and berates him for giving up the shield to the government. En route to a mission in Germany, he lets him tag along as they trail the Flag-Smashers in Munich. After crates of smuggled medicine are loaded to a truck, a chase scene ensues. Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman), who Bucky thought was a hostage, sends him flying out of the truck with a kick, revealing her enhanced strength. As the Falcon and the Winter Soldier are almost outfought, the new Captain America enters the fray along with his sidekick Lemar “Battlestar” Hoskins (Clé Bennett). Mutual animosity squashes the prospect of the quartet working together as a team. Thinking that super soldiers are somehow involved, Bucky takes Sam to Baltimore to meet an African American ex-super soldier who is unwilling to help. Left with no choice, the duo decides that the only guy who can help them is Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl).

I must admit that I was one of those who went, like, “Who Dafuq?!” when a new Captain America was introduced in the pilot episode. I am not familiar with this character in the comics, but something tells me that I will end up liking this version of Cap. Steve Rogers is still my Captain America but let’s face it, the guy was boring. Or perhaps I am just easily annoyed by the typical goody two shoes type of heroes who see everything in black and white. I guess that’s also the reason why I liked him far better after he went rogue in Civil War. This Walker guy, though, appears to be a guy with a twisted moral compass. On one hand he knows that he will never measure up to the original. On the other hand, you can sense his eagerness to prove his detractors wrong. What I’m more interested in is how he will end up doing that, and to what extent will he be willing to be a grey character. More anti-heroes, more fun. As for the Flag-Smashers, I find them intriguing, but not that much yet. I hope this is not another tired Hydra setup.

“So who are you fighting now? Gandalf?” –Bucky

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