Friday, April 9, 2021

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 4

4. The Whole World Is Watching
Ayo gives Bucky an ultimatum: eight hours before the Dora Milaje steps in to arrest Zemo. The three go out to investigate Morgenthau’s location. It doesn’t take long before Walker & Hoskins arrive in Riga to rendezvous with the trio. Sam tries to talk Karli out of her violent ways, but an impatient John intervenes, leading to a chase. Zemo wounds Karli with a gunshot and smashes the remaining super soldier vials that she drops along the way, before being knocked out himself by John via Cap’s shield. Surveying the scene, he finds a single vial left intact and pockets it. They all meet up at the trio’s lodgings where they are ambushed by the Dora Milaje. Amidst the royal rumble, the baron escapes. With the help of Sharon through remote tracking from Madripoor, Sam, Bucky, John, Lemar, and Karli & Co. end up in a free-for-all combat culminating with Lemar presumably fatally wounded as he is sent crashing against a pillar. In a fit of rage, John runs after Karli’s friend and murders him with Cap’s shield in broad daylight for all the world to see.

MEPHISTO AT LAST! Nah, Mephisto is still missing in action. Instead, what we get is the birth of US Agent. There is nobody more dangerous than a helpless figurehead suddenly imbued with actual power. Personally, I like how this episode framed that helplessness through the eyes of John Walker. It makes his transition from mascot to anti-hero more seamless and quite sinister to some extent. That final shot with him and the blood-drenched shield is just so symbolic and leads you to question the concept of power itself which, in this case, is confined within that very vial. Since he was sort of sidelined in the previous episode by a big bad who has yet to show his or her face, this chapter makes it up to him by serving as his origin story, albeit condensed. Now I am actually more interested on how his story arc will develop, even more than the Power Broker himself/herself, even if the Power Broker ends up being Mephisto after all. Can someone please send Mephisto an SMS. Tell him we’re still looking for him.

“The Dora Milaje have jurisdiction wherever the Dora Milaje find themselves to be.” –Ayo

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