Friday, April 16, 2021

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 5


5. Truth
Sam and Bucky corner Walker in an empty warehouse and try to talk him into coming clean. Their efforts are met in vain, but the duo manage to disarm him after a brutal fight. The Falcon ends up with damaged wings while Walker is decommissioned and stripped of his retirement benefits and titles, that of Captain America included. A woman approaches him after his dishonorable discharge and introduces herself as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), hinting at a future collaboration as an agent outside the law. Bucky tracks Baron Zemo in Sokovia but instead of killing him, he surrenders him to the Dora Milaje. Sam returns to the south and brings Steve’s shield with him after a failed attempt to convince Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly) to take it. He tells him that the world will never allow a black man to be Captain America. Bucky drops by to give Sam a piece of tech from Wakanda. The Flag Smashers team up with Georges Batroc (Georges St-Pierre) to bring down GRC in NYC. Walker crafts his own shield.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus aside, the revelations are few and far between, considering that we are already on the penultimate episode. We do not even know who this Contessa is. Is she the Power Broker? Sharon appears for a few seconds talking to someone on the phone, which has sort of become her hobby since she was first introduced in Madripoor. The action is front-loaded and what follows are moments of mundanity as we watch the main characters take a breather from all the fight scenes. I almost missed the mid-credits scene which further cements Walker’s transition to US Agent. The episode sort of summarizes the whole premise of the show, though, the never-ending debate of who should or shouldn’t take up Captain America’s mantle. Judging from the plot development and political undertones, they seem to be pushing for Sam to step up. After all, we’ve always known that Walker’s possession of the shield is just a temporary diversion. I’m guessing that gift from Wakanda is Falcon’s new Captain America costume.

“They will never let a black man be Captain America. And even if they did, no self-respecting black man would ever want to be.” –Isaiah Bradley

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