The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a 2021 action-adventure superhero television miniseries set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the second television show to be produced by Marvel Studios.
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities... and their patience
Why It Rocks
- Great acting from Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/The Falcon), Sebastian Stan (James "Bucky" Barnes/Winter Soldier), Daniel Brühl (Baron Helmut Zemo) and especially Wyatt Russell (John Walker).
- Several characters from the films return, such as Baron Helmut Zemo, Sharon Carter, Batroc, James "Rhodey" Rhodes and Ayo.
- Epic action scenes, such as the opening scene of the first episode "New World Order", the chase in Munich in "The Star Spangled Man", Walker's fight with the Dora Milaje in "The Whole World is Watching", and the battle at the GRC Meeting Hall in "One World, One People".
- Like WandaVision, it has more connections to the MCU than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Cloak and Dagger or Runaways.
- Sam and Bucky themselves are a fantastic duo with great chemistry, and they're given some great story arcs, such as Bucky trying to redeem himself from his past as the Winter Soldier.
- Karli Morgenthau/Flag Smasher is an interesting antagonist.
- Zemo's dancing in the Madripoor nightclub is hilarious and instantly went viral, to which Disney released an official one-hour-long extended cut.
- Isaiah Bradley's backstory on how he was involuntarily injected with the super soldier serum and imprisoned for thirty years for just saving his fellow soldiers is really tragic.
- It adds a more realistic setting to the MCU by delving into real life issues like racism and manages to not feel like SJW pandering by taking the time to focus on them like Isaiah's story, Sam getting harassed by the police, and Sam's speech in the finale “One World, One People”, and unlike Spider-Man: Far From Home, it shows the difficulty of people readjusting to life after the Blip when Sam couldn't get a loan from the bank when he was inactive for five years due to being blipped.
- The series shows what happened to Sharon Carter after Civil War, showing how her actions in that movie changed her into a cynical, ruthless, and distrusting mob boss.
- Walker's cockiness can get unbearable at times, though this could be on purpose to set up how he is unfit to hold the mantle of Captain America.
- Although interesting antagonists, the show doesn't really explain the Flag Smashers' plan to set the world back to how it was after "The Snap" all that well. What doesn't help is that while Karli Morgenthau is an interesting character, Erin Kellyman does provide a somewhat weak performance.
- There's an incredibly disturbing scene in "The Whole World is Watching" where Walker goes berserk after taking a massive dose of the Super-Soldier Serum and decapitates a Flag Smasher with Captain America's shield (thankfully, the actual decapitation is off-screen).
- The fact that some of the source material for the show is Captain America No More by Mark Gruenwald and doesn't feature Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, who was a huge part of that storyline is a big missed opportunity
- The reveal that Sharon is the Power Broker is a bit predictable.
- The finale, while not bad, still warrants a lot of room for improvement.