Monday, March 29, 2021

Round Two: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Season 1, Episode 2 “The Star Spangled Man” (B+)

It’s still not entirely clear what the premise of this show is meant to be, though it’s considerably less confusing than “WandaVision,” which was all about dissecting the specifics of its mystery and how it could all have been possible. In this case, Sam and Bucky are struggling to move on with their lives and find a way to combat nefarious forces, but what’s bothering them most at the moment is the existence of a new Captain America. The ending scene from the first episode gave us just a brief glimpse of him, and I’m glad that we got more of a backstory here, with John Walker revealed to be a rather competent choice to play the country’s top hero. Showing up to help Sam and Bucky while they were in a precarious situation and introducing himself didn’t earn him anything but contempt, but after he sprang Bucky from jail and got rebuffed again, he demonstrated a less patient attitude that conveys an anger at the lack of respect they were willing to give him. I like Lemar, also known as Battlestar, and I imagine we’ll be seeing these two duos fighting similar missions alongside each other and ultimately teaming up when need be to fight the major evils. The banter between Sam and Bucky is probably the best reason to watch this show, though I’m also curious about these international events and the man they’re going to see in prison. I also want to make sure to mention the guest appearance of one Carl Lumbly, best known for playing Dixon two decades ago on “Alias,” as Isaiah.

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