Monday, April 26, 2021

What I’m Watching: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Season Finale)

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Season 1, Episode 6 “One World, One People” (B+)

This was a finale full of action and speeches, and one that does a fairly good job of wrapping up what we’ve seen over the course of the past five hours and keeping the door open for certain returns for all of these characters, whether in a series format or just in the next million MCU movies. It was good to see that John redeemed himself to a degree after showing up only to settle a score with Karli and then teaming up with Bucky to capture everyone else. His new stint as U.S. Agent isn’t likely to be quite as noble given Valentina’s sinister manner of speaking, but I’m sure it will be interesting to see how he is manipulated and used for evil-minded purposes. Sharon being revealed as the power broker does change things, especially considering the pardon she now has, and the way that Sam and Bucky trust her makes her even more dangerous. Sam’s speech to the senators was very powerful, and Isaiah’s reaction showed just how impactful him taking a stand and refusing to accept the status quo was. It was exciting to see the show renamed “Captain America and the Winter Soldier” at the end, and I’m certainly up for more Marvel fare in whatever form it comes. This show was most memorable in its featuring of the dynamic between Sam and Bucky and the spotlight on Karli’s cause. I think I overall liked “WandaVision” better, but I am on board with the idea of MCU TV shows, even if they could probably go on longer than the brief teases that are being given with these short, potentially one-season runs.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Erin Kellyman as Karli

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