Tuesday, April 20, 2021

What I’m Watching: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Season 1, Episode 5 “Truth” (B+)

This was an interesting episode in that it appeared to close the door on the storylines we’ve known thus far and move on to other issues before returning starkly to those very present and worrisome threats as the hour concluded. I’m not classifying this as a penultimate episode since I believe that, unlike “WandaVision,” it is not intended to air for just one season. John was not happy about the idea of relinquishing the shield, insistent that he was Captain America and that no one could take that away from him, a position that seems based on a relatively short tenure and dependent very much on him having taken over the mantle from someone else. He was summarily dismissed by the government and military without being given the chance to argue his case, and that parting post-credits shot of him crafting his own shield was definitely foreboding. If there’s one actress I wouldn’t have ever expected to see in the MCU, it’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but it is fun and exciting to have her as a clear villain who wields her intelligence as a weapon. Sam training with the shield now that he’s back at home is helping him to fulfill a destiny he previously turned down, and he’s going to need to spring into action soon now that Karli has put her plan into action and global security is very much at risk. I have no doubt that an eventful, action-packed finale awaits, and I’m curious how things will be left with no second season yet confirmed but some major plan surely already meticulously in the works.

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