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‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ – Falcon and Winter Soldier Episode 2 Review

This time around a lot of time was given to John Walker (Wyatt Russell) ,and his introduction as the new Captain America. (BOO!)

Credit: Marvel Legion

Apparently, fans have chased Wyatt off Instagram because of hatred/death threats he was receiving due to playing a fictional character. This is a reminder to separate a fictional character from his actor.

The government has chosen John as their new Captain America and send him on a tour introducing him to the nation. This tour ends at John’s high school where during an interview the reporter reads a list of his impressive credentials. Turns out that John’s a good soldier. Some people might even say great. But whether or not he’s the good man that Steve Rogers was is yet to be seen. Though by the end of the episode, he goes from wanting to work with Bucky and Sam to telling them to stay the hell out of his way. Whether or not, he’s a hero or another villain, I couldn’t say.

Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Sam (Anthony Mackie) finally cross paths. Bucky is upset that Sam has given up the shield and continues to give Sam grief for it throughout the episode.

I love having Bucky and Sam together. The show’s better with them together. It gives the show buddy cop comedy vibes.

Sam tells Bucky he’s headed to Munich where the FlagSmashers are wreaking havoc to put a stop to them. Bucky tags along much to Sam’s chagrin.

The episode has, in my opinion, one of the best action scenes: Bucky and Sam fight the Flagsmashers on top moving trucks. The new Captain America jumps into the middle of things uninvited. All three get their butts kicked.

The guys come to the conclusion that they “got their asses handed to them”by Super Soldiers. Now they have to figure out how these Super Soldiers came to be.

John Walker wants to join forces with Sam and Bucky. Naturally, they’re not interested.

Bucky tells him off, “Just because you carry that shield doesn’t mean you’re Captain America.”

This episode, fun as it can be, also tackles racism. It introduces America’s first ever Super soldier, a black man named Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly), who not even Steve knew about. Bucky takes Sam to meet Isaiah but first has to make it past his grandson Eli (Elijah Richardson). This means we got a brief glimpse of another Young Avenger, Patriot.

Sam and Bucky try to get Isaiah to tell them why more Super Soldiers exist, but he’s not interested and who can blame him? The government used him to go after Winter Soldier and then put him in jail and experimented on him. I wouldn’t want to talk either after being horribly mistreated like that.

After the guys leave, Sam almost gets arrested due to racial profiling. Bucky steps in and asks if the officer knows who Sam is. The second officer reminds the first that Sam is Falcon. The officer quickly apologizes for his HUGE blunder. He gets a call to bring Bucky in after missing his court mandated therapy session. The tables have turned and Bucky is arrested instead.

The two wind up doing a couples therapy session which was hysterical as it sounds. But among the sass and juvenile staring contest, this heartbreaking Bucky monologue happened:

“He gave you that shield, and you threw it away like it was nothing. So maybe he was wrong about you. And if he was wrong about you, then he was wrong about me.” – Bucky (Insert tears)

We learn that the Flagsmashers are on the run from someone called the Powerbroker. This leads me to believe that while the Flagsmashers aren’t the main biggest big bads this series has to offer.

After leaving therapy, Bucky and Sam discuss their next steps concerning the Super Soldiers. Bucky suggests going to Zemo, the same Zemo who broke the Avengers up in Civil War. Sam is resistant to the idea, but reluctantly agrees.

Falcon and Winter Soldier gets better with each passing episode. I’ve already watched episode three. I’ll try to have the next article out before episode four. But with the way my brain works or doesn’t, I can’t make any guarantees.

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