Falcon and Winter Soldier keeps getting better with every passing week. And this time around, Zemo (Daniel Brühl) has a major role to play and Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) returns! The entire gang is together again!
The episode starts with John Walker (Wyatt Russell) and his sidekick Battlestar (Clé Bennett) are on the hunt for Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) The new Captain America isn’t afraid to throw his weight around to get what he wants. He acts more like a villain than a hero. And is a far cry from his predecessor, Steve Rogers. He may be a good soldier, but he’s not the good man that Steve was.
Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Sam (Anthony Mackie) are where we last left them: Zemo’s prison. Bucky is the first to see him. Zemo tries the old Winter Soldier trigger words to see if they still work. They don’t. Though the infamous words don’t turn Bucky, Zemo notes, “There’s still something in there.” Maybe Bucky won’t be able to completely escape Winter Soldier after all.
Bucky wants to break Zemo out of prison. Naturally, Sam’s against it. But Bucky’s convinced they need Zemo’s help in finding out who’s behind the new batch of serum and Super Soldiers. Sam doesn’t know it, but Bucky has already taken the initiative and busted Zemo out of prison. The breakout scene was highly entertaining to watch!
Bucky asks Sam to trust him:
Bucky Barnes: When Steve refused to sign the Sokovia Accords, you backed him. You broke the law, and you stuck your neck out for me. I’m asking you to do it again.
Sam begrudgingly agrees to the hare-brained scheme. They fly off with Zemo (Literally! Forming a skeptical alliance with an actual baron comes in handy.) to Madripoor in search of answers. Comic fans will be excited by the appearance of a location linked to the X-Men!
On the plane ride over, Zemo tells the guys that in order to enter Madripoor they’ll have to disguise themselves. Zemo says that for Bucky “that means you will have to become someone you claim is gone.” The Winter Soldier returns!
Someone important to Karli Morgenthau is dying. We find out later it’s Donya Madani, Karli’s adoptive mother. We find out later she’s died from tuberculosis.
The Madripoor bar fight scene was fun to watch. It was interesting seeing Bucky fight as Winter Soldier without being under Hydra’s mind control. More action scenes like this please! Thankfully, there’s plenty of awesome fight scenes to go around in this episode.
During an important meeting with Selby (Imelda Corcoran)to get information about the super soldier serum, Sarah (Adepero Oduye) calls Sam about their boat. This is the comedy highlight of the episode and provides some comic relief in the midst of an otherwise serious scene.
Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) shows up and isn’t happy at all to see Bucky, Sam, and Zemo. Especially when she finds out the heroes and villain are working together. She’s still still on run for her crimes committed in Civil War so I can’t blame her for being bitter.
She’s naturally reluctant to help them. Sam bargains with her: help them and he’ll get her name cleared.
Our new favorite trio pay a visit to the scientist behind the serum recreation: Dr. Wilfred Nagel (Olli Haaskivi)
After some persuasion by way of gun being held to his skull, Dr. Nagel explains how he got involved in recreating the serum. Sharon has a brutal fight scene with some bounty hunters to buy the guys more time. I can’t stress this enough: GREAT ACTION SCENES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE EPISODE!
Everyone is violence happy this episode. There’s a lot of punching, shooting, and my personal favorite, fiery explosions! 🔥🔥🔥
A couple of my favorite moments were Zemo wearing his comics-accurate mask and Bucky refusing to move his seat up for Sam, A great callback to a fan popular moment back in Civil War.
As usual, there are more questions than answers: Who is Sharon working for? Who is this mysterious Powerbroker? What does Black Panther’s Ayo want? To hopefully answer these questions, I’m off to watch episode 4!