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‘One World One People’ – FATWS Finale Review

Wow! That was fast! Six weeks flew by, and the finale to the Second Marvel Disney Plus has come and gone. It was an action packed episode similar to WandaVision’s finale. It was like watching the third act of any Marvel movie. The coolest part being getting to see Sam (Anthony Mackie) in costume and in action as our new Captain America.

Comic accurate costume FTW

We also got some Bucky (Sebastian Stan) motorcycle action. Sebastian looks great on a motorcycle. This was a great shot:

Even though this episode was meant as finale, it feels like a whole new beginning than an ending. There’s only one real ending during this episode: The death of Karli Morganthau (Erin Kellyman) and the Flagsmashers blown to kingdom come in the end.

As much as I wanted to like Karli, she wasn’t the most memorable character of the series and didn’t make much of an impression on me. She’ll probably end up on a future list of least memorable villains. Her death was sad and sobering though. A life cut short in the name of a cause she wholeheartedly believed in.

Fan theories proved to be correct when Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) was revealed to be the Power Broker.

Her identity is revealed by Karli. She’s fought side by side with Bucky, Sam, and Steve so it’s hard to see Peggy Carter’s niece as a villain. By the end of the episode, she’s been pardoned by the Government and given her old position back. Upon leaving the courthouse, she’s seen talking on the phone with an unknown character talking about how they now have access to weapons and government secrets. It’s clear that former good girl Sharon is up to no good. Aunt Peggy would roll around in her grave!

Wyatt Russell’s John Walker trades in his fake Captain America gig and is rebranded by Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine (Julia Louis Dreyfus) It’s being speculated that “Val” could be building a Dark Avengers team and act as the team’s Nick Fury. We’ll just have to wait and see.

John was actually one of my favorite characters from the entire series. He’s my new favorite love-to-hate characters. Wyatt Russell gave a phenomenal performance and it looks like we’ll see him again in the future. They don’t hand characters brand new identities and suits and let them fade off in the background!

Carl Lumbly as Isaiah Bradley was another wonderful addition to the series. He gave an outstanding performance in every scene he was in.

In the finale, he comes around to the idea of and accepts Sam as the new Captain America. One of the best and most emotional scenes of the episode was Sam taking Isaiah and Eli to the Captain America museum and showing them the Isaiah Bradley statue and plaque commemorating Isaiah’s service as the original super soldier/Captain America.

I hope when we finally get around to the Young Avengers that Isaiah is included in some way. Or maybe even an Isaiah Bradley TV series on Disney +. That’d be cool too.

We get a couple of brief glimpses of Zemo (Daniel Brühl) in his cell at The Raft. I hope he doesn’t stay there long! I NEED to see more of him! There’s been several rumors running around that he might be the leader of the Thunderbolts. I hope these rumors prove true! He was one of my favorite characters to watch and it’d really suck if his story stop here.

There was one particular scene that made me misty-eyed, and that was when Bucky went back to Yori’s apartment to confess that as Winter Soldier killed Yori’s son because “didn’t have a choice.”

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FATWS: Final Thoughts

This was a good show. I still think, after seeing all of it, that it would be even better cut together as a movie. It’s always great to have more time with some favorite side characters and have their stories be further developed. I loved seeing their relationship, Sam’s journey of accepting the shield, Bucky’s path towards healing. Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie have wonderful chemistry together, and I hope they’re paired up for Captain America 4.

This show also handled topics like racism and healing from trauma well. It was excellent at introducing several new characters like Joaquin Torres, Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, and John Walker and setting up potential storylines for them. They also brought back Sharon and Zemo after a several year absence. I’m a little on the fence about Sharon being a villain though I do think sending her in a villainous direction is intriguing. This show got me excited for the MCU’s future! There’s so many possibilities I can’t wait for them to explore! My final rating for this series is 4/5. See it if you haven’t already!

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‘The Whole World Is Watching’ and ‘Truth’ Falcon and Winter Soldier Episode 4 and 5 Review.

Since both episodes four and five are so long, I’m combining the reviews and talking about some of my favorite moments from both episodes.

Episode Four

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Episode four came. Episode four went. It was the best of the episodes so far to be released. Since the episodes are growing longer, I’ll be highlighting my favorite moments throughout the episode.

I honestly could go on for half of forever about the Wakanda flashback scene! It was incredible! The tears streaming down Bucky’s face when he realized he was finally free of Hydra’s programming was a powerful, emotional moment. Sebastian Stan deserves all the awards for his brilliant acting during this scene! I’m getting emotional just thinking about it! 

Since Ayo (Florence Kasumba)was the one to deprogram Winter Soldier, it’s understandable why she feels angry and even betrayed by Bucky breaking Zemo (Daniel Brühl) out of prison. He was the guy that killed Wakanda’s king after all! She tells Bucky that he has eight hours left to use Zemo before the Dora Milaje come for him.

While on the hunt for Donya Madani, Zemo gets his intel on where her funeral will be from a young girl. He uses Turkish Delight in exchange for the information bringing to mind the famous scene in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe where the White Witch does the same thing to get information from Edmund.

Several conversations are had over the course of the episode. One the most interesting ones occurs between Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Zemo is all in favor of killing Karli Morganthau citing her role as a supremacist as a good reason for murder (Erin Kellyman), but Sam thinks that there’s some good inside of her and wants to try to talk with her. His determination to see and try to find the good in someone like Karli is proof of Steve making the right choice for his Captain America replacement.

My favorite action scene was when the Dora Milaje come to collect Zemo. The fight was EPIC! John Walker (Wyatt Russell) got his butt handed to him on a silver platter by Ayo and it was everything I wanted to see! Who better to take down Mr. Cocky Arragnt Bigshot than Ayo? I loved how Zemo, Bucky, and Sam just stood around and watched. Bucky can’t help himself and says, “looking strong John!” as he’s losing the fight with the Dora Milaje. I thought that was the funniest moment of the episode!

Another memorable moment is when during a fight scene near the end, Karli kills Battlestar (Clé Bennet) She runs away. John takes off after the wrong Flagsmasher and kills him with Steve’s shield in front of everyone. In doing so, revealing that he is not worthy of the Captain America title.

In this episode, it was hard to distinguish between who was the hero and who was the villain. Especially when it came to Zemo and Walker. Walker is supposed to be hero, but acts more like a villain with passing episode. Killing someone in cold blood definitely didn’t score him any hero points! Meanwhile, Zemo is a villain who can’t be trusted, but I found him more likable than the guy who’s supposed to be the hero! I especially liked when he smashed all the super soldier serum so it couldn’t be used! Zemo > Walker any day of the week!

Episode 5

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The opening fight scene where Sam and Bucky take the shield from John Walker was amazingly EPIC and one of the best in the series to date.

During the fight, John rips Sam’s wings off. Sam takes them to Joaquin Torres (Danny Ramirez) for repair and leaves the wings behind in favor of Cap’s shield. This paves the way for Torres to become the next Falcon like in the comics.

Another fun moment is watching Walker lose out on hero status when the government removes him as Captain America! IT’S WHAT HE DESERVES!

Julia Louis-Dreyfus made an interesting cameo appearance as Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. It sounds like she’ll have a major part to play in the MCU moving forward. I thought her scene was great and look forward to seeing her in the future. I personally have no idea who this character is, but here’s an interesting article that goes into great detail about this new character:

https://www.marvel.com/characters/valentina-allegra-de-fontaine

(L-R): Valentina Allegra DeFontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss), Olivia Walker (Gabrielle Byndloss) and John Walker (Wyatt Russell) in Marvel Studios’ THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Bucky heads to Sokovia to wrap things up with Zemo, and Sam goes off for another visit with Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly).

Isaiah is understandably angry and bitter about how horribly he was treated by the government as a super soldier. His feelings are valid. He doesn’t think the world will let a black man be Captain America. I have to agree with Sam’s point of view though. The world has changed enough that it can handle having a black Cap. Plus, Steve, a white man, clearly felt like Sam was the best choice as his successor!

I enjoyed the scenes where Bucky and Sam were working together to fix the Wilson Family boat. It was fun! And could Sarah (Adepero Oduye) be a potential love interest for Bucky? I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

I can understand why there’s theories about Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) being the Power Broker. I wouldn’t be surprised AT ALL if it turns out to be true! Something is definitely going on with her.

Sam’s nephews playing with the shield was super cute!

Sam gives Bucky a Captain America-esque pep talk about doing the work to move on from his Winter Soldier past. Steve would’ve approved.

My favorite sequence of the episode was watching Sam train. That’s my Captain America!

He’s looking at his costume. I bet you anything!

There was an end credits scene of John Walker making his own shield. It’s sad and pathetic, but also a little funny at how desperate he is to hold onto the title of Captain America!

I can’t believe there’s only one more episode left! It comes out tomorrow, so we don’t have long to see how it all ends!