The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 1 Review & Analysis(2021)

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier show revolves around Falcon and Winter Soldier teaming up to fight a new criminal organization.   

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 1 cast  

  • Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / The Falcon
  • Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier 
  • Don Cheadle as James Rhodes / War Machine
  • Georges St-Pierre as Georges Batroc

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 1 Plot

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 1 revolves around Sam trying to come to terms with the shield which has been given to him by Captain America. It shows Bucky trying to cope up with his past and make amends.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 1 Review and Analysis  

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier finally premiered yesterday and it was a pretty decent set up for the characters. Sam Wilson (Flacon), played by Anthony Mackie, struggles with his and his sister’s financial situation while Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier), played by Sebastian Stan, Struggles with his recurring nightmares and horrors from past. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 1 cements the state both these super heroes are in, after the events of “The Blip”. 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier character who returns in ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 1 begins with Sam dressing up for somewhere special. In the backdrop, he hears the last conversation he had with Steve Rogers (Captain America) months ago and all that’s going through his head is the shield and how “It feels like it’s someone else’s”.

From the Point of View of Sam, it’s so understandable that he ultimately denies to take upon the mantle. Going from looking up to someone, to essentially becoming him, is a humongous, morality-based decision and I am glad that this inner conflict was addressed in the series.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 1 takes a wild turn into an air battle in the middle of Serbian Aerospace. A character which we hadn’t seen since Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Georges Batroc (Played by Georges St-Pierre), makes a comeback. This time he has highjacked a defense plane and kept an army personnel as hostage. And as expected Falcon kicks their asses in the air. The entire sequence seems like its taken out of an MCU movie, but I guess it was already clear that Marvel is going all in with Disney+ after WandaVision. 

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 1: Winter Soldier undergoes Therapy

The Winter Soldier, however, is fighting his own battle, with himself and the people he needs to make “amends” with. Caught in the middle of a nightmare from his past, wherein he kills an innocent Japanese adult, he wakes up in a frenzy and sweating profusely. He has a chat with his therapist and avoids saying anything regarding that incident at all. Him and his therapist go in circles for a while, after which he talks about a certain amend, he made with a past Hydra operative he knew.

What really struck me about this scene was the character’s efforts to do the right thing without causing any violence. He takes the help of a few gadgets, achieves his goal and gets the operative into custody. However, his biggest problem arises when he is unable to tell Yori, an old Japanese male, that Winter Soldier was the one who killed his son, the one innocent we saw in his dream. 

A grounded look at Superheroes and the rebel group called The Flag Smashers

We see financial difficulties in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which I can’t recall if MCU ever brought up. Sam is just a normal army man beneath that suit, and him and his family got to earn some way. We see them trying to take a loan from a sleazy bank employee who could care more about a selfie than helping a family out.

It’s a mildly effective way of further deepening the repercussions faced by all after the snap. We also see the rise of a riot group called The Flag Smashers. They conduct riots in places like Tunisia and their attacks are predetermined by a hand print sign encompassing a map inside. They rob a bank later and we see a tall bulky dude in a mask smashing the crap out of Joaquin Torres (Played by Danny Ramirez). 

In a still from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 1: Who is the new Captain America?

The episode ends on an infuriatingly confusing cliff-hanger and introduces a character in one of the most pivotal roles. We finally see who takes upon the mantle of Captain America after Sam denies the position, and it’s this random dude, with a dorky smile, smirking his way through the ceremony with a shield in his hand. It’s certainly not a character we have seen in the past, so it begs the question, who is this person who now dons the Captain America outfit?

The Movie Culture Synopsis

It was a solid, Falcon centered, episode which sets a lot of personal stakes and motivations that the protagonists are going to follow in the upcoming episodes.

The Falcon and the Winter soldier provides different perspective and the deeper, more grounded look at the heroes, and frankly, all of us could use a bit of superheroes doing chores once in a while. You can watch series on Disney+.

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