The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 2 Review & Analysis

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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 2 Cast

  • Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / The Falcon
  • Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier
  • Daniel Brühl as Baron Zemo
  • Wyatt Russell as John Walker / Captain America
  • Clé Bennett as Lemar Hoskins / Battlestar
  • Erin Kellyman as Karli Morgenthau

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 2 Plot

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2 revolves around Sam and Bucky teaming up together to stop a Flag Smasher convoy. It explores inside the character of the new Captain America while simultaneously introducing some new comic book characters like Isaiah.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 2 Review

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 2 starts off with the new Captain America all nervous about putting on the suit. A suit whose significance is far beyond imaginable. Once worn by Steve, this suit which has now been passed towards John Walker (Played by Wyatt Russell), and he is a very decorated Army man it seems. In the first episode my theory about this new Captain America was that he would be purely cosmetic. A person who can put on a brave face and pose for photos and selfies. But his combat skills are depicted in a very fast paced above the trucks fight sequence. This entire sequence somehow topped the fight sequence we saw in episode 1, just because we were finally able to see some combo action movies from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

The fantastic chemistry between The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

Bucky and Sam are shattered and heartbroken while looking at their TV screens and realizing that they have broken Steve’s trust. Bucky, without a second thought, goes out to confront Sam about his move. This is the first time in the series that we see them interacting with each other. And right off the bat, there chemistry together steals the entire episode. There’s so much childish drama and innocence hidden in both these characters that only comes out when they are with each other.

Bucky just randomly shows up to meet Sam, and Sam keeps on ridiculing him, for his constant stare and his painful jump out of the plane. What these characters share between them is the reason why this episode becomes far more entertaining than the last one. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is a proper buddy comedy which realizes its boundaries and provides something explosive each episode.

In a still from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 2

The Flag Smashers are all Super soldiers

The Flag Smashers, as it turns out, is a group of super soldiers who absolutely hammer Sam and Bucky during the wild truck fight. We finally see their leader, Karli (played by Erin Kellyman). There’s something about her face which screams innocence and victimized and that is exactly how she fools Bucky and kicks him through the truck. These soldiers are massively built and each one has the ability to take on 10.

After their escape, they make their way to a safe house but one of the Flag Smashers advices that they must keep moving. So, they hop on a plane and in doing so, one of the super soldiers sacrifices his life. Like we saw in the earlier episode, their aim is to reverse the things to how they were after the blip. What they are opposed to is the mindless reelection of the same leaders in the same positions while very well knowing how drastically the outcome can be changed with a change in leadership.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 2 Subtly Addresses Systemic Racism

Isaiah, a super soldier who paid the price for being a hero, was one of the most interesting and heart-breaking character in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 2. When none of them was able to defeat The Winter Soldier in his prime HYDRA phase, Isaiah was the one who brought him down. A lanky, bulky man who served 30 years in jail for doing what needed to be done. Sam who is aggravated at the fact that all this while there has been a Black Captain America and no one is aware about it. During this scene The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 2 also addresses Racism as to cops pull over in the neighbourhood. Sam and Bucky who were having a heated conversation,

stopped as the cops starting approaching towards Sam and blindly assuming that he must have done something wrong. It is only after they realize that he is The Falcon that they leave him and take Bucky instead for missing his therapy session. I really appreciated how the entire scene wasn’t overdone and yet it sent across a powerful message, especially during such troubled times for all the people of colours.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 2: The Return of Baron Zemo

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 2 ends with Bucky and Sam figuring out a way to extract information about hydra and super soldiers from the past who have surfaced and hence Sam recommends that they go see Baron Zemo. In a cage far off, we see Zemo (Played by Daniel Brühl) locked in a jail cell. We haven’t really seen him since the last events of Civil War where Black Panther stopped Zemo from killing himself and handed him off to the authorities. So, it will be interesting to see how he will turn into an ally for Sam and Bucky.

The Movie Culture Synopsis

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 2 was a solid continuation to the story, with an exhilarating fight sequence with the much-awaited team up finally coming into action. We saw the new Captain America and learnt about him a bit. Still not sure if he is going to be uphold his values in the long run so let’s see how the show evolves this character. It provided many shocking and eerie moments with references to racism and a black Captain America who has been lying in the shadows for so long. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 2 is now streaming on Disney+.

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  • Hardik is a Mumbai based writer who is a cinephile. Nothing interests him more than movies and visual entertainment. His other hobbies include reading and singing (At least, he likes to think that he sings well). You can connect with him on his Instagram.