The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 3 Review & Analysis

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In a still from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

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 3 Cast

  • Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / The Falcon
  • Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 3 Plot

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 3 revolves around Sam and Bucky teaming up with Barron Zemo and Sharon Carter in order to find the source of the Super-Soldier serum. 

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 3 Review

The Falcon and The Winter soldier episode 3 takes the story further by introducing us with Barron Zemo and Sharon Carter. And both of these characters have undergone drastic changes in their characters since their time after the blip. It wasn’t as filled with meaty tag team action sequences as I had hoped, but it introduces us to this entire new city of Madripoor, which if you don’t know, is a sly little nod to the X-Men universe. Their quest in this episode is to find the scientist who actually developed the serum and learn who he gave those serums too. 

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 3: Madripoor and its connection with the X-Men universe

Madripoor as a city, screams cyberpunk. It is filled with Neon Lights, mix of languages and cultures, unique people and even unique behaviours. I couldn’t keep myself to stop thinking about Cyberpunk or Blade Runner during the sequence, and the production design was so well done. The city and its dark alleyways, sent chills and emanated a very tech-savvy vibe which the episode comes back to in the end.

In this city, The Power Broker makes the rules. It is him / her, who directs Madripoor and its people and nothing goes without his saying. But the Tag Team of Baron, Sam and Bucky aren’t there to meet this esteemed person. But rather, their work is involved with a certain someone called Selby. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier are interested in the origins of the Super-Soldier serum and Selby is interested in the Super-Soldier standing right in front of her, Bucky. And during this chaos, a mysterious ringtone plays and Sam’s cover is blown which ends up in a huge gunfight. And this is when we are introduced to Sharon Carter.

In a still from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 3: A meaner Sharon Carter

Sharon Carter hasn’t been since Captain America: Civil War, so it was surely interesting to see what she has been up to for all these years. Turns out, she never actually stopped running, from the law and from other goons who were after her, after the Civil War fight went down.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier introduces us to a broken and meaner Sharon who isn’t exactly playing by the rules these days. Her character is more in denial of the Captain America symbol and she seems like she stopped caring about what it stood for a long time ago, when none of The Avengers actually came for her help. She has been living in Madripoor for a long time, looking for a clean chit for a way back home. Even the fight scenes with Sharon feel more brutal than they have felt in a lot of other MCU movies that have come before. Her knife fights and her hand-to-hand combat skills were a seamless combination of grittiness and badassery.  

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 3: A softer Barron Zemo

Baron Zemo is the primary character of this episode, and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier waste no time at all in recruiting Barron in their squad. Its barely an inconvenience for them, and all they do is go through a prison escape plan, which by the way, is riddled with plot conveniences but I mean, as long as it gets Zemo in the team, I ain’t complaining. Barron also seems like a much more diluted and free-flowing person than the one we saw in Civil War. In Civil War, his character was shrouded in mystery and darkness, but over here he can be seen in his most casual avatar. He calmly apologizes to Bucky for all the inconvenience he caused him before. “It wasn’t personal” he says, and that’s when I knew that he is going to be much more of a buddy than a brooding, regretful antagonist.

The entire arc of Karli and The Flag Smashers takes a darker turn as they are now killing people from the Global Repatriation Council for their inability to provide resources to those who actually need it. Their arc this episode, felt under developed and lacking in context. I am starting to feel like we have gone ahead too much without actually knowing more about who these people are and how they came to become like this. And due to this, my investment in their motivations has started to decrease somehow. I have seen a lot of people saying that this is one of the more underwhelming episodes of the season, and while I can’t say the same about the other parts of the episode, this arc surely felt like its starting to drag. 

The Movie Culture Synopsis

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 3 ends on a massive cliffhanger which ties a groundbreaking connection to the Wakandan universe. And I mean, it was obvious, that after witnessing the cyber advanced city of Madripoor, the next logical step would be to introduce a little Wakanda into the mix.

Ayo stands there, in the midst of Slokovia, looking for Barron Zemo. Bare in mind, that Zemo was the person who was responsible for the death of T’Chaka, and the Wakandans are not going to take lightly to the fact that Zemo is now free from the prison. It also made me think whether Bucky had this planned all along. What’s his play here? Does he mean to use the Wakandan tech in order to track this rebel group or is it deeper than that? I hope The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 4 answers these questions to some extent.