The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 5 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 5 Cast

  • Sebastian Stan as James “Bucky” Barnes / Winter Soldier
  • Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon
  • Wyatt Russell as John Walker / Captain America
  • Erin Kellyman as Karli Morgenthau
  • Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 5 Plot

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 5 followed an epic confrontation between Sam and Bucky vs The new Captain America. We learn more about Isaiah Bradley and Sam finally becomes ready to take on the mantle. 

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 5 Review

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier has never been more heartfelt and dark than this, and I am all for it. After the episode 5, ‘Truth’, I can confidently say that the creators understood where they wanted to take this show. It has an amazing character range, and it explores each and every relationship with depth despite of a relatively slower 5th episode. It may not be high on action, but it phenomenally sets up so many different stories and characters who are going to combust in the most colossal way possible during the finale of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

The Epic Face-Off Between Sam and Bucky vs John

Let’s begin by talking about that nail-biting fight sequence between The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and the new Captain America. There is so much involved in this fight, with Sam facing Regret, Bucky seeking Vengeance and John filled to the absolute brim with Anger. The Tag Team between Sam and Bucky falls short at first while they take on John Walker in his enhanced form. His shield is still blooded and his conscience is still blurred. More than the shield, he now feels to defend his position just because he never got the sense of validation he seeked when he put on the uniform. He understood the risks but never sensed the long term consequences which come with the uniform and its responsibility. The fight is filled brutality and ruthlessness from all the sides and the cinematography of this episode in particular really blew my mind. There are so many good shots in the episode, especially with the three of them staring at each other while they have their final moment of peace.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 5: Better Relationships

Sam and Bucky’s relation sees so much new development in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 5. Their personalities and respect towards each other has enhanced a lot, especially after the events involved around John Walker. Sam heads home to help his sister fix the boat and this sequence takes up almost the entirety of the episode 5. But the reason it played such an integral role is that we finally see Sam and Bucky acting like a Tag Team outside of work. They work together to mend the ship, Sam gets around selling the ship and Bucky tries to sweet talk Sam’s sister. Each Moment felt wholesome and realised, especially after you know how much they have been through since the shield passed on to John Walker. They see each other better and their perspectives have changed for good. When they meet in the ground for shield practice, Bucky actively acknowledges how he put too much on Sam without ever realising about the pressures involved with a Black Man taking on the legacy left by someone like Captain America. This moment was especially well done, because it was a two way amend, where Sam decides to motivate Bucky to not just confront those he wronged, but to also do right by them.

The Gut Wrenching Past of Isaiah Bradley

Isaiah Bradley’s story in this episode was probably one of the most gut-wrenching and sickening scenes I have seen in the MCU, and it was entirely conveyed in words. We learn how he was constantly tortured for 30 years just because of two reasons, his body adapted to the serum and he sadly saved his friends who were left for dead. The performance by the actor just cuts deep. I admired how the show establishes racial consequences in the events and brings out the hardships of the Black community in America. It doesn’t sugar coat anything and hence becomes so much more relevant and based in reality. Sam finally understands the stakes involved with a Black Man taking on the mantle and he is presented with a choice, whether to repeat the same mistake or to prove all of them wrong by fighting against Karli and John.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 5: The mantle Belongs to Sam

Sam finally learns that the only way to withstand the legacy is to face it and do right by it. With so much that has happened, there’s no point in scurrying away from the responsibility and watch people suffer due to it. He makes one of the hardest choices he has had to make, and once he does that, he makes sure that he is upto the role. And the skills dont come naturally, he has to work for them. By throwing the shield as hard as he can, he tries to catch it back just in time. And after several efforts, when he finally succeeds, he discovers what Karli has planned next and its all going down in New York. This time he is confident and has a prominent focus of his goal and what he needs to do in order to stop the Flag Smashers for good. Plus there’s a present from the Wakandan women, which most probably is a new suit.
The final episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is going to air next week, and its going to be freaking insane. All things are going to culminate and I am really curious about the role of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and how she ties up in the MCU in the future.

The Movie Culture Synopsis

This episode was a great buildup for what lies ahead in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. It fleshed out a lot of characters and was pretty wholesome all round, so whatever is about to follow it is gonna be damn violent to say the least.

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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.