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REPOST: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, created by MARVEL Cinematic Universe, based on characters from MARVEL Comics: a Television Review

Synopsis:

Six months have passed since Steve handed off the Shield to Sam Wilson.  As the world readjusts to the snap back to reality he is forced to team up with Bucky Barns on an adventure that has them chasing a rogue group known as the Flag Smashers across the globe.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Buddy Cop, Spy and Espionage

-Creator: Malcolm Spellman for the MARVEL Cinematic Universe, based on characters from MARVEL Comics

-Length: 2 episodes, 45-60 minutes each

-Rating: TV-14 (moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild use of alcohol, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription)

-Main Cast: Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Erin Kellyman, Danny Ramirez, Georges St-Pierre, Adepero Oduye, Don Cheadle, Daniel Bruhl, Emily VanCamp

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

Episode 1: New World Order

This is a really fascinating story line.

The idea that a new group has popped up that is something like Anonymous.  It’s the result of the five years between the first snap and everyone coming back.  The chaos of both of those events has caused so many issues in the world from the destruction and the reunification of the world.

I like the idea that Sam really wanted to leave Captain America’s mantel for Steve and that should be that.  Its insane that the government decided to replace Steve with this…guy.  He just doesn’t feel ok to me.  I’m not sure what is up with him.

The costuming for the Flag Smashers did make me a bit uncomfortable.  I understand that the character was created long before what I associate the red handprint on the face with, but it did make me a little irritated that they didn’t decide to modify the symbol.  It could have gone on a breast plate or another article of clothing.  Because what I associate the red handprint on the face with (not in the same place but still) is the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement.  The red handprint over the mouth is a huge sign to bring awareness to the women who have been kidnapped, murdered, and are often still missing.  I think the costumer could have done a better job adapting the trademark costume for Flag Smasher into something new and different that didn’t detract from this cause. 

If you would like more information on this issue and how to help with the cause, then please visit: https://mmiwusa.org/ or search for “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women”

Episode 2: The Star-Spangled Man

I just don’t trust this guy…the guy who is the new Captain America.  There is just something about him that feels wrong. Off somehow.  Its just not okay on a few different levels. But I’m not so sure what has me feeling this way.  I don’t know anything about how the comics play out so I’m just going on what I feel.

YES….we now have White Wolf!  So excited.  I love that Bucky has given up the Winter Soldier name and become White Wolf!  I’m super interested to see where this goes.  I’m also loving that Sam is getting to spread his wings as the Falcon.  Some of his maneuvers are just beautifully done.

The more that we get the new Captain America interacting with Sam and Bucky the less and less I like him!

But seriously the “couples counseling” moment in this episode was CLASSIC.  Just wonderful.

I’m glad we are quickly getting to put faces with the Flag Smashers. I’m really interested in where they are going to go and connect to ULTIMATUM in the comics.

Oh yay…Zemo…

Episode 3: Power Broker

I’m liking the new Captain America less and less.

Oh Bucky.  Breaking people out of jail.  You know Zemo is going to stab all of you in the back.

It is interesting the bits and pieces we are getting of the Flag Smashers.  They are Super Soldiers, but their cause is fairly relatable.  The world united was probably extremely helpful during the Blip.  Much easier to keep track of things in a few places instead of over one hundred individual countries.  Its their methods that aren’t exactly commendable.

Who is the Power Broker?… obviously its not Selby.  Though of course Sarah had to call at exactly the wrong moment.

Woohoo Sharon!  I hope she becomes a main character in this mess.  I love Sharon and her attitude.  She is fantastic. 

That is a LOT of Super Serum.  Or at least enough stuff to make a lot of it.  And 20 vials is still a lot.

Of course, Zemo takes off after killing the doctor.  And assumes his other identity.  It wouldn’t be a show if that didn’t happen.  He’s still on their side (at least for now) but he’s not trustworthy.

And as always Sharon is awesome.  The boys need to get their act together.

I don’t want to like Karli but she’s kind of sad in a lot of ways.  And, never mind.  The explosion kind of changed my view.  They have done a great job with the story telling as well as the ups and downs of the situation and what is going on in the world.

Where is Bucky off to? Little bread crumbs.  Where do they lead?

*squeal* YES!!!!!!!!!!

Episode 4: The Whole World is Watching

So a little flash back to get us to where we are today.  The deprogramming that Bucky went through in Wakanda.

What is Zemo up to?

Karli is really easy to relate to.  I am really enjoying the fact that we have a “villain” who is relatable.  It really shows the depth of human struggle.  That sometimes your heart is right, but your methods aren’t.

Oh boy.  I just keep liking the new Captain America less and less.  He’s harsh and brisk and just doesn’t seem to really know what he is supposed to be doing.  He has no trust in the people around him.  I feel like that is how he was as a soldier too.

Finally, we get Sam and Karli to talk.  I wonder what is actually going to happen in that conversation.  Its all about HOW it is being done.  The cause isn’t the issue.  And its great that the “good guys” recognize it.

Damn, Zemo.  I’m not surprised because he is all about ending the Super Soldiers once and for all.  But I actually like Karli.  Its hard to see her shot at.  And of course, our new shiny Captain America is going to hide one and take it. Ugh.  I knew I didn’t like him.

Speak of the devil and he shall appear.

I just…blah.  I’m not sure I’d actually be mad if Karli managed to kill John.

I LOVE the Dora Milaja.  They are such incredible women.  And not afraid to fight.  Ayo is awesome.  Taking off Bucky’s arm. And capturing the shield.  They handed John Walker a LOT to think about.

And Zemo is finally gone?  Maybe…

Karli is good.  Calling Sarah to get Sam to take her seriously.  But how much is John going to mess this up for everyone?

Well John took the serum.  That was a bad decision. And now Lemar is dead.  That is going to change everything about John Walker.  He’s no longer fighting the Flag Smashers for the fact that they are terrorists.  He’s now got a personal vendetta.  That is NOT how Captain America does anything.  He does not deserve to wear that uniform.

Episode 5: Truth

Oh, this isn’t going to go well.  Walker is not in a good place.  And Bucky is always ready for a fight.  He’s been looking for a reason to take back that shield.

This is not good.  Whatever that serum is doing to him it is not good.  I can’t believe he pulled off Falcon’s wings and tried to kill both Bucky and Sam by cutting off their heads.  This is atrocious.  I knew I didn’t like him from the start but this is something else.  I know nothing about the storyline this is based on but this is just insane.

I think Sam is realizing he may not have made the best choice in giving up the shield.  I do like that there was a tiny detail that I’m not sure many people caught.  But that entire fight was done with the Captain’s shield held upside down with the star pointing down.  Had the feel of turning the American flag upside down to show the country is in distress.  Very clear message that Walker wasn’t in a good state of mind.

Oh. My. Gods. Val….Val is in the Universe now?!?  This. Is. NOT. Good.

Karli is something else.  I’m not sure how that is all going to play out.  While Walker killed with passion she kills without emotion.  Its interesting how the serum changes you…or enhances your desires and underlying personality.

Hmmm. Sokovia.  What is Zemo up to?  Time for the Dora Milaje to take him.  It is good that he has decided to not kill Bucky.  The Raft is harder to escape at least.

Poor Sam.  There is a lot for him to process.  I hope Isaiah will help.  I’m glad we are getting his story. 

That was a lot to process.  I’m so glad stories like this are coming to the forefront.  We need these stories told.  We need to see these struggles and history confronted.  Because, for as made up as comics are, the stories are rooted in what is actually going on…what has gone on in our history.  Isaiah’s story isn’t unusual.  His confinement. His service.  Everything that happened to him.  Sadly, it isn’t an unheard-of story.

Ooooh.  New wings for Sam. And a montage scene of everyone helping to fix up the family boat.  Bucky and Sarah are kind of adorable…Sam obviously doesn’t think so. Haha.

What is Sharon up to? And why is she talking to Batrok?  Is Sharon the Power Broker?  I’ve had suspicions….but I’m just not sure.  We will see.

Aw.  I love that they are becoming friends.  Its nice to see the two of them get along.  But not as a team.  Its so adorable.  They keep dancing around each other.  Just be friends.

Batrok is now with the Flag Smashers.  Or maybe not.  They are in NYC with a LOT more people on their side.  This isn’t going to be good at all.

Yeah. This is going to be big trouble.

Are those actually wings for Sam? Or is it something else?

After Credits Scene:  What is John making? His own shield?  Are we finally going to get his reveal…not quite?

Episode 6: One World. One People.

So this is the one episode that I watched completely and then am reviewing after.

This story was so important.  So very important.

I can’t speak to the experiences of anyone who is Black (I have a whole article on Racism and the world of Ready Player One here).  But I can say that as part of another community that is marginalized…the LGBT+ and being neurodivergent I can speak to HOW important representation in media is. 

Telling these stories is so essential.  Its so essential for people to hear their voices.  Their stories.

And this show had so many of them to tell. 

That of refugees.

That of marginalized people fighting for their cause.

That of the oppression of Black Americans by so many others from our government to the people around them in everyday life.

The story of forgiveness and redemption.

The reality of the world around us.

I’m absolutely floored by how much went into this show.  So much depth.  So many feelings.  Just completely and utterly beautifully told.

I’m so glad that Sam took up being Captain America (or Captain Falcon).  I love Bucky’s redemption…though I would have been even happier if the final title had said “Captain America and the White Wolf” as Bucky has finally put the Winter Soldier completely away.

What we get next is anyone’s guess.  We are getting Captain America 4! That was announced today.  But we have so many characters introduced in this show.  Between Lady Hydra, U.S. Agent, The Power Broker/a “new” Agent Carter (that was a great combo), new Captain America/Captain Falcon, Bucky/White Wolf….. there is just so much that could happen from here on out. 

And honestly?

I CANNOT WAIT!

Also…Loki better be good after how incredible this and Wandavision were.

Rating:  

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Agent Carter, based off the character and stories created by Stan Lee: a Television Review

Synopsis:

Its 1946 and the war is over.  The Allies have won.  Hitler and Red Skull (as well as most of Hydra) have been defeated.  The world is beginning to rebuild.  SSR Agent Peggy Carter has moved to New York City.

Howard Stark has been accused of treason, selling high powered weapons to the highest bidder.  He believes he has been framed and seeks out help from Agent Carter as well as his butler, Edwin Jarvis.  Their job is to find the men responsible for stealing the weapons.

General Information:

-Genre: Spy and Espionage, Superhero, Period Drama, Action/Adventure

-Creator: based off the character and stories created by Stan Lee

-Length: 2 Seasons, 18 Episodes (41-43 minutes each)

-Rating: TV-PG (very mild sexual innuendo, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild use of alcohol and smoking, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Hayley Atwell, James D’Arcy, Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj, Shea Whingham

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

Firstly, I want to start this off with the fact that I am a sucker for most anything set in history.  This is a BEAUTIFUL period drama.  From the sets to the hair and make up to the costumes, everything radiates the feel of the 1940s post war era.  I’m absolutely obsessed with the costumes, specifically everything that Peggy Carter wears.  I apparently need a new wardrobe.

Season 1:

This is a great show.

The storyline is absolutely addictive.  The little nods to things that are a bit anachronistic are great.  The typewriter communication is a really cool idea. All the spy and espionage stuff is fantastic.  They tackled all of the misogyny in a way that lets Carter challenge it but how it actually happened in the 1940s.

I love that we get a little bit of the Black Widow program and the Red Room.  Dottie is going to be a great character.  Carter dressing similar to how Natasha dresses is a nice little touch.  There are definitely moments when its hard to believe she wasn’t trained that way.

The people they have brought back into the show are wonderful.  Its great to see the 107th back.  Their relationship with Peggy is just darling.  They treat her with so much respect.  They love her like a sister, treat her like a comrade, and know what an asset she is.

Brilliant that they showed the PTSD trigger and how Peggy helped him snap out of it.  This mission gave Peggy the time to shine and really show how much of an asset she is.  She’s not just a woman.  Not just the skirt in the office but a real officer.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier, created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Two years have passed since the battle of New York.  As the world continues to rebuild and deal with the aftermath of the alien invasion, and the knowledge of the superheroes in their midst, Steve Rogers (alias Captain America) has moved to Washington D.C. to work with S.H.I.E.L.D., a counterintelligence and espionage agency.  He is beginning to adjust to modern life and works alongside Agent Natasha Romanoff (alias Black Widow).

During a mission with the S.T.R.I.K.E. team (S.H.I.E.L.D.’s counter-terrorism team) to free a S.H.I.E.L.D. ship from pirates Steve realizes he is in the dark about several of the other sides of what is going on in within the agency he is working for.

When he is finally briefed on Project Insight, a program to be used to preemptively eliminate threats before they become issues, things go from bad to worse.  Director Fury is attacked by an assassin called the Winter Solder.  He is able to warn Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. is compromised by outside forces but it isn’t until Rogers, Romanoff and a new friend, Sam Wilson (alias Falcon) are attacked but the same assassin that killed Director Fury that they begin to put the pieces together on who is behind the attacks.

Will they be able to save the day?  Or will the Winter Soldier…and the team behind him… succeed in their mission to create the ultimate preemptive weapon…eliminating any and all possible threats to themselves and world domination?

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, War Film, Spy/Espionage

-Creator: created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee

-Length: 136 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This is one of my favorites of the MCU films.  It introduces some great characters, we get to see more of HYDRA, what happened to our beloved Bucky Barnes…and we really get to see more of Captain America and how he functions in the modern world.

Between the betrayals, the writing, and the great cinematography this ends up being a wonderful spy and espionage film with all the little working parts getting revealed at just the right moments, from Fury being alive, to the fact that Natasha has other secret missions that are on a need-to-know basis…and sometimes Cap just doesn’t need to know.

I’ve always loved the world of Captain America.  The historical feel of the first film is right up my alley, as was the feel and look of Agent Carter.  This one is definitely modernized but fits into the whole line up of Captain America films.  It has all of the truth and honor that the Captain is constantly fighting for with all of the “war film” feels of the first…even though they aren’t exactly in a war at the moment.

Just a great movie from start to finish and one I rewatch quite often.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., created by MARVEL Cinematic Studios, based on characters by Stan Lee: a Television Review

Synopsis:

Agent Phil Coulson of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is alive and has been tasked with putting together a small taskforce to handle the strange new cases that are popping up throughout the globe in the wake of the attack on New York.  As their team grows, they begin to catch the ire of several different groups from the Rising Tide to Project Centipede.  It is their job to assess, fix and report on the anomalies that are occurring throughout the world…and fight the forces that oppose them when needed.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Spy and Espionage

-Creator: created by MARVEL Cinematic Studios, based on characters by Stan Lee

-Length: 7 Seasons, 136 total episodes, 41-45 minutes each

-Rating: TV-14 (mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use, mild use of medications and modifications to physical bodies treated as drugs, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Netflix (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Jeff Ward, Cobie Smolders

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

Ok so this is one of the few shows that kind of happened during the beginning of things so its going to be a little different in the review than the stuff that I’ve done before.  The current series have about 6 hours of content.  The ones before those were standalones.  This one…this one was changed by the movies.  So, it seems best to try and review the series in chunks between the movies and several of the shows.

Season 1, Episodes 1-7:

I’m so glad that Coulson is ok…no matter how he is ok.  I’m not sure about Ward.  Melinda May is awesome…not sure how she is just the pilot.  Fitz and Simmons are adorable.  They are super enthusiastic about all of the scientific stuff that is going on around them.

Skye is going to be an interesting character.  I love that Coulson captures her.  Not sure if she is the head of Rising Tide…or just helping out with things.  If I remember from when I watched the first bit of this originally, she ends up on the team.

Hmmm…I’m not sure how all of this is going to play out with Mike.  He’s dangerous and the technology to create his powers are unstable.

This is a decent start to the series but I’m not super impressed like I usually am with shows that Joss Whedon (for all of his faults and major issues) has created.  I hope that it gets better from here on out.

The second episode was a little better.  I liked the side characters that were brought in… it was cool to see people that know Coulson before everything with S.H.I.E.L.D.  and it was nice to see the team work together for the first time.  Though May is super scary.

So obviously Skye isn’t in charge of Rising Tide. But she was a big part of what was going on.  It’s interesting to see all the moving parts that are going on in the show.  Are we finally getting to see part of Project Centipede?

I appreciate that Skye sticks to her convictions.  I don’t like Miles. 

The stories seem to be getting a little better as the episodes go on.  We are just starting to see what some of the characters are capable of.

I’m interested to see how some of what I know happens plays out.  Its just a really slow to start show.  I’m glad I didn’t really watch it when it was on.  I’m not sure I would have kept coming back for the episodes week after week.

It would not have been cool to lose Jemma this early.  She is one of the characters that I keep coming back to the show for.

Episode 7 was actually really intriguing.  It was really the first time that we see all of them work together for one common goal.  They’ve done assignments yes, but out of their own loyalty….there hasn’t been a lot of that yet.

Rating:

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, based on the universe created by George Lucas: a Film Review

Synopsis:

The Empire is nearly in full control of the Republic. 

They are trying to develop a new weapon that will bring uncooperative planets to their knees but in order to do so Imperial weapons developer Orson Krennic needs the help of Galen Erso, a research scientist who has defected from the Empire in hopes to protect his family.  When their location is discovered, Galen is captured, his wife is killed and their daughter, Jyn, manages to escape with the help of Saw Gerrera, a rebel extremist.

Fifteen years later, the Rebel Alliance gets word that the weapon the Empire has been developing is nearly operational.  They track down Jyn Erso, hoping her connection to her father and his work as well as her knowledge of Saw Gerrera will aid them in their mission to steal the plans for the weapon in order to destroy it before the Empire has the chance to use it on a single world.

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fantasy Spy and Espionage

-Creator: based on the universe created by George Lucas

-Length: 133 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (moderate violence and gore, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed

-Page of Reference in RP1: 62

Review (contains spoilers):

 So, watching this a second time I had a different reaction than seeing it in theatres.  I know that you shouldn’t get attached to characters in situations like this, and that we knew it was a suicide mission to begin with due to where it takes place in the storyline of the Skywalker Saga.  This is war and not everyone survives war…but still.

When I came out of the theatre I was really upset.  I didn’t like that they created such a diverse and varied cast of incredibly well-written characters to just kill all of them.  It seems a waste to me.

That being said this is an incredible Espionage and Spy film set in the universe of Star Wars.  Jyn is one of my favorite strong female characters.  She is bold and willing to risk her life for the chance to defeat the enemy that took her family from her.

This story added so much depth to what happens right before we meet Princess Leia the first time in A New Hope. Its so nice to see that we are able to fill in gaps in this series that weren’t able to be filled or didn’t necessarily need to be filled when dealing with the main Saga storyline.  These films give glimpses into the universe that we otherwise don’t see.  We get to discover things like religions associated with the Force that aren’t the Jedi/Sith.  We get more worlds and the abilities of droids, smugglers, other species.  Even smaller glances into these help to flesh out the world of the Skywalker Saga.

Honestly, save for the end this is one of favorite films in the Star Wars universe.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, created by MARVEL Cinematic Universe, based on characters from MARVEL Comics: a Television Review

Synopsis:

Six months have passed since Steve handed off the Shield to Sam Wilson.  As the world readjusts to the snap back to reality he is forced to team up with Bucky Barns on an adventure that has them chasing a rogue group known as the Flag Smashers across the globe.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Buddy Cop, Spy and Espionage

-Creator: Malcolm Spellman for the MARVEL Cinematic Universe, based on characters from MARVEL Comics

-Length: 2 episodes, 45-60 minutes each

-Rating: TV-14 (moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild use of alcohol, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription)

-Main Cast: Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Erin Kellyman, Danny Ramirez, Georges St-Pierre, Adepero Oduye, Don Cheadle, Daniel Bruhl, Emily VanCamp

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

Episode 1: New World Order

This is a really fascinating story line.

The idea that a new group has popped up that is something like Anonymous.  It’s the result of the five years between the first snap and everyone coming back.  The chaos of both of those events has caused so many issues in the world from the destruction and the reunification of the world.

I like the idea that Sam really wanted to leave Captain America’s mantel for Steve and that should be that.  Its insane that the government decided to replace Steve with this…guy.  He just doesn’t feel ok to me.  I’m not sure what is up with him.

The costuming for the Flag Smashers did make me a bit uncomfortable.  I understand that the character was created long before what I associate the red handprint on the face with, but it did make me a little irritated that they didn’t decide to modify the symbol.  It could have gone on a breast plate or another article of clothing.  Because what I associate the red handprint on the face with (not in the same place but still) is the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement.  The red handprint over the mouth is a huge sign to bring awareness to the women who have been kidnapped, murdered, and are often still missing.  I think the costumer could have done a better job adapting the trademark costume for Flag Smasher into something new and different that didn’t detract from this cause. 

If you would like more information on this issue and how to help with the cause, then please visit: https://mmiwusa.org/ or search for “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women”

Episode 2: The Star-Spangled Man

I just don’t trust this guy…the guy who is the new Captain America.  There is just something about him that feels wrong. Off somehow.  Its just not okay on a few different levels. But I’m not so sure what has me feeling this way.  I don’t know anything about how the comics play out so I’m just going on what I feel.

YES….we now have White Wolf!  So excited.  I love that Bucky has given up the Winter Soldier name and become White Wolf!  I’m super interested to see where this goes.  I’m also loving that Sam is getting to spread his wings as the Falcon.  Some of his maneuvers are just beautifully done.

The more that we get the new Captain America interacting with Sam and Bucky the less and less I like him!

But seriously the “couples counseling” moment in this episode was CLASSIC.  Just wonderful.

I’m glad we are quickly getting to put faces with the Flag Smashers. I’m really interested in where they are going to go and connect to ULTIMATUM in the comics.

Oh yay…Zemo…

Episode 3: Power Broker

I’m liking the new Captain America less and less.

Oh Bucky.  Breaking people out of jail.  You know Zemo is going to stab all of you in the back.

It is interesting the bits and pieces we are getting of the Flag Smashers.  They are Super Soldiers, but their cause is fairly relatable.  The world united was probably extremely helpful during the Blip.  Much easier to keep track of things in a few places instead of over one hundred individual countries.  Its their methods that aren’t exactly commendable.

Who is the Power Broker?… obviously its not Selby.  Though of course Sarah had to call at exactly the wrong moment.

Woohoo Sharon!  I hope she becomes a main character in this mess.  I love Sharon and her attitude.  She is fantastic. 

That is a LOT of Super Serum.  Or at least enough stuff to make a lot of it.  And 20 vials is still a lot.

Of course, Zemo takes off after killing the doctor.  And assumes his other identity.  It wouldn’t be a show if that didn’t happen.  He’s still on their side (at least for now) but he’s not trustworthy.

And as always Sharon is awesome.  The boys need to get their act together.

I don’t want to like Karli but she’s kind of sad in a lot of ways.  And, never mind.  The explosion kind of changed my view.  They have done a great job with the story telling as well as the ups and downs of the situation and what is going on in the world.

Where is Bucky off to? Little bread crumbs.  Where do they lead?

*squeal* YES!!!!!!!!!!

Episode 4: The Whole World is Watching

So a little flash back to get us to where we are today.  The deprogramming that Bucky went through in Wakanda.

What is Zemo up to?

Karli is really easy to relate to.  I am really enjoying the fact that we have a “villain” who is relatable.  It really shows the depth of human struggle.  That sometimes your heart is right, but your methods aren’t.

Oh boy.  I just keep liking the new Captain America less and less.  He’s harsh and brisk and just doesn’t seem to really know what he is supposed to be doing.  He has no trust in the people around him.  I feel like that is how he was as a soldier too.

Finally, we get Sam and Karli to talk.  I wonder what is actually going to happen in that conversation.  Its all about HOW it is being done.  The cause isn’t the issue.  And its great that the “good guys” recognize it.

Damn, Zemo.  I’m not surprised because he is all about ending the Super Soldiers once and for all.  But I actually like Karli.  Its hard to see her shot at.  And of course, our new shiny Captain America is going to hide one and take it. Ugh.  I knew I didn’t like him.

Speak of the devil and he shall appear.

I just…blah.  I’m not sure I’d actually be mad if Karli managed to kill John.

I LOVE the Dora Milaja.  They are such incredible women.  And not afraid to fight.  Ayo is awesome.  Taking off Bucky’s arm. And capturing the shield.  They handed John Walker a LOT to think about.

And Zemo is finally gone?  Maybe…

Karli is good.  Calling Sarah to get Sam to take her seriously.  But how much is John going to mess this up for everyone?

Well John took the serum.  That was a bad decision. And now Lemar is dead.  That is going to change everything about John Walker.  He’s no longer fighting the Flag Smashers for the fact that they are terrorists.  He’s now got a personal vendetta.  That is NOT how Captain America does anything.  He does not deserve to wear that uniform.

Episode 5: Truth

Oh, this isn’t going to go well.  Walker is not in a good place.  And Bucky is always ready for a fight.  He’s been looking for a reason to take back that shield.

This is not good.  Whatever that serum is doing to him it is not good.  I can’t believe he pulled off Falcon’s wings and tried to kill both Bucky and Sam by cutting off their heads.  This is atrocious.  I knew I didn’t like him from the start but this is something else.  I know nothing about the storyline this is based on but this is just insane.

I think Sam is realizing he may not have made the best choice in giving up the shield.  I do like that there was a tiny detail that I’m not sure many people caught.  But that entire fight was done with the Captain’s shield held upside down with the star pointing down.  Had the feel of turning the American flag upside down to show the country is in distress.  Very clear message that Walker wasn’t in a good state of mind.

Oh. My. Gods. Val….Val is in the Universe now?!?  This. Is. NOT. Good.

Karli is something else.  I’m not sure how that is all going to play out.  While Walker killed with passion she kills without emotion.  Its interesting how the serum changes you…or enhances your desires and underlying personality.

Hmmm. Sokovia.  What is Zemo up to?  Time for the Dora Milaje to take him.  It is good that he has decided to not kill Bucky.  The Raft is harder to escape at least.

Poor Sam.  There is a lot for him to process.  I hope Isaiah will help.  I’m glad we are getting his story. 

That was a lot to process.  I’m so glad stories like this are coming to the forefront.  We need these stories told.  We need to see these struggles and history confronted.  Because, for as made up as comics are, the stories are rooted in what is actually going on…what has gone on in our history.  Isaiah’s story isn’t unusual.  His confinement. His service.  Everything that happened to him.  Sadly, it isn’t an unheard-of story.

Ooooh.  New wings for Sam. And a montage scene of everyone helping to fix up the family boat.  Bucky and Sarah are kind of adorable…Sam obviously doesn’t think so. Haha.

What is Sharon up to? And why is she talking to Batrok?  Is Sharon the Power Broker?  I’ve had suspicions….but I’m just not sure.  We will see.

Aw.  I love that they are becoming friends.  Its nice to see the two of them get along.  But not as a team.  Its so adorable.  They keep dancing around each other.  Just be friends.

Batrok is now with the Flag Smashers.  Or maybe not.  They are in NYC with a LOT more people on their side.  This isn’t going to be good at all.

Yeah. This is going to be big trouble.

Are those actually wings for Sam? Or is it something else?

After Credits Scene:  What is John making? His own shield?  Are we finally going to get his reveal…not quite?

Episode 6: One World. One People.

So this is the one episode that I watched completely and then am reviewing after.

This story was so important.  So very important.

I can’t speak to the experiences of anyone who is Black (I have a whole article on Racism and the world of Ready Player One here).  But I can say that as part of another community that is marginalized…the LGBT+ and being neurodivergent I can speak to HOW important representation in media is. 

Telling these stories is so essential.  Its so essential for people to hear their voices.  Their stories.

And this show had so many of them to tell. 

That of refugees.

That of marginalized people fighting for their cause.

That of the oppression of Black Americans by so many others from our government to the people around them in everyday life.

The story of forgiveness and redemption.

The reality of the world around us.

I’m absolutely floored by how much went into this show.  So much depth.  So many feelings.  Just completely and utterly beautifully told.

I’m so glad that Sam took up being Captain America (or Captain Falcon).  I love Bucky’s redemption…though I would have been even happier if the final title had said “Captain America and the White Wolf” as Bucky has finally put the Winter Soldier completely away.

What we get next is anyone’s guess.  We are getting Captain America 4! That was announced today.  But we have so many characters introduced in this show.  Between Lady Hydra, U.S. Agent, The Power Broker/a “new” Agent Carter (that was a great combo), new Captain America/Captain Falcon, Bucky/White Wolf….. there is just so much that could happen from here on out. 

And honestly?

I CANNOT WAIT!

Also…Loki better be good after how incredible this and Wandavision were.

Rating:  

Rating: 5 out of 5.