The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 3 review
Here’s my The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 3 review which is now out on Disney+.
Spoilers abound here so here’s your SPOILER ALERT
This week’s episode picks up the pace even further for all the main characters. Bucky helped Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) spring out of prison and they fly off to Madripoor to look for the source of the Super Soldier serum that has powered the Flag Smashers. Wyatt Russell’s John F Walker aka the new Captain America is also hot on the trail of the Flag Smashers but he’s one step behind in Germany. Meanwhile Carli’s Flag Smasher’s group crossed the line already by killing people in their latest raid.
Best Moments for the Show
My best moments would be the return of Emily VanCamp’s Sharon Carter as well as that explosive action sequence in the docks in Madripoor where Baron Zemo also gets to have his badass moment.
Who could forget the meme worthy Zemo dance from the Madripoor segment.
One of the things that I wasn’t sure here was the Super Soldier Serum but thanks to this episode, it was now clear that the serum is legit and is something that will eventually come back to haunt everyone. And that also means that Isaiah Bradley’s appearance from last episode wasn’t just exposition and a way to shoehorn the future Young Avengers project (because we already saw the future Patriot, Eli Bradley, in that scene in Episode 2).
The plot thickens for a number of characters here but the top spot has to go to Walker’s Captain America who is already showing signs that he might not be the right choice to bear the mantle of Captain America. We also get a subtle hint as to how powerful the GRC is and they aren’t just a background corporation.
Baron Zemo’s motivations continue to pick up from where we last saw him in Captain America: Civil War plus he’s fully restored to his comic book counterpart, the same man who sold the world the Thunderbolts only to reveal secretly that they were really the Masters of Evil in disguise. Zemo’s episode 3 appearance also reminds viewers that he is a man that should not be trusted especially after his brutal murder of Dr. Nagel.
New questions also arise in this episode including where Sharon Carter’s allegiance really lies as well as what happened to her after assisting Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers in that movie. Is she really working for the mysterious Power Broker or is there something we don’t know yet?
I don’t know about you guys but the whole retcon for Baron Zemo was just excellent. It was a gentle massage too and not overt because if you watch Civil War, there’s credibility to his claim that he was rich namely being able to travel around the world at a drop of a hat. And even if you analyze the voicemail he keeps on listening in on, there was never really any hint that he was a middle class guy or impoverished. So this wasn’t an iffy thing. Plus he really got to flex in this episode from his old cars (which may or may not have ties to HYDRA and the Red Skull) to his private jet to his getaway vehicle
The humor for this episode is subtle and only a few ones were really noticeable such as Sam’s comments on running with the heels on while being chased. Oh and speaking of Sam, him appearing as a a pimp-looking character named Smiling Tiger is also a reference to another Marvel character AND to his sketchy past in the comics as a pimp named Snap Wilson.
Most Filipino fans who tuned in to this episode also got a kick at hearing Shanti Dope’s “Amats” playing in the bar when Bucky, Zemo and Sam enter. It’s currently banned in the Philippines but its a big F.U. to local legislators who picked on the hapless rap song. Check out the song below:
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