Quick ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Review – ‘The Star-Spangled Man’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

It’s time to talk about the second episode of ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ series, starring Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson the Falcon and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes the Winter Soldier. I enjoyed the second episode of this new ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ series being shown on Disney+.

It was good to have Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes interacting with each other for a change as opposed to not interacting with each other in the previous episode ‘New World Order’. However, I’m not sure what direction the series is heading in. It does seem to be rather fascinating so far here.

In the episode ‘The Star-Sprangled Man’, we get to know more about Wyatt Russell as John Walker who’s become the new Captain America after Steve Rogers. I’m curious about why he’s so special to take on the mantle of Captain America since he doesn’t possess the super-soldier serum Steve had.

John Walker appears on ‘Good Morning America’ to reveal his desire to live up to Steve Rogers’ legacy. He probably should have just mentioned Steve Rogers’ name when he was being interviewed on ‘Good Morning America’ rather than mentioning Tony Stark and Dr. Bruce Banner’s name then. 😐

Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes are clearly unhappy with the news that John Walker has become the new Captain America. Bucky is angry with Sam for giving up the Captain America shield when Steve Rogers gave it to him at the end of ‘Avengers: Endgame’. Bucky should’ve had that shield instead. 😐

During the episode, Sam and Bucky struggle to work together. This is especially when they travel to Munich to try and stop the anti-patriotism group, the Flag-Smashers, led by Erin Kellyman as Karli Morgenthau. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier fight the Flag-Smashers on the tops of some lorries!

What’s interesting is that the Flag-Smashers happen to be enhanced with a super-soldier serum. Not sure where they got that super-soldier formula from and whether it was the same one given to Steve Rogers or the one given to Bucky Barnes. There’s clearly a conspiracy going on in the series. 😐

Sam and Bucky soon get helped out by John Walker’s Captain America and Cle Bennett as Lemar Hoskins/Battlestar, Walker’s partner. Walker wants to work with Sam and Bucky against the Flag-Smashers and other ongoing post-Blip revolutions. But Sam and Bucky refuse to work with Walker. 😐

Now on the one hand, I can see Sam and Bucky’s viewpoint since John Walker clearly won’t match to Steve Rogers’ Captain America. But on the other, I’m getting a sense of Sam and Bucky being unreasonable towards John Walker, especially when he tries to be accommodating towards the two.

Sam and Bucky soon go to Baltimore where they meet Carl Lumbly as Isaiah Bradley. Isaiah happens to be a veteran super soldier who fought Bucky in the Korean War. Sam and Bucky need more information about additional super soldier serums, but Bradley, in a rage, refuses to help the two. 😐

Again, not sure of the backstory leading up to the events of this episode, especially when it’s indicated Isaiah was imprisoned and experimented upon by the US government and Hydra for 30 years. I also don’t know Sam and Bucky that well as characters to be invested in the series’ events. 😐

Bucky is soon arrested after failing to attend a therapy appointment. He’s released on bail after John Walker’s Captain America intervenes. There’s also a scene where Amy Aquino as Dr. Christina Raynor, Bucky’s therapist, gets Bucky and Sam to connect together which is a struggle for them both.

I hope there will come a point where Bucky and Sam aren’t bickering with each other all the time and they can be close friends. This is especially connected to them as former friends of Steve Rogers, despite being from different time periods as Bucky’s from the 1940s and Sam’s of the present day. 🙂

The episode does end abruptly. After the Flag-Smashers escape from the Power Broker’s minions, Bucky suggests that he and Sam visit the imprisoned Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo from ‘Captain America: Civil War’ in Berlin to gather intelligence. I wonder how the certain meeting will turn out. 😐

‘The Star-Sprangled Man’ is another enjoyable instalment of ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ series. Not sure what direction the series is going in and how Sam and Bucky will unravel the conspiracy, but it seems intriguing. I’m looking forward to what will happen in the next instalment. 🙂

Stay tuned for my review on the third episode of ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now.

Tim. 🙂

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