Quick ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Review – ‘Power Broker’

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

As I watch ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ series on Disney+, I’m enjoying each episode each week with varying measure. These ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ shows on Disney+ do feel like mini-movies. Mind you, I find ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ far more serious than ‘WandaVision’. 😐

In the third episode of the series called ‘Power Broker’, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes a.k.a. the Winter Soldier orchestrates a prison riot to help Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo escape. This is something Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson a.k.a. the Falcon is unhappy with, but they require Zemo.

As a reminder, Zemo was the Sokovian terrorist and baron who caused friction between the Avengers in ‘Captain America: Civil War’. He agrees to help Sam and Bucky stop the Flag-Smashers who are causing trouble in the world with wanting things back to the way they were during the Blip.

Sam, Bucky and Zemo travel to Madripoor, a criminal sanctuary city-island in south-east Asia, where they meet Imelda Corcoran as Selby. She reveals to them that the Power Broker (whoever he is) hired former Hydra scientist Olli Haaskivi as Dr. Wilfred Nagel to recreate the super soldier serum. 😐

It gets chaotic when Sam’s identity is exposed after receiving a phone call from his sister, Adepero Oduye as Sarah. Selby gets killed and a bounty gets placed on Sam, Bucky and Zemo as they escape before they are rescued by Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, who’s been living as a fugitive recently.

Sharon Carter was in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Captain America: Civil War’ as she happens to be the niece of Peggy Carter (Steve Rogers’ love interest) and a former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. It was intriguing to see Sharon Carter living a dangerous and rough life in recent years. 😐

After saving Sam, Bucky and Zemo, Sharon helps them by bringing them to Dr. Nagel’s lab where they demand information from him. They learn that he’s recreated twenty doses of the super soldier serum. Unfortunately, the Flag-Smashers’ leader, Erin Kellyman as Karli Morgenthau, has stolen them.

It gets frantic when Sharon fends off a number of bad guys trying to get at Sam, Bucky and Zemo whilst with Dr. Nagel. Zemo unexpectedly kills Nagel and his lab is soon destroyed. Zemo soon steals a getaway vehicle for him, Bucky and Sam whilst Sharon stays behind as she can’t leave Mandripoor.

Sam agrees to obtain a pardon for Sharon as he, Bucky and Zemo get away. I’m sure we’ll be seeing Sharon again. I wonder what will happen to Sam, Bucky and Zemo next and where they go from here after learning quite a bit of information on how the super soldier serum has been recreated recently.

Elsewhere, Wyatt Russell as John Walker/Captain America and Cle Benntt as Lemar Hoskins/Battlestar have deduced Sam and Bucky have helped Zemo to escape from Berlin. The Flag-Smashers also raid a Global Repatriation Council (GRC) storage facility in Lithuania to obtain supplies.

It was surreal to see the GRC’s advert at the beginning of the episode in how they intend to get the world back to normality after five years of the Blip during ‘Avengers: Endgame’. Honestly, I wonder if that’s an echo of how we need to return to normality from the Covid-19 pandemic – please keep safe.

The episode ends with Zemo, Bucky and Sam travelling to Latvia in search of Karli Morgenthau. Bucky spots Wakandan tracking devices in the street and he soon confronts Florence Kasumba as Ayo of the Dora Milaje from Wakanda, who was in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.

‘Power Broker’ has been an enjoyable episode to watch in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ series. I’m still not sure where the series is going to go after Bucky confronts Ayo from Wakanda and how it will affect Bucky, Sam and Zemo’s mission to uncover what’s going on with the Flag-Smashers.

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

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now.

Tim. 🙂

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