Quick ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Review – ‘The Whole World Is Watching’

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

And I have seen the fourth episode of ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ called ‘The Whole World Is Watching’! ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ is certainly a darker ‘MCU’ show compared to ‘WandaVision’. This is demonstrated especially in terms of the episode’s pretty dramatic cliffhanger.

In the episode, we continue where we left off with Sebastian Stan as Bucky confronting Florence Kasumba as Ayo of the Dora Milaje from Wakanda. Ayo gives Bucky eight hours to use Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo for his and Anthony Mackie as Sam’s purposes in order to locate the Flag-Smashers.

The Wakandans intend to take Zemo in for having killed their king T’Chaka, T’Challa/Black Panther’s father in ‘Captain America: Civil War’. It was very interesting to see a flashback sequence featuring Bucky Barnes with Ayo in Wakanda six years before the events of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ take place.

Meanwhile, Zemo helps Sam and Bucky to find Erin Kellyman as Karli Morgenthau at a funeral for her adoptive mother. Sam tries to talk to Karli in order to persuade her to end the violence she and the Flag-Smashers are causing. For a while in their conversation, Sam seemed to get through to Karli.

But it’s ruined when Wyatt Russell as John Walker/Captain America and Clé Bennett as Lemar Hoskins/Battlestar intercept. Walker becomes impatient, interrupting Sam and Karli. Things get out of a control when a fight ensues. Remind me, why was John Walker chosen to be Captain America?!

It’s very clear that Walker can’t live up to Steve Rogers’ legacy and he’s clearly not a good Captain America as he would like to believe. I think ‘Avengers: Endgame’ should have done the reverse by having Steve Rogers give his shield to Bucky instead of Sam and then this sort of thing would never have happened.

Zemo meanwhile manages to destroy most of the super-soldier serum before he’s apprehended by Walker’s Captain America. Walker also secretly takes the last vial. I’m pretty sure Walker took the vial to become super-strong, even though we don’t really see that happen when watching the episode.

Things get more complicated when Ayo and the Dora Milaje come for Zemo and Walker refuses to hand him over. A fight ensues! Captain America should be ending fights rather than provoking them. Again, what made John Walker suitable to become next-in-line to take on Captain America’s mantle?

Walker is left humiliated by the Dora Milaje and Zemo manages to escape. Whether we’ll see Zemo again in a future ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ episode, I don’t know. It gets tense when Karli phones up Sam’s sister, Adepero Oduye as Sarah, threatening her to get Sam to meet up with her. 😐

Sam, joined by Bucky, soon meets up with Karli and she attempts to persuade him to join her forces. But it isn’t long till Walker’s Captain America and Hoskins’ Battlestar engage with other members of the Flag-Smashers. Sam Wilson’s Falcon and Bucky Barnes’ Winter Soldier soon join in the fight here.

It ends tragically with Karli accidentally killing Hoskins’ Battlestar. Aww, and I was hoping for him to last a little longer till the end of the series. Walker becomes enraged by his friend’s death and he soon ends up using the Captain America shield to kill Noah Mills as Nico, one of the Flag-Smashers. 😐

I was shocked to see that by the time the episode came to an end. Walker must have taken the super-soldier serum to do that before he killed Nico. The Captain America shield ends up drenched in Nico’s blood and Walker is surrounded by horrified spectators who have just filmed his actions. 😐

I don’t know how things are going to turn out in the penultimate and final episode of ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ series. Things are intense than ever and clearly John Walker isn’t the good guy he’s made out to be. Even the episode’s end credits music felt very foreboding and doom-laden.

By the way, Emily VanCamp makes a small appearance as Sharon Carter in the episode! 😀

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

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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