Quick ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Review – ‘Truth’

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

After the dramatic climax of the fourth ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ episode, I was looking forward to checking out the fifth and penultimate episode of the web-series starring Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson a.k.a. the Falcon and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes a.k.a. the Winter Soldier.

Was I impressed? The episode begins with Sam and Bucky chasing after Wyatt Russell as John Walker/Captain America, after he killed one of the Flag-Smashers following the death of his friend Lemar Hoskins. This results in a fight where Sam and Bucky eventually win and defeat John Walker. 🙂

Sam and Bucky manage to take the Captain America shield from Walker, but Sam’s wingsuit as Falcon has been destroyed. Walker’s arm is also broken from the fight. Upon returning to the US, Walker is stripped of his role as Captain America and receives an other than honourable discharge. 😐

Walker is clearly unhappy about being stripped from being Captain America anymore. This episode addresses the issue of a black man being Captain America instead of a white man. Maybe that’s why Walker was chosen to be the Cap instead of Sam Wilson because he’s a white man like Steve Rogers.

I don’t see how Sam Wilson becoming the next Captain America could have been a problem considering the US had a black president in Barrack Obama. Then again, Sam Wilson struggles to come to terms with accepting the Captain America shield and own it as Steve Rogers wanted him to.

Sam also visits Carl Lumbly as Isaiah Bradley in Baltimore. Bradley believes that a black man cannot and should not be Captain America. An interesting opinion, probably driven by fear. Sam also returns to his home to help fix the family boat for his sister Adepro Oduye as Sarah. The locals also help out.

Bucky turns up to help but he also delivers a briefcase from the Wakandians to Sam. I really like how Sam and Bucky train with the shield and find ways to overcome their pasts. Bucky agrees to help Sam out when the time comes to stop the Flag-Smashers, led by Erin Kellyman as Karli Morgenthau.

I like how the friendship between Sam and Bucky has developed in the series so far. They’re less antagonistic towards each other and there seems to be an understanding of how they work with each other. I wonder how things will be between them once they work together in the final episode.

Meanwhile, Walker is approached by Julia-Louis Dreyfus as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. Apparently she was supposed to make her debut in the upcoming film ‘Black Widow’. I’ve no idea what her angle is and why she’s interested in Walker, but I’m pretty sure more will be revealed soon.

Bucky also manages to find Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo, who escaped in the previous episode. Zemo is in Sokovia and Bucky hands him over to the Dora Milaje, led by Florence Kasumba as Ayo. I have a suspicion that we’ll encounter Zemo again, whether in a future ‘MCU’ film or a web-series. 😀

With the Flag-Smashers, they plan an attack on a GRC conference and they’re also joined by George St-Pierre as Georges Batroc, who was in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and the first ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ episode. Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter also seems involved somehow. 😐

Sam left his damaged wingsuit with Danny Ramirez as Joaquin Torres. At the episode’s end, Sam opens up the suitcase given to him by Bucky. I wonder what’s inside it. There’s also a mid-credits scene where John Walker builds a new Captain America shield from scrap metal and his war medals.

‘Truth’ is a pretty engaging penultimate episode in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ series. I’m curious about how things are going to turn out in the final instalment. Will Sam and Bucky be able to defeat the Flag-Smashers? Are there far more surprising revelations to look forward to in the series?

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

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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