In the third episode we find a character so hated when masterfully characterized: Zemo. Here is the review of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
ORIGINAL TITLE: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. KIND: Super heroes. NATION: United States. FILM DIRECTOR: Kari Skogland. CAST: Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Daniel Brühl. time: 6 episodes, 45/55 min approx. DISTRIBUTOR: Disney+. EXIT: March 19, 2021
As we got to see from the first three episodes of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, the story is the representation of the post-blip consequences, not only for all of humanity, but also and above all for the Avengers. Anthony Mackie e Sebastian Stan they return great in the roles we met them with, showing a more human side that is undoubtedly the strong point of the entire series.
However, this does not mean that the atmospheres of the previous films do not emerge here too, especially if we take into account the action scenes (performed in an excellent way). Thanks to an important return we are immediately catapulted back, finding the typical style of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. We speak, that is, of the Baron Zemo interpreted by Daniel Bruhl.
Character familiar to most, never ceases to fascinate for its complicated characterization: an evil disposition which, at the same time, is driven by ideas that are almost shareable. This leads the viewer to investigate it deeply, ending up also being subjugated to his clever mind.
Let’s analyze the third episode together.
The plot is outlined | The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Review
With the third episode we enter the full story. The plot evolves and the events begin to be told in more detail; however, a great limitation of the episode emerges from the first minutes: the speed of some scenes.
At the end of the second episode, we were able to attend to Sam and Bucky’s showdown with the new Captain America; the two decide they want to find out the truth about the Flag-Smashers for themselves. Leaving viewers with enormous curiosity stemming from the mention of an old MCU-related character: or Zemo.
Without spoiling anything, and not spoiling anyone’s vision, just know that yes: Zemo returns to be a central character of the story. You thus have the opportunity to know more about his past, also thanks to a greater characterization of the character (made much more in detail than what was done in the third chapter dedicated to Captain America).
But if Zemo is the main hub on which the entire plot of the episode revolves, it must also be said that the scenes dedicated to him (or in any case with him as protagonist) are affected by an acceleration in the narrative that makes you lose a little the thread of the speech. We move from one place to another without even realizing it, just as there are many characters introduced, cited, or in any case presented as enemies of which we will surely continue to feel the presence in the next episodes. A cauldron of information that makes the scene dynamic but which, too often, confuses.
But this third episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, in addition to the deepening on the past of Zemo and the return of the same, it brings to the scene another character of which there was no more news: Sharon Carter.
Also in his case we come to know of new information, especially related to the lapse of time elapsed since the last appearance in Captain America: Civil War; Following the war, the former SHIELD agent was also branded an outlaw as the imprisoned Avengers.
The post Blip world | The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Review
What the series implicitly deals with a diverse number of political / social issues emerges immediately. There are many episodes linked to the African American community, especially in relation to the relationship with the police; but racism and discrimination are not the only topics covered.
Starting from the devastation caused by Thanos with the snap, up to Avengers: Endgame and the return of the vanished half of the population, the questions expand also touching the economy and civil management. We are shown a little more about the elusive GRC (Global Restoration Council) and how, in reality, Captain America’s actions contrast with the pacifist spirit of the movement that aims to help the victims of Thanos’ decimation.
These new ones “Enemies”, who perhaps emerge more as champions of justice than as evil opponents of a system, immediately show the hidden flaw behind their struggle for good: the arrogance of being able to change the world with their own laws, more to return to an order predetermined that for the common good.
The series, now halfway through its journey, shows itself very close to current events and surprisingly mature both in content and in form: excellent action scenes (full of violence), introspective insights into the characters, decidedly important twists but a hair too fast in presenting them.
We can now say with certainty that the mixture of struggle and feelings is taking the series to a level of perfection like never before in a Marvel product.
The return of Baron Zemo
Points in favor
- The character of Zemo
- Action scenes
- Plot too fast in some moments