The Falcon and The Winter Soldier 1 × 02 review: the new Cap

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier 1 × 02 review: the new Cap

With a perfect mix of past and future, let’s find out some more details about the story. 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

The second episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier confirms more and more the initial hypotheses. We are not just talking about a flawless episode from a technical point of view, with spectacular dynamics and action scenes of pure entertainment; we are faced with a product that makes the psychological introspection of the protagonists, the struggle for rights and the condemnation of racism the main pivot, giving a leading role to the political theme. All this, of course, without distorting the story at all and giving fans the same atmosphere of the films linked to the figure of Captain America.

For now, a well-structured and more impactful series is confirmed compared to WandaVision. It must be remembered, however, that the styles of both are very different and that the comparisons, consequently, are mostly driven by what is the viewer’s first subjective impression.

We can say, however, without any doubt, that The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is in all respects designed like a movie which has been given the cut of a series, leaving the audience with bated breath and curious to understand what actually is the main theme of the entire plot.

Let’s analyze the second episode together.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier 1x02 review: the new Cap

The new Captain America | The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Review

We said how psychology introspection of the characters is an element of great importance for the development of the plot. Not only that, I believe that the detailed study that is reserved for the personalities of the protagonists serves as a business card for the viewer.

It is also the method used to introduce new characters, including the most important Captain America alias John Walker/U.S. Agent.

For those who have followed the Marvel films from their origins, they will surely have had to fight with their emotions when they saw the Steve Rogers shield in the hand of the new hero; for comic book readers, however, nothing new (the story, in this case, follows a slightly different dynamics than the films). Captain America’s Chris Evans is one of the most beloved characters of the entire MCU, starting over could be a risky, if not lethal move for the franchise; to be honest, I think it was a brilliant idea.

We all knew the phase 4 of the MCU would have made a lot of changes and started an era forged on the birth of new heroes, after the worthy farewell to the original Avengers with the blockbuster film Avengers: Endgame. The new Captain America allows you to look forward, to create an original story, linking the past to the present thanks to the figure of Falcon and Bucky.

And that’s how the second episode opens, introducing us to a Captain who is a man like everyone else. With the same emotions of anyone who finds himself having to load his life with expectations and missions, with the same fears of those who know that, from now on, he will have to be a better model, if not equal, than the previous one.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier 1x02 review: the new Cap

Androids, Aliens and Wizards | The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Review

The second episode confirms what we already knew: Sam e Bucky they are a winning combination.

Ironic, witty and deeply united by friendship with Steve Rogers, they hold up well the role of protagonists of the story. Both in the action scenes and in the more emotionally strong ones, they are perfectly capable of making the characters believable; both with a past to forget and a present full of pitfalls, they know they need each other despite constantly trying to get away. In the second episode, in fact, the two Avengers meet and clash, establishing a relationship of conflict rather than alliance, for the most part caused by Captain America’s shield, which is unjustifiably in the hands of John Walker.

The enemies

Sam and Bucky find themselves fighting unknown enemies, having a hard time identifying them. The scheme aliens, androids and wizards is mentioned several times in the episode, and serves to try to put the enemies in a category and find an effective method to deal with them.

If the antagonist is only marginally presented, whose strength is emphasized (according to the model of Super Soldier), the aliens, androids and wizards scheme leave room for a series of comic gags that fit perfectly with the personalities of the two Avengers. The tension is relieved and the viewer is allowed to take charge of all the information received and receive it in the best possible way.

But who are the enemies? It is about the Flag-Smasher (Flagbreaker), whose name derives from the classic enemy of Captain America in the comics; the terrorist who aims to unify all the world’s people under a single flag, his own.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier 1x02 review: the new Cap


With the new episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios intrigues viewers, preparing them for the events of the next episode in the best possible way.

The American political situation is found in all 49 minutes, recording in the episode the same abuses that minorities find themselves experiencing in everyday life. Just as the arrogance of the government cannot help but show off its secret weapons without really knowing the extent of its actions. Mirror of the society in which we live, we can not help but wait for the next episodes to know to what extent reality and fiction will walk on the same track.

Without forgetting the very unexpected ending. The figure of Zemo but in a guise that, from what was perceived by the trailers, is not what I thought I was seeing. Questions grow, curiosity increases and interesting new versions of the story begin.

Reality and fiction on the same level

Points in favor

  • Action scenes
  • Captain America
  • Political issues

Points against

  • Slightly confusing plot