The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 2 Spoilers Ahead!
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier premiered on 19th March 2021 and will release in an episodic format till 23rd April 2021 with a total of 6 episodes. The miniseries is part of MCU Phase four and is set after the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame. Produced by Marvel Studios, the miniseries is directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman as the head writer. The series Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier and Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon.
The Journey Begins
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 2 made its way to the audience introducing a lot of questions and new twists in Falcon and Bucky’s journey. With episode 1 we see the makers focusing more on individual introduction to characters whereas in episode 2 we dive head-on into the storyline getting a minuscule idea of what’s coming next. In this episode, we see the face behind the flag smashers and learn a bit more about the new Captain America along with other things.
The new Captain America is John Walker. As the episode begins the first thing we see is him preparing for his public appearance and he already seems tired of the shenanigan and wants to work for the safety and betterment of American folks. he acknowledges the mounting pressure of responsibility and perfection that comes to him with the shield and looks slightly nervous but ready to go. With a closer look into John Walkers psyche, you are led to reevaluate the dislike that everyone grew for him in episode 1 but by the end of the episode, we see a different arrogant side of him as he says “Stay the hell out of my way” to Sam and Bucky. It is easy to say that this episode puts audiences in a weird love-and-hate relationship with Walker.
Furthermore, we come across a new lethal enemy i.e., a group of 8 super soldiers led by Karli Morgenthau, the leader of Flag Smashers. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 2 provides us with more information about this group and their functioning also giving us clear imagery about their determination and devotion to their idea. The aim of the group is to abolish nationalist symbols as well as boundaries. It seems as if there is a lot more about the flag smasher than them just being a terrorist organization which will surely be revealed in future episodes.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 2 also reveals two supporting characters who might have a bigger role further on. We are introduced to Lamar Hoskins who is Captain America’s sidekick who is known as Battlestar in the comics. This poses the idea of how the department of security and defence sees the new Captain as such a big brand that he has to come with his own pre-determined sidekick to be a success. Secondly, we are introduced to a black super-soldier named Isaiah Bradley known in Marvel legend as “The Black Captain America.” He fought the Winter Soldier in 1951 during the Korean war, knowing about the existence of Isaiah is a big and shaking moment for Sam as he was left to be forgotten in the shadows despite his good work, unlike Steve Rogers.
This scene works as a commentary on how America treats its Black community as soon after we see Sam and Bucky arguing on the road when a cop car holds up and tries to arrest only Sam and not Bucky and asks him if Sam was bullying or posing any threat to him. Considering that two people were in an argument there is no reasonable argument other than racial injustice that to why the officers found it fitting to oppress and question only Sam. The only reason why they left Sam was upon realizing that he is an Avenger. The commentary on racial injustice is smartly woven in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 2 as writers continue to explore this aspect of the superhero journey.
With all this happening the episode also unites Bucky and Sam as they venture to fight the bad. There is antagonism between the two and the episode justifies it. Bucky is enraged at Sam for giving away the shield and says that it was not his thing to give up like this when Steve found him worth it. On the other hand, we were introduced to Sam’s dispute regarding the shield in episode 1 itself justifying his problem with Bucky’s approach. Though The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 2 has created a perfect humanitarian and explanatory ground for almost all its characters introduced till now, it fails to show genuine tension between Sam and Bucky, and often times it comes across as nothing but snarly dialogues.
Stream It or Skip It
STREAM IT! The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 2 introduces a new anti-hero and is building a good base for the future storyline. The show again proves itself to be dense and thoughtful rather than blindly basking in just heroism and glory.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 2 is streaming now on Disney+ Hotstar.