The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a promising, albeit not as fresh Disney+ effort. For now, it lacks real vision and has a Wanda-ring point of view.
This recap of Disney Plus’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, season 1, episode 1, “New World Order”, contains significant spoilers.
The Falcon and the Winder Soldier takes place a few months after the “blip” (around the same timeline for WandaVision). The series ties its hopes on the ethical question that, after the blip, if the world wasn’t a better place by working as a world without borders. One of those groups, the terrorist kind, that marks an invisible red handprint that can only be seen through an app on a smartphone. They are called the Flag-Smashers. They want a world unified without borders and are stealing money to fund their manifestos and plans. One of them, coincidentally, looks a lot like Zemo (Daniel Brühl), from Captain America: Civil War, but apparently it’s just one of those new super soldiers we heard so much about.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier season 1, episode 1 recap: Flight of the Navigator
Sam/The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) is still in the armed forces and used his Tony Stark gear to stop some Russians from taking over a military flight. It wasn’t made terribly clear why they tried to hijack the plane. But, when Sam showed up, the bad guys fended him off just in enough time to climb into some wingsuits. All four jump out of the plane, ready to fly, and they take one of the soldiers with him, which again, is not terribly clear why this is happening.
No matter, this is time for some action. The Falcon jumps out of the plane as well. Somehow the turbo juiced wings Sam is wearing are no match for the bad guy’s polyester blend. These guys are so good, they can maneuver between canyons and fly into multiple enemy Russian helicopters. It doesn’t matter. All with the help of his own trusty R2D2, Red Wing — think of it as a paper airplane attached to Sam’s wings, except he is made of metal, filled with tiny missiles and thousands of bullets — Sam redirects some missiles, blows up those copters, and grabs the military officer they kidnapped before he becomes a falafel below.
Oh, by the way, the plane they left flying with no one in control of, you know, the one United States military cargo plane that Sam was on that was being hijacked? Well, they never went back to it. We can only assume it is still racing through the air and about to pull a flight 370 into the Indian ocean.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier season 1, episode 1 recap: In Treatment
Bucky (Sebastian Stan) was pardoned for his actions as the Winter Soldier. But part of the deal was that he must meet with a therapist (played by Amy Aquino) weekly. He is having nightmares, one where he kills an innocent man who was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He lies to her and says he is not having them. They then go over the three rules of Fight Club or The World According to Bucky.
First, he must not do anything illegal (cue him taking control of a former Hydra’s pawn car with remote control). Second, he cannot hurt anybody. He wouldn’t do that, of course not (cue Bucky now punching an assassin so hard in the face, he appears to have his neck snapped. It’s okay, he was a Hydra employee as well). Third, and repeat after me, “I am no longer the Winter Soldier. I am James Bucky Barnes, and I am here to make amends.”
Aquino and Stan really have a wonderful banter together that pops. I hope the creators make her a series regular.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier season 1, episode 1 recap: Nightmares and Amends
Bucky has been making amends for his past by either taking care of former Hydra employees or taking care of the loved ones who were innocent that he killed as the Winter Soldier. He is 106 years old, but can still pass for the late ’20s. His best friend is a bald grey fox, Rory Nakajima. They are best buds, you know because they are the same age.
Though, it is revealed Yori is suffering from endless grief over the loss of his son. It is revealed later that, when Bucky drops off the money he owes him, we see a shrine in Yori’s apartment dedicated to his late son. This isn’t a coincidence, the man in the picture is the same in Bucky’s nightmare. His best bud’s son is the one Bucky killed as the Winter Soldier and he still has not been able to tell him so he can cross him off his list of amends.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier season 1, episode 1 recap: The Take Backs
Meanwhile, Sam is back in his hometown trying to help his more than reluctant sister. They need the money and to apply for another loan so they do not have to sell the business (and home) that have been in their family for generations. She was denied one, but he is The Falcon. Of course, that’s great for selfies, but with no credit or paying job history, he is turned down flat.
Later, at his sister’s house, she turns on the television to show her brother the bad news; the powers that be used Sam’s altruism and generosity against him. The United States government needs a new marketing plan to give hope back to the American people. You see, they took back Sam’s generous contribution. Steve’s gifted him the Captain America shield so he could carry on. But Sam explained to James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle) that he felt he didn’t deserve the right to hold onto it.
So, he gave it to the Smithsonian. Of course, the government took it out before it even had time to be sprinkled with museum dust and gave it to the new guy dressed in Captain America’s suit. A wannabee and the powers that be have reduced Steve’s legacy to a caricature of what the shield stood for (player by Wyatt Russell).
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