The Falcon and the Winter Soldier gets a lot more interesting in “Power Broker”.
This recap of Disney Plus’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier season 1, episode 3, “Power Broker”, contains spoilers.
Last time on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
At the end of last week’s “The Star-Spangled Man”, the show established that John Walker (Wyatt Russell) has gone from idealist do-gooder to a character that eventually will let the power of the shield go to his head. The Flag-Smashers escaped with a plane full of vaccines, to a destination unknown. After a couple of counseling sessions at their friendly police station with Doc Raynor, Sam/The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) head off to a S.W.O.R.D. prison to break out Zemo (Daniel Bruehl) to help them find the source of the super-soldiers.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier season 1, episode 3 recap: Prison Break Made Easy by Omar (no Rita Hayworth Required)
Bucky visits Zemo alone. Why? Because the sight of an Avenger like Sam may scare him and shut him down for good. So, while Bucky and Zemo get reunited and feeling not-so-good, he apologizes to the Winter Soldier. He “was just a means to an end.” Bucky is assuming that Hydra is behind the new, let’s call it super-soldier movement; there are eight of them, let’s call them delegates. Big Z, though, tells him he is the only one who can help him and he needs to get him out of prison to do so.
The super soldier goes against everything Big Z believes in and he has a code he lives by. This is what Bucky tells Sam, as he reports back on his visit. Sam gently reminds him how he “blew up the U.N., killed Wakanda’s King T’Chaka, and you know, framed him for it (Zemo seems like that ex we all have Bucky can’t just get over). This is why they can’t break him out. Not so fast, you see, Zemo walks around the corner. Bucky has already snuck him out by starting a fight between a couple of cellmates and ignoring the viewer’s common sense. Either way, he walks out without so much as a scratch when he grabs a guard’s clothes (no Rita Hayworth required).
Morgenthau and Walker
Johnny Walker/Captain America Light and his band of Global Repatriation Council (GRC) muscle raid the safehouse that Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) and friends hid out in the night prior. No one is there and Walker gets spit on for his troubles by the local owner of the establishment. Battlestar (Cle Bennett) gives it to Walker straight: Karli is giving displaced people shelter and food that creates loyalty.
Translation? No one is going to turn on them and tell the GRC what they want to know. After watching this scene I had a chilling thought: if no one is going to tell them anything, how is the GRC going to get it?
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier season 1, episode 3 recap: The Return of Ms. Carter
Zemo, Bucky, and Sam head out to a place called Madripoor. They head out to a bad guy bar you might find in an Indiana Jones movie if it was set in modern times. The guys take a shot made from snake innards (hence the Indiana Jones reference). When they get a meeting with a villainous type, she tells them the super-soldier serum is in town. Then, of course, Sam gets a call from home and when his sister mentions Cheerios, they are about to die when a guardian angel starts pumping bad guys full of hot lead.
The guys escape, but again, the streets of Madripoor are full of bad guys tonight. They chase them, but each one is picked off by a sniper. Finally, it is revealed who it is: Sharon Carter (The Resident’s Emily VanCamp), who has gone into hiding since helping Steve and Bucky in Captain America: Civil War. Always send a woman to do a man’s job, I say.
Make an Appointment with the Good Doctor
Sharon makes a deal with the boys. Sam will help her clear her name if they help them find Dr. Wilfred Nagel, the man behind the serum. They find him, but every bounty hunter in the city is heading to his offices (storage container offices to be exact). While Carter holds them off, Nagel tells them what they need to know. When Hydra fell, the CIA hired him. They had DNA from an American test subject with semi-stable traces of serum in their system.
He became a God (his words). Instead of developing men with robot arms and clunky mechanics, he invented an optimized super-soldier that was perfect. Here’s the catch, though — Nagel turned to dust during the blip and returned five years later to find the program abandoned and the serum had disappeared.
So, the power broker hired him and he made 20 more vials. Morgenthau stole them and called the good doctor a few days before seeing if he could help someone named Donya Madani. Oh, then Zemo shoots him, ending any help he could offer the team. Now, instead of escaping, Zemo kills off the rest of the bounty hunters. How? Well, he picks off a few one-on-one. Though, he takes most of them out by shooting a gas line with his pistol from a half-mile away. You’d think someone would invent bulletproof gas lines and pipes one of these days.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier season 1, episode 3 recap: The Twist
The “filthy” Flag-Smashers steal six months of supplies from a local PX Exchange. She then cements her claim to leaving the grey area of if the viewer questions if she is a villain or not. She blows up the building with dozens of people still in there, tied down, now acting like kindling.
Finally, the boys land in Riga, a city near the Baltic sea. When they land, Bucky needs to clear his head and go for a walk because he spotted something. He turns the corner and looks around when suddenly she appears. A Dora Milaje, speaking in Wakandan, telling Bucky that she is here for Zemo.
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