In a game of capture the shield, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had a lack of purpose when it started, but now, “Truth” has allowed it to find its voice.
This recap of Disney Plus’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier season 1, episode 5, “Truth”, contains spoilers.
Capture the Shield
The last time we saw John Walker, he stained Steve’s shield with the blood of a Flag-Smasher. It was kind of poetic if you think about it. Smashing the symbol universally know for freedom into a group challenging it. Staining the shield with the blood of a group that may have a point. Walker runs away with Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) following behind in a makeshift game of capture the shield. They find him in an abandoned warehouse, still holding the shield where no amount of Mr. Clean will wipe away the image of what Walker did.
They square off with Walker refusing to give up his prized possession. What happens next is a thrilling action sequence that can be broken down into a game of paper, rock, scissors; except this time, shield beats wings, shield beats vibranium arm, but wings plus vibranium arm beats shield. They leave Walker on the ground, panting. Bucky tosses the shield at Sam’s feet, where Steve wanted it all along.
Later, at Walker’s court-martial, he is stripped of all his benefits and titles. He then seethes, “I am Captain America.” I swear, for the first time, I can see shades of his father at that moment.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier season 1, episode 5 recap: Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine
Yes, the big CVAdF, Contessa (played by the amazing Julia Louise Dreyfuss), shows up to help defend Walker. In a scene-stealer, she tells him that she would have killed the bastard too. She leaves him her card, black on one side, white on the other, and says she will be in touch. When Walker looks at the card, he responds, “There is nothing on it.” For those of you who do not know, Fontaine was the daughter of two sleeper agents for Leviathan, inside the Italian anti-communism movement. After entering a program to be an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., she impressed Nick Fury with her skills. So, a career was born.
Karli, Zemo, and The Winter Soldier
Karli goes to the Global Repatriation Council (GRC) and finds it has been moved. She laments the people she has lost, the organization that has crumbled, and the fact that no one will help the “blip” people be free citizens of the world.
Meanwhile, Bucky tracks down Zemo who is standing in front of a lake with a beautiful view. Sam pulls out his gun and points it directly into Zemo’s forehead. He looks frightened, for the first time; however, when Bucky pulls the trigger, all you hear is a metal click. He drops the loose bullets he clutched in his hand and lets them hit the ground.
Zemo looks up, relieved, but only to see Oya (Florence Kasumba) and her two Dora Milaje by her side. Oya tells Bucky (or as she calls him, White Wolf), that Zemo will live out the rest of his days in a Wakanda prison, and best The Winter Soldier doesn’t visit Wakanda anytime soon.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier season 1, episode 5 recap: Sam Makes a Visit (and so does Walker)
Sam takes a trip with the shield to see Isaiah Bradley (played by Carl Lumbly) and tries to give him the shield. In what I think is the limited series’ most powerful scene, he tells Sam, he tell him he doesn’t want it. Then, referring to Sam “They will never let a black man be Captain America. Even if they did, no self-respecting black man would ever wanna be.” The scene is akin to Denzel Washington choosing to not be the Flagbearer in Glory. Sam, more troubled than ever, goes home, deciding to make a go of it with his family.
The community comes together to help get his boat back in shape and Bucky, who apparently is just plain needy, stops by. Cue the montage of funny moments of Bucky’s strength moving unmovable objects. They are now friends and part of the family.
Meanwhile, Walker visits Lamar’s family. Do you know the Hollywood kind? Where he tells the family what a brave soldier he was and how he loved him so very, very much. Lamar’s brother embraces Walker, pulling him tight, and tells him how much her son loved being by his side.
New York, New York
Karli visits New York, planning to blow up the GRC meeting that will decide to scoop them up and wrangle them up like cattle to their home countries (sound familiar?). She sends a signal, that almost everyone in Central Park receives. It alerts them and they walk over like an evil flash mob. Later, they take over the GRC and we will have to wait until next week. Cut to Sam, opening up the case holding Steve’s shield, ready to take his rightful place.
Heart to Heart
They both talk about Steve, the shield, and what it all means. John Walker was given the shield when it was thrust upon him, without earning it. To his credit, he knew it but tried his best, anyway. Karli is fighting an unjust world with a revolution because she and her blip-mates won’t accept them. Finally, Sam reveals to Bucky not only did he not feel he could fill Steve’s honorable shoes but did not think America would accept a black man holding the shield. After what has happened this past year, could you imagine Uncle Sam and his citizens accepting a black man as the new Captain America?
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had a lack of purpose in the first two episodes, but now, it has found its voice.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier season 1, episode 5 bonus scene:
After the credits roll, we saw Walker welding a couple of pieces of metal into his own Captain America Shield. Who will America choose?