The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’s premiere, “New World Order” was great until it wasn’t. A solid first episode to begin with that’s certainly setting the stage up for a lot, but nonetheless, a bit jarring here and there.
Sam Goes Home to Louisiana
Sam has always been one of our favorite characters introduced into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and to learn more about him is something that we’ll always take. On “New World Order” he goes home to Louisiana and we meet his sister, Sarah (Adepero Oduye). As we learn, Sarah wasn’t part of the blip, and while the world disappeared for five years, she tried to make ends meet in order to take care of her sons and their home. Sarah wants to sell their family boat, but Sam doesn’t, instead deciding that they could get a loan and fix it all up. (It’s a little early, but we’re already saying it, Sarah is likely going to be our favorite character on this show.)
Sam’s persistence and getting to know this side of his character riveting—his sister’s concerns, entirely understandable. Part of what’s making this series so fascinating is watching these characters navigate through a world five years after they’d been missing. As we know because of Avengers: Endgame, they came back straight into battle then to a funeral. The after is something we’re intrigued with, the sadness and heartaches it’s bringing, entirely something we can’t wait to see explored. The deplorable racism by the bank teller? Get him out of our faces.
Sam and Rhodey Talk at the Smithsonian
After Steve passed Captain America’s shield to Sam, we were all thrilled for him to take up the mantel and be the new superhero that was needed. But Sam still doesn’t feel like it belongs to him and he doesn’t feel as though Steve’s shoes can be filled. He’s wrong, but we get it—the concerns make complete sense and the transparency with his character is entirely why he’s the best man for the job. But if now is not the time, then that’s okay, the honesty is everything.
Is Steve Rogers dead now? Has he gone back to the 40s and is living happily with Peggy or … what’s happening there? Because really, if he isn’t, come back and give Sam the very conversation Dr. Erksine gave him on what it truly takes to be Captain America—the fact that it’s all about what is in a man’s heart because Sam is perfectly suited. There could be no one else.
Bucky Goes to Therapy
This is big. This is incredible. This is everything we’d love to see from a Marvel show with its characters. As we said in our character deep dive for Wanda Maximoff, it’s nice to see superheroes get the help they need—to admit defeat because it makes them that much more human. It makes them realistic. We all need help. We all need to talk to someone. And seeing the realistic struggle of someone like Bucky trying but simultaneously admitting just how difficult it truly is, is riveting to note because hopefully, this will allow more men to come forward when they need help.
Bucky is no longer trapped behind Hydra’s mind control. He’s been pardoned. He’s free. And it’s time he lives. A notion that’s hard for him to grasp because as we all know—he remembers everything he’s done as The Winter Soldier, every face, every person. He remembers it all and moving past that isn’t going to be easy when he is yet to make amends and clearly responsible for Yori’s pain.
Bucky Has a Date
James Bucky Barnes has a date and her name is Leah (Miki Ishikawa) and we can totally get behind it. Especially when their date consists of playing a game of Battleship. This could be super cute—it’s like the coffee shop trope, only it’s a restaurant and Bucky clearly goes just as often as one would to a coffee shop. We’d be here for it especially since it seems like she can contribute to him opening up, and not to mention that we’d love to get to know more about her.
Normally, I was hoping we’d have five highlights per episode, but with this, they fell short and that’s okay. (I mean, I could’ve just discussed Sam’s incredible action sequence in the beginning, but it’d be more oohs and ahhs.) I’m hoping this is the only time the shortage occurs in. I’d be remiss however if I didn’t talk about the ending and just how painfully uncomfortable it made me feel. Marvel shows have yet to disappoint me, so I’m trusting that wherever they go, it’ll be good for them, but the reality is—no one, especially in America wants to see another white man stand on a podium and spew lies. It made me severely uncomfortable. it’s not a storyline I want to see. And I hate everything about it. I don’t even know how to work through it in writing because not only did it feel wrong, but it’s just, mediocre for this show.
Simply put, I did not need to see Anthony Mackie crush my heart from the first moment the episode dropped to the last. Sam Wilson deserves the world and this is your reminder that I’ll say this at least once, if not more times during these articles.
So that’s all for now, folks. What would you like to see from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier next week? What are your thoughts on this week’s episode? Let us know in the comments below.