The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S01E05 is the penultimate instalment of a six-part superhero streaming TV drama miniseries. Set six months after the events of Avengers : Endgame, the miniseries continues to expand on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (“MCU”) after the 5 year blip, and the impact this has on the world, and of course, on the superheroes themselves.
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Entitled “Truth”, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S01E05 picks up where the previous episode left off, as Falcon and Winter Soldier pursue John Walker after the latter had publicly murdered a Flag-smasher in cold blood. What follows is a brutal violent encounter where ultimately Walker is overpowered and the shield is recovered.
Following this violent action sequence (and coupled with the bloody ending of the previous episode) it made sense for the story to wind down, to take stock and prepare for the inevitable showdown in the series finale. In essence, the rest of the episode is mainly about Sam Wilson’s journey from his rejection of the shield to his final acceptance and acknowledgment that Steve Rogers had done the right thing in passing on the mantle to Sam (in Avengers : Endgame).
Thus, apart from fleshing out of Sam’s character arc, the other moments are spent on the various antagonists. From Walker’s fall from grace to the Flag-smashers’ plan to disrupt the GRC meeting in New York, the final conflict has been set up. However, there is also the small matter of Sharon Carter’s working behind the scene – as the Power Broker (?) – and the scene-stealing cameo of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the Countess Valentina Allegra de Fountaine (a staple of the Captain America and SHIELD comics), not to mention Baron Zemo’s apprehension by the Dora Milaje and subsequent incarceration on the Raft. No doubt Zemo will turn up again down the line in the MCU.
All told, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S01E05 was another strong episode in the series and portends well for the much-anticipated series finale. Recommended!
Now streaming on Disney+.
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