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      TV Show:  THE FALCON AND THE                                   WINTER SOLDIER

                    TV Series – EPISODE 4:

        THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING

Jeanne: I knew I didn’t like the new Captain America (Wyatt Russell) from his first appearance. He’s an egotist, obnoxious, a hothead (well, they’re all pretty much that) and actually kind of creepy. He looks ridiculous in the Captain America helmet --- I wonder if that’s why Russell was cast, because he just looks so geeky, but I digress.

 

Now though, he’s gone and done it. Captain America has taken the Super Soldier serum, even though Zemo (Daniel Brühl) thought he destroyed all the vials following Sam (Anthony Mackie), Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Captain America’s major scuffle with Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman), the leader of the Flag Smashers.

 

And later, after Karli inadvertently kills Lemar Hoskins a.k.a. Battlestar (Cle Bennett), Captain America goes on a rampage, murdering Karli’s second-in-command in broad daylight while the horrified crowd films the entire episode on their phones. Rut-roh --- what an idiot!

And later, after Karli inadvertently kills Lemar Hoskins a.k.a. Battlestar (Cle Bennett), Captain America goes on a rampage, murdering Karli’s second-in-command in broad daylight while the horrified crowd films the entire episode on their phones. Rut-roh --- what an idiot!

 

Though I have been loving this series, I must admit that this installment has a few issues. Sam and Bucky KNOW how dangerous and clever Zemo is and yet they continually leave him alone --- and if he is restrained --- only one handcuff?

 

In the beginning of Episode 4: THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING, Sam, Bucky and Zemo are searching for Karli. They learn that her surrogate mother, Mama Donya, has died and they are trying to learn where people will gather to mourn her. After Sam and Bucky have no luck, Zemo manages to befriend a young girl with Turkish Delights (candy) and instead of dropping in on their little conversation, Sam and Bucky wait back and watch, relying on Zemo to tell them the truth --- all of it?? Nope, wrong.

 

Ayo (Florence Kasumbo), who appeared at the end of Episode 3, is present and demanding Zemo. She and the Dora Milaje are prepared to stop at nothing to secure his capture, even yanking off Bucky’s bionic arm which was made for him in Wakanda.

 

Meanwhile, Zemo is chained with only one handcuff while Sam, Bucky and Captain America try to fend them off. Seriously? He should have had cuffs on each hand and foot. Of course, he escapes and who knows where he is --- and what he’s doing? Such a flaw --- I am very disappointed.

 

The most prophetic line uttered in Episode 4 belongs to Sam’s sister, Sarah (Adepero Oduye). In a conversation with Karli about her brother and Captain America she states, “My world doesn’t matter to America, so why should care about its mascot?” Brava, Sarah, brava ---

 

Opinion: See It Now!

David: The fact that episode 4 of THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER is subtitled “The Whole World is Watching” is an irony that may get lost on younger fans of the Marvel Universe. That was the phrase invoked in 1968 by the crowds protesting police brutality during the riots of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago --- before the whole world had smart phones.

 

Fast forward to present day in the MCU and spectators with cells are recording Captain America (Wyatt Russell) committing a homicide. That was not something anyone could have anticipated when Steve Rogers flaunted his iconic weapon.

 

But John Walker (Russell) throttles one of Karli Morgenthau’s (Erin Kellyman) Flag Smashers in broad daylight in front of a horrified crowd, leaving his vibranium shield dripping with blood. Cap may be taking out his frustrations of being soundly beaten by three women --- members of the Dora Milaje looking for Zemo (Daniel Brühl) --- or maybe he simply can’t handle his new-found superpowers after injecting (we don’t actually see the act) the last remaining serum capsule of the Super Soldier formula.

Episode 4 clearly delineates where Sam (Anthony Mackie) and John Walker stand with respect to who is best suited to bear the shield that Sam gave up during his heartfelt tribute to Rogers. A 19th century British politician named Lord Acton coined the phrase “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. He went on to say that “Great men are almost always bad men”. Lord Acton would have made a great talking head on today’s liberal media networks. But I digress ---

 

Clearly, John Walker’s Captain America is proof in the MCU that Lord Action knew what he was talking about. So, questions that beg to be answered in the final two episodes are: who will ultimately bear the shield in the end? Will it be The Falcon? The Winter Soldier? (Sebastian Stan). Could John Walker possibly maintain that prestigious position in light of the latest events?

 

Other yet-to-be resolved enigmas: will Karli and her Super Soldiers succeed as revolutionaries against the establishment or will they be crushed as evil-intentioned insurrectionists? Will Zemo stay out of sight or will the fierce female warriors of the Dora Milaje find him and prevail in their thirst for vengeance? Will Sam and Bucky get back to trading smart-ass quips? (noticeably absent in this fourth installment).

 

Opinion: See It Now!