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      TV Show:  THE FALCON AND THE                                WINTER SOLDIER

          TV Series – EPISODE 5: TRUTH

Jeanne: EPISODE 5: TRUTH opens with a rather significant battle between Sam (Anthony Mackie), Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and John Walker aka Captain America (Wyatt Russell). Walker has just murdered a Flag Smasher in broad daylight (the end of EPISODE 4) in front of a lot of people and their cell phones.

 

Sam and Bucky are determined to reclaim the shield from Walker, who is now a Super Soldier after he injected himself in last week’s installment. It’s quite a tussle with bodies flying everywhere. And even though it looks for a moment that Walker might prevail, Sam and Bucky manage to subdue him and take away the shield.

 

But no one knows where Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) is, so Bucky and Sam part ways with Sam returning home to Louisiana until they get word on Karli’s whereabouts. He attempts to help his sister, Sarah (Adepero Oduye), fix up their family boat. Bucky, meanwhile, finds Zemo (Daniel Brühl) and turns him over to Ayo (Florence Kasumba) and the other Wakandan warriors. 

 

Walker is forced to give up his role as Captain America --- a very good thing in my opinion (he cra-cra!) --- so, he’s obviously not happy. Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) shows up in boots “not made for walking” --- hilarious --- and informs Walker he’s done two (actually three) things right:

taking the serum, “marrying this firecracker” (his wife) and answering the phone when Valentina calls. Not sure where this is going, but I have a sneaking suspicion we’ll find out.

 

Sam travels to Baltimore, Maryland to try to give the shield to Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly), who clearly wants no part of it. After relaying the abhorrent story of his imprisonment, being used as an experiment and losing his lovely wife, who believed he was dead, Isaiah boldly claims that “They will never let a Black man be Captain America” and “No self-respecting Black man would want to be Captain America”. 

The best part of this episode, other than the opening fight, comes when Bucky shows up in Louisiana with a locked case courtesy of the Wakandans, and stays to assist Sam and Sarah. They work on the boat, toss the shield around and just have a normal conversation. about their relationship --- “just a couple of guys with a mutual friend” --- which ends with Bucky commenting “Good talk”.

 

TRUTH ends with Karli and the Flag Smashers in New York City to disrupt the Global Repatriation Council meeting. Sam is getting ready to depart for NYC --- and snaps open the case. Until next week, the finale.

 

Opinion: See It Now!

David: This fifth episode in THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER - EPISODE 5: TRUTH, like its predecessors, conjures up more questions than answers. We could have predicted that John Walker (Wyatt Russell) would be relieved of his Captain America title after committing a homicide in the last segment. And it comes as no surprise that Walker would pay a visit to his late partner Lemar’s (Clé Bennett) parents to notify them of his death, however untrue his side of the story may be.

 

TRUTH begins with a vicious, prolonged and stirring battle for the shield between Walker, Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan). Of course, Walker believes it should still reside with him, but the Falcon and the Winter Soldier have other ideas. Similarly, the U.S. military stops just short of issuing a dishonorable discharge to Walker who storms out of his hearing.

 

Sam also revisits Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly) in Baltimore, the gist of which Bradley iterates that no Black man would ever be awarded the title of Captain America, nor should any self-respecting Black man accept it. This puts a slant on the question of who will ultimately claim the shield – the most likely candidate being Sam --- but possibly Bucky. Sam can certainly handle the shield based on his strenuous workouts, but he is, after all, a Black man. Bucky, meanwhile, has super-human strength, a great sense of humor and movie star looks (as does Sam).

The main surprise in TRUTH is the introduction of Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine who hands out blank business cards. The raven-haired woman with a blue streak in her hair and black stiletto boots is played by a very funny (what else?) Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Given her brief stint in this episode, time will tell what her role will be hence.

 

Finally, what’s in the fancy container that Sam opens at the end, and what is happening in New York City at the Global Repatriation Council (GRC) roundtable discussion when the power goes out? The finale will air next week.

 

Opinion: See It Now!