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TV Show:  THE FALCON AND THE                                  WINTER SOLDIER

               TV Series – EPISODE 6:


Jeanne: Well, now we know what was in the metal case Sam (Anthony Mackie) was opening at the end of Episode 5. He shows up at the crisis at the GRC meeting in New York City clad in a new Captain America/Falcon uniform, complete with his wings and the Captain America shield. Yippee!


Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) and the Flag Smashers are street fighting with Bucky (Sebastian Stan), Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) and John Walker (Wyatt Russell), who somehow shows up dressed like Captain America yet again, while Sam takes on the French mercenary, Batroc (Georges St. Pierre). After Sam says au revoir to him, he battles a helicopter over the East River in a really great scene and manages to keep an armored truck full of GRC hostages from taking a header off a bridge. 

This finale is loaded with awesome action, special effects and stupendous stunts. But it also has some rather poignant moments including Sam getting the recognition he deserves as the first Black Captain America, as confirmed by the crowd surrounding him when he has saved the day.


Sam also offers an impromptu and moving speech about the difficulty of being a Black man carrying the shield. Of course, Bucky immediately quips, “I was texting --- all I heard ‘Black guy, Stars and Stripes’.” Then Bucky adds, “For whatever it’s worth, suit looks good on you.” I will definitely miss these two.


As the last four high-ranking Flag Smashers are captured and being loaded into a van, the cop who was locking them in utters “One world, one people”, thus the title of this episode, but possibly not the end of the movement. In a strange twist, the van is then blown to bits by a minion working remotely for Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl), who is shown sitting in prison. Not a very satisfying conclusion to his fate in this series. Perhaps he’ll turn up in some other Marvel production.


Valentina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) appears briefly as Walker models yet another new costume. She is of the opinion that a different agent is needed --- not another Captain America --- to represent the demands of the powerful. So where will she and he show up next?


Bucky finally has the long overdue conversation with his neighbor, Yori Nakajima (Ken Takemoto), confessing that he, the Winter Soldier, killed his son. And Sam travels back to Baltimore to visit Isaiah (Carl Lumbly) and his son, Eli (Elijah Richardson). Isaiah admits that Sam is special as the first Black Captain America, but Sam is on a mission. He takes them both to the Captain America museum exhibit so they can see the new addition for themselves.


This installment was good, maybe not great. The action is terrific, but there were so many loose ends to tie up, that some of it seemed rushed and untidy. It does conclude with Sam and Bucky back in Louisiana, relaxing and partying on the boat. All in all, not a bad ending.


Oh wait, there’s more --- you must watch all the way through the closing credits. Sharon Carter is pardoned by the U.S. Government, but now that we know she’s the Power Broker --- c’mon, you already guessed this --- rut roh!


Opinion: See It Now!

David: By now readers of our TV reviews of THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER six-part series know there are storyline reveals that would be a mortal writing sin in a movie critique, so here goes.


This final episode of the series is heavy on action for its first half then settles down a bit giving Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) the opportunity for the country, and indeed the world, to hear from a true superhero. Yes, the Falcon is now the legitimate and worthy successor to Steve Rogers’ Captain America. John Walker (Wyatt Russell) had that right to the title taken away in Episode 5 when he wantonly murdered an unarmed member of the Flag Smashers in full view of cell-phone recording onlookers.


If you’re simply looking to be entertained, then ONE WORLD, ONE PEOPLE can be forgiven for dangling many of the characterizations alluded to in previous segments for the sake of brevity and ramming too much into its allotted one hour. For example, when Sam again visits Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly) now that a Black man has adopted the famous shield and Captain America suit, it seems all is forgiven when Sam ushers him to a museum honoring Isaiah’s service to his country, complete with his statue. The abrupt turnaround feels a bit too easy even as Isaiah tells Sam that he’s “special” but “no Malcolm, Martin or Mandela” referring, obviously, to three heroes of recent Black history.

And Zemo (Daniel Brühl) is almost an after-thought with his prison presence lasting mere seconds --- albeit long enough to remotely orchestrate the firebombing of a vehicle carrying Flag Smashers. Speaking of whom, we won’t have Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) to kick around any longer as she and Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) clash. It’s also revealed that Sharon is the Power Broker as suspected by viewers and critics alike, and she strongly hints at her future agenda during the closing credits.


Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) reappears briefly, long enough to let the disgraced former Captain America, John Walker, know that his services will be needed as a U.S. Agent and to “keep your phone on”. We hope if Marvel does indeed come up with another season --- and we know now it would be titled CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE WINTER SOLDIER --- that Louis-Dreyfus will have a much-expanded role.


When the rescuing and mayhem are over, the bottom line is that Sam and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) are more like brothers, than just friends, so we can gladly anticipate that would continue in any future MCU releases. Personally, I would like a bit more of the snappy repartee between our heroes and a bit less of the combat between adversaries.


Opinion: See It Now!