X-Geeks

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – Episode 1 Review

By Robert Ernest (@thatRobster | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

This review contains spoilers.

Well this started with a bang! The Falcon and The Winter Soldier definitely proves that Marvel is approaching these tv series with the same levels of love as we get from the movies. With a very different approach to WandaVision, even the first scenes pack a punch with Sam being sent on a mission by the Military.

We’ve never really seen much about Sam before meeting Steve Rogers and this episode gave heaps of insight to him by introducing his sister, Sarah who is struggling to keep the family business going. As the world is coming to terms with the blip, Sam battles with not feeling worthy enough to be the bearer of the shield given to him by Captain America. Anthony Mackie exudes warmth in this by bringing so much personality. Bucky is off elsewhere dealing with repercussions of his previous actions. He’s atoning for his sins in a Winter Soldier kind of way. He’s developed some friendships and even finds himself on a date. I really enjoyed his therapy session scene and the steps he’s taking to be a better person.

Obviously at some point Sam and Bucky are going to unite in protecting the world from a group called The Flag Smashers who could be seen as Thanos supporters. While they’ve mostly played the role of Captain America’s sidekicks (or temporary foe), Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan immediately prove their ability to keep us engaged in a series solely about them. The action was brilliant and really did make you feel like you were watching a feature film. The homage to Captain America was great and the museum looked so much fun. I want to go!!!

Between The Flag Smashers and the announcement of a new Cap, this new duo clearly have their work cut out for them. This was a slow and steady start. I’m sold and I’m ready and excited for what’s to come.

What did you make of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier? Let us know in the comments.

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