The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – Episode 5 Review

By Robert Ernest (@thatRobster |

This review contains spoilers.

It’s almost like the series has gone full circle with this episode as we are pulled back into the mantle of baring Captain America’s shield and also sets up the season finale.

Truth kicks off with a fantastic fight sequence between Sam, Bucky and John Walker as Sam decides that the shield is better off with him. John’s psyche diminishes further and further throughout this episode. He ends up stripped of his title and forced into retirement with no acknowledgement of his rank or benefits. I think someone is being pushed to the edge here.

This is a big episode for Sam. Loosing his wings during his fight with John but gaining the shield is pretty significant, practically a turning point for him. He revisits Isaiah Bradley and initially it appears that Sam feels like he owes him something. Redemption perhaps or a fair crack at life after being so mistreated. Being told that ‘they’ will never allow a black man to be Captain America almost lights a fire in Sam. He returns home for some downtime and to help Sarah with business which grounds him too – the flirting between Bucky and Sarah later on in the episode was subtle but hilarious.

Bucky splits off from Sam after doing what needs to be done with John. He manages to find Zemo in Sokovia and there are powerful scenes between these two which act as a big turning point for Bucky. As Ayo and the Dora Milaje arrive to take Zemo into their authority he shows growth by not resorting to his old ways. Zemo, it’s been fun and there’s some solace in knowing that the plan isn’t to kill him off.

What I loved most about this episode was the relationship between Sam and Bucky evolving again. There was much less biting but instead a mutual respect and even though they still won’t call each other a friend, they do so much in giving each other a boost. Bucky in bringing Sam a gift from Wakanda and pushing him to realise his capability and place in carrying Steve’s shield, and Sam in helping Bucky continue his journey of redemption. I appreciate this series so much for shining light on these two side characters because their journey has been so brilliant to watch on the show.

Possibly at his lowest moment, John Walker makes a new friend as a new character is introduced to us. Julia Louis-Dreyfus may make a brief appearance as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine or ‘Val’ (just don’t call her Val) but her impact is strong. Seeing now that her first appearance was due in Black Widow I think they made a good choice to bring her in on this series and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what she will be doing in the MCU moving forward. There’s also a very good mid credits scene which shows John isn’t done yet!

It’s hard to believe next week is already the season finale but as this episode breathes a sense of calm into the show, it’s sure to end with a bang!

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

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