If you feel a little lost after the WandaVision finale (like me) the best thing to do is move onto The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
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I hope to do weekly reviews of the show as it continues so as the weeks go on there will be spoilers from previous episodes. But for this review, it is spoiler-free.
Six months after Endgame, what are Captain America’s best friends up to?
Sam is helping the Air Force with missions while retiring Captain America’s shield to The Smithsonian. He doesn’t feel it belongs to him and wants to move on. Meanwhile, he’s catching up with his family, who didn’t blip, and his sister who needs to sell their family’s boat for more money.
The Winter Soldier
Wait no, he is no longer the Winter Soldier but James Bucky Barnes, who is in therapy in exchange for being pardoned. Bucky is going through the process of making amends with anyone associated with Hydra or whose family he killed. He’s not that person anymore but he still remembers everything he did.
Also, no one believes him when he says he’s over 100 years old.
A Strong First Episode
The two parted ways after Endgame. Even though Sam texts Bucky, Bucky doesn’t respond. They’re trying to figure themselves out after returning from the blip, which many people in the world think should have never happened.
The more you think about it, the more you believe maybe the Avengers should’ve kept it the way it was. It seems there’s more confusion and WandaVision showed that. A milia group known as “The Flag Smashers” becomes a threat. They believe in a world without borders and even though it sounds nice, they go to extremes to get there, and only in a perfect world could that happen.
New characters are introduced like Sam’s sister, Sarah, and a soldier named Joaquin Torres, both are likable and I hope to see more of them.
This episode is more to set up the show, showing what Sam and Bucky are up to, and who the threat is. A big “what the hell” moment happens at the end of the episode with a comic book character too.
Bucky is trying to start over and make amends with his past, and Sam is trying to help his family out, even using his status as an Avenger.
I’m loving this series because it’s allowing characters who don’t get enough screentime, time to develop. You get to see them as people, even the small things like Sam trying to get a loan. Like WandaVision, we’re seeing how all the fighting has taken a toll on them mentally. Personally, I want to see that. Bucky needs to take the majority of the Avengers with him to therapy.
This show is only six episodes but ranges around 50 minutes each so it does allow you to immerse yourself into the world for a little bit. I don’t want to compare this to WandaVision but it is a big difference moving from the sitcom world to reality. If WandaVision wasn’t the thing for you, then The Falcon and the Winter Soldier could be.
There’s a lot of possible theories already going around, but if we learned anything from WandaVision, don’t dive too deep into them (except what Paul Bettany did, he trolled everyone.)