The Falcon And The Winter Soldier delivers a solid fourth episode, but is the mantle of Captain America being tarnished?
Today is Friday so this means it’s time for the new episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier! The fourth episode is entitled ‘The Whole World Is Watching.’
The White Wolf and The Dora Milaje
Last week’s episode ended with the arrival of Ayo asking Bucky to deliver her Zemo. We start this one with a flashback in Wakanda after Bucky is finally free from the Winter Soldier program. It’s the first time we see the emotional side of Bucky and Sebastian Stan nails it! As the audience, we feel for him in this scene after everything he’s been through. It’s also always a pleasure to see Wakanda and hear its beautiful theme!
Ayo is not the only Dora Milaje we get to see in the episode. Others are joining her to arrest Zemo later on and it ends up in an action-packed scene! I’m pretty sure everyone is enjoying seeing them beating up John Walker. One of the Dora Milaje even picks up the shield and it feels so good to see it in other hands than Walker. As usual with this series, the action sequences are well-choreographed, it’s intense! This scene ends up with Bucky’s relationship with the Wakanda left under tension too because he tries to stop the Dora.
Heroes On Both Sides
Both sides are completely right here. Bucky is grateful for Ayo’s help but he knows they need Zemo for this mission. And the Dora Milaje also needs justice. Zemo killed T’Chaka, therefore, he has to pay for this crime by being trialed the Wakandan justice. Complex relations are at the heart of this show. Bucky and Sam having to work with Zemo and deal with Walker but the very relationship between Bucky and Sam is also complex. As for Zemo, he obviously escapes during this mess. I knew he wouldn’t stay in prison.
Right But Wrong
The character who is right but wrong is a theme that runs strong with The Falcon And The Winter Soldier. Zemo for a start is one of them. He is completely right about Super Soldiers being a threat to the world and wanting to destroy the serum. He succeeds in destroying the serum (but one) and that’s a great thing. However, trying to kill Karli and the Flag Smashers isn’t the answer; violence is never the answer. It’s okay that Zemo has a likable side because layered characters make compelling villains!
It’s the same thing for Karli. Her ideals aren’t wrong, she is right to help refugees, to help people like her. But she is wrong to use the Super Soldier serum and use violence. She knew Battlestar wasn’t a Super Soldier and yet she attacks him with such violence that it kills him instantly.
John Walker also fits in this category. He is ‘Captain America’ and he tries to take on the mantle but he makes all the wrong decisions. His goal is to succeed in his mission, no matter the cost. He even uses the Super Soldier serum to get to that instead of destroying it. The title ‘The Whole World Is Watching’ is very much about him and that final scene. He is supposed to represent an ideal. To represent the person who helps people in need. But instead, he becomes a killer. John Walker literally kills a Flag-Smasher in front of everyone, he lets his rage take control. In a way, he becomes the very thing he was supposed to fight. You can argue that Karli pushes him to do that and it’s right in a way. But if he truly was Captain America he wouldn’t have let his rage take over.
It’s important to remind people again that the actor isn’t the character so if you hate on the character, don’t hate on the actor. If you hate the character, it means the actor has been pretty good at acting! The reason I’m saying this is because this episode has led me to hate Karli as much as I hate John Walker. Both make decisions that lead to unnecessary deaths.
The Real Captain America
That’s exactly why John Walker cannot be Captain America. What he does at the end of the episode is against what Captain America stands for. It’s pure and simple revenge. This scene is SHOCKING, to say the least. The MCU went there! The way it’s filmed isn’t gory but it’s violent enough to shock the audience. That’s one hell of a way to end an episode!
If John Walker isn’t the real Captain America, there is a character who repeatedly shows the true values of what Captain America represents. Sam Wilson. Sam Wilson is the character who always tries to find a peaceful resolution. He is the reasonable character in this episode. The conversation he has with Karli is so important and perfectly exemplifies why he should be the next Captain America. You can see him try to understand Karli’s point of view. Violence for him is to be used only if there are no other choices. That’s something he learned from Steve. In some ways, Sam trying to help Karli. His actions mirror Steve trying to save Bucky in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
After what Walker did, it’s going to be easy for Sam to get the shield. That’s if he finally accepts it. As I discussed in my previous reviews, having the shield is complicated for him.
It is without any doubt the best episode yet!
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