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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: A Review

Noah Stepanov

Posted on April 26, 2021 19:44

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Marvel’s second Disney+ show marks a return to familiarity.

Back when it first released, and for a while into its run, I praised Marvel’s first post-Endgame Disney+ show for the strange format and unique approach it took. There were risks in almost every aspect of WandaVision’s first few episodes, and even when it began sliding back into the old formula, it still managed to keep its little flairs.

The first newly-concluded season of its second show, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, is undeniably less adventurous than WandaVision in a lot of ways. There are no fun new gimmicks with the format, no comparatively notable quirks of style. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier watches essentially like a six-part Marvel movie, with plenty of entertaining fights, great visuals, and an often-witty script. This might have put me off the show, honestly, had there not been something of a drought of the “regular” stuff due to the pandemic, but theatrical-delays considered, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier felt almost comfortable to watch.

This isn’t to say that the show does nothing new or interesting. While it may watch like a movie, it’s a movie with half a dozen hours of time to spend developing a multitude of interesting characters and engaging storylines. Sam and Bucky both have arcs that are at once deeply personal, and also tied to the wider narrative. Separate, seemingly small dramas grow and intertwine, becoming complex and almost always paying off.

While Marvel is no stranger to social and political allegory, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier takes a more direct approach, tackling the world’s unique problems in a way that feels relatable to the modern political climate in many places of the world, and especially the United States. With much of the show’s plot revolving around the changing of the guard from one Captain America to the next, there are questions that needed to be asked, which are usually answered with tactful nuance.

Overall, I enjoyed The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. It might not have the attention-grabbing formatting of WandaVision, but it has great characters, and gives us a look at the future of one of Marvel’s most iconic characters.

Noah Stepanov

Posted on April 26, 2021 19:44

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Source: Polygon

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