Director: Kari Skogland
Starring: Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Daniel Brühl, Erin Kellyman
WARNING: OK, so before we continue with this review of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier’s finale episode, we need to warn you that there are SPOILERS in this review.
You’ve been warned!
SPOILERS for The Falcon And The Winter Soldier’s finale in this review
OK, now we’ve got that out of the way, we can start talking openly about the finale.
First thing’s first, this finale was brilliant.
It was packed full of everything you could ever want from a finale of a show: emotion, action, pathos, surprise, intrigue, answers and questions.
This finale had it all, and it made everything that came before it not only make sense but also feel worthwhile.
There was a point in this show where I wasn’t sure where it was going.
I still feel like there’s a lot of filler in this season.
That said, the story did feel tight and well-rounded.
To be honest, given the fact that it’s only six episodes long, it should have felt that way, and it did.
Sam and Bucky’s story is a heart-warming one
One of the aspects I’ve loved the most about this show and this episode was seeing Sam and Bucky grow to genuinely care about one another.
They start off the show as friend/enemies (frienemies) and they end up being best buds and a pretty formidable duo.
The finale, called One World, One People, starts off where the previous episode left off.
The Flag Smashers have infiltrated the GRC Meeting Hall which is then placed under lockdown.
Sam, Bucky and Sharon Carter are now on the scene trying to stop the Flag Smashers from kidnapping the politicians and killing them.
However, Sam isn’t just the Falcon anymore – he’s Captain America and his suit looks pretty darn awesome.
He’s still kept the Falcon wings, which is a nice touch.
There’s a new Captain America in town
Sam is a big part of this finale.
The show was really about him becoming the new Captain America.
This finale was really all about him bursting onto the scene as the new Cap and showing everyone that it’s not about how strong you are.
One of the big mistakes Wyatt Russell’s John Walker made was thinking that he needed to take the Super Soldier serum in order to become Captain America.
What Sam shows and what Bucky, I believe knew all along, was that Captain America is more than just a very strong person.
Cap is someone for people to look up to.
Cap is about hope, kindness, compassion, reason, safety and intelligence.
That’s basically everything that John Walker is not, and it’s what Steve Rogers was all about.
One of the other things that I believe this show has done incredibly well is mix real-life issues in with the story.
Racism in America and the world in general is a huge part of this show’s DNA.
Trying to address those issues and also attempting to tackle them is an important part of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier.
Sam being the first black Captain America is a huge deal
It’s a big deal for the MCU to have the first black Captain America.
It shouldn’t be, but it is because of the world we live in, and the United States’ past.
This episode puts that front and center and does a really good job in doing that.
It’s not just about the action and the spectacle.
Yes, that’s a part of it too, and the action in this episode is pretty spectacular.
However, it’s also about the message, and that message is delivered loud and clear in Sam’s speech near the end.
Now, the show’s ending does fall into the usual MCU tropes.
There are teases for future projects, such as The Thunderbolts and also I’m pretty sure either Black Panther 2 or a The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Season 2.
However, that’s just part of the deal.
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier’s finale highlights issues we’re facing in the real world
What this show has also managed to do is highlight the issues we are facing in the real world.
It did that with the Flag Smashers (which is a direct reference to the migrant crisis we’re facing in Europe and also the United States).
It also touched upon the systemic racism people face across the globe.
I really do believe that this show and this finale is special and also important.
Marvel has a voice and a huge platform and they are using them, which is what they should be doing.
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