Synopsis: In “The Whole World is Watching”, things escalate. Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Sam (Anthony Mackie) continue pursuing Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman). But “The Power Broker” also has her in their sights (which is also the name of last week’s episode)
The complexity to Karli Morganthau (Erin Kellyman), and The Flag Smashers is a wonderful example of fine writing. It means that “the snap” and subsequent “blip” has had lasting effects, within the story-world of the MCU. For example the gap left by Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). “The Whole World Watching” continues exploring how vital symbols are, and why people turn to figures of hope in dark times. But they aren’t always virtuous in the traditionally established sense of virtuous. So, we see The Flag Smashers begin to find popular support. These writers know that when order breaks down, chaos reigns. And, it can’t always be fixed easily, or quickly.
As a plot device, the super soldier serum is well thought out. As a result, John Walker (Wyatt Russell) begins to prove that the true superpower of Captain America is moral virtue. His anger-fuelled pursuit was a dark twist, one that was handled superbly well. The mantle of captain America, and what it means was amongst things we discussed in The Falcon and Winter Soldier: Some Predictions.
As previously mentioned in our review of “The Star-Spangled Man (E2)”, Wyatt Russell has been superbly cast. His performance in “The Whole World is Watching” showed why he has been chosen. he’s been able to cross the line easily to villain, as he was never feasibly a real anti-hero. At least not a likeable one. Russell’s performance is somewhat chillingly reminiscent of that of Anthony Starr, who plays Homelander, in The Boys. The darkness of John Walker was an aspect that Russell had to get right, and really did.
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The Dora Milaje fight scene was breathtaking. The choreography was superb, and arguably the best fight scene of the show, yet. But the defining here was the symbolic blood on the shield, at the end. Sometimes, poetic simplicity works best to really make a point.
Crucially, “The Whole World is Watching” asked important questions. And, we really got to understand how the whole hero set up works. It always requires people to buy into it, so, there must be ideals upheld, which is the crux of this series. This installment allowed themes to come through brilliantly. The discussion between Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Karli really got that concept to hit home, by outlining what is likely to be a big part of the next phase of the MCU. Essentially, chaos and a sense of disarray in the world.
We’re all set up for the final two episodes, now. And, they might not be what we thought they would. We could well see John Walker take off, and go rogue. Ultimately, what we saw was that everyone who chooses to fight does so for the reasons they feel are right,.
Falcon and The Winter Soldier airs Fridays, on DisneyPlus. running for six episodes, over six weeks. To help celebrate the launch, May The Verse Be With You published “Stucky”, to coincide with episode one., and this week “On Your Left“, too.
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