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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Truth - Review

The episode Truth of the Marvel series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier slows down a bit after the dramatic events and focuses on the private lives of the characters. But secretly it's just preparing for the final showdown.

Truth is the penultimate episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and starts in his "Captain America" ​​costume after the high-profile murder of John Walker (Wyatt Russell). The soldier, overwhelmed by his complicated emotions, is confronted by Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan), who ask him to surrender and hand over the sign.

In an early action scene, which is sometimes a bit confusing and hectic, Super Soldat Walker takes on Falcon and Winter Soldier at the same time and even seems to have the upper hand for a while.

I am Captain America!

During the fight, John destroys Sam's wing suit and threatens to claim another victim before Bucky can save him. With a clever “tag team move”, however, Sam and Bucky manage to turn the tide, even if you have to break John's arm for it. Meanwhile, Bucky's gesture after the fight says without words that it is time for him to take the shield back, as was originally planned.

I like the idea behind the scene, but the staging could have been a bit clearer here. A few cuts less would certainly have done the thing good. The miniseries often has a discrepancy between very good action scenes and those that are a bit over-structured or complicated because they are too fragmented.

Meanwhile, Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) can completely disappear from the radar, although the GRC intensifies the search for her and her allies. But so far you can only find some of their sympathizers. But Walker's act is a real international incident that leads to the government taking over and giving everyone involved a break, which Torres (Danny Ramirez) gives to Sam and the audience to understand. At the same time, he suggests that sometimes you just have to wait until there's something to do that Sam takes to heart. He leaves the broken Falcon suit for Torres, which maybe a little foreshadowing because his character takes on the sidekick position in the comics.

Cap no more

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Meanwhile, John F. Walker is officially going through a trial led by a US Senator. The verdict is clear, because Walker is said to lose his status as Captain America, his military rank and his pay (including retirement payments), but he gets by without a prison sentence. However, he wants to explain his point of view and risks creating even more problems. In addition, he should return the sign to the government as soon as possible. Walker is only in front of the shambles of his life shortly after the start. His wife says it's time to visit Lemar Hoskins (Cle Bennett) family. But before that happens, a mysterious figure appears who introduces himself as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine and is played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep, Seinfeld). She gives Walker hope that it is not all over and hands him her card, which appears to be empty. This woman not only seems to know a lot about him - who owns the sign, for example - but also to have some influence ... Is she the power broker we heard about? Comic book fans know that this character's code name is Madame Hydra. But what are they going to do with her in the MCU?

Later we see Walker staying with Lemar Hoskins' family, not telling them the full truth about their son's death. But he hears from them how much Lemar respected him and was happy for him when he became Captain America. This further underscores the psychological collapse of Walker, who believes he has a right to act as a hero.

Captain America - The First Avenger

The end of Zemo?

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As already assumed, Karli does not sit idly by, of course, but is determined to implement a major plan that is directed against the policies of the GRC. Because she has had enough of her people always having to lose their lives in order to be recognized as citizens of the planet.

As he had already announced, Zemo (Daniel Brühl) visits the memorial in Sokovia. There he waits for Bucky to find him. He says that the only way to stop Karli is to kill her, but Bucky and Sam don't want to come to terms with this simple solution. So Bucky points his pistol at Zemo and pulls the trigger, but has removed the ammunition beforehand. Zemo forgives him for his actions and has already removed his name from his list. Soon the warriors of the Dora Milaje from Wakanda also appear and want to bring Zemo to the Raft prison, where he is to remain until the end of his days. Let's see if that becomes something. Ayo (Florence Kasumba) tells the White Wolf Bucky that he should avoid Wakanda for now, but asks for a small favor anyway.

Truth

Meanwhile, Sam takes another trip to Baltimore, where he pays Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly) a visit to hear his full story. Again, grandson Eli Bradley appears, who by the way is a member of the "Young Avengers", which are to celebrate their debut piece by piece in phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as Cassie Lang from "Ant-Man" or Tommy and Billy in WandaVision (and soon a few more).

Isaiah, who once also received a version of the super soldier serum, encounters Sam very bitterly in his own garden, but then opens up after Sam's questions. Because, according to Sam, it wasn't Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) who made sure he was in jail for 30 years. So Isaiah tells of the experiments, the hardships and the difficult times. For example, his wife's letters were withheld from him and only given after his arrest, so that he could only then find out about his offspring. The guinea pigs next to him were also lied to about the serum, and they gradually died before only he was left. But they thanked him with further experiments and torture, so that it is all too understandable why Isaiah is so angry. He would never have gotten out of there without the help of a nurse who pronounced him dead. So it is his opinion that the world would not accept a black Captain America and even if they did, an upright black man would probably not be interested in the role that makes Sam think. Instead, Isaiah's story was erased. Meanwhile Sam offers him his help and wants to go public so that everyone can find out about it, but Isaiah waves it away.

It's nice that we see the character again and hear her story. Nevertheless, I would have found it better if you hadn't just heard him tell, but maybe shown something via flashback or animation. After all, the episode is called like the mini-series around the black cap. Maybe Disney + is planning its own mini-series around Bradley or elsewhere. Maybe the whole thing was a victim of the Corona filming stops. But there is definitely untapped narrative potential here. Lumbly is a very good performer who deserves more screen time and his story also deserves a bigger stage.

Sam has to think about his words and returns to his sister and nephew in Louisiana, where he devotes himself to the family boat, which they may be whipped up and then sold, to fill the household budget.

solidarity

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Because Sister Sarah (Adepero Oduye) is in a certain way following in her mother's footsteps and providing food for the neighbors' children, Sam comes up with an idea. Because the parents of the two always helped where they could. So Sam phoned around to see if others would be willing to help too. Lo and behold: Many respond to the request for help, so that the boat can slowly but surely be brought back to life. Because a potential seller had already dropped out because too much time and money would have to be invested there. However, the siblings are divided on whether to give up the legacy of their parents.

Soon Bucky also shows up in Louisiana and helps with the home improvement project. He also brings something from Wakanda that could very likely be a new costume for Sam. How exactly this looks like remains to be seen in the sequel.

On the side, Bucky flirts with Sarah, which Sam doesn't like at all. Until you hear something new about Karli's plans, Sam is concentrating on his homeland and the legacy.

In a short scene we see Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) on the phone, who speaks to Batroc (Georges St-Pierre) and apparently has an assignment for him. Sharon either opportunistically pits both sides off against each other or she has switched sides. Later, the villain from the first episode appears at Karli's and demands revenge for the defeat that Sam brought him. Karli's plan is also becoming clearer: A vote by the GRC is to be prevented in New York, for which a flash mob or a surprisingly large following is activated via mass text messages.

Who wields the shield?

In the comics, too, after the (temporary) death or disappearance of Captain America, the question was asked who should take over the shield. Bucky and Sam were both in the role for some time (and at different times). The MCU series, however, clearly positions Sam in this role and now shows the two of them training with the sign that they removed from Walker. Sam had his doubts for a long time because it didn't feel right and of course he couldn't handle it as well as Steve could.

In addition to the training, which is presented like a shield-frisbee session, the two also have the chance to have a clarifying conversation, which apparently works better than any therapy ... For Bucky, the shield stands for more than just the vibranium from which it is made is - it's something like a family, says the Winter Soldier, who wants to keep his down-to-earth attitude in difficult times and otherwise comes into doubt. But Sam says that it doesn't matter what others think of him or Bucky. Rather, he suggests that Bucky should put more work into making amends. It is enough if he gives some people certainty about certain open life events, such as the old man from the first episode, whose grandson he has on his conscience.

A start here would be to provide information, even if it is difficult and could hurt. At the latest that is probably the moment when Sam and Bucky click. You work quite well together, but you haven't necessarily been a team or a duo so far. So maybe that will change for the finale. For a short time, however, they part ways until there is news from Karli.

In the case of the Wilson boat, the decision is made that after it has been floated it will probably be left in family ownership. The siblings understand that the fight is waiting on several fronts, but Sam has managed to show presence on both of them, so that there is a solution to come to terms with. Inspired by Isaiah, Sam continues his training and wants to prove that the world is ready for a black Captain America that his nephews can look up to too.

Mid-credits scene

In the first mid-credits scene of the miniseries we see John Walker, who is no longer allowed to be Captain America, but who, analogous to the costume, creates his own identity including a patriotic shield. Whether he calls himself a Super Patriot or a U.S. We'll find out about the agent in the final next week ...

Conclusion

Truth takes almost an entire episode this time around to shed light on the characters' private lives and let the major dangers remain marginal. Personally, I think it's good that you slow down a bit without completely pausing the action. Because the MCU series can do a lot more than the films give time for the people behind the colorful costumes. Nevertheless, especially with the first action scene and the part about Isaiah Bradley, you could have gotten more out of it with small changes.

At the same time, the big showdown is being prepared. It remains to be seen whether the conflicts with the Flag Smashers, John Walker and the Power Broker can all be resolved satisfactorily in the final episode. We'll probably see Sam as the new Captain America and at the same time his first big test.

Finally, here is the trailer for the mid-season start of the series "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier":

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The item The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Truth - Review was published 5 weeks ago, on Friday, April 16, 2021 by Adam Arndt under the URL https://www.serienjunkies.de/the-falcon-and-the-winter-soldier/1x05-truth.html#review.

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