THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER (2021)
Season 1, Episode 1 "New World Order"
What’s next? What is my legacy? Can I make amends? Am I the right person to carry responsibilities? These are very human questions that we all probably ask ourselves at some point in our life. These are the questions presented in the new Disney+ series The Falcon and The Winter Solider.
We saw how Wanda Maximoff handled the fallout of the grand scale event of “Avengers: Endgame in WandaVision. Now it's Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes' turn.
Bucky (AKA The Winter Soldier) is coming to terms with the fact that he was a brainwashed assassin and that there are real deep consequences to his history. Meanwhile, Sam Wilson is trying to figure out his role in a post Captain America world and trying to keep his personal life stable.
What I truly appreciate about the show presented in this first episode is that it is scaled back. I believe post Endgame, Comic Book movies that have a scaled back and smaller stories can really thrive. I love that we are really diving into the mental psyche of these two men. The strongest moments are the quietest ones. Sebastian Stan is doing the best work of his career in this. His eyes are working overtime. Anthony Mackie is always a welcome presence. Just oozes natural charisma and likability.
My only real qualm so far has been the opening action scene. While it is well shot and the effects are impressive considering it’s a TV show, I did feel myself tuning it out. I’m just not here for that in the context of this show. It’s nice loud noise, but I really prefer stewing in the quiet moments. That’s the stuff people will remember when this ends.
The Falcon and The Winter Solider is off to a great start. While I wasn’t big on the action sequences, they are impressive. The acting is MCU quality and the human moments ring true. It’s the best I can ask for as a big comic book fan. I eagerly await to be taken on a journey with this show