Disney+ Review – The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 3

Contains Spoilers

We’re halfway through The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and things are getting interesting.

In Episode 3 sees Bucky and Sam breaking Zemo (Daniel Brühl), the villain of Civil War (2016), out of jail in an attempt to discover the source of the super solider serum that the Flag-Smashers have got their hands on. Zemo is immediately as slick and untrustworthy as Machiavelli’s “Prince” that he just happens to be reading in his cell.

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The trio takes a trip to Madripoor, a fictional island in South East Asia, in their search for answers.  Bucky is required to reassume his Winter Solider persona while Sam, quite humorously, must assume a disguise with quite a bomb costume (at one point he quips “I can’t run in these heels”) as they search for a Dr Nagel – who works for a mysterious figure called “the Power Broker”.

After a deal goes wrong, the trio are given shelter by Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), in her first appearance in the MCU since Civil War. They discover Negal and after an all out fight with some bounty hunters, make for Latvia where the episode ends with another familiar face returning – this time Black Panther’s (2018) Ayo, portrayed by Florence Kasumba.

In this episode, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier really came into its own. The scenes of Madripoor are excellent – clearly inspired by the worlds of Akira (1988) and Ghost in the Shell (1995), the cyberpunk, super city design was very cool and perfectly fitted with the slightly edgy tone of the show. I’m just really enjoying that world right now.

Another highlight was the charisma and chemistry between Sam, Bucky and Zemo this episode – there’s one conversation on the plan about Marvin Gaye which is just excellent. Brühl is, unsurprisingly, something of a scene stealer with his big coat and shady attitude and it’s such a delight to see him so fully utilised here as opposed to his relatively generic function in Civil War. Similarly, Sharon Carter is far more interesting here than she ever was in the films and it was really fun to see her have so many epic action sequences.

The situation of the Flag-Smashers, Erin Kellyman’s Karli Morgenthau in particular, is still a little unclear but they remain interesting while possibly the real villain, John Walker aka Captain America, continues his interfering. I look forward to how all these strands will converge.

Like I said, this felt like the show really finding its footing. Another excellent episode – I hope we go back to Madripoor.

Action, Adventure | USA, 2021 | Episode Three | 2nd April 2021 | Dir.Kari Skogland | Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Wyatt Russell, Emily VanCamp, Daniel Brühl, Florence Kasumba, Erin Kellyman, Cle Bennett