THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER – Not all glitz and glamour – Midseason review

Review by Leonid Urevich


“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” provides what was desperately needed in the MCU. We always see the heroes fighting but we hardly ever see what’s happening behind the scenes, how are normal people struggling? What are they struggling with? And with this series you see that it’s not just glitz and glamour.

I like looking at my universes from different angles. Say what you will about the Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) but that movie did a great job of showing the other side Gotham City. Not just what Batman and the Joker go through. 

One thing I love about this series is that they tie up some loose ends and some stuff that is canon in the comics but never really addressed in any of the movies. I am trying to keep this vague in case you you are not caught up with the show yet.

Now of course you can’t talk about the good without addressing the bad. 

“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” doesn’t have the same hype and aspiration and suspense as “WandaVision“. With “WandaVision” even before the very first episode, everybody was wondering what is this show? After the first episode, what is this show? After the third episode OMG what’s happening?! I can’t wait until the next episode!

With “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” you knew exactly what you were getting into so there was no suspense, there was no surprise you got exactly what you thought you would get with a few twists of course. But I don’t see anybody pondering or speculating what is or what could be. It’s straightforward to the point and unlike “WandaVision” I don’t have that thirst if you will for the next episode. 

“WandaVision” was like a tasting menu, it left you wanting more whereas “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” is like a steak dinner, it’s great and you don’t leave the table feeling hungry. 

The main issue I had with episode 3 is the same issue I had with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. The characters were just speaking too quickly and responding too quickly. Now I don’t know if it was an editing issue, but it had me going, “people don’t normally talk like that.” Everything was just happening too quickly in my opinion. 

Maybe I am not plugged in enough but I don’t hear anybody saying somebody in the show is Mephisto in “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier”. So maybe Disney+ taught fans not to theorize. So far it’s a great show and it really feels like we’re watching a movie and not a regular TV show like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and for that I say thank you. 

I think it would be irresponsible to give it a grade yet, because we’re not done with the series yet.

What are your thoughts on the series so far? Let me know in the comments below or chat with me on Instagram or Twitter

New episodes of THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER premiere every Friday on Disney+ through April 23rd.

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