Hello Outposters, Drunken Yoda here with your Falcon And The Winter Soldier review for episode three : The Powerbroker.
When we last left our heroes, they were going to see Zemo to get some information on super soldiers. Zemo has been working on his sense of humor and now makes a few jokes just like the rest of the crew. We can’t just have the main characters undercutting the tension, now can we?
Zemo gets out with their help. No wait, he just gets out. Really, it makes no sense why he hadn’t done this way before now. Once out, he uses his considerable resources most soldiers get in a failed third world shit hole.
Turns out he was a baron and still has a sizable amount of resources, including a private plane, tons of classic cars, and a butler. This is retconning to the nth degree. While it was never said he WASN’T royalty in CIVIL WAR, it was highly implied that this was the MCU version of Zemo. A family man and soldier who was pushed too far after having lost everything important to him.
I know this retconning brings him more in line with his comic book counterpart but I think it really undercuts the powerful character he was in the movie. So now he takes them to Madripoor, which I could hear Marvel fan boys as far away as Canada squealing with glee.
Once there they meet with some criminal boss to give them some info on the super soldier serum which they get the name “Powerbroker” before she’s killed. What’s worse, everyone thinks Sam and Bucky killed her so now they have a price on their head. They get rescued in the chase by Sharon Carter who made her home in this lawless island. She’s pretty bitter about the whole thing and Sam works out a deal with her and promises to get her pardoned.
They go to a container yard to find a hidden lab where the scientist who perfected the formula is. He gets killed by Zemo and another fight begins with various bounty hunters where they finally get away again, thanks in part to Zemo’s help. At least they learn that twenty doses were created and stolen by the woman in charge of the Flag Smashers.
Zemo takes them to Latvia where they believe correctly the Flag Smashers are working. While the smashers are raiding a supply depot in Lithuania; Sam, Bucky, and Zemo head to their first lead when Bucky recoginizes some Wakanda devices in various places in the street. Ayo, part of the Dora Milaje wants Zemo’s head. Probably still pissed at that whole “killed their king” thing back in Captain America: Civil War.
I should like this more than I do. While it is a bit of an improvement over last week, I found myself getting bored. The new Cap and Bucky don’t do much in this one except figure out that maybe Bucky and Sam had a hand in Zemo’s escape. Which unless I missed something, it doesn’t appear they really did. I mean they say they did but you watch that break out and tell me what I missed.
People keep showing up conveniently like Sharon Carter. Zemo’s retcon is clumsy. The fights are ok but really I just had problems getting invested. I can’t really specifically point to anything horribly wrong with it, it just didn’t grab me. WandaVision may have had a bit of a lackluster ending but I was invested in every episode and never felt bored. Here not so much.
You’re mileage may vary. Maybe it works better for you. I have a feeling this might be a series that works better as a binge watch instead of the week long pauses.
There’s only 6 episodes so we are halfway through. Let’s see how it starts to ramp up.
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