The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Season 1 Episode 4 Review

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The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Season 1 Episode 4 Review

The star-spangled shield stained with blood could also be a blunt metaphor. But the last image of episode four of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier nonetheless effectively communicates a central theme of the show: the establishment is a problem.

Captain America beating a person to death with the edge of his shield is a final endpoint of an episode that dedicates itself to picking apart the various power structures at play.

Further analyzing where The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s loyalties lie and the surprisingly bleak messages it seeks to convey.

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Season 1 Episode 4 Review

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Season 1 Episode 4 Review is the darkest, most serious chapter of the run to this point. Surprisingly, it’s penned yet again by John Wick writer Derek Kolstad. But now around the fun espionage adventure vibes are put away.

And also, the buddy comedy dialogue almost entirely purged from the script. While this makes for a dourer episode, it works within the show’s favor.

The quips are very hit and miss over the season. And ultimately this serious story is best served by leaving the comedy behind.

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Season 1 Episode 4 Story Line

A more honed specialization in the intense matters allows episode four to go a far deeper dive into the motivations driving each of its characters.

With John Walker, we see an increasingly aggressive Captain America that strays further and beyond the ideals laid down by his predecessor.

But while clearly developing into the shape of an antagonist, his motivations are broadly understandable. Captain America got angry not just by what he sees from the Flag Smashers, but also his inability to fight them because of his lack of enhancements.

While he has an honest belief in what he’s fighting for, his flawed reading of what power grants an individual leads him to become the vengeful, hot-headed antithesis of Steve Rogers.

This is reflected in Karli Morgenthau, who we get to spend far more time with during this episode due to her finally getting face-to-face time with Sam.

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 4

These conversations solidify that Karli’s overall goals are noble and her anger justified. Sam’s desire to know her approach. Not minding others around him being against this works to further make the Flag Smashers sympathetic. And establish a minimum of the foundations of a united cause between the characters.

Yet, like Walker, Karli’s desperation and anger have convinced her to decide on violence. And her conviction in these methods only seems to grow stronger and more problematic. Particularly together with her misguided threats against Sam’s family.

The Verdict

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier enters its final half with a dark and heavy episode. On a script level, it is a sudden diversion from the buddy comedy style that the previous chapters had been building.

But this enables events to unfurl with the adequate weight the show’s themes demand. And there’s an enormous emphasis on themes in this episode. So much in order that Sam and Bucky, despite being ever-present don’t feel the most active here.

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Season 1 Episode 4 Review dives deeper into the lives and motivations of Karli Morgenthau and Walker. Providing multiple new layers to their characters and adding further to the complexity of the case that Sam and Bucky must resolve.

And by finally bringing its protagonists and antagonists together for face-to-face interactions, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has properly established its relationships and stakes. And set itself on the road for what looks to be a significant final two episodes.

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