The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 3 brings together Sam, Bucky, and Zemo — and also the return of Sharon Carter — here’s my review.
With only six total episodes in the series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is now at the halfway mark after episode 3. While this episode is my least favorite so far, there are still some incredible moments — especially those that drive the story forward. The episode is titled Power Broker and while viewers don’t get too much about who that is, they get to see Zemo, Bucky, and Sam team up — as well as Sharon Carter make an appearance.
Check out my review for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2, if you missed it.
Warning: Spoilers For The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 3 “Power Broker”
In episode 3 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Nucky breaks Zemo out of jail so he can help them track down whoever is putting the Super Soldier Serum back in play. Sam is obviously not a big fan of this, but Bucky does it all behind his back. Bucky, Sam, and Zemo teaming up gives us a lot of great moments throughout the episode, and I loved seeing Zemo protect the guys. Something I never expected to see.
This episode may not be action packed, but there are some great action scenes. One of my favorites is when Bucky has to pretend to be the Winter Soldier again. Something that I am sure is going to come back and haunt him. It was a bit eerie to watch him seemingly blindly following Zemo’s orders.
Odds are that Zemo is only helping so that he can get a hold of the Super Soldier Serum himself, which has me selfishly hoping we see a lot more of him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I adore Daniel Bruhl in this role and I think he did a fantastic job of slipping right back into Zemo.
The fact that we learn he is, in fact, a Baron, is the best way to make his name make sense. I love that little nod, and it also really helped move the story along by allowing them in using his plane to get wherever they were going. Plus, Zemo dancing in that club is something I did not know I needed until today.
It is so great to see Emily VanCamp back as Sharon, and I hope we continue to do so. Sharon Carter was amazing in this episode, and it was so good to have her back and kicking ass, however I am afraid she might be underused as a whole in this series. If Sam is able to get her that pardon she asked for, she may have a future in the MCU though.
Likely not if she is the Power Broker herself like some theories suggest, though. If WandaVision has taught me anything, it is to no theorize, so I am staying far away from this one. I don’t want my heart to be broken in one way or another.
As for Karli and the Flag Smashers, this episode tries to give viewers a little bit more of a background on them. Unfortunately for me, that really falls flat. Honestly at this point I do not think I will ever connect to this group, or Karli, on any level. I just don’t care about them. Perhaps if this part of the story was told earlier on I would, but they are a big miss for me and I will be happy when they are no longer in the picture. Which honestly, could be a while.
At the very end of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 3 we discover that Wakanda is now involved. Ayo shows up and tells Bucky that she is there for Zemo, and I for one cannot wait to see where this goes! This is something that took me completely by surprise, and was probably one of the standout moments of this episode.
We first saw Ayo back in Captain America: Civil War and she is a member of the Dora Milaje. She is big in the comic books, as well as in the MCU. She is incredibly powerful and a skilled and trained warrior. Florence Kasumba reprises her role as Ayo, and this was a pretty well kept secret if you ask me. Could this tie into Black Panther 2? Quite possibly.
Overall, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode is a bit weak compared to the others, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good episode. The other two were just better, but this show as a whole is still fantastic and I absolutely love it. There are so many gorgeous shots throughout the whole thing, but particularly this episode.
As a Marvel comic book fan I am thrilled with all the name drops and nods to certain places (Madripoor!) that we are getting. I was really happy with the dynamic between Sam, Bucky, and Zemo. My biggest disappointment so far is the Flag Smashers because I just don’t feel connected to them. Sure, I can say this is the weakest episode, but that is the weakest of three incredible episodes.
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About The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier. The pair, who came together in the final moments of “Avengers: Endgame,” team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience.
Directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman serving as head writer, the series also stars Daniel Brühl as Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell as John Walker.