Series Review (With Spoilers): The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Season 1, Episode 3


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Zemo (Brühl) in his signature mask assisting Sam (Mackie), Bucky (Stan), and Sharon (VanCamp).

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 3 – Power Broker” was written by Derek Kolstad and directed by Kari Skogland. With no other options, Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) meet with Zemo (Daniel Brühl) for possible answers.

This is the first episode of the television side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe where it felt like I was not only watching a movie because of its spectacle, but because of its story development as well.  After all, this is the first episode that was written by a film screenwriter, Derek Kolstad, who wrote the “John Wick” movies, as well as recently released “Nobody.” A lot happens in this week’s episode, but I didn’t care for how much the show rushed through plot points, because it felt like the show was trying to fit in as many plot points as possible in a short amount of time.

Baron Zemo finally shows up, and wastes no time to show off his new getup. Also, Daniel Brühl looks really good in that coat. He stole every scene he was in, and I can only hope to see more and more of him even after this show ends, just like Loki popping up here and there. I can only imagine a Masters of Evil or Thunderbolts series starring Daniel Brühl as Baron Zemo. My “Lethal Weapon” comparison couldn’t be any more accurate, as Zemo is basically the genius-level Leo Getz to Sam and Bucky’s Riggs and Murtaugh. Overall, it was a weird upgrade after “Captain America: Civil War” did not set up his character accurately to the comics. Luckily, Brühl was so incredible that it was easy to buy into “retconning” him as more accurate.

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After breaking Zemo out of prison, we travel to Madripoor to find out who created these Super Soldier Serums. In the comics, Madripoor is primarily an X-Men-based location, so thankfully the 20th Century Fox deal finished in time to include a Wolverine easter egg with The Princess Bar. Madripoor is also where Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) seems to be laying low after going against the Sokovia Accords. This episode actually hints at and makes it very likely that Sharon is actually the Power Broker. To convince me that this wouldn’t be acting out of character from her two previous appearances in this universe, I would need a motive that is quite compelling. This answer seems too easy, but as we know from “WandaVision,” the easiest answer is always the one right in front of us.

We are then led to a yard of shipping crates where the scientist who created the serums is located. Twenty total doses have been completed at this point and Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman), who went full villain in this episode, stole all of them. We know of eight Flag Smashers who have been powered up, meaning that there are twelve left, and there can’t be anymore because Zemo killed the guy who made them and his lab was blown up. I’m sure John Walker (Wyatt Russell) will be getting super strength in the near future.

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With one last tease, this episode left on an extremely high note. Ayo (Florence Kasumba), the very first member of the Dora Milaje to show up in this franchise all the way back in 2016, appears because Wakanda does not seem to be finished with Zemo. After all, he unintentionally killed their former king, T’Chaka. I’m not saying it’s a sure thing, but I do see a good possibility that Marvel has a big surprise in store for us. I’m keeping my expectations low. However, Chadwick Boseman could have one final, yet minor, appearance in the role of T’Challa in an upcoming episode.