The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Season 1 Episode 1 Evaluation: New World Order


One in every of Marvel’s most extremely anticipated exhibits in Section 4, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, has lastly hit Disney+, and to this point, it delivers on its hype.

We discover Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, the titular characters, navigating a post-Blip world after the occasions of Avengers: Endgame. And contemplating

Regardless of just a few considerations, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Season 1 Episode 1 is off to an incredible begin, and it’s shaping as much as be a wonderful collection.

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“New World Order” primarily focuses on Sam after an aged Steve presents him Captain America’s protect. He appears to be doing high-quality, working with the USA Air Pressure once more. However on the within, he isn’t okay as a result of he didn’t have time to grieve for his good friend correctly.

Sam, like billions of others, was thrust right into a damaged world after The Blip ended. Billions of souls at the moment are wandering the earth, attempting to determine the place they belong in such a chaotic time.

So, Sam does what he is aware of finest — he returns to the Air Pressure and visits his sister and nephews.

However issues are by no means that straightforward, and he has loads to take care of. Steve is gone, leaving Sam with the Captain America protect. After all, Sam would flip it into the Smithsonian — how might he bear to take a look at it, not to mention use it, when he has not even grieved but?

Steve represented the very best in all of us. Brave, righteous, hopeful. And he mastered posing stoically. The world has been eternally modified. Just a few months in the past, billions of individuals reappeared after 5 years away, sending the world into turmoil. We’d like new heroes. Ones fitted to the occasions we’re in. Symbols are nothing with out the ladies and men that give them which means. And this factor… I do not know if there’s ever been a larger image. Nevertheless it’s extra concerning the man who propped it up, and he is gone. So, right this moment we honor Steve’s legacy, but additionally, we glance to the long run. So, thanks, Captain America. However this belongs to you.


Even issues together with his sister, Sarah, aren’t simple. With cash being tight, she needs to promote their household’s boat. Sam has each proper to be reluctant, however he was not there for the final 5 years, although it isn’t his fault. Sarah tried her finest to maintain issues afloat, however she might solely accomplish that for therefore lengthy.

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And if banks refuse to present them loans to assist out, then what else can she do?

There may be an obvious rift between these siblings, and the supply of this rift is — like a lot of the world’s issues — The Blip. Sam disappeared, and now, he’s again. Sarah can not relive the final 5 years of struggling funds simply because Sam was not there.

Sam at the moment has many burdens, and his household’s monetary state of affairs is just the tip of the iceberg. He offers up Captain America’s protect, can not grieve correctly, and tries to maneuver on, unsuccessfully. How might he when he can not even have a look at the protect? 

To make issues worse, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Season 1 Episode 1 ends with fairly the cliffhanger.

Sam gave up Captain America’s protect below the premise that the Smithsonian Museum will show it. As an alternative, the federal government betrayed Sam and employed a brand new Captain America to take Steve’s place.

We don’t but know the way Sam will react, however his shaking palms on the finish of the episode offers us some clues. And he has each proper to be indignant about this example. He works for the federal government, entrusts them together with his most priceless possession, solely to be stabbed within the again. This case actually brings up questions.

If no one can substitute Captain America, and Sam turning the protect in was “the fitting factor to do,” then why does the federal government rent a brand new Captain America?

Sam, who has been loyal and trustworthy with them from the start. Sam, who Steve gave his protect to. Not solely did the federal government lie, however in addition they betrayed Steve.

Which begs the query — why do they assume Sam is unqualified for this place?

Sam more than likely would have turned the provide down at this level, however they didn’t even provide it to him within the first place. But, the federal government doesn’t hesitate to rent a brand new Captain America as quickly as Sam leaves DC.

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There isn’t any legitimate motive for betraying Sam like that, however there’s a curious side to this new Captain America. The brand new Captain America, not like Sam, is white. After all, we anticipate the federal government to disclaim that is the rationale they didn’t think about Sam.

Sam’s authorities doesn’t see him as somebody who can signify America, which could lead Sam to query his function as Falcon.

How can he work with a rustic that doesn’t see him as worthy sufficient to own the protect? Can the protect even signify an America freed from systemic racism and bigotry?

These questions are testaments to the systemic racism that’s deeply entrenched in our society right this moment.

Anthony Mackie couldn’t have mentioned it higher: “Sam considers the protect a illustration of the nation that we stay in. There’s numerous trepidation so far as how does a Black man signify a rustic that doesn’t signify him?”

We hope to see this theme explored extra totally all through the present. We hope that Sam will come to own the protect as a logo of what we could be — an equal society with equal alternatives, a society with out systemic racism, a society that celebrates and acknowledges everyone. 

Regardless of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Season 1 Episode 1 primarily revolving round Sam, we additionally study what Bucky is as much as lately.

Like Sam, Bucky struggles with life after The Blip, however his state of affairs is a bit more difficult. Earlier than The Blip, Hydra brainwashed Bucky for over ninety years. When Steve lastly broke via to him, Bucky ultimately left for Wakanda to utterly erase the brainwashing.

He has not caught a break because the 1940s, and that is his first likelihood to breathe. He’s in a brand new world, free for the primary time in virtually 100 years.

However whereas the federal government might have pardoned him, they compelled Bucky to attend remedy, the place he determined to make amends for all of the crimes he dedicated as a Hydra soldier.

Bucky has recognized violence for nearly a century — from World Battle II to Hydra to The Avengers.

Now, he has to make amends via authorized measures with out hurting anybody whereas acknowledging his previous. And it actually doesn’t assist that he experiences ugly nightmares about his days working for Hydra.

Not like Sam, Bucky doesn’t have many individuals to show to. His household has already handed. One in every of his solely pals, an older man named Yori, is somebody Bucky has to make amends with since he killed his son. 

Finally, Bucky may be very misplaced and lonely, torn between his previous, current, and future. He’s uncertain of what to do now, and it’ll grow to be more and more troublesome to determine it out as soon as he finishes his amends venture.

Bucky: All proper, give me a break. I am attempting, okay? This is not… that is new for me. I did not have a second to take care of something, you realize? I had slightly calm in Wakanda. And aside from that, I simply went from one combat to a different for ninety years.
Dr. Raynor: So, now that you have stopped combating, what would you like?
Bucky: Peace.
Dr. Raynor: That’s utter bullshit.
Bucky: You are a horrible shrink.
Dr. Raynor: I used to be a wonderful soldier. So, I noticed numerous useless our bodies, and I understand how that may shut you down. And in case you are alone, that’s the quietest, most private hell. And James, it is vitally onerous to flee. Look, I do know that you’ve been via loads, however you’ve got received your thoughts again; you might be being pardoned. I imply, these are good issues. You are free.
Bucky: To do what?

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Sam might not perceive every thing Bucky goes via, however they’re nonetheless two individuals with shared experiences concerning The Avengers. They had been each erased throughout The Blip, and now, they’re attempting to determine their lives respectively.

We think about The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will revolve closely round this theme, particularly as soon as they be a part of forces. We hope to see their friendship develop and their characters develop.

There may be room for lots of character growth for each Sam and Bucky. In Bucky’s case, his character can develop via studying to belief Sam and develop their friendship.

General, “New World Order” is a good episode, however we have now some considerations concerning the Flag Smashers, the group that appears to be the first villainous entity.

Whereas violence is undoubtedly by no means the reply, we are able to solely think about what it’s prefer to lose half of life on the planet for 5 years, simply to have the misplaced half all of the sudden reappear. It’s a staggering and weird state of affairs, certain to provide various opinions on the topic.

Torres: You see these guys? These are the fellows you gotta fear about. I have been stumbling onto their manifestos on message boards. They name themselves the Flag Smashers.
Sam: Is {that a} new factor? Unhealthy guys give themselves unhealthy names?
Torres: There’s loads worse names than that one. However mainly, they assume that the world was higher throughout The Blip. Belief me, it wasn’t.
Sam: Belief me. Each time one thing will get higher for one group, it will get worse for one more.
Torres: Yeah. Basically, these individuals, they need a world that is unified with out borders. So, you might see why lots of people are into that.

The Flag Smashers are actually not your typical villains.

And whereas we nonetheless have no idea what they think about society to appear to be, it’s fairly clear that they advocate for open borders and a much less nationalist world. These objectives appear to subtly convey propaganda, saying {that a} world constructed extra on neighborhood, unity, and sharing is a recipe for catastrophe.

It won’t be a great search for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier — and Marvel — to pursue this route. Even when it was not intentional, this concept promotes nationalism and disunity. Nationalism is just not unhealthy in all circumstances, however it could possibly nonetheless be a harmful ideology.

If superheroes squash the Flag Smashers on behalf of the federal government, it should look like propaganda that favors elites and higher lessons and bashes unusual individuals and decrease lessons.

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We think about there’s extra to the Flag Smashers battle than nationalist propaganda. So, we’ll give Marvel the good thing about the doubt for now. Nonetheless, we’ll fastidiously tread when watching future episodes, and we hope that our evaluation of the Flash Smashers will show to be mistaken.

World’s a loopy place proper now. Persons are… nicely, no one’s secure. Allies at the moment are enemies; alliances are all torn aside. The world’s damaged. All people’s simply searching for someone to repair it.


Over to you, Fanatics!

What did you consider The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Season 1 Episode 1?

Was it every thing you hoped for? How do you assume Sam and Bucky will take care of the disheartening information concerning the new Captain America? How do you are feeling concerning the new Captain America? What are your expectations for this present?

Tell us your ideas within the feedback under!

Sarah Novack is a employees author for TV Fanatic. Observe her on Twitter.

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