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The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 4 – Review

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Episode four of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier series from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus, how does it move their story forward, here’s our review.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

Episode four was a much more engaging watch than the previous instalment. We finally seem to have stopped with introducing characters and instead seem to be focused on the story.

We’re presented with a much more sympathetic view of the Flag-Smashers. We are now really getting to understand their motives and Karli Morgenthau’s character. The events of the episode will certainly have changed people’s opinions of them and have probably given us a new antagonist in John Walker. Karli now has a bond with Sam Wilson and that looks likely to grow in the remainder of this series and possibly beyond.

Zemo shines

The star of this episode undoubtedly was Zemo. Jacob Bruhl steals every scene he is in and just reinforces the notion of how much viewers love an antihero or bad guy turning good. His dancing in Madripoor was absolutely hysterical and has become an instant meme. He’s followed that with his almost sinister coolness and calm no matter what is going on around him. The way he effortlessly slipped away as Walker, Bucky and The Falcon fought the Dora Milaje in their apartment was bordering on genius.

He’s smart enough to realise his best option to stay out of prison and alive is to work with The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. But he also doesn’t trust them completely, so he keeps a little bit of leverage over them to ensure they still need him. His decision to destroy all the vials of the super soldier serum was really interesting. He knows the power that it has but also the danger that it brings. Ultimately he feels that the pragmatic decision is to destroy it rather than it fall into the wrong hands.

Paranoia sets in

We get to see that play out in a brutal fashion at the end of the episode as John Walker’s paranoia over his inferiority reaches its climax. Walker is a really interesting character study. He clearly feels the pressure of taking on the role of Captain America very deeply. He is desperately attempting to live up to the example of Steve Rogers but deep down knows he is on a hiding to nothing. His methods of intimidation and trying to assert his authority have consistently fallen short or been ignored. He was physically humiliated in the altercation with the Dora Milaje from Wakanda.

The embarrassment to him of not being able to free his shield from the table when it was pinned to it by a spear appeared to be the final straw. His frustration and anger by now had grown to a desperate point. Consequently, he felt the only option was to use the last remaining vial of the super-soldier serum to give him power that he can wield over people. But his lack of understanding of how the serum works will ultimately be his downfall.

Making the good great and the bad worse

John Walker believes he will now be the same as Steve Rogers as he has taken the same serum. But as well as giving super strength, the serum accentuates qualities in someone’s personality that already exist. Red Skull was already a thoroughly bad egg before he took the serum, and taking it brought that out physically as well. The same thing has happened with Walker.

The anger and resentment already brewing inside him were exacerbated by the death of Battlestar in the fight with The Flag-Smashers. It sent him into a full-blown serum-induced rage where he brutally murdered the innocent Nico with Captain America’s shield. Nico had talked passionately with Karli that Captain America’s shield had been an inspiration to him. He did this in full view of the public, all of whom seemed to be recording the incident on their phones. The fall out from this is understandably going to be seismic in Episode 5.

Step up Sam

We’re expecting Sam Wilson to finally become Captain America by the end of this series. It now seems a pretty safe bet that this incident will be the catalyst for that chain of events to occur. I actually think that not being Captain America will make John Walker a far more watchable character. So far he has been a pretty run of the mill action hero and I want something more from him.

Hopefully, episode five will also see The Powerbroker’s identity revealed at last. Although the theorising on the internet about who it is has been a lot of fun.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 8/10


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Loki Episode 6 – Review

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Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

More to come

The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.

Introducing the big bad

We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.

She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.

Loki fight

Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.

Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.

Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.

Setting up season two

Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.

Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.

I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.

Phase 4 groundwork

It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.

There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.

But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10


Thank you for reading our review of Loki episode six. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.


Read our Loki episode five review HERE.

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