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The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode One – Review

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Episode one 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.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is the latest MCU series streaming on Disney Plus. It is set a few months after the events of both Avengers: Endgame and WandaVision. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier picks up from the departure of Steve Rogers. It chronicles the stories of his closest friends in the MCU, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes.

At first glance, it seems to be simply an opportunity to develop their backstories in a way that they probably couldn’t in a normal movie. But it is also acting as a way of finding the new Captain America. And introducing new characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe

If you found the stylistic aspects of WandaVision completely at odds with everything else you’d seen previously in the MCU, then you’ll be far more comfortable here. This was much closer in tone to the Marvel movies you know and love. After a COVID-enforced gap in releases, this is like a cinematic comfort blanket.

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

After Endgame

This first episode focuses more on Sam Wilson and Falcon than it does Bucky, but it was the latter’s scenes I found much more interesting. We open with one of the most extraordinary action sequences I’ve ever seen on television. It sees Falcon rescuing a kidnapped American soldier from the clutches of LAF and Georges Batroc. It was the type that only Marvel could make for TV, and made me think that we are essentially watching a movie in 6 self-contained acts. Zack Snyder will be fuming!

He has made the difficult decision to return Captain America’s shield to the US Government. Wilson does this despite obvious misgivings about doing so that only grow by the end of the episode. He clearly feels the pressure of taking on that mantle from Steve Rogers despite James Rhodes’ attempts to reassure him. He tries to settle his conscience by returning to Louisiana to help his sister who is struggling to keep their family business afloat.

Paying debts

Meanwhile, Bucky Barnes is attempting to get his life back on track, after his time as a brainwashed assassin working for Hydra. My favourite scene from this episode is his government-mandated therapy session. We get our first real insight into his obvious struggles and attempts to rationalise his crimes. The director was obviously having some fun with the invasive camera angles and lighting. All those elements, all made for some obvious tension between Bucky and his therapist. The dichotomy of Bucky trying to right his wrongs while wrestling with what he did is going to be an incredibly interesting aspect of this series.

Part of that will be his relationship with his elderly neighbour Yori, whose son Bucky killed while working for Hydra. There’s already a lovely buddy romance developing between them, including Yori asking out Leah on Bucky’s behalf. How will Bucky and Yori’s relationship survive that inevitable bombshell when his murderous past comes to light?

The Flag Smashers

Away from Bucky and Sam, The Falcon’s military colleague Joaquin Torres is in Switzerland on some sort of reconnaissance mission. His task is to infiltrate the Flag-Smashers, an anti-patriotism group who look set to be the main antagonists of the series. It appears that they have members who possess powers like The Avengers. In the comics, Torres becomes The Falcon after Wilson becomes Captain America.

The emergence of the Flag-Smashers will almost certainly result in a showdown with the new Captain America. Steve Rogers successor John Walker who looks likely to team up with The Falcon and The Winter Soldier later in the series. The new holder of the vibranium shield is tasked with extolling American values around the world. He seems expected to do that in a more overt way than Steve Rogers was perhaps perceived to have done. We will have to watch to see whether he becomes his comic book alter ego US Agent in this series. Needless to say with Marvel, there’s a subplot of friction with authority, despite Sam Wilson and James Rhodes’ close ties with the military.

Short run

As this series is only six episodes rather than WandaVision’s nine, we can expect the plot to move a bit quicker. There’s clearly a much stronger emphasis on action than mystery. It also looks like there’s a very clear plan for character development. In particular that development means rehabilitation for Bucky so he can become a key character in the next phases of the MCU.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier aren’t the first names that spring to mind when you think of the most interesting characters in the MCU. But there’s more than enough to suggest that this will be a really enjoyable series to watch. Expect more cameos than we saw in WandaVision and more breathtaking action sequences. Equally, I’d expect more WOW moments and fewer WTF ones. With Marvel’s incredible production values and attention to detail, this series will still provide plenty for us to talk about over the next six weeks.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 7/10


Thank you for reading our review of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode one. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.


Read our WandaVision episode nine review HERE.

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The Good, The Bad And The Classic

Sarah Casserley

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Disney Plus introduced Star to the service a little while ago now with loads of highlights. We’re sure, like us, you’ve had a good old delve into the catalogue and watched some of your faves. But, just in case you’ve missed anything, we have put together a little guide on what’s good to get stuck into. Also what’s bad and could do with being swiped past, and the classic must-see TV series and films that you probably didn’t even realise were there.

So, when you find yourself looking for something to watch on a Friday evening or binge for a couple of weeks, don’t scroll endlessly, just take a look at our guide of Disney Plus Star recommendations.


The Good

These are the films and series that have been released within the last 10 years, which you need to watch or should at least be on your ‘to watch’ list.

Series on Disney Plus Star

Atlanta (2016 – Present)

If you haven’t watched this series yet, why not? The creative and talented Donald Glover heads up the show as the main character ‘Earn’, and on the writing credits too (among 6 others, including his brother Stephen Glover), in this funny, gritty and realistic series which follows a rapper ‘Paper Boy’ and his manager Earn (Glover) as they navigate the rap business. If you have watched the show before, you may want to re-watch for a recap as season 3 has been promised to us very soon.

9-1-1 (2018 – Present)

This isn’t just any emergency service drama, this series covers the lives of several Los Angeles first responders: police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and dispatchers. It also has some big names involved, including Angela Bassett and, later in the series, Jennifer Love Hewitt. For some reason though, there’s only two of the four seasons of 9-1-1 on Disney Plus Star so far, but it’s well worth a watch and we’re sure the other two seasons should be along soon.

Doll Face (2019 – Present)

By the title alone, and the fact that it’s a weekly release, it initially looked like this series was set around a stereotypical break up and was destined for the bad list. However, the witty script, amazing female actors and relatable storyline made me put this series firmly within the good pile as I can’t wait to watch more. Kat Dennings takes the lead in the series and really brings to life upcoming writer Jordan Weiss’ story of female friendships after a breakup.

Films on Disney Plus Star

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

This beautiful coming of age story, based on a book with the same name, is a great watch for all ages, not just teens. Be ready for oodles of romance, as well as teary and heart-warming moments, as you follow two teens affected by cancer as they set off on a journey of discovery.

The Favourite (2018)

We love a period drama, and this quirky look at the reign of Queen Anne is no exception. With starring roles from Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Nicholas Hoult, it’s no wonder The Favourite had 336 nominations in award season and 182 wins. It’s definitely one of the best films from the last 5 years on Disney Plus Star.

Deadpool 2 (2018)

There are some examples coming up in these lists that give sequels a bad name, however, Deadpool 2 isn’t one of them. If you were putting off watching this one because of the sequel curse, don’t, it’s just as good – if not better – than the first. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is back as the foul-mouthed superhero and, this time, he brings some new friends: Domino (Zazie Beetz), Fire Fist (Julian Dennison) and Weasel (T.J. Miller) among others.


The Bad

There’s not as many on this ‘bad’ list as Star has done a pretty good job with their chosen titles. However, like any service, there are always a few bad eggs in our opinion… This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch these, it’s more of a warning that there may be better things to press play on.

Series on Disney Plus Star

Lost (2004 – 2010)

To be completely honest here, the first two seasons of Lost are very entertaining and interesting to watch, as you follow several people who try to survive a plane crash and have to adapt to life on a strange island. But, by the middle of season three, things start to get a little confusing and we found ourselves getting lost (pun intended) in the plot until the final sixth season, only to be hit with a heavily reported disappointing end… even worse than some people’s feelings about Game Of Thrones. So, we recommendation delving into some of the other series rather than this one.

24: Legacy (2017)

Trying to build another series from an established series can be very hit or miss – and this one was a huge miss. So much so that Fox axed it just after one series.

It takes on the same format as the original 24 series, where one season is just one day, however, this time they are trying to stop a terrorist attack. The format just doesn’t work with this storyline and you lose a lot of momentum and excitement, plus the acting just isn’t the best.

Films on Disney Plus Star

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Just like building another series off a series, sequels can also be tricky beasts… some are good, some are bad and, when it follows an absolute classic like ‘Independence Day’, it needs to be amazing. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite live up to the legacy of the first film; I mean, not even ‘Hunger Games’ Liam Hemsworth couldn’t get this to match up with the original. But it is still entertaining, so if you do decide to watch this one, just do so with caution.


The Classic

As you have probably already noticed there are some absolute classics on Disney Plus Star, so this is going to be the longest list, full of series that you can binge from start to finish and films that stand the test of time and can be re-watched repeatedly. Most of these titles don’t need much explanation as you’ll have already watched or heard about them, but you might not have spotted them yet on Disney Plus Star as some were buried deep in the archives.

Series on Disney Plus Star

X Files (1993 – 2001)

If you were born in the 90s or 00s, this one may have gone under your radar; however, once you watch the first season full of aliens, wired going ons and the brilliantly disjointed relationship of FBI agents, conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder and realist Dana Scully, you won’t want to stop watching. Granted some of the special effects are a little dated and unbelievable, but you will soon forget about that as you get sucked into the narrative.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2002)

I know, I know, it’s hard to think there are people out there that haven’t watched a single vampire slaying, kick-ass, sci-fi loaded episode… but there is. If you are one of those people, what are you waiting for? Every single episode is here wating for you to binge. If you don’t fancy delving into the full thing, I would recommend at least taking a peek at the seventh episode of the sixth series (Once More, with Feeling: Buffy the Musical).

24 (2001 – 2014)

Before Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) burst on our screens in 2001, this kind of format for a series had never been attempted before and it just worked, so much so it ran for 9 seasons. It may seem odd at first, as each series is just one day, but you really do get sucked in.

Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – 2018)

Within its almost 13 years of being on air, this series has offered every heart-warming and breath-holding moment you need from a hospital-based drama. This would be a perfect series to start if you want something that will last you a while.

Sons of Anarchy (2008 – 2014)

Bikes, leather and action: what’s not to like? This series ran for a glorious 7 seasons, and within these episodes, there is storyline upon storyline that will keep you hooked and wanting to know more about the motorcycle club that straddles the line between legal and illegal.

Films on Disney Plus Star

(We’re pretty sure you will have watched most of these films, but they are well worth a re-watch)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

The film that started them all. Since the release of this film in 1968, there have been seven more sequels and remakes of the original sci-fi movie, two of which you can also watch on Disney Plus Star: Planet Of the Apes (2001) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).

Jewel of the Nile (1985)

It could possibly be that the countless TV showings over the have passed you by, but if you’ve not seen Jewel of the Nile, you should definitely give it a go. Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito are fantastic in this pure 80s romantic action comedy.

Cocktail (1988)

Sticking within the 80s romantic comedy realm, you’ve also got Cocktail, which is full of love ultimatums, with a dash of cheese. Come on, you know you want to watch a young Tom Cruise at work.

The Fly (1986)

One name – Jeff Goldblum. Watch it.

Pretty Woman (1990)

We were just as excited as the first time we watched it when we saw this classic on the service. To not watch this again would be a big mistake. HUGE.

Toys (1992)

This wonderfully wacky story by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson comes alive with the help of one of the best comedic actors of all time, Robin Williams, alongside the wonderful Joan Cusack and, bizarrely, LL Cool J.

What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)

Whether you love Tina Turner’s music or not, it does not matter. This is one of the most interesting and inspirational biographical movies that you will ever watch. Word of warning, the incredible Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne are so great at their roles that some of the more sensitive scenes are very realistic.

Braveheart (1995)

With any new service, there are glitches, and we found one! Whilst watching this absolute classic a few weeks ago, about two and a half hours into the film the screen when to the small screen format as if the credits had come up, making it difficult to watch the last part of the film. However, when we went to finish the film off a week later the glitch had been fixed and you can now watch the whole film without interruption… FREEDOM!

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

We all know that when it comes to film, Baz Luhrmann is a genius and he doesn’t disappoint with this abstract take on the story. It’s worth watching for the soundtrack alone.

Independence Day (1996)

90s Will Smith doing what he did best: lots of running, fighting and shouting – need I say more? Oh yes, you can also watch another one of his masterpieces, Enemy of the State (1998) on this service too.

Con Air (1997)

‘Put the bunny back in the box’ and sit down and watch this classic… we all know Nicholas Cage films can be a little unpredictable, but this film is definitely a hit, especially as he is joined by other legends of the screen, including John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, John Cusack and Ving Rhames.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Well if it’s at our fingertips, why not watch this film for the 56th time… this year.


So, there you have it, these are some of our highlights and must-miss titles from Disney Plus Star. Are there any that we missed? If so, comment below and let us know what category they belong in.


Check out the top 10 hidden gems in the other Disney Plus feeds HERE.

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