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Loki Episode 1: ‘Glorious Purpose’ Review

With each trailer released, Loki quickly became my most anticipated series since WandaVision. I was a little worried it wouldn’t be worth the hype all the media was giving it. But I shouldn’t have worried too much. The first episode delivered. By the end I was so excited about what’s to come, I can’t wait to see what happens next! But I’m getting ahead of myself.

The episode starts where we saw Loki last: escaping with the Teseract in 2012. He transports himself to the Gobi Desert where he’s captured by the Time Variance Authority (TVA) and brought back to the TVA to stand trial.

The comedy is great. From Loki signing off on everything he’s ever said to being unsure if he’s a robot or not. Love it! I also enjoyed (a little too much) the brief seconds we had of Nude Loki. So sue me! 😂

I loved the vintage animation style of the TVA introduction video narrated by the TVA’s mascot, a clock named Miss Minutes (Tara Strong)

Credit in photo

He’s frustrated when his usual tricks and powers don’t work in the TVA. The judge, Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), finds him guilty for crimes against the Sacred Timeline and sentences him to being Reset.

(I’m not quite clear what reset means. To me it sounds like a Death sentence. To Scarlett Widow it sounds like putting people back in their proper place in the timeline. Though Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) does seem to imply that reset means death.)

Mobius steps in and somehow manages to convince the judge to have custody of Loki. She begrudgingly allows it. He takes charge of an angry Loki and takes him to his office for a chat/therapy session of sorts.

Mobius takes Loki through “a sampling of his greatest hits, ” and takes MCU fans down memory lane with scenes from Loki’s life that 2012 Loki hasn’t lived through yet.

My personal favorites were watching him react to his mother’s death and the final scene between him and Thor and Ragnarok. Tom’s acting, as always, is phenomenal. His love for Loki really shines through his performance. It’s so fun to watch.

When I first heard about Owen Wilson being cast in the MCU, I couldn’t picture it being a good fit. It turned out to be another great casting choice by Marvel. He’s wonderful as Mobius! It’s great to see someone call Loki out on his crap. It’s about time!

I think it’s great to see Loki struggle with the fact that he’s not a big all-powerful god calling the shots. The TVA are. Whether or not that’s a good thing is yet to be seen. There’s been speculation that the TVA could be like the Bad Place in The Good Place. They seem like they’re the good guys but maybe there’s something darker under the surface.

While I loved this first episode, there’s one thing that bothers me a little bit: The Infinity Stones stashed in a drawer and used as “paperweights.” They look like a package of fake jewels and sequins from Michaels dumped out. And the most powerful things on earth, the stones the Avengers sacrificed so much for, have NO POWER in the TVA! Does this mean they weren’t that important to begin with? That Infinity War and Endgame were over nothing of great importance? Hopefully, we’ll get some answers over the next five episodes.

Glowing paperweights

The episode gave me Doctor Who and Legends of Tomorrow vibes.

1. You have “a criminal with a blue box.”

2. Time Keepers in place of Time Masters.

3. Loki being required to help the TVA fix the anachronisms or Varients and restore the Sacred Timeline, and the Varient he’s going after is himself!

The time travel bit at the end got me excited for what’s to come next. I’m ready for some Timey-Wimey action! Thankfully, the next episode is today, so I don’t have long to wait!

Over and out,

Captain Stark

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‘One World One People’ – FATWS Finale Review

Wow! That was fast! Six weeks flew by, and the finale to the Second Marvel Disney Plus has come and gone. It was an action packed episode similar to WandaVision’s finale. It was like watching the third act of any Marvel movie. The coolest part being getting to see Sam (Anthony Mackie) in costume and in action as our new Captain America.

Comic accurate costume FTW

We also got some Bucky (Sebastian Stan) motorcycle action. Sebastian looks great on a motorcycle. This was a great shot:

Even though this episode was meant as finale, it feels like a whole new beginning than an ending. There’s only one real ending during this episode: The death of Karli Morganthau (Erin Kellyman) and the Flagsmashers blown to kingdom come in the end.

As much as I wanted to like Karli, she wasn’t the most memorable character of the series and didn’t make much of an impression on me. She’ll probably end up on a future list of least memorable villains. Her death was sad and sobering though. A life cut short in the name of a cause she wholeheartedly believed in.

Fan theories proved to be correct when Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) was revealed to be the Power Broker.

Her identity is revealed by Karli. She’s fought side by side with Bucky, Sam, and Steve so it’s hard to see Peggy Carter’s niece as a villain. By the end of the episode, she’s been pardoned by the Government and given her old position back. Upon leaving the courthouse, she’s seen talking on the phone with an unknown character talking about how they now have access to weapons and government secrets. It’s clear that former good girl Sharon is up to no good. Aunt Peggy would roll around in her grave!

Wyatt Russell’s John Walker trades in his fake Captain America gig and is rebranded by Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine (Julia Louis Dreyfus) It’s being speculated that “Val” could be building a Dark Avengers team and act as the team’s Nick Fury. We’ll just have to wait and see.

John was actually one of my favorite characters from the entire series. He’s my new favorite love-to-hate characters. Wyatt Russell gave a phenomenal performance and it looks like we’ll see him again in the future. They don’t hand characters brand new identities and suits and let them fade off in the background!

Carl Lumbly as Isaiah Bradley was another wonderful addition to the series. He gave an outstanding performance in every scene he was in.

In the finale, he comes around to the idea of and accepts Sam as the new Captain America. One of the best and most emotional scenes of the episode was Sam taking Isaiah and Eli to the Captain America museum and showing them the Isaiah Bradley statue and plaque commemorating Isaiah’s service as the original super soldier/Captain America.

I hope when we finally get around to the Young Avengers that Isaiah is included in some way. Or maybe even an Isaiah Bradley TV series on Disney +. That’d be cool too.

We get a couple of brief glimpses of Zemo (Daniel Brühl) in his cell at The Raft. I hope he doesn’t stay there long! I NEED to see more of him! There’s been several rumors running around that he might be the leader of the Thunderbolts. I hope these rumors prove true! He was one of my favorite characters to watch and it’d really suck if his story stop here.

There was one particular scene that made me misty-eyed, and that was when Bucky went back to Yori’s apartment to confess that as Winter Soldier killed Yori’s son because “didn’t have a choice.”


FATWS: Final Thoughts

This was a good show. I still think, after seeing all of it, that it would be even better cut together as a movie. It’s always great to have more time with some favorite side characters and have their stories be further developed. I loved seeing their relationship, Sam’s journey of accepting the shield, Bucky’s path towards healing. Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie have wonderful chemistry together, and I hope they’re paired up for Captain America 4.

This show also handled topics like racism and healing from trauma well. It was excellent at introducing several new characters like Joaquin Torres, Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, and John Walker and setting up potential storylines for them. They also brought back Sharon and Zemo after a several year absence. I’m a little on the fence about Sharon being a villain though I do think sending her in a villainous direction is intriguing. This show got me excited for the MCU’s future! There’s so many possibilities I can’t wait for them to explore! My final rating for this series is 4/5. See it if you haven’t already!

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‘The Whole World Is Watching’ and ‘Truth’ Falcon and Winter Soldier Episode 4 and 5 Review.

Since both episodes four and five are so long, I’m combining the reviews and talking about some of my favorite moments from both episodes.

Episode Four


Episode four came. Episode four went. It was the best of the episodes so far to be released. Since the episodes are growing longer, I’ll be highlighting my favorite moments throughout the episode.

I honestly could go on for half of forever about the Wakanda flashback scene! It was incredible! The tears streaming down Bucky’s face when he realized he was finally free of Hydra’s programming was a powerful, emotional moment. Sebastian Stan deserves all the awards for his brilliant acting during this scene! I’m getting emotional just thinking about it! 

Since Ayo (Florence Kasumba)was the one to deprogram Winter Soldier, it’s understandable why she feels angry and even betrayed by Bucky breaking Zemo (Daniel Brühl) out of prison. He was the guy that killed Wakanda’s king after all! She tells Bucky that he has eight hours left to use Zemo before the Dora Milaje come for him.

While on the hunt for Donya Madani, Zemo gets his intel on where her funeral will be from a young girl. He uses Turkish Delight in exchange for the information bringing to mind the famous scene in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe where the White Witch does the same thing to get information from Edmund.

Several conversations are had over the course of the episode. One the most interesting ones occurs between Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Zemo is all in favor of killing Karli Morganthau citing her role as a supremacist as a good reason for murder (Erin Kellyman), but Sam thinks that there’s some good inside of her and wants to try to talk with her. His determination to see and try to find the good in someone like Karli is proof of Steve making the right choice for his Captain America replacement.

My favorite action scene was when the Dora Milaje come to collect Zemo. The fight was EPIC! John Walker (Wyatt Russell) got his butt handed to him on a silver platter by Ayo and it was everything I wanted to see! Who better to take down Mr. Cocky Arragnt Bigshot than Ayo? I loved how Zemo, Bucky, and Sam just stood around and watched. Bucky can’t help himself and says, “looking strong John!” as he’s losing the fight with the Dora Milaje. I thought that was the funniest moment of the episode!

Another memorable moment is when during a fight scene near the end, Karli kills Battlestar (Clé Bennet) She runs away. John takes off after the wrong Flagsmasher and kills him with Steve’s shield in front of everyone. In doing so, revealing that he is not worthy of the Captain America title.

In this episode, it was hard to distinguish between who was the hero and who was the villain. Especially when it came to Zemo and Walker. Walker is supposed to be hero, but acts more like a villain with passing episode. Killing someone in cold blood definitely didn’t score him any hero points! Meanwhile, Zemo is a villain who can’t be trusted, but I found him more likable than the guy who’s supposed to be the hero! I especially liked when he smashed all the super soldier serum so it couldn’t be used! Zemo > Walker any day of the week!

Episode 5

The opening fight scene where Sam and Bucky take the shield from John Walker was amazingly EPIC and one of the best in the series to date.

During the fight, John rips Sam’s wings off. Sam takes them to Joaquin Torres (Danny Ramirez) for repair and leaves the wings behind in favor of Cap’s shield. This paves the way for Torres to become the next Falcon like in the comics.

Another fun moment is watching Walker lose out on hero status when the government removes him as Captain America! IT’S WHAT HE DESERVES!

Julia Louis-Dreyfus made an interesting cameo appearance as Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. It sounds like she’ll have a major part to play in the MCU moving forward. I thought her scene was great and look forward to seeing her in the future. I personally have no idea who this character is, but here’s an interesting article that goes into great detail about this new character:

(L-R): Valentina Allegra DeFontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss), Olivia Walker (Gabrielle Byndloss) and John Walker (Wyatt Russell) in Marvel Studios’ THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Bucky heads to Sokovia to wrap things up with Zemo, and Sam goes off for another visit with Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly).

Isaiah is understandably angry and bitter about how horribly he was treated by the government as a super soldier. His feelings are valid. He doesn’t think the world will let a black man be Captain America. I have to agree with Sam’s point of view though. The world has changed enough that it can handle having a black Cap. Plus, Steve, a white man, clearly felt like Sam was the best choice as his successor!

I enjoyed the scenes where Bucky and Sam were working together to fix the Wilson Family boat. It was fun! And could Sarah (Adepero Oduye) be a potential love interest for Bucky? I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

I can understand why there’s theories about Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) being the Power Broker. I wouldn’t be surprised AT ALL if it turns out to be true! Something is definitely going on with her.

Sam’s nephews playing with the shield was super cute!

Sam gives Bucky a Captain America-esque pep talk about doing the work to move on from his Winter Soldier past. Steve would’ve approved.

My favorite sequence of the episode was watching Sam train. That’s my Captain America!

He’s looking at his costume. I bet you anything!

There was an end credits scene of John Walker making his own shield. It’s sad and pathetic, but also a little funny at how desperate he is to hold onto the title of Captain America!

I can’t believe there’s only one more episode left! It comes out tomorrow, so we don’t have long to see how it all ends!

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‘Powerbroker’- Falcon and Winter Soldier episode 3 Review

Falcon and Winter Soldier keeps getting better with every passing week. And this time around, Zemo (Daniel Brühl) has a major role to play and Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) returns! The entire gang is together again!

The episode starts with John Walker (Wyatt Russell) and his sidekick Battlestar (Clé Bennett) are on the hunt for Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) The new Captain America isn’t afraid to throw his weight around to get what he wants. He acts more like a villain than a hero. And is a far cry from his predecessor, Steve Rogers. He may be a good soldier, but he’s not the good man that Steve was.

Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Sam (Anthony Mackie) are where we last left them: Zemo’s prison. Bucky is the first to see him. Zemo tries the old Winter Soldier trigger words to see if they still work. They don’t. Though the infamous words don’t turn Bucky, Zemo notes, “There’s still something in there.” Maybe Bucky won’t be able to completely escape Winter Soldier after all.

Bucky wants to break Zemo out of prison. Naturally, Sam’s against it. But Bucky’s convinced they need Zemo’s help in finding out who’s behind the new batch of serum and Super Soldiers. Sam doesn’t know it, but Bucky has already taken the initiative and busted Zemo out of prison. The breakout scene was highly entertaining to watch!

Bucky asks Sam to trust him:

Bucky Barnes: When Steve refused to sign the Sokovia Accords, you backed him. You broke the law, and you stuck your neck out for me. I’m asking you to do it again.

Sam begrudgingly agrees to the hare-brained scheme. They fly off with Zemo (Literally! Forming a skeptical alliance with an actual baron comes in handy.) to Madripoor in search of answers. Comic fans will be excited by the appearance of a location linked to the X-Men!

On the plane ride over, Zemo tells the guys that in order to enter Madripoor they’ll have to disguise themselves. Zemo says that for Bucky “that means you will have to become someone you claim is gone.” The Winter Soldier returns!

Someone important to Karli Morgenthau is dying. We find out later it’s Donya Madani, Karli’s adoptive mother. We find out later she’s died from tuberculosis.

The Madripoor bar fight scene was fun to watch. It was interesting seeing Bucky fight as Winter Soldier without being under Hydra’s mind control. More action scenes like this please! Thankfully, there’s plenty of awesome fight scenes to go around in this episode.

During an important meeting with Selby (Imelda Corcoran)to get information about the super soldier serum, Sarah (Adepero Oduye) calls Sam about their boat. This is the comedy highlight of the episode and provides some comic relief in the midst of an otherwise serious scene.

Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) shows up and isn’t happy at all to see Bucky, Sam, and Zemo. Especially when she finds out the heroes and villain are working together. She’s still still on run for her crimes committed in Civil War so I can’t blame her for being bitter.

She’s naturally reluctant to help them. Sam bargains with her: help them and he’ll get her name cleared.

Our new favorite trio pay a visit to the scientist behind the serum recreation: Dr. Wilfred Nagel (Olli Haaskivi)

After some persuasion by way of gun being held to his skull, Dr. Nagel explains how he got involved in recreating the serum. Sharon has a brutal fight scene with some bounty hunters to buy the guys more time. I can’t stress this enough: GREAT ACTION SCENES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE EPISODE!

Everyone is violence happy this episode. There’s a lot of punching, shooting, and my personal favorite, fiery explosions! 🔥🔥🔥

A couple of my favorite moments were Zemo wearing his comics-accurate mask and Bucky refusing to move his seat up for Sam, A great callback to a fan popular moment back in Civil War.

As usual, there are more questions than answers: Who is Sharon working for? Who is this mysterious Powerbroker? What does Black Panther’s Ayo want? To hopefully answer these questions, I’m off to watch episode 4!

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‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ – Falcon and Winter Soldier Episode 2 Review

This time around a lot of time was given to John Walker (Wyatt Russell) ,and his introduction as the new Captain America. (BOO!)

Credit: Marvel Legion

Apparently, fans have chased Wyatt off Instagram because of hatred/death threats he was receiving due to playing a fictional character. This is a reminder to separate a fictional character from his actor.

The government has chosen John as their new Captain America and send him on a tour introducing him to the nation. This tour ends at John’s high school where during an interview the reporter reads a list of his impressive credentials. Turns out that John’s a good soldier. Some people might even say great. But whether or not he’s the good man that Steve Rogers was is yet to be seen. Though by the end of the episode, he goes from wanting to work with Bucky and Sam to telling them to stay the hell out of his way. Whether or not, he’s a hero or another villain, I couldn’t say.

Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Sam (Anthony Mackie) finally cross paths. Bucky is upset that Sam has given up the shield and continues to give Sam grief for it throughout the episode.

I love having Bucky and Sam together. The show’s better with them together. It gives the show buddy cop comedy vibes.

Sam tells Bucky he’s headed to Munich where the FlagSmashers are wreaking havoc to put a stop to them. Bucky tags along much to Sam’s chagrin.

The episode has, in my opinion, one of the best action scenes: Bucky and Sam fight the Flagsmashers on top moving trucks. The new Captain America jumps into the middle of things uninvited. All three get their butts kicked.

The guys come to the conclusion that they “got their asses handed to them”by Super Soldiers. Now they have to figure out how these Super Soldiers came to be.

John Walker wants to join forces with Sam and Bucky. Naturally, they’re not interested.

Bucky tells him off, “Just because you carry that shield doesn’t mean you’re Captain America.”

This episode, fun as it can be, also tackles racism. It introduces America’s first ever Super soldier, a black man named Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly), who not even Steve knew about. Bucky takes Sam to meet Isaiah but first has to make it past his grandson Eli (Elijah Richardson). This means we got a brief glimpse of another Young Avenger, Patriot.

Sam and Bucky try to get Isaiah to tell them why more Super Soldiers exist, but he’s not interested and who can blame him? The government used him to go after Winter Soldier and then put him in jail and experimented on him. I wouldn’t want to talk either after being horribly mistreated like that.

After the guys leave, Sam almost gets arrested due to racial profiling. Bucky steps in and asks if the officer knows who Sam is. The second officer reminds the first that Sam is Falcon. The officer quickly apologizes for his HUGE blunder. He gets a call to bring Bucky in after missing his court mandated therapy session. The tables have turned and Bucky is arrested instead.

The two wind up doing a couples therapy session which was hysterical as it sounds. But among the sass and juvenile staring contest, this heartbreaking Bucky monologue happened:

“He gave you that shield, and you threw it away like it was nothing. So maybe he was wrong about you. And if he was wrong about you, then he was wrong about me.” – Bucky (Insert tears)

We learn that the Flagsmashers are on the run from someone called the Powerbroker. This leads me to believe that while the Flagsmashers aren’t the main biggest big bads this series has to offer.

After leaving therapy, Bucky and Sam discuss their next steps concerning the Super Soldiers. Bucky suggests going to Zemo, the same Zemo who broke the Avengers up in Civil War. Sam is resistant to the idea, but reluctantly agrees.

Falcon and Winter Soldier gets better with each passing episode. I’ve already watched episode three. I’ll try to have the next article out before episode four. But with the way my brain works or doesn’t, I can’t make any guarantees.