Season 1 Episode 1 – Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes realize that their futures are anything but normal.
What I Liked
1. It’s just, damn, I knew I was in for a tough ride from the trailers when I was assigned to review the show, but I didn’t know how bad. The way Sam intercepted the plane after the hijacking and got inside was phenomenal. This was just an exceptional scene, from the hijacking group using wind gliders to Sam and his Red Wing just ruining them all and saving the soldier. What a fantastic start, actually, what a PERFECT start!
2. It looks like a lot of the theories was mostly wrong and Sam actually gives the shield up, due to his belief that only belongs to Steve. It’s also wonderful to see Rhodey again as well, I was worried after Endgame we were never going to see him again after the death of Tony Stark. I was also pretty stoked to see the Captain America museum again.
3. I’m happy we’re exploring Bucky’s backstory more. We see a shot of him just tearing through multiple people, including killing an innocent person. Obviously, this is affecting him badly when he sleeps due to the nightmares. He explains all of this to his therapist, we do also learn that he had a pardon and therapy is part of the pardon. Also part of this therapy includes a 3 step plan that involves making “amendments”.
4. Another part to point out with the therapy session with Bucky is the fact he feels alone. They touch on this, and that he doesn’t even have 10 numbers on his phone. He had a point mentioning that he’s always been in a fight for 9 years with the exception of his time within Wakanda.
5. Bucky finds himself on a date, which looks to be going okay but the woman asks a lot of personal question which in turn upsets Bucky. It’s understandable. However, the innocent guy the Winter Soldier killed earlier was Nakasima’s son, the one who set the date up for Bucky. You can tell him spending time with Nakasima is hurting him badly, and I get it. You can only imagine the mental torture Bucky is having to live with on a daily basis.
6. We finally got a full proper look at the new “Captain America”, I am super excited to see how this all plays out.
What I Disliked
One dislike and it was the same as the initial WandaVision episode, the credits are a waste of time and completely unnecessary. After finishing the episode there were over 6 minutes of credits, cutting the actual run time of the program by quite a bit. I get it, they like them to be flashy but I’d say the vast majority of people really don’t care.
This is a surprising favourite moment but I’d say when Sam and his sister went to the bank for a loan. The reason why is because it would be the natural reaction meeting an Avenger, plus he asked some valid questions we all kinda want to know deep down, especially about the payment aspects.
It’s Sam for me this week, just because I feel like he did a lot more. The plane scenes at the beginning, to his family life, to seeing the shield he was asked to give up be handed to some random guy was just exceptional.
The show starts fantastic. That’s a given, understandably the first episode was a bit slower than what we expect to come but that’s purely down to us knowing what both Sam and Bucky have been up to since the fight with Thanos. A great episode nonetheless.