Watched the first episode on Friday. They are definitely setting up a plotline of anti-blip returnees and the fallout from that. First in WandaVision with Hayward's outburst, and more definitely in this, with the banker's explanation of why he couldn't give Sam and his sister that loan. So now anyone that disappeared and was returned by the Avengers is now the "other" to be hated and blamed for everything. And both Sam and Bucky are that. (Bucky a few times over.)
Good start. Annoyed there are only 6 episodes though.
Second episode and they introduced the new "Captain America" and surprise surprise, he's a jerk. And they even gave him a sidekick with an actual sidekick like name. (Which is where Bucky lost it.)
They also introduced Isaiah Bradley, who was also Captain America. In the comics he was court martialed for taking the Captain America uniform for his mission, but in the TV show they put him in jail just so they could continue to do experiments on him. (And now I'm wondering if this is how Howard Stark was able to recreate the serum that Bucky stole for Hydra in the flashback in Civil War.)
Sam and Bucky go after the "Flag Smashers" but despite them all being super soldiers themselves, they don't seem all that villainous actually. And it makes me wonder just how things were during the "blip" that makes so many people want things to return to how it was. Now, I don't think most people want half the world gone. But I have a feeling that after half the world disappeared, how things were done, and unnatural divides between communities where either altered or completely removed as everyone had to come together to keep things going. And now all of a sudden everyone else is back and people want to go back to "normal" and redraw all those divisive lines. I think I'd be upset by that too.
Next week we should see Zemo.
Not sure how they're going to fit everything in just 4 more episodes though.
Re-watched the first two episodes and I'm still kind of annoyed at Bucky's therapist, because she seems to be treating what happened to him as if he was on some extended drug kick, making bad decisions of his own volition, and that he has anything to actually apologize for. She even has him doing a 12 step like amends thing, and the more I think about it the more "WTF?" I am about it. He didn't do anything. He was used by other people to do things. Making him, as Bucky Barnes, apologize for what he was forced to do as The Winter Soldier reinforces the idea that he is somehow at fault. He's right. She is a terrible shrink.
And as amusing as it was I'm still a little confused why she thought to bring Sam in for that couples counseling scene just because he was standing there.
I'm also annoyed at Sam. But not for giving up the shield, (although he shouldn't have), but for not listening to his sister. Just kind of showing up and bossing her around like he hasn't been gone for longer than the 5 years he was blipped. I mean, I guess they're a microcosm of the blip and what it's like for a lot of families going through similar situations, where one was gone while one remained behind and was dealing with things for the past 5 years and all, but it almost like he's saying he doesn't trust her judgment or that she just didn't "try" hard enough and wow is that annoying. I wonder if he was the older brother and now she's the older sister...
I'm now conflicted about Zemo, because he's actually hilarious, even though I still kind of hate him. But he clearly has an anti-super soldier agenda because he's had plenty of opportunity to escape from Bucky and Sam. Plus, the dude is rich, so he has resources to stay free. (At least for a little while, because he might have resources, but Wakanda has more...) The thing that kind of bothers me though is that super soldiers had nothing to do with Sokovia being ruined. That was Tony Stark (although my head-canon is still that Thanos was manipulating the Mind Stone and that's why Ultron manifested with such evil intent) and Tony Stark was not a super soldier. He was just a guy that created some very good tech. I mean, he's not wrong that it'd be a nightmare if the someone was able to create an army of super soldiers. It's just weird that he's so focused on them specifically given his motivation in Civil War was basically revenge for the loss of his family thanks to what Ultron did.
But now I wonder if he targeted T'Chaka specifically when he bombed the UN (to frame Bucky) because he knew that the Wakandan King was "enhanced" and so he fell into his anti-superhero parameters?
Yet despite his disdain for super soldiers, he really did seem to enjoy putting Bucky in a position of having to take on the Winter Soldier persona again, and forcing him to demonstrate his skills in a packed bar is probably going to bite Bucky in the ass by the end of the series.
This episode also brought in Sharon Carter and although I like snarky Sharon, I'm calling shenanigans. No way a Carter is that cynical or embracing her newfound life of crime. She's undercover, I bet. Either trying to infiltrate The Power Broker's kingdom, or she was there trying to find the Doc who made the super serum for him to get it for the CIA. But I have to say if she had been labeled an "enemy of the state" for what she did for Steve and Sam in Civil War and Steve never bothered to reach out to her then I am very disappointed in Steve Rogers. He was able to get onto "the raft" to bust out Sam, Clint, Scott, and Wanda, but he couldn't find Sharon to help her out? That doesn't seem like him.
I still hate nu Cap. He's such a Karen.
But then they did a thing, that was so lazy and I'm so disappointed they went in this direction, but Karli, the leader of the Flag Smashers has her team bust into a UN depot where they were able to get at least 6 months worth of supplies for the encampment of displaced people (who where all kicked out of homes they had lived in for the past 5 years because the people who turned to dust had lived in them before they disappeared) but she couldn't just take the goods and go. Oh no. She had to also blow the place up, making any and all arguments the Flag Smashers had about how people who didn't disappear are now being treated by the GRC (which seems to be comprised of rich people forcing things and power structures back to how it was, meaning good for them and bad for everyone else). If she had left them alive and the building intact, sure the theft would still be bad, but you'd think it would also lead a lot of other people to ask why they were holding onto so much when so many people were in need and shift even more public opinion in their favor. And it's such a lame and lazy way to make Karli and her cohorts the "bad guy".
I'm liking it too, but I think more so because of residual like of the characters and feeling like some of them got shafted in the movies, (mainly Sharon Carter, TBH, who I think was probably supposed to take on more of the Black Widow role in Winter Soldier and be the one to be on the run with Steve, but because fans liked Natasha and at the time they weren't thinking of giving her a solo movie, Sharon got put on the backburner and Nat got her scenes.) So it's nice that she is actually getting something to do here.
But I also feel like a little bit of "Sam" is too much just "Anthony Mackie cosplaying as Sam" and not him being Sam. Plus I'm not overly fond of supposed professional making dumb mistakes, like leaving his phone on that his sister can call, and later when they're fighting off all the bounty hunters, Sam saying he went left because it's "in all the action movies". That's not something someone who did do two tours and then spent time training as an Avenger and then spent two years on the run with Captain America would say. That's something someone who works a desk job and found themselves thrown into this ridiculous situation and has zero experience except playing video games and watching movies would say.
But I think they made this series to introduce certain items for the next phase and for fun because of how fans reacted to their dynamic while on press tours. So, I'm going to nitpick, but I'm not going to dwell on the nitpicks like I usually do.
OK, maybe a little bit.
But after this, I really do hope that if the characters stay in the franchise they go their separate ways for a while and Bucky gets his own movie and Sam gets his own movie.
Lord Loser: I see you found a new shoutbox...
Nov 25, 2019 14:44:31 GMT -5
ctheokas: What the fork is this!?!
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Lord Loser: There's no need to shout... erm... waitaminute...
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NYPinTA: I forget why I shut it off previously.
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Lord Loser: IIRC... there was an upgrade, new board didn't have it..
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NYPinTA: I think it was me who turned it off. Were the spambots getting to it? Because it's just a box I check off on the forums setting page.
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NYPinTA: I know I had it on trying to get all the people who used to chat on Shield.TV (which is gone) and Whedonesque (which is shut down) but had no real way of getting their attention.
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ctheokas: Happy Thanksgiving, you weirdos.
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NYPinTA: Happy Small Business Saturday. ;P
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ctheokas: WHY ISN'T ANYONE SHOUTING ON THIS THING!?!
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Lord Loser: Have a good one ya bunch of weirdos...
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