I was really looking forward to “Shenmue 3” for a long time. The story of its development has not been linear, and it is only now that we have the right to see the final part of the saga. As a fan of the series, I am forced to admit that the new “Shenmue 3” is not what I expected.
For the last few years, I’ve been a big fan of the Halo series. My friends and I have used them as a social game of sorts for over a decade now. We would all get together and play for hours, sometimes into the wee hours of the night. The games were addictive and fun, but Halo 2 was the best. I can still remember the first time I got the chance to play it. I had been waiting for it since the first one came out. It was even better than the first and I felt like I was getting a great deal for the money that I spent on it. The only real problem I had was the last chapter of the game. I wasn’t sure what was going on in the game and it
Falcon and the Winter Soldier – this series was heavy, for sure, with all the weight of Captain America’s shield to reveal! It deals with a serious subject that many people don’t like to think about, but I thought it at least succeeded and revealed the character of Sam Wilson. Bucky, who I’ll be talking about in a minute.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier have decided who will be the next Captain America. Participation in the race was inevitable, but we all thought about it! The MCU is loosely based on our real world, so given that, did we really all expect Sam to don the mantle of Captain America without mentioning his race? Come on! The sad truth is that black Americans face a very different reality than their American counterparts, and the show is meant to highlight that. And for the most part, it works. Personally, I found it a little too sweet, but I guess that’s the point. The dynamic between Sam and Bucky was interesting to watch! While Sam agreed to give up the shield and heard that America had no problem replacing Steve, Bucky relived his own trauma, tried to come to terms with the sins of his past, and wondered where he belonged. It became uninteresting until Zemo joined the gang to pursue the flag thieves. Their dynamic was the backbone of the series until the Wakandans took over.
Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) in Marvel Studios’ SOKOL AND THE WINTER SOLDIER, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnik. Marvel Studios 2021. All rights reserved.
Everything went well! Come to think of it, I liked the part with Isaiah Bradley the best. I honestly didn’t think they would include it, and it really brought to light the dark history that we often keep in the dark about the superserum and the shield, which is an additional commentary on the racial dynamics in the United States. As much as we like to think that this is inevitable in a world based on our reality, I couldn’t help feeling that the later aspects of the series (part three) let us down when it came to a good conflict between Bucky, Sam and Carly! At first I thought Flagmasters was going to be something great, I understood what these guys were about, but the last series was not satisfactory. Carly Morgenthau as the antagonist was good, but her descent into terrorism was unnatural in my opinion.
The new Captain America John Walker was also created as an unstable soldier with PTSD. I felt like they were going to make him the anti-Captain America to be the enemy of Sam and Bucky, but they didn’t. He broke down, but remained friends with them? Maybe I’m looking at this the wrong way. Actually, I didn’t think there was enough delving into the other characters, not too much, but enough to get the resolution.
Now for Bucky! To be honest, Bucky is the only one I don’t think we’ve seen enough of, especially when he ran into an Asian. Seriously, I wanted to see how the old man reacted, how Bucky took it, what conversation took place. In the middle of the episode, Bucky just ….. out! I mean, Sam already had a moment where he became Captain America, but the episode retained that moment. We got it! I felt there were scenes that didn’t add much to Sam’s story and felt like a blunder! You spent too much time on something that could have been more concise.
Overall it still holds up well, but it’s a more serious, thoughtful and politically charged story than some would normally find, but at least narratively it handles it a little better!
Review of Falcon and the Winter Soldier: A very strong start, but the penultimate time feels like a runaway!
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