In TFATWS Ep 1, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes are trying to settle into their new, post-blip lives. Falcon and Redwing are contractors for the U.S. Air Force, taking missions throughout the world. Meanwhile, having returned to Brooklyn, Bucky is undergoing therapy as a condition of his official pardon.

Out of respect for Steve Rogers, whose whereabouts are unknown, Sam gives Cap’s shield to the Smithsonian Institute. Between assignments, he returns to Louisiana to help his sister, Sarah Wilson, run the family business. But there is tension between Sam & Sarah, culminating in a crushing meeting at the local bank. In addition, Sam is concerned about new intelligence he received from his USAF liaison, Lt. Joaquin Torres, regarding a new terrorist organization called the Flag Smashers.

Bucky is struggling with severe PTSD and therapy. He’s doing his best to make amends for all the crimes he committed as the Winter Soldier, but he’s also punishing himself in the process. Bucky’s only friend is an elderly gentleman, whose son the Winter Soldier murdered. Throughout the episode, we see the whole of Bucky’s internal conflict through his relationship with Mr. Nakajima.

The episode ends with a racially-charged twist. Sam is betrayed by the U.S. government, whom he thought were putting Captain America to rest. Instead, they publicly unveiled a new, white Captain America. 

Sam Wilson taking one last look at the shield in TFATWS Ep 1
Sam Wilson

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier continues Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Disney+ series stars Anthony Mackie, Sebastian, Emily Van Camp, Daniel Bruhl, Adepero Oduye, and Amy Aquino.

To start Bucky’s journey from the beginning, check out our episode on Captain America: The First Avenger.

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