In TFATWS Ep 2, we learn more about John Walker. Bucky is furious over Sam’s decision to give up the shield, leading to a tense reunion. Unwilling to deal with his mounting emotions, Sam tables the discussion & the two head to Munich to track the Flag Smashers. Sam & Bucky quickly discover that the group is made up entirely of super soldiers. Walker & Hoskins arrive to help but fail to apprehend Karli Morgenthau & her team. Walker suggests they all team up, but Sam & Bucky decline. Bucky instead takes Sam to Baltimore in hopes of enlisting the aid of Isaiah Bradley, a Black super soldier whom the U.S. government brutalized & kept secret. Bradley refuses to help, and Bucky is subsequently arrested for missing a therapy session. Walker uses his authority to get Bucky released & the terms of his pardon eased. A desperate Walker pitches the team-up idea once more, with no success. Walker lashes out, making it clear that Sam & Bucky are now his enemies. And while Sam & Bucky are deciding to visit Helmut Zemo, the Flag Smashers are fleeing from the true villain of the show: Power Broker. 

Sam and Bucky talking with John and Lemar on TFATWS Ep 2
Sam, Bucky, John Walker, and Lemar Hoskins

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 at the beginning of our TFATWS series, check out Episode 1.

References in our episode:

A quick primer on the Congressional Medal of Honor:

If you’re not familiar with White Collar, here’s the trailer:

Sam & Bucky give off Riggs & Murtaugh vibes:

For more on queer baiting in film, check out this documentary in 3 parts:

We’re not making up that Princess Leia reference:

If you want to know more about the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, check out the film Miss Evers’ Boys via Amazon streaming.

Check out this excellent article on discrimination against the Romani people in the United States.

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