SPOILERS | Some thoughts on episode 4 of TFATWS
I'd love to go on and on about Bucky but I don't feel like there's much to say about him this episode? Which is, kinda worrying 'cause they're supposed to wrap this up in two episodes and there's the whole Walker drama to take care of, Power Broker, Karli (I'm expecting some sort of redemption, since they're not setting her up as some big bad villain), Zemo, NOW Dora (though I don't think we'll see them again? But then that'd pretty disappointing since Ayo and Bucky's last words were the actual definition of frustrating), Sam's sister and the boat, Bucky being an emotional mess, Sam's turmoil about shouldering Cap's legacy, Sharon, THE FREAKING SHIELD. I've seen people say this show is supposed to be about Sam and Bucky, and it doesn't feel like it, and I can't say they're entirely wrong. Mmh.
Okay- kinda freaking out now cause TFATWS has a lot on its plate and so little time left. I hope they don't rush anything, because, well, that'd suck.
(It's not DC here, c'mon.)
(Jk jk pleasedontcomatmewithtorchesandspikes.)
Jokes aside, I really liked how they finally talked about Sam's experience with vets and trauma, and while that didn't necessarily apply to Karli (imho), his 'experience' with racism and discrimination, subtle or outright, made him relate to Merida Karli in a way that was believable. What I mean is, when he talked about hopelessness, about not being able to help those who needed it, well, we've been shown that. In the very first episode, with his sister. In the second episode, with Isaiah. Sam has every reason to want a better world, more so than anyone else (other than the Flag Smashers ofc-and God, if that name isn't dumb as fuck) in this show, and I liked that the two of them got to talk. I was having a hard time understanding why Sam wouldn't pick up Steve's mantle, but this episode definitely shed some light on that-a lot of it thanks to Walker, actually.
About precious little John Walker now. Well. I actually liked him more in this episode than the first three ones. At first, when he first showed up, what I thought was, oh well, this guy can't replace Cap, but I don't think (just) that anymore. In sexy-Baron Zemo's own words:
There's only ever been one Steve.
(Or something- ya know what I mean.)
Now, my exact thoughts are, no one can replace Cap, ever. And I just might have been a little slow to realize that only now, but oh well. In any case, that includes Sam (and Bucky but it's pretty clear that no one expects him to be Steve-the same cannot be said for Sam). I'm not saying Steve was best person ever or anything, to me, Sam is just as good a human being, but- No one can live up to the expectations that come with being given the shield. And, well, I don't think Cap himself (after coming out of Cryo) still fit into those expectations. It's been a while since I've seen the movies, so I could be wrong, but to me, the Cap the public ideolizes is the Cap from WW II, from the propaganda and the comics. Not the one that came after and kinda fucked up, and (understandably) disregarded the Avengers' integrity by dropping everything for Bucky.
My point (which I keep losing track of), is that, well, those expectations became too much for Steve too, and the dude actually f-ed out of that reality to go chill with his pretty lady in the 1950s. Captain America isn't a viable symbol anymore, and it destroyed Walker.
The man has guilt, insecurities, arrogance and a shitload of pressure coming from everyone. From an entire freaking nation-the world even. But he's just human, not even a supersoldier, and I'm honestly not even surprised the guy was so insufferable as soon as something reminded him that no, he wasn't Cap. He would never be Cap. (Well- no one can) And he quite literally smashed that legacy by caving an unarmed man's face in. I genuinely don't see anyone picking up the shield after that heinous act, which makes me wonder how the show is going to end.
About Sam and the Shield now. I didn't see it like that before either, but I don't know if I want Sam to pick up the shield. If the pressure was too much for Walker, I can't begin to imagine what it'd be like for Sam. And there isn't just that- Sam learned that there had been a Black supersoldier, and this man, doing exactly what Steve had been doing, was rewarded with secrecy and torture. I'm really happy they're actually discussing racism. It's an issue I definitely would have expected the MCU to shy away from, since, well, messing up a plot isn't like messing up passing messages and ideas about real-life issues. But anyway, that's not my point. I'm still a little clueless as to what,
Maybe it's something neither you or Steve will ever understand, but can you understand that I did what I thought was right?
(Again, not sure about how accurate that quote is.)
that quote means. There definitely is an additional weight that comes with being a black superhero (being referred to as Black Falcon by that kid is quite telling- heroes that come from minorities are rare, and communities from those minorities latch on to those that might actually help them, understand them), but if Sam is expected by poc folks to make a change- well that pressure is a lot. We've seen through the altercation with the police officers that Sam being a hero shuts them up, but that, well, rare are those that have this 'privilege' (not that he actually is- that meeting at the bank showed that well enough). And we're back to the helplessless, because maybe, (again, I could be wrong) Sam thinks that him being a hero doesn't really change anything. People all over the world, people he knows personally, are still treated poorly, and it must be disheartening to see that nothing (-not even half the population's being wiped then brought back) changes that. Not him. Not heroes before him. Not heroes after him: Walker- a cis, white, blond, blue-eyed dude being chosen as Cap's replacement says it all. I'm sure it's mostly because they wanted someone who looked just like Cap, to give everyone a sense of safety by making it seem like, oh hey, the real Cap came back (appearances go a looong way). But still. A world united then divided and yet, they just had to get a dude looking like a nazi's wet dream. Anyway.
All I'm trying to say is- much like everyone, I want Sam to pick up Steve's legacy, but I don't want him to become Steve. But I don't know if that's compatible with him having the shield (especially now that this symbol of honor and righteousness has been used to slaughter a man lol-). Maybe it is. Maybe it isn't. Guess we'll see.
(edit: thought about it some more and maybe, what Sam means by that quote is that no one can be Cap (eg. "It feels like it belongs to someone else"). Trying to be Steve would be disrespecting him (in his mind), his friend, and Sam doesn't wanna do that. Maybe it's something really obvious and I'm just dumb/looking too deep into this, idk man.)
I hope any of that made sense lmao.
Last note- it's ironic to think that, as of rn, the most villainous out of all the bad guys we have in this show, John Walker comes out on top- at least as the most unlikable and morally dubious (-he took the serum before Lemar (rip my dude, I liked you) died, right after talking about how many people they could have saved had they had the serum back then, and if that isn't karma for wanting to get stronger for the wrong reasons, I don't know what is).
But everyone (including me) stans nightclub-dancin', turkish-delight-lovin' Zemo. That makes sense.
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