The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) TV Mini-Series Review

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Title: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Rated: TV-14.
Number of episodes: 6.
Release Date: 2021.
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, Science-Fiction.
Series Direction By: Kari Skogland.
Cast: Anthony Mackie, Sebastien Stan, Wyatt Russell, Erin Kellyman, and many more!
Original Network: Disney+.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 6 out of 10.

Also within the Disney+ Marvel Extended Cinematic Universe:
WandaVision (2021).

You can find out more about my thoughts by visiting me over on my blog here:

Roars & Echoes.


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45 thoughts on “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) TV Mini-Series Review

  1. Glad to see your review of this, Lashaan! I was so disenchanted with this series that I decided not to review it at all. Just meh.
    Agree on all points, and just want to add another (no, I won’t be criticizing Mackie’s acting, no sense in kicking a man when he’s already down 😜). The sudden turn to race as one of the main driving forces in MCU is just totally incongruous and feels like a very obvious attempt at jumping the bandwagon. Netflix’s Luke Cage dealt with this topic waaay better, and the intentional color blindness of previous MCU/Disney entries was also much preferable to what we got here, shoe-horned in between choppy action scenes.

    I do like that new picky version of you, Lashaan! 🤣

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    1. Heh, now that both of you voiced pretty tough opinions on this series, I’m in no hurry to watch it… I’ll get to WandaVision first, and this… at some point in the future, when I’ve nothing better to see…

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    2. I honestly had a pretty good feeling that you were going to be quite disappointed by this show too! I’m glad to see I wasn’t wrong. Even more glad that I’m not alone to think that this isn’t as amazing as so many claims it was. Regarding the race rhetoric, I think it’s very much inevitable now. With the slate they’ve announced, I think Marvel is ready to introduce #diversity into their MCU just like their comics did a couple of years ago with Korean Hulk, Afro-American Iron-Man, Female Thor, etc. I’m pretty sure Shang-Chi will have loads of propaganda for the sake of propaganda too. I just hope future entries won’t be as sloppy as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier turned out to be! 😮

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    1. I could perfectly imagine your reaction to many moments in this mini-series too. I think you’d have face-palmed a good number of times. I’d pay to get your reaction though. 😛 As for having a choice… well… if you plan on sticking around for Phase 4 of the MCU, we’re bound to see more in the upcoming Captain America 4 movie now hahah

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! I was already on the fence about this new series, mostly because I’m going through a phase of “superhero fatigue”, and your comments about this new Marvel product convinced me that I can pass it up without too many qualms: while I can admire good cinematography and enjoy a good soundtrack, I also want more substance than what this show seems to offer…

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    1. It definitely did turn out quite generic for me, it had too many ideas and failed to properly explore them all within six episodes. It’s still plenty of fun if you’re looking for that but if you dig deeper, you’ll scratch your head quite often! Unfortunately for most fans out there, if they are to continue with phase 4 of the MCU, they’ll have to check out these Disney+ shows to understand how people got to where they are (e.g. who the next Captain America is going to be). Thanks for reading, Maddalena! 😀

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  3. I actually really loved this series and while I agree it had its flaws, they didn’t weigh too heavily for me. I think I went in with the knowledge that they had a plotline about a disease that spread through the refugee camps and vaccine shortage, which was a huge thing, but the Disney execs told them to take it out entirely because of the current state of the world. I don’t know why, but I appreciated them not including it and forgave a lot of the inconsistencies and vagueness with the Flag Smashers in the process.
    As for Sam, I loved how much we got to know about him in this show and felt much closer to his character. He is fantastic as Captain America and embodies everything that comes with that. I totally hear you on Bucky’s journey not being as full circle and rushed in parts, but I think that’s why the show is still called Captain America and the Winter Soldier as opposed to Captain America and the White Wolf for example. Bucky’s road to healing has just begun and he’s not quite there yet. However, I would have appreciated if they stayed with him and Yori longer in the finale.
    Loved reading your thoughts on the show! Excellent post!! ❤

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    1. I’m definitely a bit sad that I couldn’t love it as much as you did, Kat! I’m glad that you read through my thoughts with such an open mind though. Thank you for that!

      I heard about all the executive decisions made pre-release that probably butchered a lot of the story. One thing’s for sure, I felt it as the story evolved and couldn’t grasp how they could leave it like that without filling those gaps a little hahah

      What I loved most about Sam was what he did for Bradley with the memorial dedicated to him. That segment showed us a lot about his character’s transformation, his understanding of Bradley’s past, and the issues that still need to be addressed today regarding certain communities. But man, Bucky could’ve been treated so much better. When he reveals what he did to the old man’s son, it would’ve been interesting to get an emotional breakdown or something!

      I’ll remain hopeful for what they plan on accomplishing with Captain America 4 though. At least now we can look forward to the twisted story that’s bound to come with Loki! 😀 That’s going to be wild!

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      1. Of course! I think opinions on these shows will always differ and that criticism is valid. I see no point in denying that, despite having enjoyed it more than others, and think it’s also good to expose myself to different view points. Also, you know how to express your opinions and I always love reading your posts (even though I am terrible at commenting usually).

        There definitely was room for improvement on several fronts, but I’m actually glad that Sam got more spotlight than Bucky. I think he needed it.

        None the less, I am so so so excited for Loki! Wanda and Loki are some of my favorite characters, so this MCU show roll out has really been hitting home with me haha

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        1. Hahahah you could button-smash random stuff as a comment and it would mean the world to me. 😉 You shouldn’t put yourself any pressure on how or what you comment on anyone’s post, Kat! 😀

          You’re in for a treat in that case! I’m definitely curious to see what they’ll be able to accomplish with these mini-series on Disney+, especially for new heroes that haven’t yet been introduced to the MCU (Kate Bishop with Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk)! Now we just have to endure a month without superhero stuff hahah

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          1. Awe, thanks so much Lashaan ❤

            I'm especially curious, because Loki is already confirmed for two seasons, whereas the others were all "contained" mini-series that built up some sort of upcoming movie. But also YES to all the new characters. I have the most comics about Ms Marvel at home, so I'm looking forward to seeing her come to life on screen.

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  4. What are you doing looking for logic, Lashaan? This is a superhero show. Just go along for the ride! 😉 It is too bad when something just becomes filler material while waiting for something else. As for the characters, I don’t recall them in any of the comics I used to read. It’s very possible they may have appeared, especially the Falcon, but where most of my reading was in the mutant univese I only rarely picked up issues of the Avengers or similar comics where I might have run into these two, so my memories of any of that is pretty vague now.

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    1. Hahahah it’s shows like these that probably rub off wrong on people who are already anti-superhero stuff on the small/big screen nowadays too. It’s not all bad, considering that there’s clearly a huge fanbase for it all but it’s definitely not flawless.

      I think you’d have to have followed Captain America more closely to run into both of these characters. They definitely don’t cross paths with the Fantastic Four or X-Men characters much, that can probably explain why you haven’t heard of them before.

      Speaking of X-Men, I’m really curious to see how and when Disney will finally incorporate the X-Men into all this Marvel Cinematic Universe stuff. It’s going to be wild.

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      1. True…a couple more episodes would’ve made a big difference to some plot points like Bucky’s.

        I missed your posts, I’ve been away from my blog for so long. Well, I posted some book reviews for blog tours but wasn’t interacting with others.

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          1. Yeah, I just came back from a LONG hiatus. But to be honest, I’m only back because I realized blogging is a good distraction from my anxiety. My cat’s been in and out of hospital due to cancer so my anxiety is at its worst.

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  5. Great review sir, I likewise posted my thoughts last week as well. I was more positive about the series overall but you do make some good points…perhaps a couple more episodes would have allowed things to have been properly explored. I really did enjoy the themes it tackled (always a plus in the Captain America films) and it opens the gates for so much more to come.

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    1. Thanks, Chris. I was definitely much more harsh with this mini-series and did wish that I’d enjoy it far more, maybe with a darker spy thriller type of story, but its flaws were too flagrant for me. It definitely had some strong points though and I remain optimistic for what Captain America 4 will achieve, especially as a movie. Let’s hope that Loki will blow our minds now. 😀 I’ll be dropping by your blog for your review soon!

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  6. I’ve heard a lot of mixed thoughts on this series. Some people hate it. Some people love it. But the general consensus is that it’s just not worth bothering with. That’s too bad, because I like both of these characters in the movies, and they deserve something that’s worth watching.

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    1. While I would say that it isn’t a “must-watch”, I fear you’ll still have to go through them since they are “transition” story arcs for the upcoming Captain America 4 movie. The same goes for WandaVision that pretty much serves as a transition for the upcoming Doctor Strange Multiverse movie. Unfortunately, you can’t escape these, unless you want to miss out on some of these character’s transition hahah

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