Falcon And The Winter Soldier Director Talks Sam Wilson’s Journey In Episode 5, ‘Truth.’
Episode 5 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier just came out today. So, if you don’t want it SPOILED, please return after watching the episode ‘Truth.’
Though it started off with a bang, many would consider today’s episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier a filler episode. I strongly disagree, as though it does feel like the show slowed down a bit, it was all for character development. For a storyteller, character development is more important than an action scene, after all.
After disarming John Walker, Sam Wilson had to do some serious soul searching. This entailed working with his family, visiting Isiah Bradley, and accepting Buck’s apology. All leading to his decision to become Captain America. A Sam Wilson version, at least.
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Director Kari Skogland spoke to EW about Sam’s journey to become out new Captain America:
We wanted Sam to engage in both a public and private conversation of what it means for a Black man to pick up such an iconic historically white symbol. By starting off with his acknowledgement of how important it is as a symbol, and that it is connected to a bygone era, Sam opens the door to the idea that what defines a hero today is not the same ideal as it was when Steve first picked up the shield, because the shield means different things to different people.
It is important that we explore all sides to its future as a symbol, given it represents the American flag and the deep history that comes with something that represents equality and freedom.
It needs to be an ongoing discussion because those very coveted ideas that are the core to the American Dream are actually fragile and need to be protected from those that go down a slippery slope, no matter how well intentioned, that actually puts freedom and equality in the crosshairs.
I wanted the show to explore the redefinition of a hero who has traditionally been seen as a warrior/soldier to being a first responder and front line worker. To see a hero who has a strong moral fiber and yet is not rigid so is able to conciliate, include and discuss with the opposition with an eye to solving global issues because they are ultimately interconnected to our universal quality of life.
That is incredibly well-thought out, with so many smart considerations. It is no wonder today’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier was the most poignant yet.