And so we reach the climax of John Walker’s fall. Wyatt Russell has done a fantastic job with the character so far. The death of Hoskins makes for an obvious breaking point for a man caving under the pressure of being Captain America—not to mention him being under the influence of his recently acquired serum. With quite literally the entire world watching Walker’s murderous snap, it’s probably not too hard to guess that the shield won’t be in his possession for much longer.
I love how Walker taking the super-soldier serum perfectly shows off the sentiments behind choosing the right fit from the very first Captain America film. Walker is the perfect soldier, but not a perfect man. Thus when given the serum, he falls victim to the pressures that his new position puts into him—not to mention the fact that he becomes all too comfortable with the power afforded to him.
The irony behind the one Flash Smasher that was killed by Walker is the same as the one who looked up to Captain America when he was a kid was phenomenal. It also goes even further in showcasing just how Walker does not fit those ideals of the mantle at all—giving everyone all they could ever need to see that he isn’t fit for the role. That’s okay though, as we all know he has another mantle to fall into by the series end (probably) in US Agent.
As for the one responsible for killing Battlestar, Karlie remains an intriguing, and personable villain. I stand by what I said last week though, as her needless slaying of innocents makes the morality of her actions a lot more black and white. Though the show seems to shy away from that conclusion—avoiding its real weight even when it’s brought up.
Sam’s moment with Karli really showed how perfect he is for the mantle of Captain America. Not that I’ve ever doubted his worthiness, but he hasn’t quite had a scene that resonates as well as this one. Bringing back his grief counseling background from Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a great move.
Let’s not forget about our new company in the Wakandans, as the Dora Milaje made their presence officially known this week. Their scuffle with Walker was very amusing, as was Bucky’s commentary during the whole situation. I’m sure fans absolutely loved seeing them put Walker in his place. Thankfully for Sam, they didn’t take the shield with them.
The whole reason for them being there was obviously to take in Zemo. Which surprisingly, given how efficient they are, didn’t happen. It seems they got swept up in the Cap drama just like everyone else. Zemo didn’t have much of an issue simply sliding out the back. I loved how Bucky didn’t try to hide the fact that the Dora Milaje were after Zemo, instead of cutting right to the chase the moment he got inside.
The best contribution that the Dora Milaje’s presence had was in relation to Bucky. That very first scene of the episode was heartbreaking. Seeing the moment Bucky realized that his conditioning had been broken was something that I’m really glad we as an audience got to witness. It also made the moment where Bucky was literally dis-armed all the more impactful, as it showed that they never truly trusted him—something I’m sure can’t rest too easy on Bucky’s conscience.
“The Whole World Is Watching” was yet another incredible episode in a chain of excellent television. Marvel has really knocked it out of the park with this one, and even only four episodes in, I can confidently say that it is already better than WandaVision. Here’s to hoping that it can stick the landing.