This episode didn’t shy away from showing life as a black superhero in America, oh man. That one scene with the racist cops was agonising, but it’s supposed to be.
I didn’t know anything about the character of Isaiah Bradley so I looked him up after the episode. He was created in part as a comment on the Tuskegee experiments, oh god. I assume we’ll be seeing him again before the end, as a walking talking representative of well, everything mentioned in the previous paragraph and more.
I loved how John Walker’s introduction was a dark mirror of Steve’s experiences when he first became Captain America, right down to the dancing girls.
I was amused by the scene with Bucky and Sam in, as it turned out, literal couples therapy but it’s edging rather close to queerbaiting I think. (Do people still use that term? Is there even another one?) I mean you can’t sort of giggle in a “will they, won’t they” way when we know and have known for years that the answer is “They won’t.”
Oh and I also love how Sam treats Redwing like an actual bird. Also it (sorry, he) whistles and makes bird noises! Awww.
Erin Kellyman is in this one hooray!