I chose the photo above because that is how I looked the second time I watched this episode. To say the least, I am appalled. One, I didn’t know if Disney would show the bloody aftermath and two, does no one know who Red Skull is? I screamed, more like yelled, at the screen, “Does anyone know about Red Skull and what the serum did to him? Anyone?” Clearly, no one answered me but does anyone remember how obsessive Johann Schmidt was about the serum? And look at where he is now. A man known as Red Skull stuck on Vormir, forced to be the middle man between two people and the Soul Stone. He also has to watch someone die in order to let it go! These people must not know Schmidt but I digress.
One thing I hate are yes people and Hoskins was a “yes” man. That conversation between him and Walker told me what kind of friendship that had, which also reinforced my belief that his is a Fake Cap and should have never been given that shield. Hoskins should have said that Walker was a soldier who knows what he’s doing and he shouldn’t obsess about the legacy before him. He needed to focus on what he wanted his own legacy to be, but guess what he did to his best friend? He reinforced the idea, to Walker, that he needed the serum to be a better soldier , a better Captain America and a better person. Eventually, we’ll find out what happened in Afghanistan and what they had to do in order to save their own lives but I don’t think being a super soldier would have given them their desired outcome. It’s war. People die, as harsh as that sounds, but that is what happens and no amount of serum can really change that, if you think about that. The serum does not make you bulletproof. Seems like Walker and Battlestar forgot that.
Let’s move to Karli. Karli is confused about what is right and what is wrong and we’ve seen her struggle with that throughout this season. She has no idea if what she’s doing is right and she keeps asking people their opinion about it. Either she’s all in or not, and she has no idea where she wants to stand which makes her way more dangerous than a Thanos, a Zemo or even a Killmonger. They all had plans. She’s making it up as she goes and is never really committed to what she thinks she has to do to make her plan a success. I’m a little tired of this child.
Alright, let’s talk about Fake Cap murdering an innocent man in the street and being recorded as he pierces his body with a shield that’s supposed to represent the good of America. Sounds much worse when you put it like that but that’s what happened. As soon as he threw that man down the stairs, I knew he had taken that serum that he stashed in his pocket. You could see it in his face that he was a different person. I never wanted to compare Walker to Rogers, but Zemo was right. There has never been another Steve Rogers and there will never be another Steve Rogers. There’s not supposed to be another Steve Rogers because he was one-of-a-kind and whoever else takes that shield needs to create their own version of who they believe Captain America is for them. And, no, he doesn’t get a pass because someone accidentally killed his best friend. Also, the man he killed didn’t kill Hoskins–Karli did. She didn’t even run that far! You could have caught her but he would have definitely killed her.
So what happens next? The government either brings Walker in or he goes rogue. Somehow Bucky and Sam talk him into giving them the shield or they just take it from him. Here’s the thing, I don’t think they hate Walker. They know the weight that that shield carries, which is why Sam decided not to take the shield in the first place. Walker is like Karli. He doesn’t know what he wants to do and who he is with that shield. Even with the shield, Steve was always the tough little man who wanted to fight Nazis, the big bullies. Walker didn’t have that when he took that shield and there in lies his problem.
So, what did I miss? What do you think happens next?