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I actually quite enjoyed the latest episode, pacing aside. 

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You should fuck off. 

Daredevil renewed for a second season to come out next year!

I think the show has some nice ideas, but largely struggles to make them land organically. Kinda feel the dialogue rarely hits, especially the quips and humour. There's been some great one-off imagery (thinking particularly the end of ep 4), but otherwise finding this story a little uninspiring and clean when it should be feeling bold and progressive. 

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I think the entire point of the show is to show us how Sam gets the shield and not Bucky, despite Bucky being the "obvious" choice..

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It could be argued that Bucky also fits the "not a perfect soldier, but a good man" line that Erskine said to Steve in the First Avenger. I mean, obviously Sam fits that better and doesn't have the baggage that Bucky does, but all of the bad things Bucky has done in his life was really only because of HYDRA and mind control.

But yeah, its fairly obvious where Disney is going to go with the mantle of Captain America, especially since (spoilers for Episode 5)...

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Torres got the Falcon wings

 

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So I think the story they're trying to write is more that Bucky (although to a lesser degree than Walker) is trying too hard to be Steve Rogers. Everything gets equated in terms of "What would Steve Rogers have thought of this", and ties the whole being of Captain America/Cap's Shield to trying to be a perfect replica of Steve's beliefs and way of dealing with things.

Sam Wilson is the only person presented as trying to be Sam Wilson, to the point where he gives up the shield because rather than trying to live up to an impossible ideal, he's not even going to try and is afraid of becoming something else than who he is. (After all, he's the Falcon, a bonafide Avenger in his own right).

John Walker on the other hand is obsessed with being Steve Rogers, but has no clue what that actually is. He's been fed the MIC's presentation of what it wants the Captain to be. (The perfect soldier)

Bucky is obsessed with atoning towards Rogers, even if he doesn't have to in his eyes. He spent 60+ years being a brainwashed puppet, And never had the chance to properly catch up with Steve when he came back. (From being hunted by the law to being exiled in Wakanda). He sees holding the shield as being closer to Steve, and that's what Bucky wants to cling to and can't see anyone but himself in that place. Partly because he knows the real Steve Rogers better than anyone else, before all the serums and idolatry, and has the best idea of how Rogers ticks...

But Bucky's mentally shaky, and again, the role is not about being Steve Rogers. If it had been, they probably could've kept Steve Rogers clones on ice the moment he got pulled from the ice.

(one thing that was touched on in the comics regarding the storyline closest to this, it's Steve Rogers admitting that he's a man with 100 year old morals and ideals, and that he's out of touch with how the modern world works. And thus his own judgement is biased because of it.)

TL;DR - Sam got the shield because Steve believes he'll make the right decisions, not 'thinks or tries to act exactly like cap does'.

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