Last week's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier got people pretty upset on Twitter.
On Friday, a new episode of Disney+'s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier dropped, and it had everyone talking.
In it, Bucky meets up with Ayo, who has been following him ever since he busted Nemo out of prison. Bucky explains that they broke Nemo out to help them track the lost super-soldier serum, but Ayo is not that understanding. I mean, would you be? Nemo killed King T'Chaka and threw Wakanda into disarray. Bucky is a refugee they took in and helped cure his trauma. They expected him to be loyal to them, and here he is, taking their most hated criminal on private jets across the globe.
So when it came time to face off, Ayo wasn't pulling any punches. Well, actually, she did pull a punch right off Bucky's arm. She's a member of the Dora Milaje! You don't mess with them!
Ayo touches Bucky's arm and, using a series of finger movements, literally disarms Bucky. It was a cool scene in which Bucky looks both shocked and hurt that she was able to remove his mechanical arm from him.
When I first watched this scene, I didn't think twice, but actor Stephen Ford tweeted that it was kind of sad Bucky was betrayed by the Wakandans for building a failsafe into his arm.
Okay but the Wakandans putting a built-in weakness in Bucky’s arm is like really messed up. It shows they never fully trusted him. He spent years trying to finally reclaim his autonomy, only to be undermined in an instant by those who helped. It’s just sad. pic.twitter.com/fpIqpLdBtx
Okay but the Wakandans putting a built-in weakness in Bucky’s arm is like really messed up. It shows they never fully trusted him. He spent years trying to finally reclaim his autonomy, only to be undermined in an instant by those who helped. It’s just sad. pic.twitter.com/fpIqpLdBtx— Stephen Ford (@StephenSeanFord) April 12, 2021
This went viral in a matter of minutes, with people pointing out that the Wakandans built the arm, so they would know how to turn it off. Others pointed out that as the Winter Soldier, Bucky probably killed hundreds if not thousands of people, so it's not crazy that while they tried to rehabilitate him, it was smart to build a failsafe.
The internet debate continued, as Ford added another tweet saying he thought the Dora Milaje were actually justified in removing Bucky's arm, but he thought it was sad that Bucky still wasn't fully in control of his body, which is a fair point.
What's great about the show is that it actually asks a lot of interesting, complicated moral questions week in and week out. As Bucky has said this season, "Do the ends justify the means?" So it is fair that Bucky does not have full autonomy over his body all the time?
I think the answer is "yes." Whether it's a failsafe, or just Ayo knowing how to use the Wakandan tech, at that moment in the story, she had to get the arm off.
I have no idea if it will be addressed in this week's episode, but there's lots of room to debate here.
Where do you stand on the issue?
Let us know in the comments.