I thought the third episode was a bit like late-series Game of Thrones: mostly composed of set-pieces, with little attention to how they connect. Now, they were good set-pieces, but I was left scratching my head at some points—
I thought the whole ‘let’s get Zemo out of jail’-thing was awfully handled. This should’ve been a last-resort measure, but instead seemed like, eh, I’m not really sure what to do, so let’s get the guy that nearly managed to destroy the Avengers out of prison, he’ll probably know something. Then let’s just follow him into a lawless city where he’s got connections without any backup, no way that’ll turn sour or anything. Sam randomly looks like some criminal guy everybody knows there, but nobody knows well enough to identify. Oh look, here’s Sharon; we’re at a party now. Somebody gave Sharon some information, so let’s go investigate some containers and fight random bad guys. Zemo gets away, but he’s got a good day so he finds a car in a random container, comes back and saves the guys that put him into prison.
It all just seems a bit like a brainstorming session that went on for too long, so in the end, they just went with ten random ideas that were floated at some point, and sorta stitched them together into an episode. Maybe I’m not seeing the big plan—and despite my griping, I did largely enjoy the episode—but I think the writing needs to get a lot tighter for the series not to fall apart.