Echo Review

2 /5
Pros:
  • Effective use of sign language
  • Charlie Cox cameo
  • Vincent D’Onofrio

Cons:

  • Uninspired story
  • Choppy editing
  • Boring

The five-episode miniseries Echo is a spin-off of 2021’s Hawkeye centring on the character of Maya Lopez. This series marks the first time Disney+ launched an MCU show as a binge-able rather than a weekly event, and it’s also the first to debut with the TV equivalent of an R rating due to its mature themes and bloody violence. Native American filmmaker Sydney Freeland served as lead director and executive producer.

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Echo review

After debuting the character in Hawkeye, Alaqua Cox returns as the titular deaf former head of Wilson Fisk’s (Vincent D’Onofrio reprises the role) Tracksuit Mafia. The first episode offers enough background to the character so viewers can understand what’s happening on screen. As a child, Maya was in a car crash, which resulted in her mother’s death and the amputation of her leg. 

As her maternal grandmother, Chula (Tantoo Cardinal), blamed the family’s involvement with the Kingpin’s crime empire for the crash, she cut contact with Maya and her dad, William (Zahn McClarnon). The two moved to New York, where Wilson Fisk developed a fatherly attachment to the young Maya. 

After witnessing Clint Barton murder her father, Maya starts working for the Kingpin, only to turn on him as soon as she learns he was behind William’s death all along. Several months after shooting Fisk in at the end of Hawkeye, Maya heads back to her hometown for the first time in two decades, determined to start a war against the Kingpin’s men and crown herself as Queenpin. 

In Oklahoma, she reconnects with her Native American ancestry and the family members she left behind all those years ago, including her uncle Henry (Chaske Spencer) and her cousin, Bonnie (Devery Jacobs). 

Another MCU misfire

While Echo is bloodier and more violent than you’d expect in typical MCU content, the choppy editing takes away any enjoyment from the fight scenes. And speaking of fight scenes, they’re few and far between what can only be described as over-the-top and boring drama. 

The use of American Sign Language and attempts at connecting Maya’s powers to her Native American ancestors is commendable. Yet without character development or a story viewers could care for, those inclusivity efforts feel shallow, at best. 

Despite Vincent D’Onofrio’s best efforts, it’s hard not to notice his character being downgraded from a formidable villain to an almost benign shadow of himself. Alaqua Cox does a decent enough job with the material she’s been given, but Echo’s character shows little to no emotion. It would have helped if the show tried giving us insight into the character’s inner thoughts. 

The series could have been excellent thanks to its unique opportunity to portray one of the few deaf Marvel comic superheroes and its connection to Netflix’s highly popular Daredevil. It even has Charlie Cox appear as Matt Murdock for a brief cameo in the first episode. However, the show is painfully let down by uninspired writing and a lacklustre protagonist whose face seems stuck into a permanent scowl. 

Where can you watch Echo in the UAE and Saudi Arabia?

Echo is streaming on Disney Plus in the UAE. There is no free trial currently available for Disney Plus in the UAE, and you’ll have to sign up for it to watch it.

Lori C
Lori C

Lori C. is an entertainment writer who studied Film and Television at University. She watches and reviews films and series from most genres, but some of her favourites include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, The Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld, and True Blood.

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