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Echo (2024) - The Not-So-Heroic Hero Series

The origin story of Echo revisits Maya Lopez, whose ruthless behavior in New York City catches up with her in her hometown. She must face her past, reconnect with her Native American roots and embrace the meaning of family and community if she ever hopes to move forward.

Ah, Disney. You've done it again. Given us a Marvel series that's, well, marvelously mediocre. Welcome to my candid take on "Echo," where I'm going to be as subtle as a Hulk in a china shop. Let's dive in, shall we?

Our Star-Studded Cast: "Hey, I Know You From Somewhere!"

First up, our leading lady, Alaqua Cox. You probably don't remember her from... well, anything, because this is her debut. Way to make an entrance, Alaqua! Then there's Chaske Spencer. You might vaguely recall his face from the "Twilight" saga. Yes, the werewolf not named Jacob. Devery Jacobs, from "American Gods," brings her A-game to a B-plot. And let's not forget Vincent D'Onofrio, the man who can make reading a phone book seem menacing, reprising his role as Fisk.

Drama? Check. Action? Check. Confusion? Double check.

Plot: A Deaf Superhero, Because Why Not?

Echo's origin story feels like Marvel went, "Let's do something daring, but not too daring." Maya's deaf, has a prosthetic leg, and some serious daddy issues. The plot's a jumbled mix of family drama, community bonding, and some Native American magic that feels more Disney than Marvel.

What Tickled My Fancy

Marvel's TV characters are back, and not a moment too soon. We've got cameos from Daredevil and Hawkeye, because Echo can't seem to hold the fort on her own. Vincent D'Onofrio as Fisk is like watching a masterclass in villainy. And those close-quarter fight scenes? Chef's kiss.

What Made Me Cringe

Subtitles. So many subtitles. It's like Marvel decided to make us read a novel. The Native American elements felt undercooked, like a half-baked superpower. The story was all over the place, like a GPS with attitude problems. The silence used to depict deafness felt more awkward than poignant. And the finale? More anticlimactic than finding out your blind date is your second cousin.

The Groundbreaking, Earth-Shattering Extra Info

"Binge-release model"? More like, "Let's get this over with quickly." Alaqua Cox, bravo for breaking barriers as a disabled actress, but Marvel, was this the best you could do for her? TV-MA rating, but feels more PG-13 with an identity crisis. Available on Hulu and Disney+, because why not confuse viewers on where to watch it?

The Verdict:

"Echo" is like that one relative at family reunions who tries too hard. You appreciate the effort, but wish they'd just relax. It's a 6.1/10 for me. A for effort, C for execution.

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