Echo (season 1)

Echo is 3.5 hours of virtue signaling and pandering nonsense staring a charismaless block of wood. Other than that...
41/10091636
Starring
Alaqua Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Devery Jacobs
Head writer
Marion Dayre
Rating
TV-MA
Genre
Action, Adventure, Crime, Sci-Fi, Superhero
Where to watch
Disney+
Overall Score
Rating Overview
Story/Plot
35%
Visuals/Cinematography
56%
Performance
60%
Direction
58%
Non-Wokeness
0%
Rating Summary
Echo is a meandering and plodding mess of unsympathetic characters led by an actress with all of the acting range of a table. As Alaqua Cox's Maya and her RBF go from one set piece to another, accomplishing physical tasks beyond the capacity of two-legged Olympic male athletes and benefiting from MacGuffin and convenience galore, audiences will be left on the edge of their seats, asking themselves, "Why doesn't someone just sneak up on her and shoot her?"

Echo entered the Marvel universe in 1999’s “Daredevil” Vol. 2 #9, introduced by David Mack and Joe Quesada. Known for her ability to mimic any physical movement she observes due to her photographic reflexes, she quickly became intertwined with characters like Daredevil. Echo’s connections deepened as her storyline evolved, including associations with figures such as Kingpin and the Hand.

Echo

After discovering that her adopted Uncle Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin) orchestrated her father’s murder, the deaf and one-legged mob enforcer and part-time ninja Maya Lopez returns to her small Oklahoma hometown for the first time in 20 years. However, she’s not there for a reunion. Maya has murdered Fisk and now plans on taking over his vast criminal enterprise as Queenpin.

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Echo is another exquisite example of nu-Disney’s paint-by-numbers predictability. Girl boss with a bad attitude? Check.  A story that could (i.e., should) have been tightened up into an hour-and-a-half special but was unnaturally and unsuccessfully stretched out over the course of multiple episodes? Check, and check. Ruined by wokeness? Great big double-check with a cherry on top.

However, Marvel Studios’ Echo fails hardest in three ways. Its main character is an unrepentant criminal and murderer whose ultimate goal isn’t redemption or even revenge. Unlike other criminal leads in cinema Maya/Echo has no redeeming qualities and never has a “come to Jesus moment.” Every time Michael Corleone tried to get out of the Family business, they pulled him back in, but Maya voluntarily jumps in with one and a half feet.

When the story arc suddenly changes gears from conquest to survival, it’s too late to build any goodwill for the character, and the writers don’t try, anyway. They are perfectly happy with her as a selfish and meanspirited user of people, and they substitute personal growth for victimhood. Unfortunately, “she’s had a hard life” doesn’t do much to build sympathy when her next action after being given an ultimatum is to abandon everyone she’s ever known and loved to a ruthless monster whom she knows from personal experience will have no problem wiping them all out.

Secondly, and the libs are going to love this, her particular set of handicaps makes the character utterly laughably ridiculous. Daredevil works as a character because he has an extra sense that compensates for his blindness, and while the actual girl power that is randomly bestowed to Maya makes her sporadically stronger, faster, and more resilient than normal one-legged women, it does nothing to compensate for her deafness, nor does it make her bulletproof. Of course, she has double-plated plot armor to protect her.

Maya literally has girl power. That’s right, even though in her past 20 to 30 years (the show isn’t clear on her age), she’s never had an inkling of being powerful enough to single-handedly and easily dispatch a room full of practiced killers, this series introduces her to her new set of ill-defined powers that will deus ex machine her through whatever trial has befallen her, and best of all, she gets these powers from the spirits of her female ancestors because she “needs them.” She hasn’t earned them. She doesn’t deserve them. There’s no reason to believe that she will use them to benefit anyone but herself, but she is an American Indian woman, so… you know… stuff.

None of it is helped by Alaqua Cox’s single face expression, like she just found out someone drank the last of the orange juice.

Quite frankly, I could go on, but I’ve been struggling to get this review out because I couldn’t decide where to start. Echo is a series in which the lead character can and does make a machine gun out of a rollerskate in under five minutes. If you need more, the finale is so off-the-charts stupid that I laughed out loud, so much so that I had to pause it to avoid missing anything crucial.

If you’re looking for a way to waste several hours of your life for absolutely no payoff, watch Echo. It gives She-Hulk a run for its money as the worst MsheU series to date.

 

P.S. These series have consultants, right? Alaqua Cox doesn’t just exhibit horrendous trigger discipline; she thumbs the trigger to her second knuckle.

 

WOKE ELEMENTS

 

For The Honor of Grayskull! SHE HAS A VAGINAAAAAAA!
  • Some of us might complain about Mary Sues and the proliferation of girl power in modern films and TV series, and it’s possible that some of us are even a little too sensitive to it.
    • Echo literally has girl power.
      • She gets her nebulous and ill-defined powers from her fierce female ancestors…because she needs them.
        • That’s not hyperbole. That’s canon. She gets her powers because she needs to have them.
        • In every episode, we get introduced to a new girl-boss ancestor.
    • Does anyone remember how Daredevil got the crap beat out of him in his series (which is still canon in this series)?
      • He was brutally trained by mystical warriors and has a superpower.
      • She was trained in a Tae Kwon Do belt mill and holds her own against an armed, fully armored DD before she gets superpowers.

 

Left Foot Green
  • Maybe her character works in the comics, but a one-legged deaf person seems like they’d be relatively easy to best in both hand-to-hand combat and ambushes. There is a reason why both of those handicaps preclude people from active duty in both military and police forces. It sucks, but it makes sense.
    • They manufactured her powers in this series, so why not add a Spidey-Sense and a specially designed artificial limb with future tech? The reason is that the series exists for the sole purpose of virtue signaling.  The choices made were made for the sake of inclusivity instead of a quality narrative.

 

We No Like’em Pale Face
  • The white villains are villains.
  • The Indian villains are noble victims of circumstance just trying to make it in Whitey’s world.
  • Every white person is deeply flawed.
    • A cartoon white couple without any self-awareness, asking stupid questions while shopping in an Indian store. The questions are the type that no one would ask and the purpose of the scene is purely to make fun of white people.
    • Evil criminal mastermind
    • White trash hillbilly
      • White trash hillbilly criminal without loyalty
    • Hitmen.

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James Carrick

James Carrick is a passionate film enthusiast with a degree in theater and philosophy. James approaches dramatic criticism from a philosophic foundation grounded in aesthetics and ethics, offering insight and analysis that reveals layers of cinematic narrative with a touch of irreverence and a dash of snark.

9 comments

  • Samuel

    January 17, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    So very sad to see whats happening at disney! I dont know anyone who had a bad word to say about them in the 80s/90s

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  • Bunny With A Keyboard

    January 17, 2024 at 6:11 pm

    “A cartoon white couple without any self-awareness shopping in an Indian store.”

    The woke: white people should only shop at their own stores and stay out of the stores of people of any other color.

    Also the woke: white people won’t shop at the stores of people of color and that’s why those stores flounder.

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    • James Carrick

      January 17, 2024 at 6:35 pm

      Ah…ah…AH troll.

      I was very clearly saying that the white couple being portrayed as cartoon characters without any self-awareness is what is woke in this instance.

      APPOLIGIES.

      Bunny, I should have reread your comment before responding. I now see what you were trying to say. You have my sincere apologies.

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      • Ele

        January 17, 2024 at 10:18 pm

        Hmm, I think you might have misinterpreted what that person was saying. I think they were poking fun at white liberals saying that white people shouldn’t shop in the stores of minorities, and that those who do so are racist morons, like the couple portrayed in the show. And then they also complain when white people DON’T shop in those stores. I’ve personally been told that buying products from, say, a Tibetan store is racist, because I have no cultural link to those products. When I ask how the store is supposed to survive without customers I’m told that white people should, instead, simply be giving them money. What a world.

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          • Bunny With A Keyboard

            January 21, 2024 at 12:45 pm

            We’re good. It was my first post here and you don’t know the kind of bunny I am, and even people who know me well often have a hard time seeing the world the way I do.

            If it helps to know, I’ve quoted this website’s definition of woke on more than one occasion.

  • kay

    January 18, 2024 at 10:46 am

    I think it was the showrunner who said they changed her original superpower because they thought it was lame. After reading what they replaced it with, I feel like they don’t have a leg to stand on.

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  • Mark

    January 29, 2024 at 4:19 am

    My boyfriend has been watching this series. I refused to even watch the trailer. He’s from a different country so he doesn’t quite get my reasons. I go to bed early and hear the lame dialog. The constant Indian chanting is ironically rather stereotypical. Only a left wing white guy could come up with such nonsense. Reminds me of the straight white guys who brought us Glee.

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