Hawkeye episode 3, “Echoes,” saw a ton of frantic action take place, but more importantly in our opinion here at Dog O’Day, also saw plenty of Lucky the Pizza Dog.
Everyone’s favorite one-eyed Golden Retriever from the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney Plus TV series got plenty of screentime as Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) found themselves in new sticky situations.
In the first episode viewers were dropped into December 2024 New York City and introduced to reckless-yet-well-meaning Kate as she was implicated in a murder of one of her mother’s business rivals, and examined how Clint was handling the trauma that comes with being an Avenger for the past fifteen years.
The audience was also introduced to a dog that Kate rescued from the streets, who the second episode kept safe and out of harm’s way at the apartment hideout while Kate and Clint investigated the Tracksuit Mafia.
Hawkeye episode 3 gives Lucky the Pizza Dog a walk.
But first, viewers learned the backstory of a new character.
The apparent boss of the Tracksuits is Maya Lopez/Echo (Alaqua Cox), a Deaf girl whose kind father was murdered by someone in something very much like a Ronin suit. Viewers see some of her life growing up, and then it takes us to the present day warehouse where Clint and Kate are being held captive.
This leads to a terrific fight sequence after some amusing banter, and our heroes escape, which leads directly into a car chase with more witty banter.
This takes up about half the episode, by which time both realize that the dog needs to go for a walk, and they return to the apartment to take care of him.
While mapping out what to do next, they get Clint’s broken hearing aid repaired the next day before stopping for lunch at a diner (where Kate names Pizza Dog) and decide to break into Kate’s mom’s house, where the pair is quickly ambushed by Jack.
What we thought
Car chases and fight scenes are tricky to pull off well, but Hawkeye episode 3 featured some of the best of each in our opinion. The improvised projectiles in the warehouse was a good touch, and the bright red classic Dodge Challenger was awesome.
As the action then shifted to the cerebral in the second half of the episode, that gave viewers a chance to catch their breath alongside the characters, which was good, and set up the cliffhanger ending well.
- The red Challenger comes right from the Matt Fraction/David Aja comics, which Clint bought on the spur of the moment from a rather shady redhead.
- Putting the Tracksuits’ hideout in a former KB Toys warehouse was hilarious, but using toys and shopping carts as weapons during the fight was perfect.
- Good use of disability inclusion as Maya is an amputee in addition to being Deaf and speaking ASL (American Sign Language), both of which also apply to Cox in real life as well.
- In further impressive casting, Young Maya is played by Cox’s real-life cousin.
- Alternate titles Kate suggested for Pizza Dog’s name include Little Caesar, the Dogfather and Sir Dog of Pizza.
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