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Hawkeye S1, E3. There is not enough time for this show to keep it’s slow pace

Hello folks, here we are on the eve of the finale of Hawkeye so I decided to do a quick recap of the 3rd episode of the series.

This episode centers around a gang that was hit hard by Hawkeye’s darker side, Ronin. Their leader took it quite personally and wants revenge, also finding this out we also get a bit of her own backstory. Although, still no closer to a common enemy or real connections to anything going on in this series so far.

I am trying so hard to keep an open mind and am just waiting for this show to surprise me in a good way. But it needs to get to a flipping point sooner rather than later! We only have six episodes, and we are already halfway through. So for the love of everything Marvel, pick up the storyline and throw it to the finish line. Now that my small rant is over, let’s proceed. 

Kate Bishop is still…ugh. Clint is far more interesting, but we always knew that. Though the show is digging into his ASL and hearing problems, his hearing aid may also be holding him back (though it does allow him to hear his children). We also finally get to see in real action for once with his arrows (more so than before), there is the problem with the trick arrows (the special effects and CGI is awful, you have Disney money-use it!). 

Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios © Marvel Studios 2021 All Rights Reserved

The only part of this episode that held an interest to me outside of the fight scenes, was something Clint says to Kate. In his response to her about not wanting to put on a silly or more recognizable superhero suit, is that he is not meant to be noticed because he is “not a role model for anyone”. You can really feel the depth of his words, because of his past as a spy/killer, his time as the Ronin, letting Nat go (which is most likely the biggest reason) and even the things he did as an Avenger that causes him to feel this way. Clint Barton does not feel proud of what he has done, he does not believe he should be noticed and he believes that he should not be forgiven. 

Photo by Chuck Zlotnick © Marvel Studios 2021 All Rights Reserved

Finally getting a show all about Hawkeye is great, because we have never been able to see past his outer layers into the soul of his character. Even with the show needing to move a bit faster, without showing us every single character’s backstory (which we do not have time for). For these small moments into Clint Barton as a person and how he truly deals with the loss of his closest friend and ally,  I will keep suffering through this version of Kate Bishop for him. 

You can catch up on the first 5 episodes of Hawkeye now, and see the next finale on Disney+ tomorrow!

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Ali Raphael
Ali Raphael
Ali is a professional workaholic but likes to add more to her plate by reviewing comics/books/ tv shows/movies and anime. In every other waking moment, she breathes books, manga and anything Marvel. Every day she wishes she was a Part-Time Avenger, instead of a full-time Target employee.

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