Maya's plan for revenge against The Kingpin begins but will she live to regret it? In Echo season 1 episode 2, Maya hides from her family, including her cousin Bonnie, and discovers a great power she never had before.
However, due to her acts of revenge, Henry must deal with the fallout. How long before war with The Kingpin reaches Oklahoma?
Echo season 1, episode 2 recap – Maya's heritage
Season 1 episode 2 opens similarly to last episode. After Chafa and her people become the first humans we flash forward several hundred years.
Two opposing Choctaw teams compete in a game of stickball, with the red team one point away from winning. Worried they'll lose, the blue team sends in their strongest player, who makes it impossible for the red team to make a winning score.
One female on the red team grows increasingly furious as her team begins to lose when suddenly she seems to receive visions of Chafa. Chafa was the one who saved her people from the collapsing cave in the first episode, which resulted in them turning human.
With her power, the female player is able to win the game for her team.
Echo season 1, episode 2 recap – Maya's plan
Returning to the present, Maya enlists the help of her cousin Biscuits, who appears to be one of the few family members aware of Maya's return. She asks him to retrieve items for her.
Biscuits is able to get what Maya needs from their grandfather, who seems to run a combination antique store, gift shop, and repair shop. Later that night Maya tracks a moving train, while her cousin follows using the tracker.
Maya breaks into a specific train car searching for a very specific trunk. After succeeding, she narrowly escapes death and damages her prosthetic leg.
It is at this moment that Maya has visions of the past few women who also seemed to inhibit powers from Chafa. She gains superhuman strength and frees her leg.
Although she survives, the truck Biscuits borrowed wasn't as lucky. He is terrified about the damage due to the fact this is their grandmother's vehicle.
Their grandmother, meanwhile, has a nagging suspicion Maya has returned home and seeks Henry who works at the roller rink. He doesn't deny that Maya is back but reassures her that Maya is only passing through.
Maya's grandmother doesn't make it a secret that she wants her granddaughter to leave, knowing the trouble she will undoubtedly bring to the community, whether intentional or not. Maya decides to ask her grandfather for help in fixing her prosthetic leg while refusing to tell him how it got damaged.
Thanks to his skills, he builds a new temporary leg for her. Before leaving the shop, Maya notices a statue of Chafa.
Her grandfather explains how their family can be traced back to her, however her grandmother is the real expert on the subject. Maya, avoiding seeing her grandmother, thanks him and leaves.
Echo season 1, episode 2 recap – Foreshadowing?
Biscuits was under the impression that Maya was trying to steal something from the train car. In actuality, she decided to fight back.
When the train car arrives back in New York City, the group of men who work for The Kingpin begin to unload the supply. When the trunk is opened a series of explosions are set off, destroying the facility.
This prompts several calls to Henry as his people are worried they will be blamed for the incident. If that wasn't enough, the one person Maya was trying to avoid discovers she's returned.
As Biscuits is trying to get his grandmother's truck fixed, he tries selling his PlayStation over the radio when Bonnie hears the message. Although he tries to keep what happened a secret, he lets it slip that Maya has returned.
After hearing about the train car incident, Henry becomes suspicious of Maya and confronts her after she sends him a rather blunt text message in response to his earlier message. Henry worries that her involvement is going to bring trouble to them from New York, whereas Maya sees her act as necessary retaliation.
She believes she has the situation under control, but Henry warns her that she will be the reason people she loves and cares about will die.
Echo season 1, episode 2 review
Regardless of this episode's runtime, the story moved at a quicker and more consistent pace. Now that we are all caught up, we can follow Maya's story.
Like the first episode, the decision to have some scenes with Maya fade in and out of sound is really clever. Although we cannot fully grasp what it is like to be deaf, we get a general idea through Maya's point of view.
As she has been deaf since childhood and the actress Alaqua Cox is also deaf, she's able to show in a way how she lives her life and it is both heartwarming and inspiring. Every family member in Maya's life are so well written and likable for different reasons, however it is disheartening to see how much her grandmother dislikes her.
It could be that she's projecting her feelings for Maya's father onto her, or it could just be that she fears the kinds of trouble that will always follow her granddaughter no matter what she does or where she goes. Overall, Echo has been an interesting and engaging story.
I find myself connecting to it in ways that I had hoped would happen with Secret Invasion. Where Secret Invasion failed on multiple levels, Echo succeeds, and I'm intrigued by where this season continues to go.
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You can watch Echo season 1 on Disney Plus.