Disney Plus Echo season 1, episode 3 recap “Tuklo"

(Right): Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez in Marvel Studios' Echo, releasing on Hulu and Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2023. All Rights Reserved.
(Right): Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez in Marvel Studios' Echo, releasing on Hulu and Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2023. All Rights Reserved. /

Echo season 1 episode 3 introduces another young woman from Maya's family, also gifted with Chafa's powers. In the present Maya finds herself captured by the enemy and learns that The Kingpin may not be dead after all.

Echo season 1, episode 3 recap – Tuklo

It's time to go back to the 1800s and meet Tuklo, the daughter of a Choctaw Lighthorsemen. The Lighthorsemen protect the Choctaw territory, however, the members are all men.

The episode decided to take a very interesting route in telling Tuklo's story by presenting it as a silent, black-and-white film. This is both fitting for the time period and Maya's disability.

Although Tuklo is an excellent shot, her father denies her request to join the Lighthorsemen, reminding her of her duties as a woman. But when trouble emerges, Tuklo decides to take matters into her own hands.

She braids her long hair, as this is a hairstyle only men would have, and decides to join in the fight. In the process she harnesses Chafa's powers, killing every last bad guy with pristine precision.

Echo season 1, episode 3 recap – Battle at the roller rink

Speaking of Chafa's powers, they waste no time in presenting themselves once again to Maya as she walks the property. As she has visions of her ancestors, she is immediately kidnapped and finds herself captured at the roller rink.

Her captors include the ringleader Vickie, an employee of the roller rink. He and two others have alerted The Kingpin's men to come and collect Maya from New York.

In the process, Henry is also captured. While this is all going on, Bonnie unfortunately arrives.

Even though Henry tries to send her away, while signing to get help, she is captured and is reunited with Maya. The two briefly argue about their falling out, which we can easily decipher was Maya's fault, while Henry tries to warn Vickie that he'll never get his reward money.

The bad guys arrive not long after, kill Vickie due to him trying to take control and ask for the reward money, and threaten to kill both Henry and Bonnie. Maya's quick thinking and fighting skills pay off, as she is able to take out all of The Kingpin's men in a stunning display.

With all of the bad guys vanquished, it becomes clear to Henry that he will fight with Maya against The Kingpin's empire, which begs the question, is the man still alive? Up until this point, Maya and many others believed he was dead.

Echo season 1, episode 3 recap – The Kingpin returns

Aside from Maya's ordeal, her grandmother learns of her return and is unhappy about it. Her husband or ex-husband (the episode really didn't make it clear), tries to convince her to reconnect with Maya.

But it seems the death of her daughter, Maya's mother, remains to be a fresh and open wound. With Maya defeating the bad guys you'd think her troubles are over for now, right?

Wrong! The Kingpin AKA: Wilson Fisk returns proving that he survived the gunshot wound.

Echo season 1, episode 3 review

Although I find Echo to be a very interesting and different take on the usual Marvel Disney Plus formula, I cannot ignore the fact that the pacing is all over the place. Sometimes the plot is rushed, other times it's slowed way down.

All the same, I remain perplexed by when these tend to happen in each episode. The fight scenes are stellar, the introduction of another one of Maya's Choctaw ancestors is successful, and the overall acting skill of the entire cast, especially while engaging with each other, remains top-notch.

I just can't shake the feeling that Echo is trying to be or accomplish multiple things but isn't successful in the way they are going about it. It is still an excellent show, regardless of the Marvel name attached to it, and I am truly unsure where each episode will go next.

But with two episodes remaining, I hope that some aspects change, leaving the audiences with a satisfying conclusion or room for a potential season 2.

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You can watch Echo season 1 on Disney Plus.