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Hawkeye - Season 1 (2021) Review

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Hawkeye is one of those characters, who when first introduced, was a lot of fun to watch, but never somebody that I felt needed to be explored in their own individual film. Naturally, I never truly felt as if they had enough material to tell a story revolving around yet another perfect archer in the media. Low and behold, I was wrong. Hawkeye is a series that has not one, but two perfect archers that are a lot of fun to watch week-by-week. It may not be the best MCU show on Disney+, but it helps expand details on a lesser-known Avenger while introducing a…new one? Let’s get into it.

Former Avenger Clint Barton aka Hawkeye has a seemingly simple mission in post-blip New York City: get back to his family for Christmas. But when a threat from his past shows up, Hawkeye reluctantly teams up with Kate Bishop, a 22-year-old skilled archer and his biggest fan, to unravel a criminal conspiracy.

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Unsurprisingly, there’s a few things going on in this first season that are really important to touch base on, and similarly to any other full series reviews that I do, this will contain spoilers for the show. So, if you haven’t seen it yet, and you don’t want to be spoiled, then go on with your bad self and watch it. This review will be here when you’re done. Anyway, Hawkeye is a fun little show with a holiday flair. It’s not fully about Christmas, but at the heart, that’s a big part of the tone of what’s going on. Clint needs to get home for Christmas, but he’s held back by a number of his past foes that keep getting in the way, including fan favorite Vincent D’Onofrio reprising his role as Kingpin from the Daredevil show over on Netflix. Does this mean the MCU is finally confirming the Netflix shows are MCU canon? Something I’ve been arguing with people about for years? Seemingly so, and Hawkeye isn’t the only reason to make that argument…other…recent…MCU projects also seem to hint at the same thing.

Maybe I should finish watching those Defenders shows now….

Honestly, what’s probably more important than anything here is that Hawkeye serves as an origin story for Kate Bishop, who took over the Hawkeye role after Clint left. This explains the last sentence of the show, where Kate is trying to figure out a cool superhero name, and Clint’s like, hey…I have an idea…CUT TO TITLE CARD…ie, signifying her name is now officially Hawkeye. Maybe I’m looking too deeply at that, but that’s what I got out of it, that it was a passing of the torch series so that Clint can finally live happily ever after with his wife and kids while Kate starts her journey as a Young Avenger, along with Yelena (who it was really great to see again). Does this mean we’ll never see Jeremy Renner in the role again? I have no idea. I hope not, but if that’s the case, I’d understand.

A few scenes in this show were fantastically made. In fact, I think it was episode three that I thought was the best overall, especially with the trick arrows and fantastic action sequences. Again, though, it’s not the best thing Disney+ has given us for the MCU. I’d probably still say that’s WandaVision, but some of Loki was insanely good, too. That being said, every MCU series has been solid in one way or another. We all have our preferences.

Slight complaint time: Having Vincent back in the role of Kingpin was breathtaking and he did a fantastic job, but…am I supposed to believe they brought him back for one episode…just to kill him off? If true, that’s…horrible. Not a good decision at all. Now, we didn’t SEE him get killed, of course, but it’s heavily implied all the same. I think they did that just in CASE they still want to use the character and can do a quick explanation as to how he survived, but still. I could have done without that short little scene.

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Overall, I liked the show and I’m curious on what they’ll do next if they end up having another season. They most likely won’t because it was only really meant as a limited one-off miniseries, but they always could change their minds. After all, they did with Loki.

© 2021 Dave Gilleand

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