Marvel’s Hawkeye is a good show it just doesn’t really know what to do with itself. four episodes in and it feels like the main story should be kicking into high gear but it spends almost its entire fifth episode literally just sitting around eating junk food.
Don’t get me wrong, that’s actually a really fun part of the episode and it helps quite a bit with character development, but something else needs to happen. There’s no driving force in the episode and that’s a major problem for the viewer.
The last episode ended on a cliffhanger. Clint is walking around Kate’s house and is stopped with a sword to his neck by her stepfather. Her stepfather, in the comics at least, has ties to Clint’s origin story so the two of them meeting should have been some kind of reunion. Instead, nothing happened. The two of them didn’t know each other and each went on their way.
Most of the episode is spent as an exposition dump and bread crumb trail. Conversations are spoken which create new mysteries, but they seem forced within the context of the story. For instance, all of a sudden Clint’s wife is acting like a spy. This is a character trait that’s NEVER come up before. While it would be interesting character development and would definitely flesh out the story more it just seems like a strange choice to have it happen when it does.
This episode was designed as a not-so-subtle way to finally deliver on a moment fans having been wanting on since Black Widow. Honestly, I’m shocked it took this long and it’s an element that should have been incorporated into the story much earlier. Marvel has the ability to make better stories but for some reason, it always seems like it’s utilizing half of its resources. Let’s hope the back half of the series delivers more than the front half.