‘Cloak and Dagger’ Recap and Review: “Stained Glass”
After bringing Freeform it’s highest series premiere audience in two years with its two-hour premiere and leaving viewers with a cliffhanger last week, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger aired it’s third episode Thursday night. Continuing with the parallel storylines and bringing New Orleans culture into the plot, Tandy and Tyrone definitely had some interesting experiences. Here’s a recap of “Stained Glass”, directed by Peter Hoar (Doctor Who, Daredevil, The Last Kingdom).
Instead of immediately picking up after Tyrone and Tandy’s near collision, the episode opened on a 3D printer doing what it does, printing something. From there, we’re transported back to the moment where Tandy skidded off of the road after Tyrone appeared in the middle of the road, armed with a gun.
She immediately recognized him and both were confused by his sudden appearance. Despite her bleeding head, she drove off in her car, leaving Tyrone to fend for himself as police sirens approached.
Detective Brigid O’Reilly finally got some speaking lines on Cloak and Dagger as she interviewed the young man who was hospitalized after he attempted to rape Tandy. O’Reilly didn’t believe that he was the victim, especially after learning that his pants were unbuckled when he was brought in and that he had wounds on his face that resembled fingernails. The guy, who had family on the police force, was left angry and gapping as O’Reilly left after telling him her theory. She barely missed Tandy, who had gone back home to take care of her head wound. Her mother, Melissa, told O’Reilly that she hadn’t seen her daughter for months but took the woman’s card.
Later, Tandy met up with O’Reilly just after the woman had been told by Officer Connors (the same man who shot Billy) that the case was closed by higher-ups. O’Reilly promised Tandy that she would stick on the case, but Tandy was more than ready to escape New Orleans. After boarding a bus, she fell asleep and was transported to the “spirit realm”.
Elsewhere, Tyrone woke up at home and went to school. He was invited by his classmate Evita to hang out after school. She took him along as she did a tour of the old New Orleans sites including the grave of Marie Laveau who was known as the voodoo queen of the city. After having Tyrone make a wish at her grave as a part of a demonstration, she took him to see her aunt who suggested that he needed to take a purifying bath to cleanse himself.
He snuck Evita into his house and the pair set up his bath using recommended items from Whole Foods of all places. While in the tub, Tyrone was transported to the “spirit realm”. While he was seeing different visions of Tandy and her family, Tandy was seeing visions of Tyrone at different ages and then trying to get revenge against Connors. They both tried to help the other after watching each other fail.
As “Stained Glass” came to an end, Tandy got off of the bus and was met by Tyrone in the building she lived in. It’s clear to him that they needed to talk. Elsewhere, the 3D printer we saw at the beginning of the episode finished printing. Evita’s aunt is the one to pick up the figure and put it on her mantle with other dolls and figures. When she stepped back to examine it, viewers saw that it was a replica of Tyrone.
Review of this week’s Cloak and Dagger
This week’s episode felt a little messy with the back and forth between what Tandy was seeing and what Tyrone was seeing. The parallel storylines told at different points in the episode was a little hard to follow but it didn’t completely take away from the intriguing quality of the plot. One of my favorite things in this episode was the music.
“American Funeral” by Alex Da Kid & Joseph Angel was a perfect track to accompany the scene that showed Tyrone trying to decide how to bring down Connors from shooting him, to getting him arrested. The symbolism in the scene was very distinct and fitting for Tyrone’s struggle and the emotional and cultural relevance of his story.
I’m giving “Stained Glass” an 8 out of 10.
Cloak and Dagger airs Thursday nights on Freeform at 8 PM EST.
Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. She’s a freelance writer and alum of Towson University where she studied advertising, public relations, and creative writing. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and kiramira_.