MFST Reacts: Marvel’s ‘Cloak & Dagger’ Series Premiere
Last night, the new highly anticipated Marvel series, Cloak & Dagger premiered on Freeform with a two-hour premiere. The show follows teenagers, Tandy and Tyrone, both from two very different upbringings, who find themselves with newfound superpowers.
The story starts with both Tandy and Tyrone as young children who end up drowning in the ocean on the same night, for two very different reasons. Tandy gets into a car accident with her dad on the way home from ballet practice and Tyrone jumps into the water after a cop shoots his older brother, Billy.
Years later, their lives are in the complete opposite of where they started, Tandy now lives in an abandoned church with an alcoholic mother back home and steals rich kids’ money to get by whereas Tyrone’s family is rich but he still faces racism from his peers at his fancy private school. The two finally meet after Tandy steals Tyrone’s wallet at a party and their powers come to light.
As the episode continues, their powers become more prominent and we learn more about both characters and their lives. Tyrone struggles with his anger towards the corrupt cop and thinks that he got these powers so that he can punish the corrupt cop that shot his brother. Shooting his brother was an accident, but it turns out that the cop is as corrupt as they come.
Tandy’s powers come out again in the form of a bright dagger when her past of ransacking a rich kid’s house comes back to haunt her when he finds her and tries to rape her. Terrified, she, with the help of her boyfriend, Liam, gets the money and paperwork to run away. Liam still ends up getting arrested in the end and calls Tandy to help him out. She continues to drive away regardless. It all comes to a climax at the end of the two-hour special when Tyrone tries to shoot the cop who killed his brother but is then transported in front of Tandy’s car.
I loved how upfront the writers were about very big and serious problems in society today, things like alcoholism, sexual abuse, racism, and police corruption. The parallel between the two main characters, Tyrone and Tandy, was incredible because the cinematography was so different but done so well when going back and forth between the two and the instrumental score and soundtrack really helped.
But my personal favorite character thus far is definitely Tyrone’s mother, Adina. The way the show portrayed a mother who is anxious and terrified for her son yet had the strength to overcome and rise above it is incredible to me. The line, which is also in one of the promos for the show, where she says that she’s afraid of losing her son, even if he does everything right is by far my favorite of the entire episode.
As far as the supernatural element of the show goes, I’m still not completely sure what Tandy and Tyrone’s powers are but it’s okay because they still don’t know what they are either. I know that the show is closely based on the comic book characters but I wasn’t familiar with them before they announced the show. I’m excited to see how the rest of the show pans out and how these two figure out their powers together.
I loved the fact that Freeform gave us two hours of Cloak & Dagger to kick off the series. The first episode kicked off with a strong, emotional opening that guaranteed that I was going to at least watch the first episode. With characters linked the way Tyrone and Tandy are, I think the director gave viewers a very clear look at their lives side by side. I’m a big fan of the parallel shots.
The cinematography was well done, but like most shows on television now, night scenes and scenes in the dark aren’t as well-lit as I would like. The show didn’t skirt around things like drug use, police corruption, and alcoholism and I appreciated that.
The cast has a good chemistry so far and I liked the way they revealed Tyrone and Tandy’s abilities. I’m excited to see what the rest of the season will bring and think it’s definitely worth the watch.
Cloak & Dagger airs Thursdays at 8 PM EST
Samantha Nguyen covers entertainment news for MFST. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @sngyenthai and click here to read her blog
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. You can follow her on Twitter @cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and @kiramira_