What makes a show like Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger successful? Easy. This is a story where you don’t want to do what every other superhero tv show is doing, but you also want to find key points to remind us that these are stories taking place in a comic book world. This show strikes the perfect balance between the two while also addressing real world problems which make every week engaging.
After what happened last week, this was the right mood for this episode to start on. Tensions up in the air when even after a small victory, there’s too much still left undone. Andre is up in the wind, Chantelle was taken from us too soon by Andre, Tandy’s mom has disappeared, and there’s just too much destruction already left by this case taking too long to close. There is no one you wouldn’t expect to be a little shaken up to an extent with so much at stake to bring Andre down.
With Tandy, this was the perfect place to readdress the ongoing theme this season, that being justice versus vengeance. If at any point Tandy seemed as though her alignment was back in check, current events left her walking that line once more. The position they put Tandy in with Lia in her grasp was perfect since Tandy in particular still has yet to figure out the direction which her anger has needed to point. Understanding the story of Lia opened everyone’s eyes to that line in the sand that we needed to draw between victim and villain. Andre is undeniably a villain, but could you also say the same for someone who he clearly would have had to manipulate to help him pull this off? Understanding Lia’s story also made it easier to understand Andre as well from another perspective.
On Tyrone’s end, he took on a big leap in his character evolution. This show isn’t your average superhero show, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have those moments where they slip into that role. Everything about Tyrone this episode was commendable because this was the first time that he felt like more than just another kid with powers. He’s grown enough to know how to have mature conversations, and even be motivational in the face of hopelessness. Finding Andre wasn’t the only objective he had this week and he made his mark when it mattered most. This may not take any targets off his back, but one of these two had to eventually genuinely show that they care about the safety of this community.
It does go without saying that they are pushing the creativity of Tyrone’s powers in the best way possible. They are still limiting him without the full scope of his powers right now, but until they get to that stage in their development, it is fun to see them indulge in unique ways to teleport.
Tandy and Tyrone did in fact turn to some questionable allies for help. On one hand you of course would have Tandy working with Brigid, though Tyrone on the other hand turned to someone who could have only been dangerous if he didn’t have his guard up. Who Tyrone turned to wasn’t too memorable aside from the conversation he had with the kid, but Brigid stood out more for the role she had to play this time around. I was shocked to say that I was a bit disappointed by what we got out of her merging. You would expect to still be able to notice the presence of two people in one body, but this was all just Mayhem. You actually might as well call her Mayhem until the other half is actually seen or heard in some way existing. Just saying Brigid is in their isn’t enough to make us believe that is what happened. Heck, I’m not sure how Tandy or Tyrone believe her.
There was no better time than now to show us what really led Andre to where he is now. When you see where the headache began, it was hard to deny the pain he has been going through. This could have been any random health issue, but they found a clever way to tie these headaches into who he is, what he used to do, and what drives him to do what he does now. This was also the first time since his introduction where he wasn’t seen as someone you could sympathize with. My biggest worry with villains like Andre is that the writers want you to connect with him or not see him as completely evil. His actions are anything but forgivable. What he does by the end of this episode again as I said above, made him undeniably seen as the villain. I mean, he even got his classic villain moment as well, even if it will make some cringe for the chance he was given.
The only disappointment with this episode was the lack of addressing of how Tyrone should feel about Avida marrying to Baron Simedi to save his life. Fans of the books will cheer because he is more open to a relationship with Tandy, but it’s hard to see that possibility when they dodge what could be.
Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger “Blue Note” got us exactly where we need to be for the ninth episode of the second season. This is that point in the story where we need to have a greater urgency, and the threat grow to a point where it can’t be ignored. We have crossed that line this week and it was thrilling.