It’s hard to believe that here we are already at the season two finale for Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger. It almost feels as though this season just started. A great feeling because so many critics of this show tried to tell you it was moving too slow or not giving us enough to keep us coming back for more. Everything up to this point about the second season in my opinion proved the naysayers wrong. Especially when it came to expectations.
This finale met every expectation for those of who wanted to really see Tyrone and Tandy level up. When you give us that phrase in the title? You better believe that everyone is looking forward to big things happening. I was not disappointed one bit when it came to Tyrone and Tandy in particular because this was their shining moment. Their moment to finally become more than their past, their flaws, and their failures. Every single pep talk was worth the time that they put into them. As far as a big boss battle goes, this one kicked all sorts of ass. When this episode began, they hit the road running. At a point where it was time to buckle up and be the big heroes. Of course there would be some hesitation, but the pacing was on point to keep these two moving from one point to the next. How they found Andre was creative, how they explored the darkforce dimension was new, and what they found when they finally got to Andre was chilling. It does seem like I call this the darkforce dimension a lot, but it just feels too off to refer to this dimension as the loa dimension. With that said, I was actually happier that they didn’t spend too much time trying to reach Andre, because there was much more to anticipate when it came time to confront him. That is where the excitement peaked. This could have easily been a watered down series of scenes until they randomly did something amazing at the last minute, but they knew we deserved more than that. What we got was a culmination of everything Tyrone and Tandy learned up to this point about themsleves and their powers.
In most cases, character development in the last episode might be frowned upon. That is normally the time where you want to see what your favorite characters have to offer once they have fully developed. To an extent you could say that going into this season finale they were not fully developed, but that was because they still had to genuinely prove that they had evolved from who they used to be. There was a big exception to the idea that we were bracing ourselves with Tyrone and Tandy facing their personal issues one more time. Every challenge Andre threw their way forced them to face their demons, and these two shined brighter with every revelation they embraced. Their powers were pushed to greater heights, their connection was strengthened by the realization that they are powerful when in sync. It gave me chills to see them with so much confidence, and see them full of this confidence while also delightfully wearing what is so far as close as it gets to them wearing costumes. That warmed my heart since the greatest fear for a show like this is that they dodge every opportunity to dress them up.
Honestly, I found myself impressed by how Andre leveled up as well. He may not be the full image of D’Spayre that you may have looked forward to, but the kind of danger he unleashed after ascending was satisfying enough. What he could do with this new boost in power was pretty awesome. He picked up a greater reach in his powers, that trumpet became quite the extension of his powers too. His personality and dialogue changed as well. Everything much more sinister with this new god complex he took on. It was hard to deny him that at a point, and that really set the stakes for Tyrone and Tandy. While it is mostly other’s despair that he taps into, I also enjoyed the small feelings as though some of his capabilities were merged with the nightmarish Marvel villain, Nightmare. Another entity you might call a Hell Lord, or god in his own right. He made this final battle memorable for the fact that he was not easily defeated. He gave the two a challenge, and he kept pushing without running into too many cliches along the way. What solidified his standing as the perfect villain for this season was the way that they neither painted Andre as someone to sympathize with. He knew what he was doing, and he was only going to do worse. Once he crossed that line, there was no turning back. We need to see more of that in villains instead of trying to make them walk a grey line.
Mayhem and Evita teaming up to hold off the dangers in the real dimension was an unexpectedly entertaining scene. Once more they showed us that the voodoo and magic still had their part to play. This episode impressed me more than most others with Etiva since a step further was taken to show what she can do when fully embracing her gift. The lines she was reciting to hold the door came out so organically. Not once did I feel as though she was struggling through the incantation or the repetition of it with the urgency picking up. Speaking of urgency, adding Mayhem/Brigid to this part felt like a no-brainer when understanding the challenge Evita faced on her end. They had their last moment to indulge in the brute strength and aggressiveness of Mayhem, and they ran wild with it. She was the definition of badass, and struck a nice balance in the face of her own demon that tried to get in the way.
How the episode ended was interesting. They definitely set things up for a possible third season, but didn’t leave it too open-ended in case that was not the case. Even the tease of will they-might they was welcomed for those viewers out there who have began to get their hopes up after Evita married herself to Samedi.
Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger Season Finale “Level Up” did exactly what it set out to do. The villain rose to new heights when he finally hit that Blue Note, but so did our heroes when they dug deep to find the power that could contend with this villain with a god complex. This season finale was action-packed, it was endearing, and it redefined what it means to be a hero for the younger crowd. If you wanted a faster moving story with more pay-off, then this season should have satisfied most. I hope we can continue to look forward to what more this world has to throw their way in a third season.