Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger “Call/Response” Review
As I pointed out last week, Cloak & Dagger is another Marvel tv show that has allowed us into the lives of our main characters before all the craziness enters their lives. I mean for Tandy and Ty, that craziness was their story from the start, but this episode here is the first time that they find themselves able to come face-to-face and be able to sit down and talk. Familiar ground is only made once they are able to build that connection between one another.
Tandy and Tyrone finally having the capacity to speak to each other was a long time coming, but unlike some viewers I was patient for this. A moment like this has to be worked towards, not thrown into. This obviously wasn’t going to be the start of the two falling in love or anything, but they could at least begin to ask the right questions about their connection and powers. Even to make sense of the visions they were experiencing last week. Now I’m not sure if this conversation between them was a series of meetings or just one, but the way they paced this throughout the episode was pretty cool. They were actually having an active influence in helping each other through the things they are going through in their own lives. How Tandy in particular managed to help Tyrone was clever on her part. The first time where you couldn’t see what she was doing before as just another bad habit. How that conversation ended? Pretty heartbreaking if you ask me, but there is an appreciation to where they can actually argue about the worlds they come from, and from two different perspectives more familiar to the world today.
Testing their powers was the fun for this episode. For me, there’s no greater thrill then when they use their powers. Now was the best time to play risk, even when it is still odd that this version of the duo struggles to make contact with one another.
I like that just this confrontation between the two was a stepping-stone for them to finally address things in their own lives that they were neglecting. Starting with Tandy finally starting to actually look back at her past instead of running away from it. That was a step you always knew she needed to take, so this was the perfect time for her to make a leap. Especially when in doing so created the right opening to explore her powers. Control was the focus of the week, and they weren’t ignoring that through the actions Tandy decided to make for the sake of her relationship with her mother. Her new connection with Greg wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. Maybe Tandy at episode one would have made things cringeworthy, but at this stage she has more of an open mind to what this one guy could do for her family.
As for Tyrone, everything since the development of his powers has changed the way he goes about his everyday life. In particular how confident he feels in allowing someone to get close to him, and how he further proceeds with this officer of mystery who shot his brother. He has a longer way to go in contrast to Tandy, but there’s much more intensity from the game he is playing on his end. He still has a family in one piece (for the most part), he still goes to school, and technically has a significant someone. All of that clashing with his own needs and problems. Tyrone had an interesting interaction with his mom last week, but it was his dad who grabs your attention this time around. Again, some people may see this exploration of Tandy and Tyrone’s backgrounds as slow or boring, but to the rest of us this is engagement. This isn’t your average superhero story, and they are not superheroes. They have their foot down in the real world, and that means real world stories/problems.
With Roxxon being the source of the extraordinary for Cloak & Dagger, being right about their involvement was a great feeling when the time came to give this series a real villain.
The events of Cloak & Dagger “Call/Response” were worth the wait. This is episode five, so I would say that this series is on the right track. Particularly when the plot finally begins to thicken. I had my suspicions about where this series would begin to take a serious turn, and I mean a legitimate serious turn, and now was better than later.