Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger “Stained Glass” Review


Things were moving fast in the two-hour series premiere of Cloak & Dagger last week. For the life of me I could not understand why some were not able to see the progress made in such a short amount of time. Especially for two characters who in the comics actually jumped straight into their life as Cloak & Dagger after their transformation. For this series they are taking the same approach that was taken for Runaways, which is something to appreciate when given that much more time to understand where they came from, and what they are losing while at the same time discovering these powers.

Seeing how Tandy’s escape plan backfired, one had to wonder where she would go from there. Again it is something to get used to having this version of Tandy that is so damaged from losing her father. This puts her in a position where she lashes out at the wrong people, runs from her troubles, and struggles committing to something that she probably should if she was willing to open up. It’s all very contrasting when these past three episodes she demonstrates everything self-destructive about powers that lean more towards healing.

Detective O’Reilly’s intentions with her investigation is what added appeal to Tandy’s game of cat and mouse. This angle might be a distraction to some, or it could add a new layer of intrigue when this is a real life situation they are trying to tackle through what happened between Tandy and that boy.

The way they have approached taking this story from two perspectives is very interesting. It works when both Tandy and Ty have their own way of handling situations or running into problems. What happened to Ty after this encounter was a strong contrast to what Tandy was going through on her end. Normally you would brace yourself for Ty being the object of sympathy for what ails him emotionally. Yet here we are where he is the one putting more effort into bettering himself. Maybe this was a creative decision to shake up expectations, but so far there’s no arguing that this keeps everyone on their toes when it comes to character development. Ty is also the object of attention here when he takes that big step forward towards understanding what is manifesting in him. Extraordinary problems, would require thinking outside of the box for answers. Turning to a Voodoo priestess was a bit questionable, but considering this is the Marvel Universe, there is nothing impossible. Evita and her Auntie Clarisse weren’t all too exciting for the way they used voodoo, but they opened a door that would have been otherwise difficult.

As far as love stories go, this one isn’t as straightforward as you would have expected it to be. Their attraction could come so much easier with a full experience of their powers, but there’s no denying how refreshing it can be when two people have to work for love rather than being thrown into it. The first scene here emphasized that any connection drawn would not come easy. Like the episodes before, they continue pushing these different ways in which Tandy and Ty see these visions. Still it is hard to say exactly what they mean, and that in itself is pretty bold. Especially when they are indirectly connecting with each other rather than actually crossing paths.

Cloak & Dagger “Stained Glass” I suppose you could say was all about the journey. We were dragged in a lot of directions that didn’t have the biggest pay-off om the surface, but it was all another step that Tandy and Ty needed to make as they figure themselves out. Again, whatever they have, it is something that they are clearly trying to tell us has to be earned. Their powers make them fated to be together, yet they still have to bridge that gap between them that the world has created.

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