Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger “Back Breaker” Review
If you want real people, and real problems, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is the show you should want to invest in. I love the Marvel Netflix series, but even then you can see how much they focus on relationships and drama. This series shakes things up where the main character can be the victim and have the drive to look for justice, rather than ways to escape.
From the start of this episode, they wasted no time at all and minced little words with the point I was making last week. No one ever goes this distance for justice without giving something up in return, or losing something along the way. Cloak & Dagger may not be your average superhero story, but it is one that nonetheless exists in a superhero world. One where the rules are written the same for anyone who tries to take up the role of the hero. Even if they wouldn’t call themselves that just yet. Detective O’Reilly was the first person to understand this. Honestly I was floored by the scene they were willing to show. If anyone had fears of what Freeform was willing to capture from this corner of the Marvel Universe, by now that should have been put at ease. Real problems, real consequences, it doesn’t get any worse than someone clearly beaten to death and shoved in a freezer. Well, to some extent it could. The person you fought so hard to convict could walk free, could put the hurting on you as well in return. At the end of the day a strong representation of the corrupt side of law enforcement. You won’t always find justice in that kind of environment, no matter how painful the realization.
Tyrone finally having people believe him was supposed to be a big step forward, but when you already know that the feeling of heroism will be fleeting? You were just left waiting for where things would go wrong. The start of this episode was a good buffer, especially when it relation to Tyrone’s actions more than anyone else. For as calm as he tends to be, it was only a matter of time before he would reach that point where he could snap. With that said, it was unfortunate as to who he would hurt in the process. It only stung in the moment since this was the first time where he was genuinely acting a bit over the top for his age. That teen capacity to lash out hit him hard, and the last thing you wanted from Tyrone was to suddenly start seeing everyone around him as the enemy. I felt it was very redeemable seeing things from Tyrone’s mother’s point of view. Finally giving her the platform to speak her mind on this situation gave so much insight to where her head has been at as an adult, and as someone who understands this world from a street-level. Again, the kind of story to appreciate how people live in a world where there aren’t legitimate superheroes to save them from their everyday struggles.
After the events of last week’s episode, there was some fear about where Tandy would go next after having everything she has fought for trampled with one simple truth. Seeing that someone you love isn’t exactly how you pictured can be earth-shattering. Enough to make you go back to old habits, the self-destructive kind. Which is somewhat odd with all the money she now has, but certainly in her character. I think that what I like most about Tandy in this version is how she continues to push the boundaries in what she is capable of with her powers. Where you normally think purity, she has twisted this gift to her own needs. She has somehow made them destructive and full of anything but actual hope.
Now the big twist they sent Tyrone and Tandy’s way at the end of this episode? That was a big shocker since part of you may not have been expecting either Tyrone’s life or Tandy’s to be uprooted in such a way. At some point there would be no regular life, and no punches were pulled when that time came.
My only concern with the series is the focus on Aunt Clarisse. I don’t believe there has been nearly enough pay-off from her or Evita’s involvement in the story. That it took this long for questions to be asked or for the vagueness to come into clarity took a bit too long. Fortunately this episode is where they have decided to show progress, while at the same time stirring up hype for what is unfolding in the city due to Tyrone and Roxxon’s actions. Evita also showing that the time with her aunt wasn’t for nothing was a good touch as well. Her value really shined through truly embracing the vision that voodoo allows you.
That aside, I haven’t been able to place two and two together, but part of me does get the feeling that the rum bottle we keep seeing from Clarisse might be the same brand seen in Luke Cage.
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger “Back Breaker” was a pure story told through the theme of heroes rising and falling. The best way I can describe this episode is by calling it the deconstruction of a story arc. Not to mention with a great narration to the events unfolding.