Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger “Funhouse Mirrors” Review
Cloak & Dagger “Princeton Offense” is definitely one of the better episodes so far. Less drama and more story and plot progression which is what we need most right now. I will give the writers credit right now that they are adding much more substance to what Cloak and Dagger are capable of. Next week is going to be an episode to look out for when it seems like bigger leaps will be taken. Anything can happen in this world and not all of it good when in their pursuit of justice.
Tandy becoming a Roxxon intern in an attempt to get answers has been a fun development for her. She has the best of both worlds going on right now between getting the hang of her powers, and making use of her more applicable skills to get around. This isn’t the first time that Tandy has stepped out of her comfort zone to get a job done. It’s honestly nice to see that her character is growing with every new experience. She may not be fully into this job as an intern, but there was no denying the enjoyment that she gets from being able to see the good out there. Her mom’s ex-boyfriend was a good start, and everyone after that is able to slowly peel back more layers to her. It made a big difference this time for her to be able to have a front row seat to how intense it could be working for Roxxon. If there was any doubt about what may have happened with her dad, that was cleared up fairly quickly. Resolve was the big takeaway for Tandy this week which couldn’t have been stronger through her experience.
When Tyrone’s new lead takes him down a path involving criminal activity, that was when the plot finally began to thicken for him. Tyrone is still slacking behind in understanding what he is capable of, but for now he is at the very least making progress towards breaking through to Detective Connors. Even if all it takes is one wrong look for the guy to remember that he was the kid who almost put a bullet in him some episodes ago. This idea of Tyrone’s is the one thing this episode that keeps you at the edge of your seat. That path he takes only has consequences if he messes up, so you were bracing for when that time would come since this isn’t him at all. Till that point, you could still enjoy the tension between Tyrone and someone who really wouldn’t have wanted this life for him. When that time came your heart had to sink because again Tyrone isn’t Tandy who has a better handle in what she can do with her powers. The Tyrone/Cloak we know would be untouchable, but that isn’t him right now.
As for Detective O’Reilly trying to get closer to Detective Connors, I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about her story. Like I said last week, her story still comes out of necessity, but at the same time there are other things you find going on more grabbing of your attention. At the very least you knew that something was going to go wrong getting to close to the sun. That didn’t disappoint as her actions will shake things up in the coming episodes.
This subplot with Evita’s Aunt Clarisse has been a point of interest for me. Some shows would shy away from acknowledging the legitimacy of such things like psychics, but Cloak & Dagger continues to embrace the lack of boundaries that exists within the Marvel Universe. Aunt Clarisse is the first person to truly start believing that there was something extraordinary out there concerning Tyrone, and that is the first step to tearing down the walls for Tandy and Tyrone. All it takes is one direct or indirect connection to bring attention to what they are capable of. And it goes without saying that this cuts through the awkward conversation that might go in circles.
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger “Funhouse Mirrors” was quite the adventure for the scientist and the criminal. They both really stepped out of their comfort zones to get what they wanted. On one hand the outcome was fruitful, while on the other hand things remain easier said than done. The series is lacking the development of powers when all is said and done, but my hope is still that they will be using what episodes are left to remedy this.