Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger Season Finale “Colony Collapse” Review
Pretty crazy how someone’s life can come falling apart so easily right? Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger “Back Breaker” last week was a roller coaster of emotions capturing the theme of heroes rising and falling. Just like any other superhero story arc they had their rise, then they fall so hard, and now have the chance to rise once again. That is of course depending on what this chaos is that’s about to unleash on New Orleans.
Tandy facing off against someone ready to remove her as another loose end was a long time coming. However, that still didn’t prepare you for what would happen once that time came. Tandy was ready to spill everything to her mother in that moment, but certainly not in that kind of way. Could she use her powers to save herself and her mother? Would she fall back to bad habits and run? Those two questions nagged at me for a week, so I was very satisfied with how that confrontation ended, even if you knew that Tandy at the very least would walk away in one piece. When it came to what would throw the city into chaos, I’m kind of glad that it was through her part in this that we could come to a true understanding. If there was any way to push her along to step up to the plate, this was the way.
As for Tyrone, his story really breaks your heart. In one episode he pretty much lost everything. No matter how this season ended, that was the one endgame you knew he had coming. It all came down to execution and I do believe they nailed it perfectly. Of course the big thing was what to do with Tyrone now that he was on the run. Who would he turn to? What would lead him to this inevitable team-up with Tandy to save the city? In his case, I was a bit disappointed in how things turned out for him when push came to shove. He did redeem himself when he could show what he is capable of when using his voice instead of his powers. Now his experience with the Terrors unleashed in the city was exciting, particularly when the control over his powers is better than it has ever been before. I mean I do wish it was fully developed enough to give him his invulnerability, however the capability to travel with multiple people more than makes up for that. Not to mention the other power he has seemed to tap into under the right circumstance.
When the stage was set for the plot to truly thicken, I loved the sense of pacing and urgency which took over. Every action between Tandy and Tyrone made their experiences worth it. The trials that made them see a world beyond their own, challenges that forced them to stand up rather than run away, and interactions that forced them to see what can happen when they put their trust in people who elevate them. When the time came for this “Divine Pairing” to show what made them so different from the rest that came before them, they did not disappoint. Part of me really did like the choice of music used as well when it came to the climax.
The part that Detective O’Reilly plays in this episode wavered, but I’m glad that they stuck through with her relevance from start to finish. She may not walk away from this season with a happy ending like others, but she at the very least found her heroic moment in the spotlight when it counted most.
With this being the season finale, it was about time that they found out what it meant for this “The Divine Pairing” to exist in the world. It gave meaning to all that Aunt Clarrise has been prophesying and was a proper setting of what could come of this episode by the end. Each story brought about more clarity. That’s not to say I don’t find it a bit strange that they added this bit of legend to their origin, but it was all a good representation. More than anything else, I appreciate that between Clarisse and Avita, they did not waste what time was spent on them and their perspective of events.
I’m not going to lie, I was so captivated by this first season of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, that it hit hard that tonight was going to be the season finale. So with that said, I have to say that Marvel got another winner out of this one. Neither Runaways or Cloak & Dagger started off the way you pictured from the books, but both sure as heck got you to where you needed to be with them by the end. I do hope everyone stuck around till the very end to see that the excitement shouldn’t stop just yet when the game will change in a big way come next season, and fingers crossed there will be one with what they have set up for it.