There was a period following the box office success of It where we were getting a new Stephen King adaptation announcement every day. Things have quieted down a bit, but producers still haven’t given up on the King craze. The latest King adaptation to join the ever-growing list is Joyland, a mystery novel King released in 2013. Freeform has ordered a Joyland TV series from writers Chris Peña (Jane the Virgin) and Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Stoning of Soraya M.).
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Sure, it’s not even Halloween yet, but cable channels are already looking ahead in the calendar to get ready for Christmas, and AMC is looking to take on Freeform’s popular and long-running 25 Days of Christmas slate of programming with a big holiday line-up of their own.
AMC has snagged the broadcast rights to three big holiday movies away from Freeform. The Warner Bros. Pictures titles Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and The Polar Express will exclusively be available on AMC starting in November, and they’re adding them to a huge roster of other holiday movies and TV specials under their new Best Christmas Ever programming line-up. Read More »
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger surprised me in the best way possible. It’s a show that tackles heavy themes and strives for a place within New Orleans’ rich and varied history, all while providing those comic book story thrills. Aside from Agent Carter and Luke Cage, I haven’t been the biggest fan of Marvel’s TV offerings, but Cloak & Dagger offers something new and mature.
One of my personal gripes with the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole is that it doesn’t often speak with its chest when it comes to honestly tackling hot-button issues. But Cloak & Dagger absolutely does. It’s a series that’s not afraid to talk openly about racial discrimination, sexism, the effects of police brutality and harsh family dynamics. This isn’t a show for fanboys; it’s a show for people who are angry with society and want to change it for the better. This is Marvel at its most activist-driven, and it’s a side of Marvel we should see more often within the MCU.
There’s so much to say about Cloak & Dagger’s spectacular first season, so let’s break it down into some component parts. And, of course, talk about what we’d like to see in season 2.
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The season finale of Cloak & Dagger has come and gone, and I can honestly say that this show has been a blast to watch. Each week, the series seamlessly weaved New Orleans culture with Marvel’s comic book flair, creating something wholly unique to the Marvel TV universe. The trend continued this week with “Colony Collapse.” The big climax of the season was Roxxon’s valves erupting and putting New Orleans in danger. But, in true Cloak & Dagger fashion, it happened during Mardi Gras, one of New Orleans’ biggest holidays, and brings the African spiritual implications of the Divine Pairing to its head.
Even more interesting is that in order for Tandy and Tyrone to save society, everything must be flipped and turned around, which could create more chaos later on. But for right now, it’s what our superheroes need to do to save the world.
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Next week is the Cloak and Dagger season finale, dudes and dudettes! Thankfully, we got the Season 2 renewal, so us Cloak and Dagger fans can heave a sigh of relief. With the promise of a second season, we can watch this week’s episode, “Back Breaker,” with more of a relaxed mindset.
However, Tandy and Tyrone aren’t relaxed at all as their lives appear to be falling apart. As Father Delgado taught his literature class, we’re at the point where our heroes are at their lowest, regressing further back than ever in their respective mentalities. Or, is all of it fate guiding its heroes to their destiny? Let’s get into how the spirits are just setting up our duo for their biggest test yet.
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The theme of this week’s Cloak & Dagger episode, “Ghost Stories,” seems to be all about revelations. This episode was the anniversary of the deaths of both Tyrone and Tandy’s loved ones, so the overarching spirit of melancholy was even more intense than usual. But the mood was heightened by truths (both subtle and not-so-subtle) that were revealed over the course of the episode. Here’s what we learned this week. Read More »
The latest episode of Cloak and Dagger, “Lotus Eaters,” takes place inside Ivan Hess’ addled brain. Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this episode is actually quite an inventive and stylized look at how it feels to endlessly ruminate, despite the answer to your problems literally being right at your fingertips. For Ivan, his answer was his daughter Mina’s cookie. But the cookie represents something much larger; it represents remembering who you really are and what you’re fighting for.
Let’s take a quick, non-ruminating look at this week’s episode.
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It was a glib assumption by some that this series was only set in New Orleans because of tax breaks. This week on Cloak & Dagger, “Funhouse Mirrors” showed us just how big of a player New Orleans actually is in the lives of Tandy and Tyrone. More on that a little later, but right now, all you need to know is that this week we learned just how much of New Orleans history resides within our two main characters – and how much of the city’s future lives in them, too. Read More »
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This week’s Cloak & Dagger episode, “Princeton Offense,” threw a lot at us. And by “a lot,” I mean, A TON OF NAMES! And that’s not all that we were expected to catch at breakneck speed as if we were Tyrone trying to catch the basketball to shoot the winning shot. Let’s break it all down.
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This week’s episode of Cloak & Dagger, “Call/Response,” finally puts us in a room with Tandy and Tyrone talking to each other alone, and in a great surprise, we finally get a glimpse of Tyrone’s superhero costume. The backstory is as rich in New Orleans’ history as it is steeped in emotional anguish. Let’s run down the moments that made this episode yet another solid entry in this show’s run thus far. Read More »