Marvel’s Runaways and Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger have little in common apart from sharing the Marvel banner and teenaged casts. Until now. Marvel’s two teenage superhero teams will finally be uniting in a Runaways and Cloak and Dagger crossover episode coming to Hulu this December in Runaways‘ upcoming third season.
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We’ve finally made it to the finish line, everyone! With the last episode of this season’s Cloak & Dagger story, “Level Up,” we are left on a semi-satisfying cliffhanger that promises burgeoning romance for our two leads as they head elsewhere, away from New Orleans. It’s a fresh start for these two as they take their vigilantism on the road after defeating Andre and setting New Orleans free from his jazzy grasp.
We’re also led to assume that Mayhem and Father Delgado successfully cleared Tyrone’s name by hanging up Connors’ corpse in the police office and providing the police with the necessary documents to arrest Connors’ uncle. I would have personally liked to have seen how all of that played out instead of having it rushed past us as part of the denouement, but I have bigger fish to fry since we knew Tyrone was going to get cleared at some point anyway.
While this finale was great in that Tandy and Tyrone finally had to face themselves in order to kill Andre, it also made me wonder about some things regarding the overall story this season tried to tell. Here’s what made me squint my eyes and stroke my chin as I watched the episode.
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Okay, so after all of my complaining over last week’s episode, I am happy to say that this week’s Cloak & Dagger episode, “Blue Note” was actually very good. I still have some issues, which maybe just more of a personal thing, and my personal qualms will be the basis for this week’s review. With that said, let’s dive into what worked and what still made me uneasy this week.
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Okay, Cloak & Dagger fans—we need to talk.
This week’s episode, “Two Player,” is the episode that finally rubbed me the wrong way. Let’s quote what I said last week:
“I have a lot of questions that I hope will be answered next week. But there is one thing I hope Auntie Chantelle’s death doesn’t lead to—Tyrone and Evita’s breakup…Yes, I know Tyrone and Tandy are supposed to end up together anyways, but I don’t want Tandy pushed into Tyrone’s arms because of Auntie Chantelle’s death. I want her death to mean more than just being a mere plotpoint for teen romance.”
And guess what? The episode did exactly what I didn’t want it to do. It did use Auntie Chantelle’s death as the catalyst for Tyrone and Tandy to come together by taking Evita out of the equation. This is just one of the many things I found annoying about this episode, so let’s discuss.
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It’s becoming clear: Cloak & Dagger is spinning its wheels this season.
I’ve kept my overall reticence about this season quiet because 1) I love Cloak & Dagger’s unique, grounded way of telling a comic book story, and 2) because the collective voice of TV critics could sway Freeform’s decision on renewing or canceling the show. I know networks can cancel shows regardless of critical perception, but sometimes, networks listen, and I don’t want to sound like I want the show to go away and the only reason I’m always scared for Cloak & Dagger is because I know how Marvel has treated its other comic book show that catered towards young women, Agent Carter.
But I can’t keep my feelings inside any longer. This week’s episode has made me realize that the last few episodes were, in fact, pieces of evidence that pointed towards the writers seemingly checking out as they pushed the narrative forward towards next week’s exciting-looking episode involving Baron Samedi. In fact, the action finally picked up again towards the end of this episode before it left us again on a cliffhanger, in which Tyrone has fallen ill from something going on in the Darkforce Dimension. But could the narrative involving Tandy and the traffickers had been sped up while still showcasing the gravity of the situation? Was there a better way to introduce Andre’s powers to us in a much more efficient, but still creepy manner? These questions are what we’ll analyze I break down this week’s offering.
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This week’s Cloak & Dagger episode, “B Sides,” was a slow-burn, but once it picked up steam, it revealed itself to be one of the most depressing episodes this season. I’d go as far as to say that it was one of the most depressing episodes of the entire series so far.
In the episode, we find Tandy get systematically beaten down emotionally by doggone Andre, the guy we thought was on our side! But what’s really going down is that Andre steals women’s hopes. What’s still unclear is how Andre roped Lia into this thing. Are they in a relationship? Did he steal her hope, too? I’m sure these questions will be answered later on. What’s most pressing now is the ordeal Tandy goes through as she becomes another girl trapped by a system that devours women whole.
Let’s get into what Tandy endures.
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This week, Cloak & Dagger is back on track and, as I expected, the drama was tenfold. The episode, “Alignment Chart,” brought us a tale of two vipers. One was hiding in plain sight and the other, seemingly more dangerous one, was actually defanged. Let’s get into which is which.
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