Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger has always held a special place in my heart so before I dive into Freeform’s take on their story I really wanted to take some time to talk about Tyrone and Tandy’s comic book origins. As is the standard for just about every superhero, Tyrone and Tandy have a pretty severe origin story. Both Tyrone and Tandy were runaways that ended up on the streets of New York City for various reasons. One day they were both snatched by a crazed scientist trying to create a new strain of heroine. The drugs had an effect on the teens that the doctor did not expect, it gave them powers. Tandy got the power to emit daggers of light from her hands as well as an almost healing-like power, making her able to purge drugs and toxins from others bodies – very reminiscent of The Crow if you all remember that film. Tyrone on the hand has the ability to teleport using darkforce energy. I always thought it was extremely interesting that his energy is actually directly connected to that of X-Men’s Nightcrawler (which is why their teleportations look so similar – with a poof of black smoke). Another notable aspect of the adventures of Cloak and Dagger is that there is no real major villain. To me, Cloak and Dagger were the most relatable of heroes. Their roots were in the streets and that is where they stayed.
Granted, we knew that Freeform wasn’t about to show two teens being forcibly shot up with heroine so the show does vary in certain facts or details but Tyrone and Tandy are essentially the same. This show launches you directly into the story and does not slow down for a second. As opposed to a big bad, the two are tackling social commentary and local corruption which is very similar to the comics. As opposed to synthetic heroine, our heroes are created through a rig explosion that released an ancient, and apparently toxic, form of energy into the ocean the two were thrown into.
The dynamic between Tandy and Tyrone was absolutely beautiful. One of my favorite scenes in the entire season was when Tyrone was crying in the church and Tandy was unable to hold or comfort him. Olivia Holt (Tandy) and Aubrey Joseph (Tyrone) have some phenomenal chemistry. Every interaction between the two was so genuine I sometimes forgot that it wasn’t real. You wanted to celebrate their victories and mourn the losses.
I was so unbelievably pleased that New Orleans was chosen as the backdrop for this show. I’ve always been completely fascinated by the city. There aren’t many other cities in the US that have as much of a historical and cultural identity and this information was blended seamlessly into the story. Too many times in film and television we see voodoo used as the butt of a joke or something to be feared but that wasn’t the case in Cloak and Dagger.
I have to admit with one hundred percent certainty that Cloak and Dagger has become one of my new favorite shows on television. Everything from the writing to the wardrobe to the acting abilities of the entire ensemble was as damn near close to perfect as you could get. If you haven’t had the opportunity, stop what you’re doing now and binge Freeform’s Cloak and Dagger.