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Marvel’s brand-new superhero series Cloak & Dagger has been hailed as “the superhero show of the summer” by Vulture, and described by Variety as a show that “takes its stories and itself seriously, and is hoping you do the same.” After launching last week in the US, the first two episodes are now first and only on Showmax, and new episodes will land every Friday.
In case you missed it, here is a recap of the episodes that are currently available to stream on Showmax.
The series opens by introducing us to Tandy and Tyrone as kids. Tandy is an eager ballet student, Tyrone is a little boy who “helps” his big brother Billy by committing a petty crime on his behalf. Things quickly wrong for these two New Orleans kids. Tandy gets stranded by her parents outside her ballet lesson and has to wait for them in the pouring rain. Tyrone and his brother get caught by the cops and try to make a run for it. Both Tandy and Tyrone’s lives change forever when the storm hits and they both end up in the lake, where a Roxxon Corp oil rig has exploded. A powerful force emanates from the rig and rips through their bodies – and somehow helps them to survive.
When they run into each other again, they are teenagers at a party in the woods. Tandy, whose family lost everything after her father’s death, is scouting for rich kids to steal from, and Tyrone, a basketball player at a wealthy Catholic school, is there because of a promise he made to a pretty girl in his class. He realises that Tandy has stolen his wallet, and he manages to chase her down. When he finally grabs hold of her, they’re both (almost literally) blown away. They realise that they know each other from the day after the storm, when they washed up next to each other on the beach, and that they’ve both got mysterious powers they never knew about. Tandy can conjure up a dagger made of light, and can go back in time in other people’s memories, and Tyrone can disappear in an instant and teleport himself away from danger. But neither of them have any idea how to control their new abilities.
Tandy and Tyrone go their separate ways, and find that their powers can get them out of trouble, but that they’ll be at their mercy until they learn how to control them. There’s the shadowy presence of Roxxon Corp hovering in the background, and we get the sense that everything’s connected to the company. But who is the mysterious cop with the scar on his face that killed Tyrone’s brother? And will Tandy get caught for her crime against the rich boy who attacked her in the alley?
We meet Detective Brigid O’Reilly, a detective who doesn’t speak a word until the very end of the episode. She’s onto Tandy after the incident in the alley – the boy Tandy stabbed is now in the ICU – but perhaps not for the reasons that we think.
We find out more about Tyrone’s family. After his brother’s death, his mother decided to go into politics, and they are now an affluent, well-respected family. Tyrone’s parents expect a lot of him, and while trying to get his head around his newfound abilities, he neglects the responsibilities from his normal life, including to his basketball team. And then, when he discovers that he knows where the cop who shot his brother lives, he plots revenge for Billy’s death, even if it means risking everything his mother has built in the last eight years.
Tandy and her boyfriend Liam gatecrash a wedding in the hopes of stealing the thousands of dollars she needs for a new identity and to escape New Orleans. Her powers assert themselves against her will, but she manages to hide them, and she and Liam get away with the cash they needed. But that’s when she realises that they don’t have a future together, and she leaves New Orleans just as he is arrested by Detective O’Reilly.
At the same time, Tyrone has cornered the cop and is pointing a loaded gun at him. And then, in an instant, Tyrone and Tandy collide, and this time, it doesn’t look like they’ll get away from each other as easily as the first time they met.
This is the eeriest, strangest and most complex episode so far. Last week’s episode ended with Tyrone appearing out of nowhere, having teleported away from having Connors, the cop who killed his brother, cornered with a loaded gun, into the middle of the dark road that Tandy is speeding along in her getaway car. She manages to avoid hitting him, but ends up with a concussion. And later, Tyrone gets a similar effect from a voodoo ritual that he undergoes, a kind of “clearing of the spiritual sinuses”.
While they’re in this state of heightened consciousness, they “meet” with each other’s younger selves, and start to understand more about the other’s hopes, fears and the path that led them to where they are today. They connect through a pane of stained glass in their shared dream (nightmare?), and seem to realise that there’s no escaping their shared destiny.
Towards the end of the episode, Tyrone finds Tandy in the church where she’s been hiding out, which happens to be the site of the tomb of a High Priestess of voodoo, which is only the third time they’ve seen each other in their waking lives. How we knew where to find her, we’re not sure, but we do know that they – and we – are due for some answers soon.
The episode ends with a shot of the priestess who treated Tyrone creating an effigy of him using a 3D printer. Can she sense his otherworldly powers? What does she want with him? Whether she’s pinpointed him to protect him or harm him, it looks like this won’t be the last episode that uses New Orleans’ past as an important seat of voodoo culture and traditions as a way for the heroes to make sense of who they are and what they need to do.
And let’s not forget that this is a Marvel series. When are the superheroes and supervillains going to come into their own? We hope it’s soon!
(Is it just us, or does Audrey come across as a version of Detective O’Reilly, who has been chasing Tandy down for reasons as yet unknown? Both women are mysteriously interested in our heroes. Will they help or hinder Tandy and Tyrone as they start discovering the potential of their powers when they link up?)
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