REVIEW: Cloak and Dagger S1E3- “Stained Glass”

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WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! The second week of Cloak and Dagger improved over the rocky start of its premier. This week Tyrone and Tandy journey into the Lao–the realm of Voodoo spirits–and learn not about themselves but about each other. The pacing of the show also picks up compared to the first two episodes. I hope it continues to do so, or it’s going to be a long summer.

Detective O’Reily: I’m not here to arrest your daughter Mrs. Bowen. I’m here because I think she’s a victim.

Mrs Bowen: Of what?

O’Reilly: The best I can tell, she’s been mixed up in an assault. I want to protect her. I promise you that, but in order for me to do that, I need to talk to her.

Let’s start with pacing. Tandy and Tyrone start out in a four minute scene, picking up where Cloak and Dagger left off last week. Get used to that scene because it repeats ten minutes later. The first time through the scene is from Tandy’s perspective, though the only indication is that in the first few seconds, the camera is blurry and Tyrone’s words are muffled (more so than usual). The camera follows Tandy for a while until she finds herself in the Lao, a journey brought on by her concussion. It breaks up once the setting to shifts to Detective O’Reilly in the hospital, talking to the guy Tandy stabbed.

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Then we see those four minutes all over again, this time from Tyrone’s perspective. The camera angles are slightly different, but not significantly so. I thought something messed up on my Hulu, so I rewound and ended up watching it a third time. The cinematographers should have given a better indication that the scene was supposed to be from each character’s perspective.

Tyrone: Tandy, stop! Please, stop running. You have to try something else

Their journeys through the Lao are artistically well-balanced. Tandy views Tyrone’s journey in bright daylight. Tandy’s journey, viewed by Tyrone, takes place at night. We finally learn that this is a dream state because Tyrone enters the Lao through a cleansing ritual and the scenes between him and Tandy begin to alternate, giving the audience a sense that they are running parallel.

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That brings us to Evita, one of Tyrone’s classmates who clearly has feelings for him. I like her. Cloak and Dagger spends most of its time showing us how miserable Tyrone and Tandy are in their lives, both consumed with the actions on that fateful night years ago. In contrast, Evita is bright and hopeful, a true light shining in the dark. As a love interest for Tyrone, I approve 100%. It’s rather nice that they aren’t pushing the two leading characters of the show to be a couple. I hope to see them as actual friends and companions as opposed to “star-crossed lovers.”

Tyrone: Do you believe in it?

Evita: As much as I believe in the stories we hear in chapel, I suppose, but the good news is you don’t actually have to believe in it for it to work.

Detective O’Reilly is also quite enjoyable. She’s smart and savvy. She sees through the lies of the rich kid AND the lies of the cop who killed Billy. Speaking of whom, Billy is also a great character, and I was glad to see him back this week. We learn that he spent his time while alive trying to set a good example for Tyrone.

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Finally, a 3D printer–in the process of building something–bookends the episode. It’s out of place at the beginning, but you see its place at the end. It’s a brightly lit oddity that’s almost like a palate cleanser after the recaps of last week. All in all, this episode was rather good.

MY VERDICT 4 out of 5 Stars

In addition to being a die-hard Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan, running #AgentsOfSpoilers a weekly re-watch of classic episodes, Carolyn loves the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999).  When not engrossed in the MCU, Carolyn can be found binging old school wrestling and living on Twitter.  She subscribes to the philosophy “Music is life”.

In addition to being a die-hard Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan, running #AgentsOfSpoilers a weekly re-watch of classic episodes, Carolyn loves the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999).  When not engrossed in the MCU, Carolyn can be found binging old school wrestling and living on Twitter.  She subscribes to the philosophy “Music is life”.

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