REVIEW: Cloak and Dagger s1e4 “Call/Response”

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WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! Cloak and Dagger isn’t the action adventure show one would expect from a comic book show. It’s about two people–Tyrone and Tandy–struggling with survivor’s guilt. The show focuses more on personal self-discovery than fighting. In fact, in this fourth episode, we have yet to have any extensive fight scenes and that’s okay.

Melissa Bowen (about Tandy’s dad): He was the hardest working person that I’ve ever met. If there was a problem, he’d set out to fix it. Leaky faucet, global warming. Didn’t matter. Break it down. Understand the moving parts. And come right at it.

I don’t know if the pacing has improved or if I’ve adjusted my expectations, but I really enjoyed how this episode was laid out. Last week on Cloak and Dagger, the show ended with Tyrone telling Tandy that they need to talk. This week they talked for quite a while. This would drag if the creators on the show didn’t break up the conversation with scenes of what happens after.

I dislike the way Cloak and Dagger keeps telling us Tandy runs away. I’m not stupid. There’s no need to hit me over the head with a hammer. The one time it was mentioned this week was necessary, however frustrating to hear. Tandy’s journey was about staying. This lead to some wonderful character moments with her mom and her mom’s boyfriend. We even saw Tandy use her gift on the boyfriend, causing me to like me…just before he dies in true Marvel fashion. One thing I’ve noticed about Marvel, they enjoy making characters I don’t like likeable before they kill them off. Thanks for that.

Character is what you do when no one else is watching.

Tyrone’s journey is still as muffled as his voice. His arc appeared more focused on his father than him. We learn a bit about where Tyrone’s dad came from but I have to ask about realism. I don’t know much about gangs, but these were old folks. I don’t understand and have a hard time believing that there’s a gang of old people sitting around in New Orleans making Mardi Gras costumes. I mean what was the message? Was it a warning to Tyrone to stay out of gangs? We know that his dad had brought Billy there because Tyrone chose Billy’s unfinished cloak to finish. And if it was a warning, why encourage Tyrone to bead cloak? True purpose of Tyrone’s arc remains unclear.

Lastly, Cloak and Dagger touched upon suicide this week. Tyrone accused Tandy of wanting to die. Tandy told Tyrone that his hopes in the Lao last week were suicide by cop. They then cut to Tandy  weighing herself down and jumping in the river. Obviously she was okay because she’s a title character in the fourth episode of her show. My issue is that there were no warnings. I watched the show with a friend who’s sister had jumped off a bridge and she had to walk away. I feel that was poorly handled because suicide can be a huge trigger.

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Overall, I enjoyed this episode. There’s a lot to unpack and it improves with each viewing.

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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