While Netflix earns the reputation for edgy superheroes with a taste for vigilantism with such hits as “Daredevil,” “Luke Cage,” “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders,” another duo has arisen from the archives of Marvel storytelling: “Cloak and Dagger.”
Produced by Freeform (formerly Disney’s Family Channel) and helmed by Joe Pokaski (“Heroes” and “Daredevil”), this is not your average teenage drama. Yes, the main characters are still in high school, but this isn’t “Glee.” Chopped full of bad choices coupled with childhood drama and masked with the haze of drugs is our hero’s origins.
Brought together by fate, two children briefly meet when an experimental drilling operation explodes. Both lose family that same night and absorb powers which reveal themselves when they meet again as young adults. Tandy suddenly finds herself with the ability to create daggers of light out of thin air and can see people’s greatest hopes. Tyrone gains the power to teleport through wisps of darkness and see people’s greatest fears.
They are bound to each other and yet they are each other’s antithesis in every way. Tandy (Olivia Holt) has a ballet background. Tyrone (Aubrey Joseph) is a basketball player. Tandy (named after the early ‘80s personal computer) is a formerly rich white girl trying to escape reality though drugs. Tyrone is a black boy from a successful family on the lookout for a dirty cop.
Both have suffered great loss. Both are trying to find their way, as most teenagers are apt to do. And both flirt with a criminal side.
For those familiar with the Marvel canon, the constant use of the New York backdrop is now replaced with a New Orleans setting. A decidedly smart choice as the element of voodoo weaves its way into the storyline. And much like their Netflix counterparts, Tandy and Tyrone remain more in line with the smaller criminal element and not the over-the-top villains from the movie base (i.e., Thanos, Dormammu, Hela: Goddess of Death, etc).
This season looks to be more devoted to an awkward origin and less about a definitive villain, with the two looking to find a way to work together as they seek answers of their individual pasts.
Be sure to catch the episodes while they are still bright and fresh before they expire in a wisp of darkness.