REVIEW: CLOAK & DAGGER – SEASON 2

Cloak & Dagger (2018)

 

Starring

Olivia Holt (Status Update)
Aubrey Joseph (Run All Night)
Gloria Reuben (Shaft)
Andrea Roth (Ringer)
J. D. Evermore (Maggie0
Emma Lahana (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)

RECURRING /NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Miles Mussenden (I, Tonya)
Noëlle Renée Bercy (Blood Brother)
Dilshad Vadsaria (30 Minutes or Less)
Brooklyn McLinn (Parenthood)
Jaime Zevallos (Summer of Sam)
Ally Maki (Wrecked)
Cecilia Leal (The Purge TV)
Angela Davis (Venom)
Lane Miller (Underground)
Andrea Frankle (The Reaping)
Carl Lundstedt (Joker)

Noëlle Renée Bercy and Aubrey Joseph in Cloak & Dagger (2018)So, be honest: who saw that coming? Nobody, right? In this age of dissecting every frame of a TV show, and superhero TV shows in particular, it seems like it’s impossible to keep a secret as big as the one the Cloak & Dagger Season 2 premiere was hiding. But they pulled it off, and in the jaw-dropping final moments of the second episode broadcast tonight, they changed the whole direction for the show going forward.Season 1 ended with a few big events… While the so-called “divine pairing” of Tandy (Olivia Holt) and Ty (Aubrey Joseph) saved New Orleans, and possibly the world from a pseudo-zombie apocalypse, Detective Brigid O’Reilly (Emma Lahana) died in the process. Unbeknownst to anyone else, she fell into a river infused with the same weird energy that gave Tandy and Ty their powers (light daggers and teleportation, respectively) and crawled out in the season’s post-credits scene, eyes glowing green.MayhemCloakDagger-625x352When we pick up, Brigid is losing time and can’t aim her gun at work. For fans of the comics, we know what’s up: she’s turned into the antihero vigilante known as Mayhem. Hence the green nails, weird lapses in judgement, and pissy demeanor. After a few gang leaders get murdered at a club (Ty and Tandy think it’s their fault, but it’s not), Brigid, barely able to hold it together, gets drunk and goes to vomit in a puddle. A second Brigid pops out in the reflection and says, “my turn.”jiiujijkjmikokl;To the viewer, it’s pretty clear we have a classic Jekyll and Hyde situation, with two personalities jockeying for control of Brigid’s body. Oh boy, are we viewers dumb and wrong. Or rather, the writers of Cloak & Dagger know these tropes, know that we savvy TV viewers are expecting these tropes, and because of that we play right into their hands.

Brigid/Mayhem, now fully in charge, tracks down the one dude who escaped the club massacre, and bumps into Tandy, who is trying to track down the same guy — but for different reasons. She thinks this guy tried to kidnap her friend (women of color are disappearing from impoverished New Orleans neighborhoods) is at an otherwise empty parking lot, so they team up. Meanwhile, Ty heads to Brigid’s apartment to apologize for messing up her sting operation…. and finds Brigid tied up on the floor. There have been plenty of time jumps in the episode so far, going back and forth through this very bad night with ease, so it doesn’t track immediately what’s going on… Until Ty and Tandy talk to Brigid, and realize if she’s standing next to them, who was attacking a runaway mobster in a truck?Into frame steps a second Brigid, who quips, “Cat’s out of the bag,” and we’re left to pick our jaws up off the floor. When you go back through everything that’s happened in these first two episodes, it’s pretty plain that there are two Brigids. Not only are they acting differently, but even with the time jumps it would have been impossible for her to kill the mobsters in the club and then walk into the club herself later on — it’s a classic locked door mystery. There’s also the puddle to think about, which seemed like “our” Brigid was imagining things at the time, but now turns out to be an actual reflection.
It also makes sense that if the power that split between Ty and Tandy infused Brigid, it would split her, as well. Perhaps into an “infernal pairing,” instead of a divine one? And if Mayhem (the bad Brigid) has powers of some sort, what are they? And is “Good Brigid” just the cast-off, or does she have power, tooRegardless of how this plays out, it points to the expert way showrunner Joe Pokaski and company structure this show, diving deeply into the characters but never forgetting they’re a shock a minute superhero show at the same time. And with this two part premiere, Cloak & Dagger once again cements itself as the best Marvel show on TV.Season 2 like the first season may be a slow burn, but when it gets in gear it is one the most awesome shows from the marvel stable

REVIEW: I, TONYA

58.2

 

CAST

Margot Robbie (Focus)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Sebastian Stan (Captain Ameirca: The Winter Soldier)
Mckenna Grace (Independence Day: Resurgence)
Julianne Nicholson (Masters of Sex)
Caitlin Carver (Paper Towns)
Bojana Novakovic (Beyond Skyline)
Paul Walter Hauser (Super Troopers 2)
Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man)
Jason Davis (The Accountant)
Miles Mussenden (Cloak & Dagger)

Sebastian Stan and Margot Robbie in I, Tonya (2017)In 1970s Portland, Oregon, three-year-old Tonya Harding is compelled to ice skate by her abusive mother, LaVona. As Tonya grows up, LaVona takes her out of school to focus on her skating career, and she trains extensively under coach Diane Rawlinson. Tonya quickly becomes one of the best figure skaters in the United States, but is unable to move beyond her “white trash” reputation, homemade costumes and unconventional choice of performance music. At 15, Tonya begins dating 18-year-old Jeff Gillooly despite her mother’s disapproval. Tonya marries Jeff in order to move out of her mother’s home, but soon Jeff begins physically abusing her as well. LaVona scorns Tonya for putting up with it, but Tonya blames LaVona for raising her in an abusive environment.Allison Janney in I, Tonya (2017)Meanwhile, Tonya takes on a new coach and becomes the first female figure skater to complete two triple axel jumps in one competition. However, Tonya fails to stick her landings and comes in fourth place at the Olympics. Defeated, she returns to Portland and takes a job as a waitress, but her first coach Diane Rawlinson convinces her to train for the 1994 Winter Olympics. Tonya visits her estranged mother who chastises her for seeking kindness, claiming that she made her a champion, knowing she’d hate her for it.Margot Robbie in I, Tonya (2017)After Tonya’s confidence is shaken by an anonymous death threat prior to a performance, Jeff realizes he can do the same to Tonya’s main rival Nancy Kerrigan. However, Jeff’s delusional friend Shawn Eckhardt, seeking notoriety and prestige, hires two inept crooks to attack Kerrigan after a practice session in Detroit. Kerrigan’s knee is badly injured by Shane Stant, and both men involved are soon arrested. Eckhardt’sbragging around town quickly leads the FBI to him.He points the finger at Jeff, who is horrified to learn that Eckhardt gave orders beyond sending death threats via letters. Tonya qualifies for the Olympic team amid the allegations that she was involved in Kerrigan’s attack. Realizing that she will be found guilty by the association, she goes to the FBI and tells them what Jeff and Shawn did, who then show her written testimony to Jeff during the interview, and he races to her house to attack her. Tonya leaves him for good and he implicates her to the authorities, claiming she knew about the attack.MV5BYTE2NDY2MjItY2ZjMi00ZGRmLTljZWUtOGZkZTE0NDY3ZmU5XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjUxMjc1OTM@._V1_Back in Portland, Tonya finds herself in a media circus. LaVona visits Tonya and offers her kind words; she finally tells her she is proud of her and that she is on her side. However, when LaVona asks if Tonya knew anything about the attack, Tonya realizes she is wearing a recording device and ejects her from her home. Jeff, Eckhardt and Stant are all sentenced, with Tonya’s trial postponed until after the Olympics. After a failed attempt at the triple axel, despite being given extensive wait time to fix her broken skate lace, Tonya comes in eighth place and Kerrigan wins the silver medal. Tonya avoids jail but is given three years probation, 500 hours of community service, and a $100,000 fine. She is also forced to withdraw from the 1994 World Figure Skating Championships and is banned from competitive figure skating for life. Heartbroken, she begs the judge to give her jail time rather than take away the one thing she knows how to do; the judge declines. Jeff acknowledges that he ruined Tonya’s career, changes his name and remarries. Tonya embraces her notoriety and becomes a boxer, while becoming a nurturing mother to a son.MV5BMmI5YzQzNWMtM2M1My00M2RkLWIwM2UtZTJjOGZhZTEwZmE3XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjUwNzk3NDc@._V1_A great movie that grabs you from its opening scene and will have you entranced throughout.