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