TV Review: Marvel’s Cloak And Dagger (Freeform)

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Child of darkness. Child of light. Marvel Comics vigilante duo come to TV.

While a young Tandy Bowen waits for her father after ballet class, a young Tyrone Johnson follows his brother around the streets of New Orleans. The two kids lives intersect when an accident at an experimental Roxxon ocean rig explodes, sending energy that washes over them. 

Cut to many years later, Tandy is now a grifter that steals from rich people in hopes to use the money to get out of town and a better life. Tyrone, on the other hand, attends a private school and tries to control the rage that burns inside of him. They meet again at a party and when they touch the dormant energy inside them comes alive. 

Tandy has the power to create light daggers and when she touches people she can see their greatest desires. Tyrone has the power of teleportation and when he touches people he sees their greatest fears. 

Together they must make sense of what happened to them and find out what Roxxon is hiding.

I’ve always been a big fan of Cloak and Dagger. I thought they’d make a great addition to the Marvel shows on Netflix. I never really watched Freeform before, so of course, I had doubts, especially seeing how Freeform is an ABC channel, which is owned by Disney. I have to tell you that Freeform does not hold back. This show had adult language and adult situations, just shy of actually showing any nudity. Color me impressed!

So far I’m digging this show. I’m only basing on the first 2 episodes. Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph do a great job as Tandy Bowen / Dagger and Tyrone Johnson / Cloak, but the show is not without its problems.

While it’s apparent why Dagger is called Dagger, but Cloak doesn’t make any sense. In the comics, Cloak has a long flowing cape that surrounds him and helps him teleport. We do see Cloak teleport in the show, but other than teaser image that was released a while ago, he really doesn’t wear a cloak. So it makes no sense to me why bother calling him Cloak. 

I fully understand that these are an adaptation, but you need to have the heart of the character. That’s missing in this adaptation of Cloak. I’m not giving up on the show yet, but I would like to see a cloak on Cloak. 

As of right now, I’m curious where this show is going.  There is a lot of potential here and I hope they keep the momentum and don’t fizzle out. 

Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger premiers on Freeform on June 7th.

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.