Cloak and Dagger’s Season Finale

I jumped on the bandwagon midway through the freshman season of Cloak and Dagger and after a four-hour marathon, I was hooked…line and sinker. Every week, since then, I would happily tweet along to the latest episodes. Now that this season has come to an end, I can safely say that this is possibly the best Marvel asset on traditional cable/tv right now. It is also the best “teen” drama on TV. Sorry Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and The Gifted.

Cloak and Dagger revolves around two teenagers from very different backgrounds that find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love. The kicker is that these teenagers have met before, as children, after suffering multiple traumas. When they do cross paths, it is their newly discovered powers that does bring them together, but it is a constant battle for them to gain trust in one another.

The traumas they (Tyrone and Tandy) suffered left holes in their souls. They spend the majority of the season trying to find justice for the wrongs that have impacted their families. Tyrone is looking for justice for the death of his brother by a police officer. Tandy wants to take down the corporation (Roxxon) that caused an accident that not only killed her father, and destroyed what she thought was an idyllic life, but also gave her and Tyrone their powers.

Everything eventually falls apart as they continuously plot and pursue their goals. Tandy finds out that her Dad was abusive towards her Mother, which catapulted her mother into a self-destructive spiral. This realization made her balk at continuation of her goal to take down Roxxon. What helps with this decision…is the hush money that was offered to her. However, Roxxon likes to tie loose ends and they do that by sending a hit woman to kill her and her mother. Tyrone gets the cop to confess that he did kill his brother, but the charges are dropped and as a result his family does not react well to everything that has happened. We also see Tyrone getting framed for the murder of a beat cop that had helped him get the confession from the murderous officer.

It was not looking good for these two, but there was a bigger story and that impacted all of New Orleans. Roxxon is, like any major corporation, greedy and it does not care about those living in this city. However, all hope is not lost.

In the finale, we get a lot of resolutions to the main plot points:

We pick up with Tandy and her mother successfully fending off the hired hand and knowing that she is partly to blame for what is going on, Tandy runs off and finds Mina, who was being chased by the Terrors. Unfortunately, Mina did not make it due to succumbing to the effects of the gas and having to be put down before she attacked Tandy.

Tyrone confronts Connors, who shot Detective Brigid O’Reilly and left her to die as she fell off into the very water that transformed Tandy and Tyrone…after the gas had started to escape from the valves that Mina created for Peter Scarborough and Roxxon. In the heat of the confrontation, Tyrone’s brother’s hoodie, that Tandy gave to him once his cloak was torn to shreds, absorbed Connors.

Throughout the episode, we saw these vignettes of when the Divine Pair saved New Orleans. From Famine to war to disease, one of the diving pair had to make a sacrifice in order for New Orleans to survive. Evita even told them this fact and she believed that Tyrone was the one to sacrifice himself for the greater good. As it looked like New Orleans was about to fall, Tandy and Tyrone go off to depressurize the valves and ultimately end up joining hands and forces to direct the gas, that turned victims into Terrors, into the atmosphere or another dimension.

New Orleans and the Divine Pair survive and are alive, but for how long?

At the end of the episode, we learn that the tables have turned for Tandy and Tyrone. Tyrone is in hiding and living in the church that Tandy used to live in and Tandy has moved back in with her mother, after finally have their dream of Roxxon taking responsibility for the actions has come to fruition.

What was great is that we see these two kids have a moment where you see that their relationship has shifted. They genuinely care for one another and have each other’s backs.

The insane part is that O’Reilly survived the shooting and has turned into Mayhem. In the comics, Mayhem is a vigilante that helps Cloak and Dagger take down the corrupt police department.

We do see that Tyrone has eased his mother’s fears by popping in and getting some items. But, will he officially tell them of his power? Will Tandy do the same with her own Mother? Also, Mina’s Dad, will he become and ally for these kids? Will the Priest continue to try to be a guiding force for Tyrone? When will the kids cross paths with Mayhem? So many questions to be answered in season 2, which will be coming to us in 2019.

Photo by Stefano Pollio on Unsplash

 

 

 

 

 

News You May Have Missed…

The biggest news to those that love books to the small screen adaptations is that HBO is adapting Audrey Niffenegger’s novel “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and Doctor Who’s  and Sherlock’s Steven Moffat is at the helm of the project!

The channel that flip-flops the most and still manages to keep a fandom unhappy, NBC  has reversed its cancellation of the beloved Timeless. However, it is not for a new season. Nope! What we are getting is a two-part event that will close out the series during the holidays. It’s something for a fandom (one of many) that was campaigning for the show to be revived at any network.

Here is the official press release from NBC:

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – July 31, 2018 – Hey Clockblockers, your mission is complete!

NBC and Sony Pictures Television are collaborating on a two-part “Timeless” finale to air during the holidays, giving closure to the globetrotting series that has generated incredible viewer passion.

According to executive producers Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke, audiences can expect the “Timeless” they know and love. A focus on the unsung and underrepresented people of history. And most importantly, one final emotional story for the Time Team.

“We’re excited to tell one final chapter to this incredible story,” said Lisa Katz, Co-President, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment. “A huge thank you to all – our cast, crew, producers and partners at Sony – who have worked so very hard, and to the fans who kept us on our toes and made sure we did our very best week after week.”

“While we wish we could’ve made another dozen seasons of ‘Timeless,’ this is the next best thing,” said Ryan and Kripke. “We’re thrilled to take the Lifeboat out for one last spin and bring closure to our story. The studio, network, cast and crew are all doing this for one reason only: the fans. Because they deserve it. Because the fans made this happen and we thank them for their passion, support and helicopters. So? You guys want to get Rufus back or what?”

The cast includes Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Višnjić, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit.

Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke are the creators, writers and executive producers. Tom Smuts and Arika Lisanne Mittman are co-showrunners and executive producers. Don Kurt, Greg Beeman, John Davis, John Fox and Marney Hochman also executive produce.

“Timeless” is a production of Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment, MiddKid Productions and Kripke Enterprises.

Casting news: From an orange jumpsuit (Orange is the New Black) to a magical creature on The Magicians, Jolene Purdy will be playing Shoshana, a maenad. She is a bright and highly emotional magical creature tasked with tending to notorious party god Bacchus; she stands as gatekeeper between the deity and an old buddy who desperately seeks him. Deadline

As a reminder, the first season of Marvel’s Runaways will be airing on Freeform, the first episode will air after the season finale of the both critic and favorite Cloak and Dagger.

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After seeing the success of Cloak and Dagger, Marvel is hoping to see an uptick in interest for Marvel’s Runways, which originally aired on Hulu. Will this work? Well, both shows got a second season order. But, will they see that they may have to go much more darker to achieve their goal? Have you noticed that the Netflix’ Marvel assets that have been successful are all very dark? The shows that have struggled are lacking the gravitas of characters that are suffering because they have to balance their desire to be what they want to be or want out of life and what humanity needs them to be. These types of  shows are much more human. So, they have to figure out a way to make Runaways much more relatable to their audience.