Thursday, April 11, 2019

REVIEW: 'Cloak & Dagger' - Tandy, Tyrone and Brigid Learn More About Mayhem in 'Shadow Selves'

Freeform's Cloak & Dagger - Episode 2.03 "Shadow Selves"

After learning about a group of young girls who have gone missing, Tandy and Tyrone look to see if they can find out what has happened to them. As they get further into their investigation, they realize someone else is trying to rescue the girls too, but in her own vigilante justice type of way. Mina may have discovered a side effect to the big Roxxon leak.

In 2018, there were 495 scripted shows airing amongst the linear channels and streaming services. The way people are consuming content now is so different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, there is less necessity to provide ample coverage of each specific episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site is making the move to shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of Freeform's Cloak & Dagger.

"Shadow Selves" was written by Kate Rorick & Marcus J. Guillory and directed by Matt Hastings

More than 200 days have passed since the Roxxon leak that almost destroyed New Orleans. That's how long Mayhem has been roaming the streets coming in and out of Brigid's life. That's how long Tandy has been mending her relationship with her mom. That's how long Tyrone has been hiding from the police and away from his friends and family. This hour weaves back and forth through time to tell a number of stories and how some characters have changed since they were last seen. Sure, Father Delgado may not be as captivating as some of the other characters on the show. But he has seen a dramatic shift since the conclusion of the first season. He is no longer the counselor at Tyrone's school. Instead, he has relapsed and become nothing more than a seemingly crazy person delivering speeches in the middle of the street. Sure, Mayhem still runs into him from time to time. They have an intriguing dynamic. One where she may actually encourage him to continue with his vices and addictions. However, it also highlights how she feels no remorse or guilt for any of the actions taken. She is a person removed from those emotions. She can kill without having to worry about the psychological ramifications on her being. She is free from that. Of course, that makes her incredibly dangerous. She is willing to kill anyone who has any connection to the abuses of the world. At first, she is focused on finding out what happened to Connors. He is the one who shot her after all. When she emerged from the water, Mayhem was the one who was fully free while Brigid was in the hospital recovering from the injuries. She was in critical condition too. Mayhem had the opportunity to kill her other half. She chose not to though. Instead, she was an observer of the choices Brigid was making. She only recently made her influence known. Mayhem is at the center of all the violence that has been happening in the new season so far. She is the one who killed the leaders of the rival gangs in the premiere. She too feels incentivized to figure out what happened to the missing girls of a low-income community. Tandy took that on as her personal mission because it offered her a new purpose that could drive her forward. It was a way for her to give something to the community as a hero instead of being traumatized by her own past. Tyrone has felt that impulse as well. Of course, Tandy and Tyrone are willing to abide by a certain set of morals. They don't want to kill. They see the world as more complex. They understand that there are consequences to these actions. Sure, that hasn't always stopped them in the past. But now, they are working towards a collective goal. Tandy even seems willing to listen to Mayhem's message as well. And yet, Mayhem embodies all of the anger and rage that existed within Brigid. When the two were split, they had the same personalities and memories but separate emotions. That's what Mina has figured out with her research about the recent leak. That discovery has allowed her to keep the funding going. She is a valuable resource to Tandy, Tyrone and Brigid. But the action is still building to Tandy and Tyrone needing to mount a daring rescue. They succeed in that endeavor because Tyrone has mastered how to teleport with other people. Just as he's mastered that skill though, he exerts a new power that may only complicate the world further. It eliminates the threat from Mayhem for now. But she is transported to another dimension which could only further turn her into a dangerous villain.