Thursday, April 25, 2019

REVIEW: 'Cloak & Dagger' - Tyrone and Tandy Try to Define Justice in Their Lives in 'Alignment Chart'

Freeform's Cloak & Dagger - Episode 2.05 "Alignment Chart"

Tyrone is faced with a hard decision when presented with an opportunity to clear his name from an unlikely source. Tandy is letting her anger get the best of her as she becomes frustrated with a possible dead end to her investigation into the sex trafficking ring.

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.

"Alignment Chart" was written by Niceole R. Levy & Peter Calloway and directed by Rachel Goldberg

This season Tyrone and Tandy are struggling with how to define justice. They have these powers and a willingness to help the vulnerable in their community. However, they aren't sure how to take the appropriate actions that actually helps these people. They celebrate saving women from the sex trade. And yet, those women are still living in constant fear that they could be killed if they testify to the police about the men who took them. Tandy fundamentally believes that it's easy not to be a victim. She sees it as being strong versus being weak. A strong person leaves when a situation has proven to be bad for them. She doesn't understand how her mother could live with her father for so many years knowing that he was a monster. She embodies this same spirit with her domestic abuse group. She wants the other women to take action in order to hurt the men who violated them. She does have compassion listening to Lia's story and the abuses she suffered. But it also enrages her to the point where she needs to take down her ex-boyfriend's grow house and punch him in the face several times. She is just looking for a lead as to who is behind the latest string of missing girls in the city. She feels strong and powerful because she actually did something. And yet, she still ends up in the back of an ambulance herself. Lia was also playing her own game. She may actually be targeting the women in the group to find people vulnerable and easy to abduct. She may not know just how powerful Tandy is or her connection with Tyrone. But it all plays as Tandy once again being woefully unprepared for the realities of the world because it is never as simple as she would like it to be. She thinks this fight will put an end to all of this criminal behavior. It doesn't. It just produces one unfortunate night that will have consequences for everyone involved. She was instead fooled by another person she believed to be genuine in her life. That's got to hurt as well. Meanwhile, Tyrone is trying to reckon with the reveal that Connors wants to face justice after returning to the real world. His time in the mysterious void was deafening to him. It forced him to sit alone in his thoughts and contemplate the actions he has taken on the job. He was a despicable human being in the first season who killed and covered up crimes in order to remain in power. He presents as a changed person here. Tyrone just doesn't know if he can trust him. He doesn't want to fall into the same pattern again. He doesn't want anyone else in his life to get hurt. That may be the greatest consequence from all of this though. Tyrone can only turn to his family during this time of need. Otis and Adina offer their own perspective on the situation. They also have to define what justice looks like for Connors. Is it him actually being arrested for multiple murders and spending the rest of his life in prison? Or is it him being killed by someone within the Johnson family? Connors absolutely believes that all of this will lead to his death somehow. He is a member of a powerful family in the city who could make all of these problems disappear for him. Justice won't mean anything if those concerns aren't dealt with. But it pushes Tyrone almost to a breaking point where he is tempted to do something drastic. He is angry at this life. He continues to put his family in danger. He is simply trying to find the right thing to do though. That's relatable even under the tense circumstances he is currently facing.