Thursday, May 9, 2019

REVIEW: 'Cloak & Dagger' - A Lack of Hope Keeps Tandy Trapped in a Terrifying Situation in 'Vikingtown Sound'

Freeform's Cloak & Dagger - Episode 2.07 "Vikingtown Sound"

Adina is pushed to a dangerous edge as she looks to get answers and closure for her two boys. Tyrone comes in contact with a mysterious figure on his search for Tandy.

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.

"Vikingtown Sound" was written by Joe Pokaski and directed by Joe Pokaski

Tandy and Tyrone were drawn to each other because of their powers. They each embraced their own sense of vigilante justice because of their newfound abilities. And yet, they don't have complete control over what they can do. They are still honing their skills and figuring out the best way to help the world at large. They saved the city once. But they are now forced to question if having powers is the only thing that makes them heroes? Are they still willing to go into dangerous situations without these powers to help them escape and deal with their new enemies? This season has put both of them in compromising positions without their powers to immediately save them. That's the core problem in Tandy's story here. All of her hopes have been taken from her. Andre has filled her head with pain in order to alleviate it from himself. It's a scheme he and Lia have done for a long time in order to manipulate girls into joining their operation. It's so despicable. Tandy presented as a strong person who was tough to break. She eventually did though. It was through losing Tyrone that she lost all sense of hope. That means her powers have gone out here. It's not until she gets a renewed sense of hope back that she is able to pull out her dagger once more. It's precariously close to her getting raped. But it's still empowering to watch as she and Tyrone attack this motel with the intention of saving each other and the girls trapped inside. It's powerful to watch Tandy try to convince her roommate that people are looking for her. Her family still cares. They have put up posters. The world isn't what Andre and Lia tell them it is. The girls who were going to join them weren't killed because they tried to escape. They were actually freed. Sure, the criminal justice system may not know what to do with them. But they are no longer trapped in this particular vicious cycle in which Andre and Lia continue to abuse them. That is a step in the right direction even if it isn't total salvation. That is easily what so many of these girls want. They want to feel loved and protected. They get that feeling from this lifestyle. The bad parts of the job don't significantly outweigh all the things that their captives bring to them. They just follow the rules and they are happy. But they are trapped. It's not until one of them gets ahold of a phone and researches what Tandy says that she learns just how far the deceit actually goes. It's so easy to break the human spirit. Andre used his powers in order to do so in an even more effective way. Chantelle is horrified by the extent to which he has cataloged the pain of others in order to seek salvation for himself. Tandy and Tyrone may have presented him with a clue as to what he needs to do to unlock himself even further. He presents as a guy who is reluctant to do all of this. And yet, he is still domineering and controlling as well. He has the charming personality to deceive the vulnerable. Chantelle doesn't fall for it. She is gathering information about this man who has some connection to Tyrone. She cautions him not to unlock his full powers because it will only corrupt him further. He doesn't listen. That's dangerous. But again, he may feel the urgency to do so because of what Tandy and Tyrone do to his operation. Tyrone won't let his fears dictate his actions. He pushes himself to save Tandy. He may die as a result too. That final moment proves that there is still so much the protagonists don't understand about their abilities. Tyrone seems to be fading into his own mist. That could transport him to the alternate reality as well and reunite with Mayhem. Or it could have far more sinister connotations because it would leave Tandy without her most supportive ally during this great fight.