Marvel's Cloak & Dagger - Season 1 (TV Review)

Oscar Rendon | August 22nd, 2018

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Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt star as Marvel's Cloak & Dagger on FreeForm. Alongside the titular characters, the series stars Gloria Reuben, J.D. Evermore, Miles Mussenden, Andrea Roth, and Emma Lahana. 

Season 1 of Cloak & Dagger is quite the rollercoaster of a freshman season for a television show. Marvel has not been as successful with live-action series on network or cable television. Cloak & Dagger changes that with only a 10 episode season which contains and focus' the shows story on the characters. Olivia Holt as Tandy Bowen aka Dagger plays the troubled teen perfectly. Her youth adds a sadness to the character as she is still so young. Holt plays a very seductress version of Dagger in this iteration. Aubrey Joseph as Tyrone Johnson aka Cloak is perfect casting, his story is more of the focus this season. Although it's a duo centric show, Cloak is more at the center of the action with Dagger's story being the catalyst for the problems closer to the end of the season. Cloak & Dagger does something better than another Marvel property, Luke Cage. Cloak & Dagger presents crimes against Black people in a more prominent and real way. Where the character of Luke Cage only talks about it, Cloak & Dagger shows it and it's brutal, raw and provokes emotion. The duo are joined with a great cast of smaller characters. Emma Lahana as Detective Brigid O'Reilly (Power Rangers: Dino Thunder, Haven) is one of the performances that stands out as she too has a small arc that will continue into season 2 in a big way. Where there is light, there is also darkness as J.D. Evermore plays Detective Connors, a corrupt cop in New Orleans. He too has a short arc that ends in mystery, leaving viewers with more questions about the characters future. 

Overall, the show has been a sleeper hit among Marvel fans. While the show is good, there are a few things that could use some work. The show never focus' too much on the physical abilities that Cloak & Dagger possess which allows for them to be special when used. Great acting and characters and the action is well done in this mind-trippy show about hopes and fears. 

The Grade

B-