Cloak and Dagger has hit Freeform. We review the new Marvel series’ first episode, ‘First Light’.
Cloak and Dagger have officially joined the ranks of Marvel Television productions. The ranks being everything from the amazing and very adult Netflix series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, the Defenders, and The Punisher. In addition we have FX’s the Legion, as well as The Gifted and Runaways. Let’s not forget ABC’s Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Last and least, The Inhumans.
This series is the origin story of Cloak, AKA Ty Johnson, and Dagger, AKA Tandy Bowen. Together, these two make up a superhero duo that began appearing in Marvel comics in 1982. They were created by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Ed Hannigan. In this adaption, Aubrey Joseph is portraying Cloak, and the beautiful Olivia Holt is Dagger.
The inspiration for Cloak and Dagger came to creator Bill Mantlo on a visit to Ellis Island. Cloak’s abilities include teleportation and intangibility. Dagger can to create “daggers” of light and heal.
Let’s take a quick gander at the official trailer:
The official trailer is much more exciting than the teasers all over the Freeform network commercials. If nothing else, watch it for the chilling cover of ‘House of the Rising Sun’.
‘First Light’ Recap
The first episode of the series is called ‘First Light’. We are introduced to Tandy and Ty in their childhoods. Tragedy hits both of them and changes their lives. A wave of energy also hits both of them and changes their lives. It also connects them together forever.
Years later we catch up to Tandy, who is a thief, and Ty, who is now feeling the pressures of prep school and parental attention.
Tandy and Ty bump into each other at a party when she spills a drink on him. The meet-cute is actually a chance for her to rob him. A chase through a graveyard ensues and upon grasping hands, the two are thrown apart by a force. Tandy’s hand is glowing white and Ty’s is smokey black like a living shadow.
They realize that they had met before, at the turning point in both their lives. Tandy is terrified and runs, later recounting her accident and contemplates the meaning of it all. Ty goes to bed and wakes up on a roof, somehow having teleported there in his sleep.
We flash back to Tyrone’s past, recounting his parents being told their oldest child is dead. He recalls the man who shot his brother, and is told that he is wrong. We see more of Tandy’s past. There, we see more of both her and her mother’s substance abuse.
I am actually going to stop the recap here, because I refuse to spoil the last ten minutes. It’s worth the watch.
‘First Light’ Review
This show was Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and I can enthusiastically agree with this assessment. I was drawn into this series almost immediately and was pretty hooked within the first 10 minutes. This was a great introduction to the lives and motivations of these characters. I can’t wait to see them grow in their abilities and their relationship.
Cloak and Dagger to me seems to be the first Marvel TV series aimed at Millennials. It is being set up to feature a slow-burn love story, a superhero origin story, as well as just generally being reflective of this day and age. Young audiences will see themselves in these characters.
Cloak and Dagger has the same darker feel as the Netflix shows. It is very fast-paced and packs a lot into single scene, but not enough to be overwhelming.
I highly recommend readers to get on Freeform and watch this show. Like now.
Superheroes look cool on TV. Check out this article ranking the Arrowverse crossovers.