‘Cloak & Dagger’ Season 2 Premiere Recap

April 5, 2019
Jonathon Wilson 0
TV, TV Recaps
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Summary

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is still a bit on-the-nose when it comes to theme, but “Restless Energy” shows a lot of second-season potential.

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Summary

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is still a bit on-the-nose when it comes to theme, but “Restless Energy” shows a lot of second-season potential.

This Cloak & Dagger Season 2 Episode 1 recap for the episode titled “Restless Energy” contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the first season finale by clicking these words.


Marvel’s most obviously-named heroes returned last night for a two-hour second season premiere. The first half of the double-bill, “Restless Energy”, reminded me of all the things I loved and hated about the uneven first season; a stately pace, a lot of on-the-nose postulating about social issues, and a lot of jogging in place. But if this second season is to capitalize on the promise of the first season’s pretty good finale, then early signs are good. We’re heading in the right direction.

The problem with Tandy (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone (Aubrey Joseph), at least at the start of “Restless Energy”, is that they’re not really heading anywhere — not fast, anyway. Tyrone is still wanted for the murder of a police officer and is spending his time hiding out at the church and pilfering drugs and money from local neighborhood stash houses. He’s trying, as he explains to Detective Brigid O’Reilly (Emma Lahana) when he drops the loot off, to make New Orleans a better place. If he doesn’t do it, who will?

Brigid is still recovering from the injuries she sustained last season, and Tandy is working to rebuild her relationship with her mother, Melissa (Andrea Roth), so street-level superheroics aren’t exactly at the forefront of anyone’s minds at the moment. But the “Restless Energy” of the title isn’t a metaphysical concept. There’s only so long that Tyrone and Tandy can sit around for movie night in the church, pointedly discussing how Zorro “rises up” to protect the people, without doing something about injustice themselves. Hence Tyrone hitting stash houses (I love that his power is basically just high-level trolling.) And hence Tandy snooping around the life of a battered girlfriend she meets at Melissa’s group-counseling sessions.

This is how we find Cloak and Dagger out doing what they do best — or do relatively well, at least — even though we have to endure a tortuously on-the-nose narration about the laws of thermodynamics, chaos, and entropy along with it. The show is still intent on undermining itself by spelling out the subtext at any given opportunity, it seems. (Even the music cues do this!)

The problem with vigilantism, especially just-because-I’m-bored vigilantism, is that it has unintended consequences both for the vigilantes and for those they believe to be helping. Tyrone gets overzealous with his teleportation and almost gets himself killed, only to be saved at the last minute by Tandy, who has her own problems. After following the lady from counseling home and terrorizing her abusive fella by slashing up his house and carving “Leave her alone” into the wall, she quickly discovers that the incident has brought the pair closer together — exactly the opposite of what she intended, which frustrates her even more.

And can we just talk about the church as a hideout for a moment? Tyrone is a wanted fugitive. He’s living there with his homework on the table alongside an annotated map of the city detailing all its criminal hotspots. There’s a projector set up for movies, there are bags of drugs and money lying around, Tyrone records himself with a dictaphone, and he plays basketball in a room with excellent acoustics. This is surely going to end in discovery. It’s absurd.

But whatever. Besides, that dictaphone becomes useful towards the end of “Restless Energy” when Tyrone and Tandy get dressed up in quasi-costumes to stealthily record a meeting between gang bosses in a nightclub playing woefully out-of-date music. It’s a bonding session for the pair of them, if anything, as their relationship is still central to what Cloak & Dagger wants to achieve, and there’s a lot more room for it to develop now that they’re more or less on the same page in just one episode. (You’ll recall that the first season spent many of its earlier episodes keeping them apart.) It isn’t a bad plan, the secret recording, but naturally it doesn’t come to fruition; the gang bosses are surprised and murdered by an unknown assailant, thus complicating the show’s criminal underworld. Who could be out for their blood? More to come.

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