In Review: Cloak & Dagger – First Light & Suicide Sprints

Two teenagers from very different backgrounds find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers

Synopsis: Two teenagers from very different backgrounds find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love.

Review: Based on the comic book created by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Ed Hannigan. This new television series is yet another tie-in to the official Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The first two episodes premiered on Amazon Prime over the weekend and introduced us to the two main characters of Tandy and Tyrone as they both discover that they have superpowers.

It’s fair to say that the opening two episodes are very character driven and delve very deep into the motivations, daily struggles and difficult pasts of both the principal characters. The opening moments are set in the past where we see Tyrone as a young kid stealing a car stereo and witnessing the murder of his older brother by a red-haired¬†police officer. Which is an event that ties in directly to a horrible car accident in which Tandy loses her father and seems to be the beginning of her troubles given that her mother isn’t exactly present.

The story then jumps to the present where we see Tandy pursuing a life of crime while Tyrone seems to be somewhat on the straight and narrow, but when they both meet at a party they slowly start to learn about their powers, but no sooner as they meet. They separate again.

Much of these two episodes is very set up for what is to come. Tyrone and Tandy haven’t hooked up yet as a couple, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it takes a few more episodes before they do.

I found the pacing of these opening two episodes a tad slow, but it did pick up the narrative pace when it needed too.

Olivia Holt puts in a pretty good performance as Tandy who will become known as Cloak and Aubrey Joseph plays a pretty convincing Tyrone who will become known as Dagger. 

Out of the two backstories thus far. I’m finding Dagger’s to be the most interesting given that we first see him in relative poverty during the flashback scene and then see him again in a somewhat more comfortable life where he is on the school basketball team. Whereas in contrast Cloak starts off in comfort and winds up living day to day as a thief due to her absent mother.

Overall. I felt these first two episodes were fairly good but were not great. Stuff really needs to start happening in the next episode of this show to retain my interest in the coming weeks, but given it is only a ten episode first season. I kind of think it probably will begin to gain more momentum soon. At least I hope it does.

9.1
Cloak & Dagger - First Light & Suicide Sprints
  • Story
    8.5
  • Acting
    9.0
  • CGI
    9.3
  • Incidental Music
    9.5

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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