Dark: the most underrated show on Netflix. Ever.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a real thing, and it’s even vaster and more sprawling than Westeros. Which makes sense because the latter is merely a continent, not an entire universe, but you get the idea.
To become fully au fait with the MCU, you’ll need to watch more than 50 movies and series, beginning with Iron Man in 2008, and still ongoing. This is an endeavour for the most diligent of fans, but luckily it’s not essential. Heck, you don’t even have to watch the first season of Cloak & Dagger to pick up on Season 2, because the internet kindly provides recaps. But you should.
“Don’t let Marvel’s most important TV series pass you by; it’s too good not to enjoy right now.” – ComicBook.com
This particular superhero series (Seasons 1-2 are on Showmax), based on Marvel Comic characters of the same names, shares continuity with some of the other films and other television series of the franchise; for now, casual onlookers needn’t concern themselves with this. It might change, however, as the conclusion of Season 2 appears to suggest a future crossover with Runaways (Seasons 1-2 are also on Showmax).
“There are fun, light-hearted superhero shows on TV. There are dark, intense superhero shows on TV. Cloak & Dagger is the rare project that manages to be both, without ever fitting into either of their boxes.
“It’s an experience all its own, full of joy, pain, wonder, and intrigue, and that’s what makes it so fantastic. Don’t let Marvel’s most important TV series pass you by; it’s too good not to enjoy right now.”
Another excellent reason to watch – and listen – is more subtle: the incredible soundtrack across both seasons (available for download from iTunes). Music plays an important yet often underrated role in film and television, and here it’s used to its full effect, setting moods and tones. Spinning off from this is the recurring motif in Season 2 of records playing the songs and tunes that have shaped various characters’ lives through trauma, as part of what feeds and motivates the Bad Guy.
Cloak & Dagger stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph as Tandy Bowen / Dagger and Tyrone Johnson / Cloak, two teenagers with superpowers who form a relationship – thus far a platonic one, but as events unfold in Season 2, they lead to the final scene in which there’s a teeny tiny hint that things might move beyond their tight friendship.
The feelings are clearly there, but have yet to develop, something that is nurtured throughout the strongly character-driven second season.
Tandy and Tyrone come from vastly different backgrounds, but an explosion at the Roxxon Gulf Platform at the beginning of Season 1 had an unexpected impact on both their lives when they were but a wee lad and lass. As teenagers, they find each other, and discover that using their powers in tandem works better than when they are alone, and they use them for good (not evil).
The main story arcs in Season 2 include saving the young women who are being abducted in ambulances, while at the same time dealing with cop Brigid O’Reilly’s vigilante half, Mayhem (Emma Lahana).