Character is what you do when no one else is watching
On Cloak & Dagger, Tandy (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone (Aubrey Joseph) are finally discussing some of the things that have been happening to them. They realize that they’ve been seeing into each other’s thoughts and decide that they need to get some answers. They discuss how they both received answers, or rather their wishes, but they were one another’s. Tyrone divulges that there is something about fear that has always pushed him forward. Tandy also divulges that she can see other’s hopes when she touches them. Tandy gives Tyrone some pointers on how to get what he needs from the cop. After talking a little more about what they’ve been going through, they decide to “test their limits”. They realize that even though they are being drawn to each other, they are still being pulled apart. They start to get into some murky territory and end up having an argument about their own situations. They’re both privileged in their own ways, but they also have too many things that hinder them.
After taking pictures of his “stolen bike”, Tyrone goes to the police station to report it. He gets nervous and leaves before he can make they can write a report on it. Tyrone’s father questions Tyrone about his missing bolt cutters and when he finds them in Tyrone’s bag, he takes him to his old stomping grounds. The men there tell him about how his brother was in training to be the next Spy Boy– the one who travels fast and over great distances; they report back so that everyone knows what is coming. His dad shares with him how they each do beadwork to create something each year. Tyrone goes to get his piece to bead and is called to his brother’s cloak. He gains the courage and goes back to the police station and specifically asks for Detective O’Reilly.
Tandy decides to return home and investigate the case her mother is looking into. She’s still against her mother being with Greg, but after she sees a vision of one of his hopes, her mind changes. She eventually goes to his workplace and the two research what was going on at Roxxon. Greg has a lot of information and is getting too close. When Tandy goes back to visit his office one night, she witnesses someone murder Greg with a gunshot to the head. They quickly dispose of his body. After Tandy gets into an argument with Tyrone, she jumps into the ocean with chains wrapped around her feet, only to come to the surface with a dagger in her hand.
Things got intense this week! Let’s dig into the minds of our Cloak & Dagger roundtable to see what they had to say. Here to discuss is:
Kimberly (@candypie22) – Professional Fangirl
Haley (@lucifersearp) – A lesbian that has an obsession with tv shows
Christina (@cherry_1027) – Sarcastic serial tv show watcher and dr pepper addict
Jess (@irissknowles) – Certified Candice Patton enthusiast, lover of comic book shows and movies
Bethel (@thedivinepair) – lover of skateboarding, TV shows, and cake.
1. We got to see Tyrone and Tandy bond more in this episode! What is your takeaway from the moments they spent together?
Kimberly (@candypie22): Tandy and Tyrone are running away from each other again but this time, it’s different. Their separation is earned. It resulted in them learning more about themselves and learning more about the world they both live in.
Haley (@lucifersearp): I think they have a connection that only the two of them understand. They have these powers that nobody will believe or understand except each other. I’m excited to see where it will go in the future.
Christina (@cherry_1027): They are learning more about each other and what makes them tick. My shipper heart loved everything! Tyrandy is getting closer. It was great seeing them talk so many subjects out. They were there for each other in a way no one else can be.
Jess (@irissknowles): Tyrone and Tandy’s interactions this episode were definitely my favorite parts of the episode. I think my biggest takeaway is that they balance each other out. From each of their visions from the last episode, they learned who the other person is and what the other person needs. They are kind of character foils, it reminds me of an “opposites attract” kind of situation.
Bethel (@thedevinepair): The highlights of the episode for me were the Tyrandy moments. In previous episodes, we have seen Tandy and Tyrone interact, but briefly. It was nice seeing them have a serious conversation about what was going on in their lives. I loved that they had seen each other’s fears and were then trying to use that to help on another. Can’t forget the really cute flirting!
2. Tandy’s mom is still struggling and now that her boyfriend has been killed, she may go further down. Do you think she will be able to push through her pain and really help Tandy take down Roxxon?
Kimberly: It’s hard to say if Tandy’s mom will be any help…I hope that she will get herself together, but right now I don’t see her helping her daughter. I see Detective O’Reilly helping Tandy more.
Haley: I think that she’ll go further down, only to realize that Roxxon needs to be stopped. I think it may take a little while but she’ll get through it.
Christina: I think it’s going to take a while for her to get past this, but yes, I believe she will play some part in helping Tandy.
Jess: I felt so bad for Greg, Tandy, and Tandy’s mom this episode. I definitely think Tandy’s mom won’t take Greg’s death well, especially because she was ready to reconcile with him at the end of the episode. I imagine she’ll probably turn back to using it as a way to cope, but hopefully, she will be able to work through it and help Tandy continue Greg’s work of exposing Roxxon.
Bethel: I think, eventually, she will be able to but that might take several episodes. We may not see her do that until the finale or the penultimate episode.
3. It was nice to see Tyrone learn about his father’s past. What are your thoughts on the bonding moments had between the two?
Kimberly: Awwww, it was sweet (my heart is full)!! I loved learning about Tyrone’s dad and where he came from. I think Tyrone really needed this time with his dad, after the night he had with Tandy.
Haley: I loved the bonding moments. It brought these characters that had a strong connection a few episodes ago back together. Most fathers want that connection with their sons.
Christina: It was very well written. These important dialects and conversations have been nailed by the writers. It’s good to see a father and son actually talk about things instead of just pushing everything down.
Jess: I loved that we got to see Tyrone and his father bond. My favorite part was definitely watching them finish Billy’s cloak together – I thought that was really powerful. I also like how much happier and more carefree they were later on during breakfast.
Bethel: It’s really important for children, especially privileged children like Tyrone, to understand their parents’ backgrounds. Tyrone lives in a nice house and attends a private school, things that probably were not afforded to this his father. I think it will help him understand that all his father wants is the very best for him and that’s why he is so protective.
4. Tyrone found the cloak that his brother was working on. How do you think this cloak, being his brother’s, will symbolize how he uses his powers moving forward?
Kimberly: Again my heart is FULL!!! I love that Tyrone wants to finish the cloak for Billy and make it perfect and then march with it. I think Tyrone will come to use his powers wisely.
Haley: I think it symbolizes him picking up where his brother left off, while still being him. It will symbolize that fear of messing upholds you back from what you can truly accomplish.
Christina: When Tyrone puts on his brother’s cloak, he’ll have that reminder to help people who were wronged like Billy. A protection that Billy needed, will now help Ty be a protection to others.
Jess: I was so excited when Tyrone found the cloak! It definitely feels symbolic. It’s as if Tyrone is carrying on Billy’s legacy. The main motivation behind the decisions we’ve seen Tyrone make thus far has been centered on finding justice for Billy’s death, so Ty using Billy’s cloak as he continues to learn how to use and control his powers definitely feels fitting.
Bethel: I think it will play a very important part in Tyrone’s journey as a hero and his brother’s death will be one of the reasons why he will have a desire to help people. That cloak will be a reminder that every time he puts his life at risk to help others, that he is doing it not just for himself but for his brother too.
5. Someone killed Greg! Who else do you think is in on the corruption at Roxxon?
Kimberly: I’m trying to use my “Sherlock Brain” with this one and I don’t know yet…but I do have a feeling that Tyrone’s mom has something to do with Roxxon.
Haley: I think most of the organization is corrupt. We haven’t really gotten much detail on Roxxon, so far and I’m excited to see where the writers take it.
Christina: Everyone that Tyrone saw in Tandy’s head during the “bath” will come into play on the corruption of Roxxon. Lot’s of foreshadowing showing it was not a one-man corruption town at Roxxon.
Jess: I really don’t know yet! I want to say Detective Connors purely because he’s probably the most sketchy, messed up character we’ve met so far, but I have no idea.
Bethel: I have no idea; at this point, I believe Roxxon are working alone.
6. Tandy is exploring her powers more on her own. In what other ways do you think she’ll use her powers?
Kimberly: Tandy will use her powers to dive deeper into her father’s death, which we saw a glimpse of in last night episode when she used her powers to get into Greg’s vault.
Haley: I think she’s going to use her powers to see who’s trying to do good and help her and who’s just trying to screw her over.
Christina: I’m hoping she’ll use them to get rid of her demons the right way. It’s also giving her the will to stop running. To stay.
Jess: I think she will continue to learn how to get her dagger to appear at the moment she wants it to, rather than just high pressure or life-threatening situations. It was cool to see at the end Tandy being able to get the dagger to appear on a whim, she is definitely getting better at controlling her powers.
Bethel: She was almost a victim of sexual assault but her powers helped her prevent the rape. I think she will use her powers to stop more sexual assaults from happening.
7. At the end of the episode, Tyrone and Tandy got into a heated argument about their privileges in the world. What are your thoughts on the statements made?
Kimberly: First off, okay MARVEL!!! This is the most clear-faced and REAL-spoken look at race, between black and white people from Marvel (besides Luke Cage and Black Panther). Tyrone can’t cloak himself from white supremacy. This is his reality. And that’s something that Tandy, at this time, simply doesn’t understand. To quote my favorite line from the episode, “This whole country’s trying to kill me every day,”…Tyrone spoke the TRUTH and I LOVE that this episode and Marvel went there.
Haley: It had its pros and cons. The conversation started out so strong with the conversation of not just privilege, but how the lack of privilege can lead to suicidal thoughts, which the show touched on properly. That’s always good to see on TV, with so many things like 13 Reasons Why going around.
Christina: This very scene made the whole episode for me. It was brilliantly written and amazingly acted! Bringing up suicide in a way that wasn’t romanticized. Showing how a young black man, even privileged, still has to be on edge in the world. It’s important to show this! It’s real and connects to its fans. I know I was pulled straight into this scene. It’s good to see them both talk out their frustrations. I’m really loving the real world storylines.
Jess: I thought it was a really intense but also necessary discussion that they had. On the one hand, Tandy pointed out that Tyrone has socioeconomic privileges that she doesn’t. On the other hand, I found myself siding more with Tyrone, as he had to help Tandy understand that there are certain things that she can get away with that he can’t, purely because he is a black person living in America. That’s one of the things I love about how these characters were designed: comparing their situations forces us and them to consider the intersectionality and complexity of marginalization in America.
Bethel: They both had valid arguments; Tandy has white privilege whereas, Tyrone is privileged because his parents are financially comfortable. Although they were both acting very difficult by refusing to really listen to each other, I feel like Tyrone was more understanding of his privilege than Tandy who was very dismissive and took what Tyrone was saying as a personal attack.
We can already tell that these two are going to be extremely powerful
Cloak & Dagger explored some different and intriguing places this week. We got to see Tandy and Tyrone spend more time discussing what’s been going on with them. They’re finally confronting what’s happening to them. They realize that they have to confide in each other because no one else can truly relate to what they are going through. The scenes in the church were beautifully done. The tone of the scenes went well with the way the audience felt when watching it. We love seeing these two get vulnerable and intimate with each other by just talking about what they have been experiencing. The scene where they decided to test their limits was amazingly done. Just in that small amount of time, we saw how powerful these two already are, and how much more they can become. It was also nice to hear how they both felt when their powers are activated.
This show is extremely well written and we cannot get enough of it. We were grateful to get a scene with Tyrone and his father. Those bonding moments really showed the close relationship between the two. It was good for Tyrone to learn more about his father and how the community of men work together around him. We really loved how those scenes were directed.
On the next Cloak & Dagger, Tandy’s going to start exploring her powers more, while Tyrone tries to keep his life as normal as possible. We can’t wait to see what challenges these two come into!