On Friday, the first two episodes of new Marvel show, Cloak and Dagger arrived on Amazon Prime Video. The show – about two teenagers with special abilities – airs on Freeform in the US, but is available to stream every Friday on Amazon in the UK.
The series stars Aubrey Joseph as Tyrone Johnson (aka Cloak) and Olivia Holt as Tandy Bowen (Dagger) and is set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As with other MCU shows expect the links to the shared universe to be minor for now, but try not to sweat that too much, the show will no doubt have its own identity regardless.
So, how does it shape up so far?
I’ll be honest, so far I’m not completely sold on Cloak and Dagger. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad show at all, it looks like it has a lot of potential, I just feel that it’s off to a fairly slow start, with pacing issues in these first two episodes, First Lights and Suicide Sprints.
It’s not that I don’t think Cloak and Dagger is a slick, perfectly shot, well acted series, because it is. In fact, it reminds me a great deal of the Netflix Marvel shows that I love. It’s more that I’m really struggling to be drawn into this world and I also find it difficult to really get a sense of who the main characters are or what abilities they have.
I’m a comic book fan and I’m familiar with Cloak and Dagger, so I know what they can do, but I’m not 100% sure this has been conveyed on screen yet. I’m pretty sure it’ll all be clearly defined in future episodes, but two eps in and I’m left feeling like I need a little more which is not a great start for a show.
Maybe Cloak and Dagger is wanting audiences to play the waiting game? Maybe I’ve just become too accustomed to entire seasons of shows being available in one hit and this weekly thing leaves me cold? I don’t know.
The truth is, there is a lot of great TV out there at the moment and I’m struggling to keep up with all that’s on offer – hence all my recent catch-up sessions. If something doesn’t grab me from the get-go then I will probably leave it rather than persevere.
Sounds like I’m giving the thumbs down to this show, doesn’t it? I don’t mean to be overly critical as there is a lot to like about the series, especially the lead characters.
Both Joseph and Johnson bring a likeability and an edge to their characters and I feel like the series will play this up in future episodes. The show is also touching upon topical issues such as racism, as well as offering up an exploration of the seedier side of life – something which Marvel Netflix shows specialise in too.
As mentioned above, the show looks great, with some well placed shots and neat touches here and there. The general vibe and atmosphere works too…
…but then we come back to my main sticking point, it just hasn’t grabbed me. The result? I’m struggling to find positives.
If you’re a huge fan of the comics or you’re curious, then give Cloak and Dagger a whirl – there really does feel like a lot of potential. But for now, at least for me, this initial opening is good, but nothing showstopping.