I don’t know why but I’ve been more skeptical lately with the entertainment industry. Skeptical about new movies, new music, book releases and TV shows. So when I saw that Marvel was doing a new television show on Freeform, I definitely had my eyebrows raised and eyes rolled. I mean, come on, it’s Freeform i.e. Disney. However, the previews looked interesting enough…kids with superpowers always have a soft spot in my heart.
The skepticism came from it how the setup appeared. Two kids, one white, one black, from different sides of the track with superpowers who eventually join forces. There is nothing new there. But the first 2-hour premiere wasn’t anything like I thought it would be.
In this first episode, we’re introduced to Tyrone and Tandy then get their backstory. Tyrone is obviously the black kid who is seen committing a crime and Tandy is the sweet, affluent white girl who does ballet and her parents aren’t around. Their paths cross one stormy night when Tyrone and his brother are running from the cops and Tandy is riding with her dad through the storm. Some explosion happens on an oil rig for a company called Roxxon and Tandy and her dad crash and drown. Tyrone’s brother is fatally shot by the cops, drowns and Tyrone tries to save him.
For spoiler free sake, fast forward to years later and we see Tandy and Tyrone as teenagers. You would expect that Tyrone is this poor black kid but its actually Tandy who is poor, addicted to drugs and a thief and Tyrone in private school. Without giving much away, Tandy and Tyrone meet up again and reactivate their powers and try to figure out whats going on. I’m guessing they are going to fight bad guys and hope to save the world—cause that’s what superheroes do, but they have other issues that they have to handle first.
I have a strong feeling that as the season continues that it gets cheesier but the first episode has me wanting to see more. There are so many unanswered questions like what is Roxxon? Is it connected to their superpowers? What exactly are their powers? I find myself wanting to see how this plays out. Not to mention, the songs they play throughout the show are all good. Cloak and Dagger’s series premiere made me happy that I chose to give it a try. It’s good enough for me to try to see it through till the end and not expect much—I mean it is Freeform.