Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger closes the door on the second season and leaves the corridor clear for a potential third season with a completely different setting.
The title characters of the Joe Pokaski created Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger could be looking for a change of pace. Tyrone Johnson / Cloak and Tandy Bowen / Dagger, played by Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt, might not be staying in the Big Easy for too much longer. In the second season finale, there are allusions suggesting the duo could be travelling to a new location.
If Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger returns for a third season, not that there is any reason there should not be another season, there is a strong possibility the setting will be somewhere other than New Orleans.
The second season closed with a mind-blowing cerebral narrative which pits the title characters against their worst fears. While Tyrone is fearful of not living up to the best version of himself, Tandy must confront the memory of her own father. Andre Deschaine is playing on the title character’s worst fears.
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SPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to watch the Philip John directed Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger episode ‘Level Up,’ please feel free to not read beyond this point. There are spoliers in this article.
Cloak and Dagger Confront Andre
Andre, played by Brooklyn McLinn, is ramping up his reach. His power is becoming increasingly amplified. Consequently, that reach now covers New Orleans in its entirety.
With the number of disappearances increasing in frequency throughout the Big Easy, Ty and Tandy have no choice but to turn to Evita for assistance. Evita, played by Noëlle Renée Bercy, is Ty’s ex-girlfriend. She is now the wife of the loa Samedi. It’s complicated. It’s New Orleans. What do you expect?
After conversing with Evita, Ty and Tandy learn Andre’s powers have grown significantly. The musician is now an Ioa imbued with the powers of the ancient voodoo gods. While Andre has these ancient powers, the musician holds none of the responsibility which typically comes with such supernatural powers. Is there a way for Ty and Tandy to stop Andre before it’s too late?
The only way for Cloak and Dagger to defeat Andre is to meet him on his own ground. That means travelling to the metaphysical world which the musician calls home. There is no way around it. It’s a risk they must take. Fully cognizant of the dangers involved, Ty and Tandy confront Andre. Cloak and Dagger know that if the candle anchoring them to the real world remains lit, they have a way back home. If the candle is extinguished before they make it out of the metaphysical realm, they will be stuck there forever. It’s a bleak world of despair and hopelessness.
Elsewhere, while Cloak and Dagger face off against Andre, Detective Brigid O’Reilly must resolve her own issues. The detective, played by Emma Lahana, is not feeling herself. Considering Brigid recently merged with Mayhem, there is no reason why she should feel fine. It’s more than disconcerting, it’s seriously disturbing. As a result of feeling discombobulated, Brigid seeks out Dr Mina Hess for her professional guidance.
Mina, played by Ally Maki, runs a brain scan on the detective to determine the cause of her affliction. The results indicate Brigid is whole. Even though Mayhem’s rage is present, there is also compassion and empathy.
A Bleak World of Despair and Hopelessness
After finding the petrol station in ruins and the viewfinder destroyed, any hopes Ty and Tandy had for making it back to the record store quickly evaporate. This setback is difficult for Tandy to take.
Interestingly, and correctly so, Ty recognises how Tandy is feeling. He observes she is beginning to sound exactly like him whenever he questions his abilities.
This is the pep talk Tandy needed to get herself back on her feet and into the fight.
With a renewed sense of purpose, the duo discovers an alternate path to the record store. On arrival at the store, Ty and Tandy find the store virtually empty. From the way the store now looks, Andre seems to have given up on collecting records. The musician is more interested in collecting people than he is with vinyl.
Ty and Tandy soon find themselves in Andre’s nightclub. Even though Andre’s greeting seems cordial, the duo’s arrival is not welcome. Andre’s tone is cold and disturbing. Tandy returns Andre’s greeting with a light bomb. This is not completely unexpected. Andre was ready for whatever Tandy had to throw his way. Andre transports Ty and Tandy into situations where they must face their own worst fears.
While Tandy is in the one place she never wanted to end up, face-to-face with her father, Ty is back at home confronting a seemingly perfect version of himself. These are their biggest fears. Will the duo be able to overcome the pasts? If they want to prevent Andre from kidnapping more people, they must prevail over their personal demons.
During their respective fights, Ty’s superficially perfect alter-self and Tandy’s not-so-great dad, the pair meet up and determine a way to conquer their demons is to switch foes. The two recognise their ability to see the other’s issues more clearly, they switch fighting partners. The switch works to their advantage.
Keeping the Candle Lit
In the real world, Evita is struggling to keep the candle lit. It is this candle that, when lit, stops the portal from closing. A shadowy indistinguishable figure is trying to snuff out the flame and close the portal. Evita is not as must aided by Brigid as she is by Mayhem. Brigid allows Mayhem to take control of her body so that she can bring her impressive fighting skills to the battle.
Mayhem fights off the mysterious figure. The figure takes the form of Brigid’s deceased boyfriend, Faux Fuchs. The figure, in Fuchs form, is played by Lane Miller. This does not faze the detective.
Back in the metaphysical world, Ty and Tandy are seen gaining ground during their respective fights. This does not please Andre. The musician steps in and derails the pair’s efforts. He sends Tandy back to the motel room where she almost lost all hope. Tandy is not confronted by a nameless stranger but by her father. He continues his attempts to break her.
Meanwhile, Ty desperately searches for his one true best friend. While searching for Tandy, Ty is once again face-to-face with his alternate self. For a split second, it looks like Andre’s mind games have Cloak and Dagger where he wants them.
Hope is the key to breaking through almost anything. This empowers Ty and Tandy to finally overcome their worst fears. Thus, the duo breaks free of Andre’s control.
One Final Showdown
In the final showdown, facing Ty and Tandy, Andre is quickly disarmed of his trumpet. Like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Andre uses the trump to lure his victims into his nightclub. The main difference between the Pied Piper and Andre is that the piper is the real victim of his story. Andre is no victim.
Tandy throws light daggers at Andre. These daggers are redirected at the entranced victims. Andre thinks he was the target of the light daggers. Consequently, he believes Tandy missed what she was aiming at. Tandy really wasn’t aiming at the musician as much as she was his victims. The light in the daggers gives Andre’s victims renewed hope. Subsequently, his hold over them weakens enough for them to break free of the entrancement.
Ty creates a portal for Tandy. Tandy, armed with a light sword, is thrown through the portal towards Andre. After being stabbed through the chest with the light sword, Andre is weakened enough so that both Ty and Tandy can enter the musician’s mind. When there, Tandy locates the one record Andre plays the most. It is this record that causes him the most pain. Playing the record destroys Andre. Shortly thereafter, Ty and Tandy find themselves back in the church. Evita and Brigid / Mayhem have won their battle with the unknown entity.
All’s Well That End’s Well
In the real world, their efforts to restore Ty’s name has paid off. He has been cleared of all charges. It is Lia that is serving time behind bars and not Ty. Meanwhile, Mayhem has not relinquished control of Brigid’s body. Consequently, Brigid’s rageful alternate is still in the driving seat. Mayhem dishes out the harshest of punishments for the worst of New Orleans’ criminal element.
Now able to see that he has a positive influence on the world around him, Ty leaves the church in Father Delgado’s capable hands so that he can use it for his recovery.
The last time we see Ty and Tandy on screen together is when they are on the bus. At the tail end of the episode, they talk about tracking down Brigid’s tip about a bunch of dead girls found on a beach.
This closing scene sets the stage for Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger to return for not only a third season but also a significant change of scenery. If the series does return for a third season, in a new location, the duo will need to establish themselves as heroes all over again. Can Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger pull off another excellent season? Only time will tell if there will be a third season.