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  • Summary: In New Orleans, despite coming from different backgrounds, Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) meet and discover their superpowers are linked together. Their lives are complicated even more as their feelings grow for each other in this coming-of-age drama based onIn New Orleans, despite coming from different backgrounds, Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) meet and discover their superpowers are linked together. Their lives are complicated even more as their feelings grow for each other in this coming-of-age drama based on the comic book series. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Jun 6, 2018
    88
    Its great strengths are its restraint and simplicity. The show unfolds slowly and delicately, with greater initial focus on its enchanting young leads than their newfound superpowers
  2. 83
    Ty and Tandy have real depth. Throw in an evil corporation, an air of mystery and surprisingly dark content on a network that used to be called ABC Family, and you have a fascinating show that focuses on story, not special effects.
  3. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Jun 7, 2018
    80
    A refreshingly unpredictable and smart take on the usual caped-crusader fare.
  4. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    May 24, 2018
    75
    Some of the larger narrative elements of season 1’s big mystery feel familiar (with a parent-killing Big Evil Company at the center of it all). But Cloak & Dagger finds a new groove when Tyrone and Tandy start talking. ... So there’s real potential here. Joseph and Holt have a nice rhythm, when the show lets them hang out.
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    May 24, 2018
    70
    Through its initial four episodes, the real star of Cloak & Dagger is the structure and editing and overall environment more than any individual actor. Every role has considerable potential, as does the show's superhero setup. Might I have liked to see more of that potential advanced and realized? Yes. But there's plenty to keep me watching with some enthusiasm.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 4, 2018
    68
    While the show’s first hour doesn’t inspire much confidence in the series, save for a poignant scene between Tyrone and his mother (Gloria Reuben), the second episode gives the characters more depth and allows for a little more light to sneak into the generally dark (tonally and visually) proceedings.
  7. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Jun 7, 2018
    40
    The series never feels fully comfortable being either teen-oriented or more adult. It never really seems comfortable anywhere, really, as it skims through its scenes without investigating its surroundings, including the feelings or motivations of its characters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22
  1. Jul 21, 2018
    10
    Episode 8 so far and the series is amazing, really original, not so focus on the superhero theme but their characters, great soundtrack. VeryEpisode 8 so far and the series is amazing, really original, not so focus on the superhero theme but their characters, great soundtrack. Very unique way to develop the story. Expand
  2. Jun 8, 2018
    10
    2 Episode premier review: I am very impressed with the quality of this show. I was bracing for a very generic teen drama sort of experience,2 Episode premier review: I am very impressed with the quality of this show. I was bracing for a very generic teen drama sort of experience, but this instead feels like a very rational exploration of how two people would react to similar and different circumstances out of their control. Well written and acted. Even the cinematography is impressive. Did not expect this from Freeform. Expand
  3. Jun 8, 2018
    10
    the cinematography and soundtrack feels so relaxing, while the story is really gripping. i fell in love just in the first five minute of the pilot.
  4. Aug 10, 2018
    7
    I didn't think I'd like it, but I did.
    First of all, my age is way above the target audience.
    But it was a relief to watch a marvel show
    I didn't think I'd like it, but I did.
    First of all, my age is way above the target audience.
    But it was a relief to watch a marvel show that didn't feel padded and stretched out.
    And the number of flashbacks where acceptable and actually helpful.

    Sure, it's not a great show, but the lack of feeling annoyed by it is refreshing.
    That's how low I set the bar these days.

    The main actors do their job well and I like the supporting cast.

    It's engaging to see the two heroes getting to know their powers.
    The villain (the company and its henchman) is pursuing a plan hidden 'in the darkness', so there's enough excitement about who the heroes will encounter next.

    The finale makes you wanting more. Is O'Reilly a new villain? What are here powers? We'll see...
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  5. Aug 18, 2018
    6
    There are good elements to be had in Cloak and Dagger, but this Marvel TV show can get quite boring and morose.

    The good stuff first: The
    There are good elements to be had in Cloak and Dagger, but this Marvel TV show can get quite boring and morose.

    The good stuff first: The main characters are likable and interesting. There is strong characterization withe the protagonists. Olivia Holt does a good job, but Aubrey Joseph is the MVP as Cloak. He does a great job of nailing emotion. Credit should also be given to Noelle Renee Bercy as Cloak's love interest and Emma Lahana a a good cop surrounded by corruption.

    The setting of New Orleans pays off. The show is infused with the area's culture and geography. There is also a smattering of interesting sci-fi and supernatural elements throughout. The use of Cloak and Dagger's powers work and well and their abilities to see hopes and fears offer some interesting visuals.

    Now the bad: The show moves way too slowly. The characters spend too much time planning to do stuff, and adding too many hints are made for things to come.

    The show takes itself way too seriously. The gritty Netflix Marvel shows have more levity. The show also tackles way too many social issues in its debut season. It seems that every second there is someone waiting to punch the characters in the face metaphorically or physically. The majority of villains are paper thin stereotypes. J.D. Evermore does a decent job as a crooked cop, but even he is given a limited amount of quality scenes. It doesn't help any that some of the villains' plans to cover their tracks seem kind of sloppy.

    I'm actually probably going to see the next season. I liked the characters and the interesting parts, and I'm hoping things are turned around next season. But, I will never re-watch this one.
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  6. Jul 19, 2018
    4
    The soundtrack is absolutely disgusting, can't imagine anyone besides a commercial pop trash music lover putting up with this for a wholeThe soundtrack is absolutely disgusting, can't imagine anyone besides a commercial pop trash music lover putting up with this for a whole episode and as that wasn't bad enough everytime there's a scene focusing on each of the main characters story the cheesy music starts ... Congratulations on surpassing ShadowHunters in that regard, it truly made me cringe !

    It's supposed to be a drama but instead it only conveys the feeling of a teen pop series without any substance and lacking seriously on the scripting department .

    Dull and predictable show , couldn't get past the first episode !
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  7. Jul 11, 2018
    0
    I will say one thing good about the show, it works better than Ambien. The stereotypical cardboard cutouts and tired tropes will send you toI will say one thing good about the show, it works better than Ambien. The stereotypical cardboard cutouts and tired tropes will send you to dreamland quicker than a bottle of melatonin.

    I can't believe this was their take on the Marvel characters, it's basically Dawson's Creek with superpowers and Roxie's.

    Nothing about that show makes any sense at all. As is all too common now the plot is simply a nonsensical collection of seems strung together with threads of illogic, scenes that obviously the writers wanted show, and so somehow through ridiculous mechanics they get the characters to find themselves in these positions.
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