Tyrone and Tandy take another dangerous trip into the Loa Dimension to stop Andre once and for all. In the end, they find themselves caught in a battle against self.  

On Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Episode 10, Tyrone and Tandy come face to face with their own personal issues that have been holding them back. Meanwhile, Mayhem and Evita do their best to hold off the dangers in the real dimension.

Levelling Up

‘Level Up’ is an appropriate title for what has been the opposite of a sophomore slump for Cloak and Dagger. The acting, the direction, the effects, the writing, the action, the pacing – nearly everything was an improvement on Season 1. My number one complaint from last season was the pacing. They really took their time getting to the powers and the action. But Season 2 has consistently delivered some nicely choreographed moments from Episode 1 straight through to Episode 10.

The decision to have the main plot revolve around the issue of Human Trafficking – specifically the Sex Trafficking of young women – is one equally as poignant as the Police Brutality/Racism focus of Season 1. The show doesn’t treat either of them as one-off social commentaries. Adina’s grief carried the racial themes of last season into this one in her arc. Similarly, Tandy and Tyrone end this season heading off to investigate more missing girls, opening up possibilities for Season 3.

Some plot points – for example, Tandy’s mother’s relapse and Connors’ murder -resolved a little too neatly for me. But since they were almost peripheral to Tandy and Tyrone’s journeys this season I kind of give them a pass. The writers’ decision to once again centre the finale around Tandy and Tyrone (and their evolving relationship) ultimately pays off. At this season’s end, we find them more comfortable with their powers; ready to move past the traumas of Season 1. They themselves have levelled up.

Brigid/Mayhem and Evita

Emma Lahana brought both Brigid and Mayhem to life this season in what could have easily been a hit-or-miss performance. It was fun to see that contrast between Mayhem posing as Brigid versus the real Brigid. Now that they’re both in one body it’s exciting to see her toggle between both. (The fakeout moment where she kisses Andre’s fake Fuchs is A+). It’s safe to say that Brigid has some figuring out to do too. From the way she seeks out Mina’s help to check out her brain function, I think she worries about her decision to give Mayhem the wheel. Who is she now really? Is she capable of love? I hope we get to find out.

Evita’s committed to helping Tyrone and Tandy despite her personal feelings and loss is admirable but sad. In a way, she’s the third wheel. She doesn’t like it, but she’ll have to live with it. It’s clear that Tyrone still has feelings for her since it seems he didn’t want to break up. I do wonder though if her marriage to the death loa now means that she can’t get involved with anyone else. Aunt Chantelle wasn’t married to a mortal and didn’t have any kids of her own. Either way, I hope we get more of her should there be another season.

Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Episode 10

Your Own Worst Enemy

In the end, a god is no match for Tyrone and Tandy as a tag team. Andre’s attempts at stopping our Divine Pairing is actually what they’ve unknowingly prepared for all season. Andre’s seen their memories. He knows exactly how to hit them where it hurts. He also knows he stands a better chance against them if he keeps them apart. But their connection is just too strong.

Andre traps them in physical settings where they felt most helpless and puts them up against their own baggage. Each of them has to face what has been holding them back for the entirety of Season 2. Tyrone is his own worst enemy. He’s struggled under the weight of his brother’s murder and the pressure to be perfect in the way that society (and his parents) wanted/expected of him. His second-guessing himself and defeatist attitude towards his situation was his stumbling block. Tyrone’s come a long way from being disappointed in himself though because he has Tandy.

Tandy has to face her father. Andre assumes Tandy won’t be able to hurt him but it’s a misstep on his part. Tyrone’s pep talk about daggers of hope inspires her to dig deep. She draws on Tyrone’s hope and belief in her to make a sword of light that allows her to go full Zorro. It’s a great bookend to the Season 2 premiere where she watches Zorro with Tyrone in the cathedral. Their refusal to give up on each other is the same hope Tandy uses to snap her mom, Mikayla and Mina out of Andre’s thrall. Together, they help Tyrone and Tandy deliver a final blow to Andre.

Waffles, Duh

Finally, the Divine Pairing has come full circle. We started the season with their partnership on unsteady legs, like a newborn. After falling and getting up repeatedly, they’re walking together. Tyrone and Tandy trust each other implicitly. They’re each other’s biggest supporters. They know each other better than they know themselves. In some ways, this season felt like their true superhero origin moment. And we end it with them fully coming into their own as Cloak and Dagger.

We also end the episode with them on a bus to a new city where they’ll use their powers for good. At first, it seems like Tandy’s leaving town while Tyrone is staying now that he’s been exonerated. But in a post-title card ending scene, the show finally leans into something we’ve all been waiting for. Tyrone asks Tandy “Waffles or Pancakes?” aka the preferred way to hold hands with your girl (or boy in this case) and they hold hands with their fingers intertwined. Tyrone looks at Tandy like she’s his whole world. I audibly shrieked. Is romantic Tyrandy finally on the cards? I, for one, can’t get enough of Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt’s chemistry, so I’m 1000% here for it. Cloak and Dagger are a Marvel Power Couple. Now that we’re finally here, it would be a crime for this show to not get a third season.

What did you think of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger  Season 2 Episode 10? I can’t wait to see where Tyrone and Tandy end up next. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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