In her quest to stop the sex trafficking ring, Tandy finds herself struggling to escape a dangerous situation. Unsure of what is going to happen, she always has Tyrone to lean on, no matter what the circumstance.
On Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Episode 6, Tandy takes centre stage as Lia’s betrayal reveals a surprising and even more sinister enemy. When faced with multiple bizarre scenarios, Tyrone remains Tandy’s constant.
Tandy’s strapped to a gurney and is on her way to join the ranks of the missing girls she’s trying to save. Again, it’s really tough to watch Tandy go from one bleak situation to another. She’s strong and doesn’t stop resisting what’s happening to her but at the same time, when you’re watching it, you know she won’t last. I wondered what her true breaking point would be and I’m glad this episode gave us the answer.
At first, it seems like the drugs being used to sedate Tandy are causing these strange hallucinations, but as the scenarios change, we begin to see the bigger picture. It’s not the drugs. Somehow, Tandy’s mind has been taken back into the Darkforce Dimension. The different Tandys we see are representations of the same ones she saw in the mirror in Episode 4.
Olivia Holt continues to give a stellar performance as Tandy in what is another standout episode. The strength of this show is in its character work and we continue to delve deeper into the psyche of Tandy. She’s grown a lot since Season 1, but she still struggles with self-worth. She still thinks she always screws things up.
Each iteration of Tandy has her own record in the record store from Episode 4. “Tandy Bowen-Perfect Life” shows a world where things went right. Her father and Tyrone’s brother didn’t die, but she and Tyrone still met under the same circumstances. She’s now a successful ballerina in New York (a nod to the original comic setting) while Tyrone graduates from the NOLA Police Academy. What remains the same is the closeness of their friendship and support of one another.
In “Fractured Family,” we see Tandy as an engineer working for Roxxon. She has a strained relationship with her parents and isn’t friends with Mina or Tyrone. However, Tyrone is still kind to her. In “All Alone” Tandy’s back on the streets pickpocketing. This version of Tyrone is following in his dead brother’s footsteps. He’s a car thief but is still willing to help Tandy out of a bad situation.
Most importantly, their powers also remain intact. As the situations begin to look more hopeless, Tandy reaches for Tyrone and their powers manifest. This causes her powers to manifest in the real world as well, which worries Lia. The sedatives’ effects seem to grow weaker each time Tandy breaks free of the illusions.
Port In A Storm
A common thread becomes noticeable as Tandy continues to cycle through these different records. Throughout all of Tandy’s hopeless scenarios, whenever things start to go south there’s one ever-present silver lining: Tyrone. She refers to him as her best friend and her hero. When everyone else begins berating her and making her feel bad about herself, Tyrone is the only one that doesn’t.
The only thing left for her to say is that he’s her soulmate. If anyone wasn’t aware of how important Tyrone is to Tandy, then they certainly should be now after this episode. Tyrone sees and understands the real Tandy. He sees beyond the Tandy that acts like everything is okay. He’s not afraid of Tandy or her complex emotions. He protects her and is always willing to provide backup whenever she really needs it. Tandy, in turn, admires him so much that she draws on his goodness and his strength to give herself hope.
The Sweet By and By
As in any other great Cloak and Dagger episode, the writers continue to remind viewers of the show’s setting and its importance to the plot. The writers employ different versions of the gospel hymn The Sweet By-and-By in nearly all of Tandy’s illusion universes. This not only creates a truly eerie feel but hints at the major villain to be revealed. It’s a funeral song commonly played by jazz musicians at ‘jazz funerals’ in New Orleans. Who’s a former jazz musician? Andre.
It should have been obvious since we’re halfway through the season. The writers have only established Andre and Lia as new characters. It had to be one of them. Andre’s reveal also answered a burning question of mine. What if Tyrone and Tandy weren’t the only ones who received powers from the Roxxon explosion?
Andre uses his powers to create despair. Despair is the absence of hope. Once he realizes that Tyrone is Tandy’s hope, he crafts a new record called “Tandy without Tyrone”. In it, it seems like Tandy has finally escaped into the real world but Andre shoots and kills Tyrone right in front of her. It feels even more real since Tyrone was using his powers normally. As Tyrone breathes his last, we pan out to see Tandy sitting in the same dark empty space she saw when she touched one of the girls they saved. In the real world, Lia and Andre breathe a sigh of relief and I felt goosebumps.
What did you think of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger Season 2 Episode 6? Can Tandy escape Andre and Lia? Will Tyrone be able to find Tandy? Share your thoughts in the comments below.