Mon 25 Jun 2018, 14:04
What the critics are saying about Marvel’s brand-new teen superhero series.
After only four episodes, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is already at number 5 on IMDB’s list of Most Popular TV series. With new episodes landing on Showmax every Friday express from the States, subscribers are now able to get in on the hype around the show Vulture is calling “the superhero show of the summer”.
“The new faces of superhero television”
This is what Comic Book has written about the two leads in Cloak & Dagger, Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt. Joseph plays Tyrone, a basketball star at a prestigious Catholic school whose mother is in politics, and Holt plays Tandy, a con artist who’s trying to survive while her family lost everything the night her father was killed by a Roxxon Corp oil rig explosion.
They’re from entirely different backgrounds, but the one thing they have in common is the explosion. On that same night, Tyrone’s brother was shot by a cop, and he and Tandy both ended up in the lake during the explosion. They both survived, but neither of them knew how the explosion really affected them until they run into each other eight years later at a high school party - and the sparks fly, in more ways than one. They discover that they’ve both got mysterious superpowers that only really work when they’re together.
Av Club called the two stars “immensely good” and The Verge said that their chemistry is “electric”.
While Joseph has starred in Broadway productions and had minor roles in TV series The Night Of and Law and Order: SVU, and Holt, a child actress, is known for her hugely popular song called History, with over 150 million streams on Spotify, Cloak & Dagger is undoubtedly their breakthrough, and they’re killing it.
“Much more grounded than other superhero shows we’ve seen”
Shadow & Act says that the show “has a worldliness that might not always appear in a Marvel series”, and that it’s “gritty” and “topical”. It’s about so much more than their superpowers (four episodes in, Tyrone and Tandy have barely used their powers).
USA Today comments on the fact that the show breaks the superhero series mould. It’s much more a ”coming-of-age story of two kids deeply traumatized but trying to heal” than it is about Tandy’s power to emit light daggers and Tyrone’s ability to engulf himself and others in darkness.
As The Daily Beast wrote: “The series isn’t about saving the world; it’s about saving their lives.”
Newsweek agrees: “Whether you're a Marvel fan or not, it's undeniably a must-watch if you want something different,” as does Den of Geek: “Cloak & Dagger is not just one of the best superhero premieres of the year; it is poised to become one of the best TV dramas of 2018.”
“The darkest and moodiest YA series”
This is what Forbes thinks of Cloak & Dagger. And it’s not surprising, since it’s from the network Freeform, which used to be called ABC Family. It’s the network that brought us Pretty Little Liars, once their most popular show (Cloak & Dagger is the first series that has matched the viewership of the series finale of Pretty Little Liars) and also has the thrilling mermaid show Siren in the pipeline, which is coming first and only to Showmax in July.
Stream the first four episodes of Cloak & Dagger on Showmax now. New episodes land every Friday.