Cloak and Dagger

A brief interlude from my Time Trap campaign: a while back I saw an advertisement for a new TV series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe based on third-string teenage duo Cloak & Dagger. Because the show was hyped pretty early, I forgot about it until I stumbled across it by accident. Apparently, it’s on the Freeform network, which is a network I didn’t even know I was paying for as part of my cable package. Sometimes surprises can be good.

By the time I found it, the first 2 episodes had already aired. I’ll watch anything that’s comic-related, so I watched these episodes on demand and started recording all the new ones. Tonight is the final episode of the first season.

Now, I was already familiar with Cloak and Dagger, by which I mean I knew their identities and their powers; but I wouldn’t say I was a fan by any means. In fact, I don’t own any Cloak and Dagger comics, and I own a shit-ton of comics. They never really piqued my interest. They were just kinda…there, sometimes, as guest stars in other comics.

Which is why I guess I was pleasantly surprised by Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger on Freeform. It’s actually pretty good. It could use a bit of help in the pacing department, but it’s still interesting enough to keep my attention, despite it taking 4-5 episodes to start really making things happen. The cast is great; both Cloak and Dagger are well-represented, as are their respective family members. I’m particularly impressed with Aubrey Joseph, who plays Cloak. It’s tough to pinpoint why, but I think it may be because he has a unique voice, which is an attribute I’ve always imagined Cloak would possess.

Anyway, in honor of this new show that I like, I’ve decided to paint up Cloak and Dagger for my supers collection. Both are repainted Heroclix, of course. Above is the factory paint job.

These are my repaints. Their costumes are so basic this really didn’t take very long at all. Just a bit of shading and highlighting for Dagger, mostly just highlighting for Cloak. I really hate Dagger’s daggers, which just won’t stay level no matter how many times I try to bend them into shape with hot water/cold water. I’m almost at the point where I might just clip them off. I really hate these “energy effect” things some Heroclix have.

Like I said above, I’ll watch anything comics(especially supers)-related and give it a shot; but I watch enough good TV to not have time for bad shows. I stuck with Agents of SHIELD, Flash, Preacher, Arrow and Gotham; I bailed on The Gifted, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. I missed out on Black Lighting and Legion (I’ll probably watch Black Lightning, but I haven’t heard anything great about Legion, so I’ll pass). I loved Constantine (Matt Ryan was awesome as John); sadly it ended before it really got started. And of course I watch all the Netflix series, even Iron Fist, which is a huge disappointment to me as I’m a rabid Iron Fist fan. But, oh well. Hopefully Season 2 will be better…

Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger has earned another season already, so they must have decent enough ratings to justify one. I’ll be back next season; this is the most interesting Cloak and Dagger have ever been for me.


4 thoughts on “Cloak and Dagger

  1. dick garrison

    Interesting, I had no idea that C&D had a series, don’t think I can get it over here, never heard of that channel TBH, I watch some supers series but not all (just ain’t got the time) Agents of Shield I think has gotten better as it’s gone along, just finished the latest series over here, I loved Agent Carter too. Inhumans was OK we stuck with that through series one, will have to see if it comes back. My wife watched all of Runaways but I got sick of it after a few episodes, likewise Arrow, which she watched for a couple of series before ditching that too. the only DC one we watch is Legends of tomorrow, as it ‘s pretty light hearted and doesn’t take a lot of effort to watch. I watched Defenders on Netflix but only sat through one episode of Jessica Jones before I dumped that. Oh and Supers really enjoyed that!

    Adam Wests Batman is still the best ever though.

    Cheers Roger.

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      I forgot about Agent Carter, one of my favorite Marvel shows cancelled far too early. I missed Inhumans. I was a big fan of Hell On Wheels, and I was actually curious to see Anson Mount play such a different character as Black Bolt, but it slipped by me.
      I really like all the Netflix shows (except Iron Fist, although my loyalty is to the character, not so much the show), and Jessica Jones was one of my favorites. I think the second seasons of both Jessica and Luke Cage are better than the first, but that’s just me.
      I think the Freeform Network used to be something called ABC Family. Many of ABC Family’s shows are available for streaming on Netflix, so it’s probably a good bet that Cloak and Dagger will be up there soon, now that season 1 is over.

  2. Kieron Mulholland

    They both look great.

    I’m in the process of catching up on the superhero series I’ve fallen behind on. I’ve just finished season 2 of Luke Cage, which was really enjoyable after the disappointment of Jessica Jones season 2 (season 1 was my favourite Netflix series). I’ve been wondering whether to watch Cloak & Dagger (I also have no frame of reference for them), so it’s good to hear it’s worthwhile.

    Black Lightning is…okay. I’m halfway through and will get to the rest. The main actor isn’t really strong enough to carry it.

    The DC stuff I gave up on. Legends of Tomorrow annoyed me to much because it was so bad.

    Anyway, keep up the good work. 🙂

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thanks for the kind words!
      Cloak and Dagger is certainly watchable, and as I said it has a great cast. The pacing is somewhat slow; It takes a few episodes for things to start happening, and things don’t really jump off until the season 1 finale. Fair warning. I had heard Black Lighting was kind of funny, but perhaps I’m not getting the right information. Season 1 is on Netflix, so I’ll probably see it sooner or later.

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