I'm not sure if this is worse of just on a par with The Inhumans, in the competition for weakest Marvel property. I really liked Cloak & Dagger in the comics, they showed up a lot in Spider-Man titles and the New Warriors in the 90s. This series is just so slow, and ponderous. The soundtrack is painful as well, everything is in the emotional, epic, mode. It's so tiring... everyone's so sad about someone who died 8 years ago. Their comic book powers are side-lined in favour of some weird telepathic touch they share, where Cloak sees people's fears and Dagger sees their hopes. It's the ultimate plot fixer, so they can spend ages inside people's fantasies, rather than constructing compelling, dialogue-led relatable, well-paced story-lines. The last episode teases some inter-relation with Marvel's Netflix shows, but the quality here is chalk and cheese.
I've really enjoyed this show - up to episode 4 now. Maybe the people who are disappointed would prefer a more in your face style like the other Marvel films (which I also love BTW). This is slower but none the worse for it!! As a viewer, why have everything handed to you on plate within the first 30mins?
As a big Marvel Knights fan I've seen all of the Netflix series that Marvel have put out, I've sat through Iron Fist although I found it dire to watch and I really hoped Cloak and Dagger wouldn't be the same. The first few episodes were slow to start with as was especially common with some of the Netflix shows especially Luke Cage and Iron Fist, but gradually as I continued watching the episodes it started to pick up and I am really enjoying it. I do like the creative direction that they have taken with the origins of both the characters compared to the comics, they seem to have reversed the roles that they had and brought it to the modern day. As expected with the first season the pair are coming to terms with their powers and learning how to use and control them so don't expect much in regards to the the high caliber action as opposed to a show like Daredevil. Olivia and Aubrey's chemistry as the pair is perfect and their talents do show through their emotion and the roles they play within each episode. I certainly am very glad a second season was announced at SDCC. Do give it a try, it's all down to personal preference in regards to whether or not you enjoy it.
I have just watched episode three and I have to say I am loving it. The vibes from the show are giving me chills and the music selection is very cleverly used. Episode one and two were a bit slow but we needed to be introduced to the characters so we have people to sympathize with and get stuck in. Episode three is brilliant and I expect the rest of the season will be just as good. UPDATE: I get goosebumps every episode I'm on episode 8 now and i really love this series do not believe what people are saying they come to the show wanting to watch something that feels rushed and has no true story, just a bad guy and they use their new given power to take him down. However, this is not the case. The series may be slightly different to the comics but I don't see why you want the same old same old, watching story's you already know about. Absolutely cracking series if you really watch it you will fall in love with it, excellent story.
Highly recommend it! I went into it expecting the worst (after inhumans) and got given a touching bittersweet tale.
Definitely give it a watch to form your own opinion. I hope they crossover with some of the other shows, because this story is fantastic and finally builds up a story about Roxxon who's been in the shadows of the MCU for a long time now.
I have no objection to the slow pacing, compared to other MCU offerings. I found a series that took the time to explore how a pair of teenagers discovered, and gradually learnt to control their powers, with the emphasis on how these developments affected them, rather than simply on what they were capable of doing, to be a refreshingly different approach.
But what I really disliked about this series was its extremely bleak view of humanity. I am not referring to the evil corporation or the corrupt police department; I am referring to its portrayal of the "good" characters. I have no objection to the heroes being realistically flawed - the selfless paragon can be rather wearing! But the utter narcissism of all the main protagonists was horrifying. People close to the central characters died, but they were only mourned insofar as their deaths were an impediment to their own personal goals.
Both had incredibly entitled attitudes: The black boy from a comfortable home tells a homeless girl (with a dead father and addict mother) to "check her privilege" simply because of her skin colour. (Note: there is no portrayal of him actually being a victim of racism at any point. His brother was killed by a corrupt cop, but the same cop is equally willing to murder white people.)
And that same girl considers have lost her father and her nice home (completely unjustly) as an excuse for stealing from and abusing everyone whom she meets. When that includes a boy who loves, and makes great sacrifices for, her - and who comes from an even worse background than herself - nothing in the show suggests that this is anything other than perfectly "understandable".
There was an overarching theme, provided in part by the teaching of Fr. Delgado, of the "hero's journey". However, although our protagonists finally stepped up, when the situation became dire, there was no real sense that their narcissistic approach to life was anything other than justified.
The show is also rather heavy-handed in its political correctness. One point I liked was the switching of the roles from the comic books, so that it is the white girl (Dagger) who is the street kid and thief, whilst the black boy (Cloak) has a middle-class family background and is excelling at a private school. (Although their circumstances appear to have reverted to the traditional situation by the finale.)
The writers both resort to "fridging" (the murder of a love interest, introduced purely in order to motivate a main character), and demonstrate that they are aware of the charge that this is simply lazy writing, but are choosing to do it anyway, by making the said love interest male and the "fridging" literal.
Given that this show wears its PC colours on its sleeve in this way, the cultural appropriation of Vodou seems rather hypocritical. The use of doll pairs are given a completely different interpretation to the one with which I am familiar (and I am referring to their application in slave emancipation, not the "stick pins in" cliché!) I would normally consider this acceptable fictional licence, but given the amount of time the show devotes to preaching about race relations in contemporary America, the hypocrisy does rather grate!
I am aware of the trope where the eventual hero starts out as a "bad guy". So I hope that that is the motivation behind this portrayal, and that our protagonists become less self-centred as the seasons progress. But to spend an entire season on the negative seems a bit much.