Justice for Billy! (And Nathan... I guess.)
Cloak and Dagger Season 1 Episode 8 gave us the long-awaited retribution for the two big deaths by the oil rig explosion. Tandy and Tyrone finally gave up their ghosts, but the damage was done. While one can walk away happy; the other's reality is forever changed.
But, even with the good news, the trouble keeps on coming.
Having Tandy and Tyrone turn to each other on the anniversary of the explosion was a big step in their relationship.
Cloak and Dagger Season 1 has kept a consistent theme of reinforcing the pair's connection. Their powers not only pull them together, but it's the harmony they feel because they relate to one another. They understand each other when everyone else doesn't.
Even though Tyrone brushed Tandy off in the beginning when his own family didn't want to celebrate, he still found his way back to her during the beach tradition. He wanted to be there for her. And also importantly, he wanted to be there for himself.
The lit lantern wasn't only for Nathan, but the light symbolized Billy as well. The pair had the perfect moment where (at the time) they could leave the past behind.
We should've known better than to think the anniversary would become a happily-ever-after.
Tyrone: I got a confession out of him. It was like music. It was real, and awful, and sweet.
Tandy: I didn’t get a confession, but I did scare the s*** out of him. Blowing the whistle on these a******* and putting Roxxon out of business. The past eight years have sucked, but maybe we do have a future?
Tyrone: Maybe we do.
Between the two families, the Johnsons reacted to the anniversary the hardest. (In a world where Melissa could pull herself together and look composed, you know Tyrone's parents were probably hurting emotionally.)
Even though Tyrone, Otis, and Adina were in the same room together, the distance was palpable. Emotionally speaking, none of them were even in the same house. The moment felt like they were strangers who didn't know how to react around one another.
"Ghost Stories" showed us the hidden dark side of the Johnsons, and it's a storyline that we needed to see.
In contrast to Melissa Bowen, who crumbled under the pressure of Nathan's death and resorted to drinking/drugs/affairs, both Adina and Otis came across as overprotected parents who had it together. In reality, they suffered emotionally and the fear of losing each other.
That tension must've eaten away at them throughout the years.
Tyrone: Why are you here?
Tandy: What? No hug? Not even a handshake?!
Tyrone: Come on.
Adina: Tyrone, who’s this?
Tyrone: Oh, this is, um... this is my friend...
Tandy: Tandy. Hi!
Adina: Well, why did you stop by today, Tandy?
Tandy: Um, today, I guess. Yeah, my dad died the same night as Tyrone’s brother, so I thought I’d stop by to check on Ty.
Otis: That’s very nice of you. Thank you, Tandy.
Tandy: Are you guys doing anything special for Billy today?
Tyrone: No. We’re not.
Adina could barely be around Otis during the anniversary of Billy's death, and she'd rather be alone than even celebrate it with Tyrone. Otis, on the other hand, wanted the opposite to be surrounded by his former crew.
He needed loved ones and support around to feel like family on an important day. Him breaking down while holding Billy's cape was a heartbreaking scene to witness. But, their distance did beg the question: Are we gearing up for Adina and Otis' potential separation?
The two aren't as close as they once were and they haven't exactly been the most affectionate to one another. Billy's death could be what eventually drives them apart.
We should be prepared in case they do end up leaving each other.
Even if his parents do separate, Tyrone can be happy knowing that Billy's killer was finally apprehended. Connors is behind bars; albeit, due to a head-scratcher of a plan.
Let's be real here: If anyone heard Tyrone's plan without any context, it would sound insane.
He wore a cape and told two detectives he was going to use his "power" to bring out Connors' fear to force him to confess. Fuchs and O'Reilly must've been weirded out by Tyrone. (The cape was a tad dramatic, even for me.)
This ambush type of plot has appeared in other past TV shows, so we had an idea of what his plan entailed. Plus, unless everything went horribly wrong, we could surmise that their odds of catching him would be pretty high.
And Connors fell for the plot hook, line, and sinker thanks to the cloaking power.
Tyrone's powers advanced fast since he first discovered them on Cloak and Dagger Season 1 Episode 1. Whereas Tandy excelled slowly throughout the season, Tyrone took his time to embrace his. Before now, Tandy could call forth her white dagger with ease, but Tyrone needed a push here and there.
During the ambush in the shipping yard, Tyrone easily teleported around, even several times in front of Connors. (Which was a neat special effect to witness between the changing shadows. Kudos to the special effects team!)
His superhero development has progressed nicely in his short time using powers. Taking down Connors is a good first step toward where he could go in the future. Before long, he could be accessing new abilities we haven't seen yet.
Tandy dug deep into her dark side. Whatever shreds of light and hope she had before going into her revenge plot against Peter Scarborough and Roxxon Corp is probably hidden forever.
There's nothing worse for a person who held onto a memory and was driven for revenge than to have their hopes crushed by the truth. Nathan Bowen's reality destroyed the idyllic picture Tandy held onto for many years.
When troubles arose with Melissa, Tandy would remember the good times with her father and how she desperately wanted him back. In Tandy's world: Nathan was the hero, and Melissa was the villain who couldn't cope.
She could never fathom that he father would be a terrible man.
Her learning the truth might've been why she went back on her word and took the money instead. After all these years, she'd rather live a better future than to dwell on the past for a man she didn't honestly know.
Melissa: I know you haven’t been showing up to the memorial tradition these last few years...
Tandy: Mom, I want to be there.
Tandy: Yeah, really.
Melissa: Then we’ll need the perfect balloon. What should we get?
Tandy: Anything, just not like that one time you had the bar mitzvah balloon.
Melissa: That was pretty hilarious.
Tandy: Up into the sky to honor Dad’s memory.
Melissa: Mazel tov!
Tandy: You know what, I’ll get the balloon.
The nightmare world in Melissa's mind painted a new picture for a character we thought was the heroic victim. This plot twist shook up the foundation we were led to believe, and it's a shrewd move now since it casts doubt on everything we've seen so far in Cloak and Dagger Season 1.
Was Nathan as evil as Peter mentioned? Did he know about the illegal dealings at Roxxon? Was he involved too?
We'll need more information to go on to make a full assessment of Nathan's activities with Roxxon.
What we know for certain, however, was that he's a terrible husband. Melissa deserves so much respect for putting up with whatever trouble he caused her throughout their marriage.
Hopefully, Tandy shows her mother a lot more love, kindness, and respect going forward.
The stylistic fight scenes and set designs during this hour were incredible.
The Cloak and Dagger team went above to show our heroes in full action hero mode against their enemies. I loved Tandy's takedown of Peter Scarborough because it utilized the full effect of her white blade. She cut through those wires with ease, and she channeled her powers without any issues.
Tyrone's ambush plot against Connors was also a highlight too.
However, the best scene visually had to be Tyrone and Tandy entering the empty movie theater in Melissa's mind. The ambiance, the lighting, the music, and the use of the projector created an uneasy and tense mood that suited the tone of the scene. We were meant to feel scared and unprepared for what came next.
The plot was preparing us for the uncomfortable feeling of learning Nathan's truth. It's a smart stylistic move that made the reveal even more shocking.
Fuchs: Is it Connors. Do you think he has more to do with it?
[She eats the pancakes]
Brigid: These are good.
Fuchs: Yeah?! There’s more where that came from.
Fuchs: I like making my girlfriend pancakes.
Brigid: I’m your girlfriend?
Fuchs: You are eating the pancakes.
[She stops eating]
Brigid: I want to take down Connors.
Fuchs: No... we are.
Poor Fuchs. He fell victim to the "fridging" trope; he didn't stand a chance.
We should've realized something like this was going to happen. Connors wouldn't go away without a fight, and he had a score to settle with Brigid. Plus, Fuchs last few scenes were a little too happy.
Fuchs and Brigid made their relationship official. Those few little words committing to their romance ended his life as his goodbye hero edit.
Brigid will no doubt use her anger at losing Fuchs to get her revenge on Connors.
What did you think of "Ghost Stories"? Would you have taken the money? Are you going to miss O'Reilly's boyfriend? Did the truth change your opinion about Melissa?
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