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In last week’s penultimate episode of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger season two, we finally got “Big Bad” Andre’s origins slightly fleshed out for us. We see that he was a jazz musician chasing the elusive “Blue Note” on his trumpet that would put him amongst the all-time greatest. His migraines struck him on stage though, and his career passed him by. This was what drove him to be on the bridge during the same Roxxon explosion that gave Tandy & Tyrone (Dagger & Cloak respectively) their powers nine years ago; he was going to kill himself. In the hospital, he only recovered by discovering his strange telepathic ability to transmute women’s despair into psionic power in an astral record shop.
In the now, Tyrone & Tandy were trying to trace Andre/D’Spayre, but they found that all the women he still held sway over were in a trance coma state, all humming the same tune. Mayhem brought one of the girls for Tandy to try to read her spirit to see if she had any hope left. While Tandy was discovering that this girl was just a black hole of static noise inside, Tyrone found out that his mom killed Detective Connors and was busy covering up the evidence. Tandy used the static space inside the girl’s mind to enter the memories in her mind, where they faced off against D’Spayre. He was impervious to her attacks, however, and ejected from the astral battle.
Out in the real world, Tyrone shook down a pair of drug dealers and threatened them and told them to warn the streets that no sex trafficking through drug addiction would be allowed, as per Cloak & Dagger. He also got Andre’s location from them. When they got to him, he was using his personalized voodoo symbol, or veve, to completely enrapture a crowd of people who stood to watch him play trumpet. He was reaching for the Blue Note, and Tandy & Tyrone combined their powers to defeat his living body, but that was not enough. The gathered mesmerized crowd all dissolved into nothing as he collapsed to the ground. We saw in the last scene he was somewhere back in the astral plane with a club full of people to perform for now.
This show has been one of the great underestimated sweet spots in comic book adaptations of late. In the last few years, only season one of Jessica Jones, season one of Legion, Netflix’s Umbrella Academy, and most recently Doom Patrol have been in the same echelon of production value and storytelling in comic book TV. They have done well to make the city of New Orleans itself a character in the tales — or at least the voodoo culture of the city has done a great deal to transform this tale about a superhero duo that usually operates in New York City. It has been a pleasant alternate reality to watch. With a good chance for season three renewal, tonight’s finale could be either a conclusive showdown or a cliffhanger to string us along. Tune in to find out!
On tonight’s episode, “Level Up,” Tyrone and Tandy head to the Loa dimension to stop the evil force threatening New Orleans. To finally put an end to it, they must come face to face with their own personal issues that have been holding them back. Meanwhile, Mayhem and Evita do their best to hold off the dangers in the real dimension.
To see how the season ends, tune in to Freeform at 8/7c.
I’ll also probably cue up an episode of Good Omens, which drops today.