First episode impressions: ‘Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger’ Season 2 (TV review)


’m glad “Cloak & Dagger” Season 2 (8 p.m. Eastern Thursdays on Freeform) started with a “previously on,” because the plot specifics of this show don’t stick in my head – even though I enjoy the experience of watching it. Last season, as I was reminded, found Tyrone/Cloak (Aubrey Joseph) and Tandy/Dagger (Olivia Holt) exposing the evil corporatists at Roxxon. So it’s good that Season 2 has a new plot, and that the duo is comfortable using their primary powers now. (Their secondary powers promise more weirdness, though.)

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First episode impressions: ‘Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger’ (TV review)


riter and showrunner Joe Pokaski, no doubt drawing on what he learned as a writer on “Daredevil,” has crafted another winner for the Marvel Cinematic Universe with “Cloak & Dagger” (8 p.m. Eastern Thursdays on Freeform), which had a two-episode premiere this week. Based on a comic that debuted in 1983, it’s not as good as “Daredevil” – that’s a high bar – but it does borrow that show’s slow-burn mentality to immerse a viewer in these teens’ lives and particularly crummy parts of New Orleans.

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‘Scream’ and ‘Dead of Summer’ make Tuesday nights great again (TV review)


For the first time since “Gilmore Girls” and “Veronica Mars” aired back-to-back nearly a decade ago, Tuesday night has become appointment-TV night again. A couple of unlikely shows have propped up Tuesday night’s status: “Scream” (10 p.m. Eastern on MTV) and “Dead of Summer” (9 p.m. Eastern on Freeform). Whereas other nights have a decent show here and there (such as Wednesday’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”), Tuesday is the only night that currently gets me excited to come home from work and fire up my DVR.

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First episode impressions: ‘Dead of Summer’ (TV review)

“Dead of Summer” (9 p.m. Eastern Tuesdays on Freeform) doesn’t break a single clod of new ground, but it’s a slick summer horror series that almost achieves a sense of nostalgia. It’s set in 1989 at a summer camp on a lake, presumably somewhere in the Midwest (one of the characters sports a White Sox cap), and it deliberately calls forth the ’80s vibe – not palpably so, but at least it avoids anachronisms.

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