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Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by Adam Lenhardt, Apr 7, 2016.
Unless Freeform brings the show back for more seasons!
I'm not sure they have enough time to develop their relationship or powers enough in the last five episodes and then have that outcome.
This has fast become the show I most look forward to each week. It's definitely telling one ongoing story that continues from where it left off, but because it's not on the Netflix model, it's doing a better job of telling satisfying self-contained stories too.
Lots of shows have done Groundhog Day episodes like this one, but never quite like this. The time loop is extremely short, seemingly around five minutes or so, for one thing. It's also not a real time loop, but a brain in a catatonic state skipping like a record, for another. But most importantly, the time loop isn't centered around our protagonists. They've intruded on the time loop from outside it. They're the key to ending it, but it's a means for the writers to separate Tandy and Tyrone from the rest of the world.
The whole thing with the phone ringing, and Tandy's dad being on the other end, was heartbreaking. Olivia Holt beautifully captured what Tandy must have felt, having this tiny sliver of her father back, not enough to provide but just enough to make the pain of his absence more acute. At the same time, when Tyrone presents her with the logic of how the phone must work, she's smart enough to listen to him and take his argument seriously. And when he's proven right, she lets her delusion of reconnection with her father go.
The best part of the episode, though, was finally getting to see Cloak and Dagger working together as a team. Tandy's control of her powers developed significantly over the course of the episode. Even if that only lasted inside Ivan's mind, it points to where she's headed on that front. And Tyrone was finally able to teleport at will, and choose where he wanted to go. Seeing them working in tandem to dispatch the zombified rig workers was a thing of beauty. As heavy as a lot of the subject matter was, this was the first episode with some real levity to it.
And the phone call was such a great way to end the episode. The show is doing a stellar job of developing Tandy and Tyrone as friends. If the show does pair them off romantically down the road, the time it's spending now to develop their bond platonically will pay dividends.