The first few minutes of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger‘s fourth episode “Rabbit Hold” are super intense with Mayhem vanishing into dark air, Tandy learning about a bonus “power” that Tyrone has and tries to help him figure out how to trigger it, while one of the snatched traffickers recognizes Ty’s mugshot and calls it in to his crew, and OG O’Reilly learns more about the crappy side of the NOLA PD. Tandy figures out to trigger Ty’s smoky dark side and uses it to find and hopefully pull out Mayhem and if possible Connor’s, the one man who can clear Ty’s name and give him his life back. While Tandy is deep fear diving for Tweedle Bad Guy and Tweedle Bad Ass, Ty gets a call from O’Reilly telling him the drug dealing traffickers might be headed to his parents’ house to get him.
Tandy encounters a tiny Not Pre-Teen Tyrone and tries to see if he can help her find Mayhem, he also tells her how to get out with a little apprehension about her taking Mayhem with her and, sends her on her way weaponless. Ty heads to his parents’ to save his mom but, since Tandy is in his darkness he can’t shift, so he has to get away from the bad guys the old fashioned way, with his mom hotwiring a car and driving away. In the void, Tandy follows Mayhems’ blood trail and tries to convince her to come with her to no avail. Back in the real world, O’Reilly goes to help Ty’s mom but arrive at an empty house, except for a lone patrolman responding to an alarm while Tandy and Mayhem arrive at a hall of mirrors and wax philosophical about who they really are.
Ty and his mom have a similar “Who am I?” chat while trying to evade the police and the drug/trafficking crew on their tail and in the darkness Mayhem and Tandy run across the hovel of a hiding , scarred and scared Connors’. Ty brings his mom to an unused coven to hide out for a while and, Mayhem tries to use feminism to get Tandy to turn on Ty. In a clever piece of storytelling, Ty tells his mom of the New Orleans legend of the Casket Girls is seamlessly interwoven with Mayhem and Tandy talking about the missing girls, who seem to be cataloged in the record shop they ran across in the darkness.
Ty and his mom find their safe space broken when they are held at gunpoint by a lone young gang member, Ty’s mom distracts him by talking to him and Ty takes his gun, just in time for an SUV of his fellow gang members, fully armed shows up outside the window. Tandy is stuck in her own personal hell as she discovers that playing the records in the shop that pertain to her only bring up bad memories and, nothing useful to help her get out until. Tyrone thinks smart and calls O’Reilly who brings in the cavalry and gets him mother out safely under the guise of his surrender while Tandy smashes records in the catalog vinyl shop of missing and lost girls. Mayhem comes across Connors’ and assaults him before trying to hang him, Tandy catches her and a fight ensues, she saves him and they get kicked out of the void just in time to allow Tyrone to get his powers back and escape. Unfortunately, because of the timing Connors’ escapes into the wild of New Orleans and he knows where Tandy and Ty are hiding.
Amanda Row brilliantly directed this intense episode and while there wasn’t a whole lot of action but, there was a whole lot of storytelling and layers. The story managed to maintain intensity and suspense using nothing more than words and visuals and it was beautiful to watch. The use of shadows and light that showcase the symmetry between what is happening with Tandy and what is happening with Ty is brilliant and adds a lot to the episode.
Overall, I give this episode a solid 8.8 as it served its purpose as a placeholder episode to propel the story along but, it also managed to maintain the momentum that the previous episodes created and served to engage the audience into the world of Tandy and Ty in New Orleans making us fall more in love with the story and the characters.