Cloak And Dagger Will Exceed Your Overly Low Expectations
The weekend dealt out some scathing blows to the nerd world. With the cancelation of shows like Lucifer and Inhumans it’s left us reeling. Gotham’s final season got announced followed by Brooklyn Nine Nine being cancelled by Fox and picked up by fellow major network CBS. Seriously, when will the pain stop?
Let’s take a look at the number one culprit here: FOX. By far the most notorious major network for cancelling shows. Because when failing to meet their quota viewership quota lets not focus on making the shows better. Let’s cancel the bastard altogether. It’s all about the Advertisers.
Vengeful nerds will always remember the untimely demise dealt out to their precious Firefly. But I really don’t think that was the height of Network Television’s malevolence. The end of the 00’s (norties, sic) saw Networks like Fox and ABC bring cult franchises like “V” back. Only to pull the rug out from under the showrunners when the second season started to lose 100,000 viewers with each passing episode. A number justifiable when their top end of town was over 2 million viewers.
Marvel’s Inhumans suffered a similar such fate. All within one season. Again, with ABC biting off more than they can chew, running a promotional campaign costing more than the show could help to recoup. Doubling down on a Marvel property too constrained by its irreversibly boring continuity. Leaving little room to breathe or move.
Marvel’s Netflix properties and Fox’s Agents of Shield have taken off for a couple reasons. The continuity of the characters are flexible and can be reinvented on the small screen medium. Well known Marvel properties on the lower end of the spectrum are like gold to a major or cable Network. They can bend and shape those particular characters and the world they live in to their will. That’s what works in the televised superhero world. Not some unrelatable barely mutant troop stuck on the other side of the moon.
Enter Cloak and Dagger, soon to be released through Freeform. Starring Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph. Taking place in the world of the MCU, the premise is two teenagers with two totally different backgrounds with two totally sets of powers. It speaks to the divisiveness of current world events and the yearning for a better world. Change and acceptance is synonymous with the very message behind Marvel, the vision of Stan Lee and the very nature of the millennial generation.
Cloak and Dagger airs on the 7th June 2018 on Freeform.