Cloak And Dagger Season 2 premiere: Mayhem is born, but not the way you think

MARVEL'S CLOAK & DAGGER - "Restless Energy" - Now living very different lives, Tyrone and Tandy try to stay under the wire while still honing their powers. After coming to terms with their destiny, the two now find it difficult to just stand by and do nothing while bad things continue to happen throughout the city. Meanwhile, Brigid is struggling from her recovery. This episode of "MarvelÕs Cloak & Dagger" airs Thursday, April 4 (8:00 Ð 9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Freeform. (Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani)AUBREY JOSEPH, OLIVIA HOLT
MARVEL'S CLOAK & DAGGER - "Restless Energy" - Now living very different lives, Tyrone and Tandy try to stay under the wire while still honing their powers. After coming to terms with their destiny, the two now find it difficult to just stand by and do nothing while bad things continue to happen throughout the city. Meanwhile, Brigid is struggling from her recovery. This episode of "MarvelÕs Cloak & Dagger" airs Thursday, April 4 (8:00 Ð 9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Freeform. (Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani)AUBREY JOSEPH, OLIVIA HOLT /
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The recent season premiere of Cloak And Dagger introduced us to a fan-favorite character from the comics but Mayhem isn’t identical to her comic counterpart. Find out more in our recap below.

Even though previews for the sophomore season of Cloak And Dagger have been teasing the upcoming rise of Mayhem, otherwise known as Detective Brigid O’Reilly (Emma Lahana), there’s a very distinct difference between Joe Pokaski’s take on the character and the comic version.

Warning! Spoilers for Cloak And Dagger Season 2 follow. You’ve been warned.

Rather than transforming Detective O’Reilly into the Freeform series’ newest villain like the comics did, Pokaski and the Cloak And Dagger writing staff decided to give her an evil counterpart instead.

In most cases where two characters inhabit the same body, there’s always an internal struggle that goes on for some time. A huge internal debate would usually ensue until one half dominates the other, gaining total control over the host. Cloak And Dagger, however, has sidestepped that conflict by creating a physical manifestation of both halves.

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The season two premiere didn’t explain everything, but from our understanding, the energy blast that sent Detective O’Reilly flying out of a window in Season One created this darker half. They were both present when O’Reilly washed up on shore but the latter physically split after Brigid went on a misery-filled drinking binge.

Last night’s episode ended with this dark reality sinking in for O’Reilly, Tandy (Olivia Holt), and Tyrone (Aubrey Joseph) after they all arrived at the crime scene where Tandy and Mayhem had just captured the crooks who drugged Michaela. The question is: how will the crime-fighting group sort out their complex situation?

Since the O’Reilly twins haven’t directly confronted each other before, it’s unclear how their first meeting will turn out. Will they face off in physical combat? Or will these two find some common ground so their mission to rid the city of evil can succeed?

While these are all good questions, a promo for next week’s episode suggests they’ll part ways shortly after arriving at the crime scene together.

The clip for “Mayhem Revealed” shows the newly formed team searching for O’Reilly’s duplicate shortly after. She wastes no time in cleaning up the city’s trash but the swath of destruction laid in her wake can’t be good, especially when O’Reilly is tied to all the crimes that Mayhem is committing.

Now, the evil half knows how to cover her tracks well enough to stay off of anyone’s radar, but her brutal killing spree so far suggests she doesn’t care where this path leads. And if Marvel Comics has taught us anything over the years is that any superhero who goes down this path eventually becomes a villain known to all.

Once that inevitable transformation takes place, mindless tasks like covering up clues won’t matter to Mayhem. Detective O’Reilly, on the other hand, cares because she’ll be accused of the heinous crimes her other half commits—and that’s something she can’t allow.

How will Detective O’Reilly stop her other half from destroying the city?

On the Freeform series, O’Reilly has struggled with addictive substances and her own mind at times but she’s mostly been on the straight and narrow. The veteran Detective has tiptoed around vigilante work in the past but did everything by the books.

Even Tyrone’s foolhardy attempts to fix the problems he created in New Orleans’ gangland were rebuffed by Brigid when she noted how his findings would look in the eyes of the law—once again confirming her stance as a protector of law and order.

So with O’Reilly on the right track to repairing her fractured reputation,  she’s not going to let Mayhem ruin that for her by carving out a bloody path of destruction. Of course, for that to happen, she’ll need to reconcile the two halves.

In Brigid’s case, she physically needs her other half to survive. Many fans noticed how she was unable to shoot her firearm in the Season Two premiere despite being a crack shot herself. Some deduced that mental distress was to blame but Mayhem going full John Wick on a bunch of gang leaders tells us where her skill—and nerve—went.

Because of this factor, Brigid O’Reilly will cease to be an effective police officer. Until she can figure out how to merge with her darker self, she’ll be somewhat helpless. Fortunately, Brigid now has Tandy and Tyrone to help bring them back together.

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What do you think of the Mayhem reveal? Are they destined to merge or will one purge the other? Let us know in the comments section below.

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