- Awesome Music:
- The first episode uses "Quiet" by MILCK as Tandy's theme, which perfectly encapsulates how lonely she is.
- The season finale makes fantastic use of various arrangements of Styx's Come Sail Away, finishing off with a full cover by Olivia Holt.
- Complete Monster: D'Spayre, real name Andre Deschaine, the Big Bad of season 2, was once an aspiring jazz musician who received powers from the Roxxon oil rig explosion, which allowed him to remove his headache pain by feeding off the despair of others. To cultivate this despair, he manipulates a nurse named Avandalia "Lia" Dewan into abandoning her life for him, and together they cultivate a sexual slavery ring under the guise of a community support group for abuse victims, using the group to find more victims. Once Ty and Tandy destroy the ring, D'Spayre feeds off Avandalia one more time, and abandons her barely-living body on the side of the road. After visiting the voodoo priestess Chantelle, who he later murders, D'Spayre uses his powers to rise to godhood, abducting people from across New Orleans to his Pocket Dimension so he can feed off their despair forever. While on the surface a helpful community support worker, D'Spayre is truly a sociopathic monster who inflicts unimaginable horrors on anyone who isn't himself in order to fuel his own power.
- Die for Our Ship: Evita. Ty/Tandy shippers talk about her like she's the devil incarnate, suspecting she's somehow involved with the bad guys or will betray Tyrone, or just criticise her for pushing herself on him by... trying to be friendly and offering support for his troubles. One common justification is to bring up how anyone defending her character/relationship with Tyrone are "ignorant of the comics lore" and Ty/Tandy are meant to be together. This is despite the fact that the two aren't a couple in the comics half of the time (being Platonic Life-Partners mixed with Relationship Writing Fumble and Unresolved Sexual Tension.) However, recently any ambiguity regarding their relationship in comics has been cleared up with the reveal that they had been dating canonically on and off during the duration of their partnership. The latest arc has ended with them breaking up with their current partners, after realizing that no matter what they were always meant to be together. If the show follows suit remains to be seen.
- Genius Bonus: "Funhouse Mirrors" uses colony collapse disorder as a metaphor for the decline in New Orleans's fortunes. It's mostly associated with honeybees (an import from Europe), but American bumblebees are affected, too.
- "Holy Shit!" Quotient: O'Reilly and Mayhem are actually two separate people, due to the former's exposure to Lightforce and Darkforce energies. Many were shocked at this plot twist, as they were under the assumption from promotional materials that Mayhem was a split personality instead.
- Jerkass Woobie: Tandy is a thief and a con woman who steals from anyone she can, but primarily from the rich, thanks to resentment over their wealth. That doesn't stop her gaining sympathy thanks to just how utterly brutal her life became when she was incredibly young and how much crap she has to deal with just getting by, and even her most unsympathetic moments earn pity thanks to being motivated by her fears. On top of that, despite targeting the very wealthy, it's shown that she can only just barely afford to get by on that; given her only other options in her position would be far less profitable, one can hardly blame her.
- Narm: Chantelle's narration in the Season 1 finale mostly has a perfectly neutral accent, except whenever she says the city's name as a heavily accented "N'Awlins," making her come off like a poser trying to sound like they're from the place.
- One True Pairing: The show is called "Cloak & Dagger".
- Slow-Paced Beginning: What seems to be the biggest complaint about the first season is that it takes a while to actually get going, similarly to the opening season of Jessica Jones (2015).
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: As to be expected given the source material, the show delves into the social disadvantages plaguing African-Americans and lower-class women, which are used to both provide motivation for their characters and for how they end up crossing paths. Tyrone's ethnicity provides justification for his mother's My Beloved Smother tendencies and characterisation, as well as the Death by Origin Story treatment for his brother, who was pursued and killed by a cop despite being clearly unarmed. Likewise the dangers Tandy encounters thanks to being a young woman on the street (such as nearly being raped) help highlight why she's such a jaded Broken Bird while the classism issues she faces by being poor justify why she both has to steal and why she can't seek justice so easily for the things done against her.
- Special Effects Failure: The effects for Tandy's light daggers are a bit dodgy. Though the sneak peek shows the effects have improved somewhat.
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: While Tandy did have a hard life, some viewers think the outright cruel way she treats many people close to her erases any kind of sympathy, as she is simply too self-centered without much regard for the pain other people might have.
- Win Back the Crowd: While the show was generally praised, there were complaints that it was slow-paced at times. Then, the seventh episode "Lotus Eaters" won everyone over for its Mental World scenario and inventive action sequences.
YMMV / Cloak & Dagger (2018)