NBC attempts to tap into the nerd culture once again by launching a new superhero series called The Cape. It’s about police officer Vince Faraday that is framed for a crime he didn’t commit (of course). On the run, he encounters circus performers that teach him the art of illusion and outfit him with some mystical gear in exchange for a bunch of crimes he helps commit. After a typical montage, he becomes a superhero in about 5 mins and can now fight crime with a cape that he can manipulate like a whip/lasso. He is joined by Summer Glau as Orwell, the tech savy and all-knowing operator.
Overall, this new series is ridiculous. It’s not creative nor ambitious and pretty much steals from many comic book stories that have come before. The costume is uninspired, his ‘powers’ are cheesy, and the whole tone of the show it lame. The story telegraphs exactly where its going from the very start and capitalizes on every cliché from the superhero genre. To make matters worst, the 2 hour pilot felt about 1 1/2 too long. At least Heroes took a couple of seasons to get bad. The Cape took about 4 minutes.
The lead David Lyons is TV’s bland and boring version of Daniel Craig (James Bond). He is equally uninteresting as The Cape or in his civilian alter ego. If you want to ensure a TV show gets cancelled, add Summer Glau. She is the kiss of death of anything good or bad. I never understood her appeal from Firefly, to the Sarah Conner Chronicles, or to this.
I like NBC because they seem interested in nerd culture. With past shows like Heroes or current ones like Chuck, at least they are trying to give us fans something to watch. But NBC, please don’t insult our intelligence. Take some risks and try to create something new and original instead of this rehashed mess. I really don’t understand how something so mediocre get’s the green light and actually makes it to the airwaves. It’s one of many questions I will ask God when I get to Heaven. Until then, I will be avoiding The Cape and will be removing it from my DVR list. NBC, please hang up The Cape and quit making us nerds look so bad.
I give this a half Babble out of 5.