TV Review - The Cape ("Pilot/Tarot")


Airs: Mondays at 9/8c on NBC
Genre: Superhero drama
The Set-Up: After being framed for a crime he didn't commit, Palm City police officer Vince Faraday (David Lyons) fakes his own death, and re-emerges from hiding as a masked avenger known simply as "The Cape."  As Vince's family grapples with his absence, Vince tries to rid Palm City of the criminal element for good.  He's aided in his quest by a group of well-meaning circus folk and an all-knowing blogger who calls herself "Orwell" (Summer Glau).
The Good: It's nice to see NBC take a chance on another superhero show after Heroes kind of petered out.  The creators have clearly read a comic book or two in their time.  The opening credits are pretty cool.  The show doesn't take itself too seriously...
The Bad: The show doesn't take itself too seriously.  Some critics thought that made The Cape "fun."  I disagree.  There are moments of the 2-hour pilot that approach high camp - it's more cheesy than anything else.  The acting is horrible - especially the actors who play Vince's wife and son.  Lyons is a fairly blah leading man.  The costuming is ugly and uninspired.  The story feels rushed yet unnecessarily drawn out at the same time.  The villains suck.  The special effects aren't all that special.  Subtlety isn't an asset - an all-knowing character named Orwell?  Please.
The Verdict: Skip it.  *1/2 out of 5 stars.  I was ready to give up on it after the first hour.  This is the kind of show that draws a decent first audience and then slowly erodes them each week.  It will be cancelled by May.  Superhero fans - don't give up hope just yet though.  Today, ABC announced that it will be putting several Marvel-character shows in development, including a new iteration of The Incredible Hulk.

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