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The Cape: The Complete Series
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Capitalizing on the notion that every story with comic book origins deserves a Hollywood treatment (in itself, a specious idea), "The Cape" was introduced to capture the audience left when the increasingly problematic "Heroes" left the air. But lacking that show's complex mythology and appealing cast, it was an uphill battle from the start. I do contend that the elements to have developed a successful show were all present, they were just never assembled in the right way.
The Good: David Lyons was a likable lead--a family man and cop who is forced into a heroic alter ego when framed (and seemingly murdered) by the town's super villain. James Frain has a nice menace as the unstable foe. Morally corrupt Keith David and a bevy of carnival performers provide unlikely support to our new hero.Read more ›
That's what I really liked about the show. The creators were telling their stories in an earnest, non-campy fashion, and having their characters actually dealing with the situations they found themselves in. Evil hides behind the institutions of law and order, with the biggest threat coming not from our hero, but Evil's competitors. Those people our hero was forced to leave behind are shown dealing with the ramifications of the frame-up, and the loss of the primary bread-earner of the family; and we also see how our hero inspires others into standing up for what's right.
This is all heady stuff, which allowed one to question the conventions of the genre, and look at them with fresh eyes, especially with how they would fit into today's world.
The problem came in the execution ... as the previous reviewer noted, tonally it was inconsistent as the world seemed to reside on the borders of the mundane and the bizarre. Then, also, the writing was inconsistent, with certain matters glossed over when they should have been examined, and other matters scrutinized when they should have been glossed over.
So, yeah, this series wasn't perfect, and it did provoke A LOT of love it/hate it discussions ... so, obviously, it isn't for everyone. But, given the relative scarcity of original costumed crimefighters appearing on TV, I do give the series credit for at least trying.
The series really started to click when the characters discovered their sense of humor, but by then it was too late. Consequently, it was when the series was hitting its creative stride, that it was cancelled because it couldn't attract and hold an audience.
NBC gave The Cape a good time slot. NBC promoted it heavily.
As the storyline developed, the main characters were filled out with their back ground stories. Episodes were improving in plot and character development.
Peter Fleming's Chess alter ego was given a sympatric storyline. Max Malini and Rollo were just two great characters, brave, courageous and of course thieves.
Keith David is a fine actor, and he played Max Malini to the hilt with a devilish glee. Martin Klebba's Rollo was a delight as he interacted with Max and The Cape. His fight with the evil Scales was one of those rare moments.
Summer Glau's mysterious Orwell character was just stunning. The evolution of her character was well done as her feelings for The Cape intensified as each episode progressed. Her true identity was revealed in bits and pieces.
Trip Faraday represented every boy and his love for comic book heroes. His belief in his dad was very touching. The Cape, his own personal superhero, gave him a sense of hope and wonder.
Dana Faraday's steadfast belief in her husband's innocence was a constant in the series. She truly loved her husband and took every opportunity to prove his innocence.
I watched every episode and enjoyed it. Of course, it was not perfect.
In this day and age of economic ups and downs, a television program needs to click with viewers real fast in order to survive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ending aside...this is a great show. I don't understand why they cancelled it. It's got an original storyline, and it gets better as the series goes along. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Kayla
This was a very interesting series. Very unique plot lines but it never seems to be going anywhere. I'd buy it again but I'm glad it only ran one season. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jim Phillips
I hadn't heard of this series before seeing it online. Sounded interesting so I ordered it, liked it very muchPublished 3 months ago by Mel
Warning ! You will be sadly disappointed if you have never seen this series and buy it unseen like myself. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Billie
I liked this series when it first aired and was disappointed that it was cancled so soon. Get it.Published 6 months ago by Patrick L.
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