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TV Review: The Cape

I have some reviews coming! I been meaning to post them before this but honestly a project at work has taken over my life plus I am back to watching Novelas. I know, I promised 5 yrs ago I was quitting. I lied.

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TV Show: The Cape (NBC)
Show Rating: C
Best Line: “Say hello to Dorothy, bitch.” ~ Rollo
Best Special Guest: Vinnie Jones as Scales. Why isn’t he a regular???


Thoughts: Like the majority of TV shows there’s always weak-links whose acting skill is quite honestly determined by their pretty looks. Lack of talent seems to bother no one when casting these fools, however it’s pretty seldom that you get the main actor to be such a link. The Cape has plenty of corny lines, predictable storylines (with the exception of Max not dying, thank the freaking Gods of TV) and an awesome supporting cast. The main hero’s storyline? Not so compelling. An honest cop whose world is turned upside down when he’s framed by his diabolical nemesis and fabulous English actor, James Frain. Boohoohoo. Perhaps it is my general apathy towards wholesome goody-two-shoes characters that plays an essential element in my general dislike for ‘The Cape’ and his family, but regardless of what it is I just don’t feel them. On the other hand, I’m very interested in those around him.

Summer Glau’s acting begs for someone in LA to grow a brain and get her, her own TV show. Granted, this character she plays is not as amazing as River (Firefly) but she holds her own as a sexy internet blogger and hacker with a mysterious source of endless money and unknown motives. I like. It’s sexy, intriguing and lies happily in the gray area.

Then there’s Max, played by the actor with the most panty-wetting voice ever, Keith David. I’ve had a love affair with Keith’s voice since he did the voice of Goliath in ‘Gargoyles’. He’s your stereotypical soulful black man who stands around to give ‘The Cape’ (or whatever his name is) advise. I about had a heart attack when you think he’s dying, I was ready to turn off my TV because if I can’t hear Keith’s voice then what is the point of it all? However, in a turn of rather brilliance the writers let him live to fight another day. I liked it! There’s more to Max than meets the eye.

Of course, the big bad. James Frain plays the “bwahahah”-villain ‘Chess’. Yes, you heard right. His name is ‘Chess’. I can’t even. Anyways, can’t dwell on it let us focus on James’ fantasticness. James comes on the screen and all one can think is ‘this just got good’ and it pretty much lets you survive past those cringing moments when he’s being all Bwahahah-evil-cause-I’m-wearing-evil-contacts. I know there’s a story behind that because from I could gather while I curled my lashes he’s been hurt before, his family destroyed. Predictable plot: ‘The Cape’ will feel he’s turning into ‘Chess’ since they have probably gone through the same only James Frain did it with more hair (The Cape seems to be balding).

The rest of the circus bank robbers are a lovely cast of characters which I rather watch than ‘The Cape’s wife and kid mourning him. I’ve said this before, I don’t always get sucked in per the premier. Premiers tend to suck but I’m having a really hard time getting over the main being so white bread. I will still record it and watch it Monday mornings as I’m getting ready, it’s the least I can do for Glau, David and Frain.

In closing: I don’t think this baby will last long which works out well for Glau lovers as this may give her the exposure she needs to finally have her own show. A+ I’m also afraid this will turn as corny as Smallville did because really how many times can the city come close to being destroyed? NBC cancels shows faster than people sleeping together in Grey's Anatomy so let us see... only time can tell.

Comments

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dreamsofpaprika
Jan. 12th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)

I hate when they cast people for looks and not talent. *sigh* Oh well. With crap like this, who cares?
isabellecs
Jan. 13th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
This typically happens often, especially on teen shows. It's a deadly thing.
paceisthetrick
Jan. 13th, 2011 06:26 am (UTC)
Oh! Wow! I had no idea Summer Glau was in this. I saw the trailer and wasn't impressed, so I didn't tune in.
isabellecs
Jan. 13th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she's probably the best part of it
24hrscout
Jan. 17th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
Is it bad to say I'd rather watch this than Gossip Girl right now?
isabellecs
Jan. 17th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
It's been a year and a half since I stopped watching that show and I dont regret it at all. It was a good decision, even back in Season 2 is became obvious that the one thing I couldn't trust was the writer's obsession with creating drama rather than character development. Since the major media barely talks about the show anymore, I remain happily oblivious of what is happening :)
24hrscout
Jan. 17th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
Well, you were the smart one! I wish I would have done the same. You are right though, they do sacrifice characters all for drama and contrived plots. I actually have watched ,maybe, 5 episodes total this season, so I'm weaning myself off! Anyway, thanks for the review. I think I'll check it out and see if the Cape is worth my time.
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