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-con
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.