The Cape Review: A Complete Dud

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The Cape continues to exhaust me because I have to try too hard to watch it. I find it incredibly boring. It doesn't hold my interest, other than the few moments when Summer Glau is on screen, but that has nothing to do with her character.  With this material, even she comes off wooden and flat

The Cape: Kozmo

The writing... oh the writing! Lines such as, "Either you wear the cape, or the cape wears you" makes me wonder if a high schooler penned the script for "Kozmo."

Exactly which comic villains were The Cape trying to mimic with Gregor? X-Men's Gambit by carrying out card tossing assassinations?  The Joker with the makeup smeared across his face later in the episode? Or Two-Face from Batman Forever by serving as surrogate ringmaster, threatening to kill Max and lure The Cape into the limelight?  This cobbled amalgam of supervillains just felt contrived and quite simply dull.

All the theatrics with the cape are just plain awful.  There is way too much emphasis placed on the cape itself and its many uses. Seriously, are there really that many things one can do with a cape without it actually having some sort of mystical powers? 

The only moments that elicited even the slightest of smiles occurred when Orwell agreed to go to the circus with Rollo, and ended up riding on the back of his cycle, and then the split second when Orwell was hanging from the rafters in spandex - but even that didn't elevate the episode from its doldrums. It occurs to me now that watching Glau float around for an hour in slinky attire in fact may actually not be enough to sustain a series.

Perhaps I'm being too nit-picky, but there is no way this kid is dumb enough not to recognize his father's voice.  Vince doesn't even attempt to disguise it.  But, then again, an adult Lois Lane was blinded to Superman's identity by a pair of glasses all those years.

What did you think of the episode? Think I'm being too harsh? Sound off in the comments below.


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Jeffrey Kirkpatrick is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


The Cape is flat dope! All you fool that didn't like it take it too seriously. it was a fun show.


You are all gay, the cape was great!!! I have no idea what this loser was talking about but what ever he was saying he was either drunk or high when he did!! So any body who thinks the cape was boring go suck he's dick!!!


A colossal pile of shit.


I watch it for the superhero premise, but then, when I hear that the Chinese military is in the market for an outside private security force, I realize that the plot are both written by people that don't understand international politics, and along with the contrived dialogue, as a person who gets addicted to shows, no matter how bad they are, I'm glad the series is over.


The only reason I would watch this would be for Summer Glau but she is not even in for ten minutes. I miss how bad ass she was in Terminator but, this is a joke.


I didn't like the pictured episode as much, but overall I love the show. Especially enjoyed the two part Litch episodes. Writing overall is good. Yeah it lacks in a few spots, but as others have said it's fun and better than most that is out there. It breaks ground, not reality TV or crime scene investigating. I love the characters of Vince and Orwell (fully clothed too- unlike Jeffery). Good acting and decent writing. Visually appealing and good storyline. I don't watch a lot of TV but this is one show that I will NOT miss. Please keep it!


Oh my stars-I can't take it anymore. I am done. I tried. I agree with this review. I am bothered by the writing, and by the fact that the kid doesn't know his own Dad...I have been in this industry for years and I don't see one speck of chemistry between any of the characters. I gave it a fair shot because I am a huge fan of Vinnie Jones-but so far, as a whole, the show has gone no where.....


The Cape is a fantastic show, and is far better than watching another stupid cooking show, or fat people trying to get skinny, or another stale CSI! Yes it could be improved with better writers and bigger budget but it does not need it. Let the show start out and develop and not have to be a blockbuster from episode one! Besides if they get rid of this would you really want another medical drama (or other repetitive storyline) to take its place???


Reviews like this is what killed of shows with good potential like Dresden Files, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe and Sarah Connor......


Well, the storyline, the plots, the characters, the dialogue, even the basic concept of this show make me cringe. Most comics, and TV shows, and... well... anything, has a substantial, relatable plot. This show, however, breaks grounds in it's ability to be completely unrelatable, unfathomable, and almost unwatchable. I HAVE decided, however, that it makes for great satire. I've started using it as fuel for my "Harness The Hatred" satirical review of badly written television.

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The Cape Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

So I open the door for you and this is the thanks I get.

The Cape

Straight jackets fall off me as easy as a prom girl's dress.