The Cape Review

January 10, 2011 by USA Post 

The Cape Review, NBC is a hero back in the franchise with “The Cape”. And for those of us who are not necessarily avid readers of comics, the series is winking at constant, but remains in a relatively realistic world.

Whether you like it or not depends on your ability to jump with the show. We will not lie, though. While the pilot is well done, once we get into two hours of NBC scheduled two first hours, we had the feeling that this may be too much of a good thing in one sitting.

Vince Faraday (played by David Lyons) is a cop – one of the good – in a fictional metropolis of California called Palm City. His ministry is increasingly corrupt and some are defecting to the Ark, a private company for the application that tries to take over the police. After the police chief was killed on his watch, Vince decides to join the Ark, as well. Before he knows, he is drawn into an international criminal network, which frames to assassinate the head and tries to kill him publicly. He is not dead, but he claims he is, to protect his family. To prove his innocence and get revenge on failures AKA Peter Fleming (James Frain), Faraday is the identity of her son’s favorite comic book hero, Cape Town.

The influences of comics are clear. The series takes place in a futuristic society moderately and the characters are on top. It looks more like a “Batman,” although, “Superman” in its chemistry. What this means is that there is nothing magical or alien heroes and their donations. That lightness of touch, technology, training and dedication that makes them great.

Faraday is nice in that it is not perfect. The fact that the mask is not a natural part of his costume as a first step gives us the feeling that his transformation into “The Cape” is a development that goes beyond the first two hours. He suffers from a need to talk to her child (even if it may confuse him even more). He rushes into situations. It’s hard to ask for help. It is not always the ground with his fist or dodges knives very well. All these qualities make him credible.
Vince is surrounded by people who see the big picture and can remind him what it is. There’s very theatrical Max Malini (Keith David), whose thirst for money is matched only by his desire to be the best teacher ring is. Orwell and every scene with Summer Glau are exciting. His character is always full of surprises. We’re undecided on criminal genius James Frain, Peter Fleming. After seeing what he can reach heights that Mott “True Blood” Franklin, it is seriously underused in this role.

Tip of the taste of this show is that it depends on how cynical you are. If you are prone to think that a guy waving around a cape can not be anything stupid, you will not be dragged into Faraday’s dedication to clearing his name and fight for what is right. You’ll wonder why he is not content to take his family and run when he has the chance. You basically over-think.

On the other hand, if you’re the one who gets sucked into the stories of courage can have a sense of humor about the characters and their abilities, and you can buy the idea that a man can make a difference you enjoy “The Cape.” “Cape Town” premieres Sunday, January 9th at 9:00 p.m. on NBC.

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