THE CAPE | “Pilot” & “Tarot” (Jan. 9) *Spoilers!*

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Jetfire, Jan 8, 2011.


Rate THE CAPE! (Don't Vote Till After The Episode Has Aired)

Poll closed Apr 8, 2011.
  1. ----------1x1 "Pilot"---------

  2. Excellent!

  3. Good

  4. Average

  5. Bad

  6. Horrible!

  7. ----------1x2 "Tarot"----------

  8. Excellent!

  9. Good

  10. Average

  11. Bad

  12. Horrible!

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Jetfire

    Jetfire Guest


    Official Description: 1x1 Pilot

    WHEN A COP IS UNJUSTLY FRAMED FOR CRIMES, HE IS FORCED TO TEAM UP WITH CARNIVAL MISFITS AND TAKE ON A NEW IDENTITY, FIGHT CRIME AND WIN HIS FAMILY BACK — Fueled by a desire to reunite with his wife Dana (Jennifer Ferrin) and son Trip (Ryan Wynott), former police officer Vince Faraday (David Lyons) becomes “The Cape” — his son’s favorite comic book superhero — and takes the law into his own hands and to battle criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City. Faraday is joined by Max Malini (Keith David), the ringleader of a circus gang of bank robbers, who mentors Faraday and trains him to become “The Cape,” as well as investigative blogger Orwell (Summer Glau) who wages war on crime and corruption in Palm City. Together, they must battle Ark corporation billionaire Peter Fleming (James Frain) — The Cape’s nemesis — who moonlights as the twisted killer “Chess.” Also starring are Vinnie Jones (as Scales), Martin Klebba (Rollo), Dorian Missick (Marty), Izabella Mike (Raia) and Anil Kumar (Ruvi).

    Official Description: 1x2 Tarot

    WHEN ARK CORPORATION THREATENS TO PRIVATIZE PALM CITY’S PRISONS, THE CAPE MUST FIND A WAY TO STOP THEM BEFORE THINGS TURN DEADLY — The Cape (David Lyons) must battle Chess (James Frain) and his latest accomplice Cain — a/k/a Chef (guest star Raza Jaffrey) — as they try to take down the Patrick Portman (guest star Richard Schiff), the Secretary for the Bureau of Prisons, in an attempt to take over Palm City’s jails. After narrowly escaping death, The Cape must rely on Orwell (Summer Glau), Max Malini (Keith David) and the circus gang to nurse him back to health and then help him save Patrick before it is too late. Also starring are Vinnie Jones (as Scales), Martin Klebba (Rollo), Dorian Missick (Marty), Izabella Mike (Raia) and Anil Kumar (Ruvi)


    Full Length Trailer

    Opening Credits(Click Here!) as posted by Aragorn HERE:

    "The Cape" premieres at 9 p.m. ET Sunday (Jan. 9) on NBC. :)
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  2. Aragorn

    Aragorn Admiral Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    Kind of disappointed that Corbin Bernsen and Adam Baldwin aren't coming back. Oh, wait.... ;)

  3. Jetfire

    Jetfire Guest

    I don't remember that the mid 90's I was too busy and didn't watch much TV...not even Star Trek! :eek:
  4. Ancient Mariner

    Ancient Mariner Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jun 3, 2009
    Thanks for sharing ... I think I'll be tuning in on Sunday.
  5. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2001
    Nacogdoches, Texas
    I may check it out, due to morbid curiousity...
  6. davejames

    davejames Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 6, 2001
    Sac, Ca
    I'm all for a new superhero show on TV.... but this just looks COMPLETELY retarded.
  7. Jetfire

    Jetfire Guest

    I don't think it looks that bad. Can't wait till tonight! :)
  8. Data Holmes

    Data Holmes Admiral Admiral

    Apr 21, 2001
    zone.33 lounge at club Planet Noir
    Man, I remember that show. I actually ate in the restaurant they filmed in back on a 96 vacation to FL visiting my grandparents.
  9. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Jul 22, 2004
    Arizona, USA
    I'm a big superhero fan so I'm looking forward to this. Yeah, I'll it doesn't look like the deepest thing ever, but IMO it looks like it could be alot of comic booky, kinda campy fun.
  10. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Oct 30, 1999
    Interview with James Frain. I predict he's going to steal the show. Most likely won't rescue it from nose-diving in the ratings soon after the premiere - villains can't drive a network show, the audience is too mainstream for such things - but at least it will give me a motive to watch till the bitter end.

    Let the bashing begin forthwith!

    Business as usual for network TV.

    And wow, everyone is bitching about the cape as a motif. The cape is corny, the cape is stupid. Well, I can see the point, the cape is just the same magical doohickey as the Intersect is for Chuck Bartowski. But having a computer in your brain is nerdy-cool, and they cast the character with someone who has enough charm to overcome whatever little bumps there may be in us believing the hooey.
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  11. Tom

    Tom Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 10, 2003
    In your Mind!
    I will give it a try, not like there is anything else good on.
  12. Tom

    Tom Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 10, 2003
    In your Mind!
    30 minutes in, not to bad so far. Saw the Carnies and immediatly thought of Heroes. lol
  13. Nobody

    Nobody Commodore Commodore

    Jan 13, 2000
    God, that was horrible. I had low expectations for "The Cape" going in, but this beat them. The writers skipped the character development, and assumed you'd be interested in the character arcs to excuse the piss-poor action. Nothing worked, they skipped through the entire origin story, (which begs the question, why did they even show the origin?) and just went through the superhero numbers. Corrupt police force? Got it. Businessman who is secretly evil? Yep. Framed for a crime? Check. Watching his family mourn from far away? Also, there.

    And poor Richard Schiff, he wanted to act, he tried to act, but the script wouldn't let him. If he can't save this, not even Summer Glau's leg can (because god knows it's not like her character was worthwhile).
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  14. Maestro

    Maestro Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 3, 2004
    Crap. Now I have nothing to say.
  15. Avalon

    Avalon Captain Captain

    Aug 27, 2001
    Liked the lead (David Lyons) more than I expected to. His American accent sounds fine to me.

    Seemed fun. I like that they aren't taking themselves too seriously.

    "You're a superhero! What's your name?"
    "The Cape."
    *incredulous pause*'ll work on it."

    Then, in the next episode (paraphrased):

    "Who are you?"
    "I'm The Cape."
    "But you're not wearing a cape."
    "I'm working on that."

    I hate to say it, but Orwell comes off as a more competent fighter than Vince does. But I get that they're trying to show his learning curve, and that's a good thing. I just get frustrated when the hero gets beat down every freaking fight.

    How many fabulous cars does Orwell have? Geez.

    I have to watch it next week -- that definitely looked like (one of my favorite actors) in the preview.
  16. Chick_McGeester

    Chick_McGeester Lieutenant

    Oct 8, 2010
    Oiy Vey...
  17. Agent Richard07

    Agent Richard07 Admiral Admiral

    Jun 20, 2001
    The Cape had some interesting caricatures and I loved the superheroics and training with the way they mixed illusionist tricks with crime fighting. For that alone I'd give it a "Good" grade. The rest, however, was unremarkable. One big weak spot was our lead guy not being able to see his wife and kid. Despite a seemingly credible threat from Chess, the whole thing came off as contrived and unnecessary. We also have him working with some criminals who suddenly become crusaders with the bank robberies swept under the rug. What?! But I did like those circus folks anyway. Another thing I didn't like was them making The Cape a guy imitating a comic book hero. The Cape should have been an original creation on the cop's part.

    And what was up with Chess's eyes? Why were they lighter in some scenes? They almost looked like the eyes of a cat or a reptile.

    I wouldn't call it a Batman ripoff. I mean other works are allowed to show crime fighters and even their training, nobody owns that, but it did seem to take a few scenes right from Batman Begins. One was when the hero was poisoned and had to be rescued and driven away. Another was when the hero confronted Richard Shiff's character in his office without full garb.
  18. TemporalFlux

    TemporalFlux Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 13, 2002
    The End of Time
    Watched it off and on for the two hours, but I think I got the gist of it. There are many obvious differences, but the "feel" of the series reminded me of the original Malibu Ultraverse Night Man comic (not to be confused with that horrid television series Night Man which shared little with the comic).

    The element I enjoy (and what the Night Man comic had) is the hero being a work in progress. This kind of character is a hero who barely has a clue what he's doing, but he's trying really hard to learn as he goes. In contrast, a character like Batman does not feel like someone unprepared even when he is unprepared; he comes across as just making mistakes. With Night Man and The Cape, I see it as a surprise miracle that they survived the night.

    Anyway, I'll keep tuning in. It's not a show worthy of high praise, but I enjoyed it.
  19. Mr. Adventure

    Mr. Adventure Admiral Admiral

    Jun 9, 2001
    Mr. Adventure
    Like TF, I was watching this off and on and I see what they're going for but I'm not quite sure about the execution. I need to watch it off the DVR with full attention though before really judging it. I kind of liked the look of the characters though, it was outlandish yet looked more "real" somehow than you normally see.

    The carnival stuff reminded me of Heroes as well but I think Heroes did the carnival atmosphere better.

    They were contacts with chess pieces for pupils.
  20. Aragorn

    Aragorn Admiral Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    WTF? I guess it's good not to be Heroes super slow, but The Cape moved way too fast. They took a two-hour pilot and condensed it to one hour, and took out a lot of common sense and character/plot development so that it could fill those 43 minutes.