Thoughts on NBC’s The Cape

I watched the premiere of the The Cape when it aired on Sunday. Some of you know that I don’t watch TV when it’s on TV, so this was thing– a superhero thing– and thanks go to Andrew for reminding me. (Incidentally, I do believe it also happens to be Andrew’s birthday today. So click that link and wish him a Happy Birthday.)

The pilot, which you can watch at the link above, was two hours. Basically the show is about an honest cop who is framed for crimes he didn’t commit, and it’s all very public. He escapes capture, and then falls into this whole masked crusader thing as a way to clear his name.

The Cape thing is because the properties of the cape he acquires allow him to do some cool stuff and, along with the help of other characters he meets, give this mostly ordinary good guy some hope of achieving his goals.

Speaking of the other characters, there’s also an internet crusader with an alias who’s working to expose the corruption that’s been going down. And guess what? She’s a hottie, played by Summer Glau (River, Bennett, Terminator). Sounds awesome, right? Who could ask for more?

Um, I could. Because throw into this set-up, the wife and kid our hero is trying to get back to.

Say what now?

Oh, yeah, because let’s just slam the door on any hope of romance.

Because look, if our hero hooks up with our internet crusader, or if the wife hooks up with guy who just hired her, or if the wife and the masked man start making eyes at each other while she’s newly widowed and supposed to be pining for his real identity–none of those possibilities is attractive to this romance fan.

Fail. Fail fail fail. What’s going to pull me through this series now?

Imagine Scarecrow and Mrs. King, if you’re old enough, where Mrs. King started the series with a Mr. King. And OMG, what if Mr. King was around for the whole series? Then every show, after their adventure, Scarecrow and Mrs. King would be on the stoop. Will something happen this time? Will he try to kiss her? Will she let him?

Will Mr. King open the door and interrupt?

Whole. Different. Vibe.

Imagine Wonder Woman with Steve Trevor’s wife and kids dropping in all the time.

Wouldn’t it have been swell if the mystery behind Remington Steele was that he was a runaway deadbeat dad? No. Not really.

If you’re like me, you keep coming back to a fic because you’re intrigued by the romance. Even if that’s hardly the point of the show. (BTW, if you are like me, you’ll probably enjoy this article on superheroes and romance, if you missed it when I linked to it last week.)

Making that impossible in the pilot killed any hope that I’ll follow this show. For me, this was pure fail and more OMGWHY?

I didn’t much enjoy the pilot anyway. I found the beginning really choppy, the ideas not really new or interesting enough to draw me in and hold my interest for two hours. Plus, the villain’s super-cool contact lenses are really annoying to look at.

But I probably would have come back anyway for any hope of a superhero romance.


Filed under Superheroes, Heroism, and Romance

10 responses to “Thoughts on NBC’s The Cape

  1. It’s like we watched completely different shows. 🙂 I do agree with the pilot being very choppy, but the romance angle never dawned on me. Even though it wasn’t done well, I got sucked into the Father/Son aspect. Stuff like that gets me every time.

    I’ll keep watching a little longer. Despite it’s poor beginning, I still see lots of possibilities. You should do more posts like this.

    And thanks for the birthday shout out. You’re the best.

  2. Yes, I’m old enough to remember The Scarecrow and Mrs. King. And Remington Steele. LOL.

    Andrew and I discovered that we have two things in common…migraines and our birthdays are one day apart. But I was born many years earlier….

  3. He could have been a widower (who doesn’t love a widower?) trying to raise his son on his own. The son spends a lot of time with the hot nanny, who has some kind of interesting story such that she could use the extra cash taking care of this child while she works from home, but also she’s really attached to the kid and secretly interested in the dad.

    After the incident, social services lets the child stay in the care of the nanny temporarily, until the relatives can arrive to take custody. The relatives, perhaps relatives of the late mother, whom we know are totally unsuitable because of something that got seeded in episode 1.

    A whole new thread of personal drama. Will the nanny, perhaps with the help of The Cape who certainly has enough on his plate, be able to expose the truth about the legal guardians before the child is harmed? And how awesome is she for caring about this kid this much.

    And how long will the series go on before The Cape realizes that the hot nanny is the true identity of this mysterious hacker he’s been working with? And when he finds out that the woman now taking care of his kid (because they did, indeed, wrest custody from the unsuitable relatives) is eyeball deep in the same kind of danger he’s in, how will that change his feelings about her and the current arrangements for his child’s care?

    Ok, so yeah. Maybe I just want everything to be full of soapy goodness. I love soapy goodness.

  4. Sorry…I think I’m in Andrew’s camp here. Of course, I have only boys. It was nice catching a show together that we all liked to different degrees.

    And yep, old enough to remember The Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Remington Steele, and probably more that would make my kids go, “Gawd Mom, really?!” LOL

    • You don’t have to be sorry. It’s a personal bee in my personal bonnet that I wish there were more romance threads, and that they were done well.

      There are a lot of fictions that I consider to be boy fics. LOTR being one. Reading it, I found very little for me as a female to relate to and latch onto. And while not a huge deal, I liked what they did with Arwen’s character and that relationship in the movie. I’m sure a lot of purists were screaming WTH?? but I liked it and putting any issue of tainting the original aside, I don’t think enhancing that element lessened what was there for the male audience.

      It’s not the best example of enhancing a thread that a lot of the female audience would appreciate and making a fiction more appealing to a larger audience, but it’s the one that pops in my head.

  5. christel42

    Now I almost want to watch the show. Maybe……I’ll get back to you.

  6. On a similar but tangential note, one of the things that drives me nuts about so many TV shows is the lack of happy families. Yes, unhappy relationships drive drama and allow for easy (lazy) creation of new romance. I don’t frikken care! I realized just how much it annoyed me when I observed to TW that none of the CSI shows had a single long term happy relationship. I stopped watching them shortly after.

    Don’t even let get me started on TV’s denigration of fatherhood. Grrr… Though so many stories do it too. Not every father is drunk, abandons their kids, or treats their kids poorly.

    That’s one of the reasons I really enjoyed “Hush Money” – because every girl should have a daddy that would take a bullet for her. Twilight, for all its faults, had Charlie.


    I feel better now. *blink*


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