>TV Round-Up: The Cape

Watching “The Cape,” I’m having a hard time figuring out just how much time has passed since Vince’s apparent death and what’s unfolding on screen right now. How long did he train with the Cape before assuming his role as a vigilante? A few days? A few weeks? A few months?

At times, it feels like it would have to be a few weeks or months, given the development of certain storylines. The most glaring is his wife working in the D.A.’s office and her interaction with her new boss. Maybe it’s just me but it felt a bit like there was some flirting going on and her statements that she’d like a male role model in her son’s life felt like it’d been a while since Vince vanished from the picture. Of course, that doesn’t take into account the best friend, Marty, who is secretly on Chess’ payroll. We saw him over at Dana’s last week and he mentioned getting together later. Maybe he’d be a good role model–well, as far as Dana knows right now. She has no idea he’s Chess’s right hand henchman and covering up that Vince wasn’t Chess and that Chess isn’t really dead.

I also have a hard time buying why they’d make the son change schools. But it’s there so Vince can overhear something and then go to his son and give him a pep talk about fighting. Of course, he’s probably not doing the kid any favors by only appearing as this shadowy comic book figure who appears to dole out advice and wisdom whenever needed. If he’d revealed himself to Dana, it might help the kid out a bit. For now, he just sounds crazy mentioning his new buddy the comic book hero.

It feels like this episode was pulled from later in the rotation, to be quite honest. Vince seems to be settling into his role as the Cape and learning various tricks to use in his battle against evil. That’s all rocked a bit when the guy who used to wear the Cape shows up, having been in prison for a while and wants the Cape back. And he’s willing to kill for it. And he knows more about it than Vince does.

As I said last week, there are some good pieces here, but the story never pauses long enough on any of them to allow the implications to sink in–either to the audience or the characters. And as I said then, I may be overthinking it. Probably am, since it seems this is intended to be a comic book for TV–and it’s rare that comics in the Silver Age stopped to dwell on the implications of thngs. They just moved from one plot point to the next.

And yet, the show also seems to want me to wonder about things…the biggest being the true identity and nature of Orwell. What led her to this point? And what is her background? Also, I have to wonder if she’ll now become part of the Max’s gang of circus heroes or if this is just a one-time development.

Also, for a guy trying to keep his identity a secret, there sure are a lot of people who know who Vince is.


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