The Cape (2011) If I were 11 years old, I think I'd love The Cape , a superhero series about a guy ( ER 's David Lyons) with… 2011-01-09 Action/Adventure Summer Glau NBC
TV Review

The Cape (2011)

THE CAPE David Lyons, top
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THE CAPE David Lyons, top

Details Start Date: Jan 09, 2011; Genre: Action/Adventure; Network: NBC

If I were 11 years old, I think I'd love The Cape, a superhero series about a guy (ER's David Lyons) with a cool — what else? — cape. Lyons' Vince Faraday is a cop–turned–crime fighter who can flick the hem of his cape and snag people, objects, or anything in its path. His chief nemesis is a criminal billionaire played by True Blood's James Frain who's also a killer known as Chess; his chief ally is a mysterious blogger called Orwell, played by fanboy fave Summer Glau (Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).

The Cape is steeped in comic-book lore, and the hero is most similar to non-superpowered do-gooders such as Batman and Daredevil, who rely on training and smarts. The show is melodramatic, sure, but its sincerity takes it far: I felt a kid's thrill when the Cape sewed his own mask and tied it on for the first time. It's probably doomed to cult status, but The Cape is primal fun. B

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Originally posted Jan 05, 2011 Published in issue #1137 Jan 14, 2011 Order article reprints