NBC’s ‘The Cape’: Seriously dull
The most irritating thing about today’s superheroes is how seriously they take themselves. Pompousness is the prevailing mood, which is on full display in “The Cape,” a reprehensibly stupid geek-stinker from NBC that gets a two-hour launch Sunday night.
Fictional Palm City, Calif., is so overrunbycorruption that it’s outsourcing lawenforcement to a corporate monolith. After a Lycraclad terrorist called Chess (James Frain) kills the police chief, demoralized cop Vince Faraday (David Lyons) decides to take a job with the security firm. Bad move. The head of the firm is Chess in disguise. Escaping death, Faraday takes refuge with circus freaks who rob banks. He is taught the ways of the indestructible cape, which can slap the snot out of a foe — amongother feats discoveredby any child with awet towel.
Andso the Cape begins his journeyof vigilante justice. Even as the Capeprevents a convenience store stick-up, the clerk winces at how dumb the whole idea is.