NBC’s ‘The Cape’: Se­ri­ously dull

The Washington Post Sunday - - ARTS & STYLE - — Hank Stuever

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.

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