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  • TV Series: The Cape
  • Episode: Endgame
  • Starring: David Lyons, Summer Glau, Keith David, Martin Klebba, Jennifer Ferrin, James Frain, Dorian Missick
  • Written by: Christine Roum
  • Directed by: Ernest Dickerson
  • Network: NBC
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The Cape: Endgame

The series finale

By Kurt Anthony Krug     March 16, 2011


The Cape
© NBC/Robert Trate

The episode of The Cape that aired two weeks ago was the final episode… at least, the final episode that aired on NBC TV. The series finale – it’s been confirmed that this series is cancelled, which is euthanasia if you think about it – debuted online over the weekend.

In it, the status quo shifts as Scales (Vinnie Jones) is double-crossed by Chess (James Frain), and Marty Voyt (Dorrian Missick), the corrupt ex-partner of Vince Faraday (David Lyons) – alias the Cape – is murdered. In the end, Marty redeems himself by saving the Cape, taking the bullets for him and learning the Cape is really Vince.

Again, the status quo changes, but nothing is resolved. Vince is still on the run and his wife Dana (Jennifer Ferrin) is unaware he’s still alive. Orwell (Summer Glau) tells her that Vince loves her, referring to him in the present tense.

You’re at the point where you don’t care, but it would’ve been nice to have them get back together. Or at least have Vince reveal to his wife he’s the Cape, just so she knows.

You feel sorry for Lyons and Glau who tried to make it work. Here’s hoping the beautiful Glau’s next series lasts longer than this one did. 

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mengel 3/16/2011 1:51:16 PM

 Euthanasia is right.  I just could not get into this show, perhaps to the weak premise.  The acting was over the top and the stories were not engaging, with half hearted emotional efforts to link the hero to his old life.  Lyons also had such a whinny voice for a hero, I just did not feel like he could be a convincing hero figure.

Beardeer 3/16/2011 10:34:34 PM

This show could be re-done and saved somehow, with many of the same players and characters. Things to keep and improve upon: the boy and his Dad, build on the new relationship rather than relating moments in the new reality with flashbacks. The emotional payoff was denuded by the tang of regret that permiated the Capes ethos -and it got tiresome. New relationships in story and character development need new feelings to go with the new reality. LOST profited so much from this, while covering less narrative ground per episode than the Cape.

I saw such potential in this premise that I tuned in just see glimpses of what it could have been. The Carnival of Crime was, in my opinion, a well realised set of characters and series mythology. Other material was shallow: the city under siege, the big bad corporation, the Dick Tracy underworld, and the radical leftist info terrorist. These elements never had the same investment as the Carnival of Crime.

The character of the Cape was a great idea. The new role in life that would consume Farraday but for his love for his son. But as his situation changed, he didn't, he was not growing. Instead, the show forced us to accept that he was the same man. This was not the story of the birth of a hero -but a story of a ghost of a hero cop. Lingering, haunting. Sad. The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Count of Monte Christo, Zorro, The Lone Ranger, he was not -but he could have been.

LocoLobo73 3/18/2011 9:02:39 AM

@Beardeer, looks like you had more imagination then the show had ....

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