Friday, February 18, 2011

What I’m Watching: The Cape

The Cape: Season 1, Episode 7 “The Lich, Part 1” (F)

What exactly is the mysterious Lich, you ask? I can’t say I care. This show has become completely uninteresting, and that’s pretty hard to do when you have the fabulously creepy Tom Noonan, villain of such films as “Manhunter” and “House of the Devil,” on tap as the bad guy. Unfortunately, that bad guy is actually just a dust whisperer, and it turns out it’s actually Glenn Fitzgerald, an equally compelling actor who was truly superb in his role as Brian Darling on the short-lived “Dirty Sexy Money.” Poorly using two strong character actors like that is the kind of mistake that’s only been made recently by another show that once did and will soon again occupy this time slot, “The Event” (hello, Hal Holbrook!). Having Summer Glau jump into action was supposed to be much more exciting than just taking a puff of poisonous dust to the face. I also have a humongous problem with the suspension of disbelief required to buy the fact that Marty doesn’t recognize the voice of his longtime best friend when they’re less than five feet apart from each other in a car. Also, doesn’t any good law enforcement official, corrupt or straight arrow alike, know that the first thing you do upon apprehending a masked vigilante is take off the mask? This is a case of inexplicable alliances, where characters seem to join forces if for no other reason than there’s nowhere else for the plot to go. Will Orwell be saved? Of course. So why the cliffhanger?

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