Last night, NBC debuted The Cape, a tv show modeled after a comic book character. I have to say, I've seen better. But that's not to say that it's dead on arrival. I have a theory that audiences have to give new shows at least two chances: one for the pilot, which should pique the audience's curiosity; and another for the second episode, which should cement the relationship. Although last night's episode was two hours long, I'll give The Cape the benefit of the doubt . . . for now, and count the episode as a really long pilot. The Cape will be moving to it's regular time slot to Mondays at 9/8c. Will you be on the couch to watch?
Aussie David Lyons stars as The Cape. The Cape, our "superhero" is tortured, tragically separated from his family because the bad guy did bad things . . . yada yada. But it was the promise of Summer Glau that I tuned in. As an ardent fan of Glau and her work (Serenity, Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), I thought her "Orwell" character was greatly underused. Given a small proportion of screen time, Orwell was relegated to a side-kick role, which, let's face it, she is. But hopefully more time will be dedicated to Glau's character because there is 1) more than meets the eye with this one and 2) there is no longer any need to set up the show's premise--tortured do-gooder out to get justice while wearing a cape.
So give this show another chance. If Glau doesn't kick ass, then don't come back.