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Monday, January 10, 2011

The Cape Pilot Review

Hint for watching this show: Just turn your brain off. Grab a kid or a pre-teen and just enjoy this show as you would a show on the level of a cartoon. It was decently enjoyable and the first hour moved quickly. It’s never going to be your next nerd addiction though. It’s extremely uncomplicated and devoid of mythology. Whether you like that or not, it means that the show moves quickly and isn’t taking itself seriously at all. It’s also pretty funny. It makes zero sense, but it’s great for anyone missing the 1960s Batman show. It’s not that original either. We probably aren’t going to keep watching, unless we are truly bored on a Sunday night. It's disappointing, because some elements and characters worked really well. When it was good, it was excellent, but moments like that were rare.

When you watch this show, don’t ask stuff like: “Where is CSI when everyone thought this guy was dead?” “How ballsy was it for this guy to go peak out from behind a tree yards away from his family at his own funeral?” “What’s with the gang of circus people, complete with a midget, who just hang out underground, looking for hurt cops?” “And when is the last time you spotted a Carnivale-esque troop of carnies in this modern age/in America, running around with a circus NOT run by a large company?” “The main character couldn’t send a quick message to his wife and tell her not to speak of it for her own safety?” “What happens to his family if his cape hood is ripped off mid-fight and then he loses the fight?” “What kind of fabric is that cape made of?” “Doesn’t he need a mask too, because we can still see his face?” “Isn’t it true that you can’t hypnotize the unwilling?” “Why can’t I decide if Summer Glau is stunning or homely?”

Just watch the show. It’s just dumb fun for nerds in training. Yes, we are talking about that young cousin, son, little brother. Grab him and have some quality family time. Superheroes are GOING to be unrealistic. It’s a fun superhero show. One un-fun part was the second-to-last scene where he went to see his kid. That was SO LAME. We think even the child actor was thinking, “What’s up with this fool?” Oh, and also, the lead actor has zero charisma or depth to his performance. Cute though … And who thought James Frain was scary? Not us.

Pilot Grade: C+

The first two hours are up on

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