NBC’s The Cape Loses 3 Episodes

It’s not looking too rosy for Vince Faraday aka The Cape and his mysterious sidekick Orwell. NBC has reduced the show’s initial 13-episode first season order to 10 after the show hit its ratings low earlier this Monday with 5.3 million viewers, down from 5.7 million the previous week, and the 8.4 million from its 2-hour premiere.

It’s not hard to see why viewers are dropping out like flies. The show doesn’t seem to have much in the way of sustainability, and seems to be just treading water with every episode. They sort of roped themselves into a corner when they put the entire show on the Cape proving his innocence by exposing the real bad guy’s secret identity. How many more episodes will Vince get this close to achieving his goal only to fail?

The show stars David Lyons as Faraday, a wrongly accused cop, who is trying to bring down his city’s crime kingpin played by James Frain. Faraday is aided in his crusade by Keith David and Summer Glau.



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    I actually like the show’s unapologetic attempt at a real comicbook show. That said I agree that the proving his innocence and pinig for his family thing will get old if it gets picked up for another season. It has a solid cast, but needs better, smarter writing.

    • Brent

      I agree that the Cape has potential (trained by circus performers is a an awesome touch, not to mention keith david), but they do need to do more to keep people watching. The show is only a couple of episodes in and I’m already kind of bored with it.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Like I said, needs better writing and some more villains.

  • Doubleh55

    I get this feeling one of these days Summer Glau is going to George Clooney her career and finally be in a hit show.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      For now she seems to be only on shows with cult followings. Firefly, Sarah Connor Chronicles, and now the Cape.

  • The Strongest There Is

    As DP said before they need WAY better writing. It’s honestly like they decided to make a superhero show with writers who spent the last 3 years doing awful hollywood comedies and know nothing about the cool aspects of superheroes. I was disappointed with the pilot, mostly because I saw the potential but also that they wouldn’t use their talent to reach the full potential of the show. Much like Heroes. I’ve been trying to get myself to watch the last 3 episodes I have on my DVR for a long time.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      I actually think the time passing between commercials works depending on the situation. Obviously doesn’t work when theres a moment of suspense but it works when, say you start an episode some set up stuff happens, go to commercial and a few days have passed, with some line indicating it. But agreed, they need Whedon, or Orci and Lindeloff (or whatever his name is).

  • The Strongest There Is

    Also they have horrible jumps in the story that leave you feel like someone cut 10 minutes out of the show in spots. Especially the pilot. I was lost in between commercial breaks and then just let it get away with edited murder.