I didn't think NBC's new superhero drama The Cape could sink much lower than its opening few episodes, but the "Kozmo" was a full-blown stinker it's tough to defend. My expectations were low, but it still managed to plumb new depths. If a show's this cheesy and ridiculous, it should at least be fun! What's frustrating is that the core idea behind the episode wasn't that bad, with Russian convict and escapologist Gregor Molotov (Thomas Kretschmann) escaping from prison through a tiny escape hole, to arrive in America and demand the return of his magical cape from circus ringmaster Max Malini (Keith David).
In the episode's early scenes, we were given information about the cape's legendary status; the fact it's inherited by successive generations of circus performer, al going by the stage name of Kozmo (which even included Max), before Molotov started to use its abilities for evil. I quite liked The Phantom-esque idea of Kozmo being considered "invincible" because when one cape owner's killed the garment's simply passed to another man -- even if that seems to conflict with the idea Vince Faraday (
Overall, I really can't summon the enthusiasm to discuss anything else that happened in this pitiable episode, beyond call on Summer Glau to fire her agent. Are there really no decent roles for her in TV? The best thing about this show is the opening titles, which mix animated comic-book panels with live-action sequences, and hints at the potential for a series that fully embraces the cheesier aspects of old-school superheroes, in a way that's imaginative, witty and tongue-in-cheek. The Cape isn't that show. It's a turgid stew of ideas stolen from a variety of better sources, thrown together in the vague hope they'll stick and produce something that transcends its roots. It hasn't worked. I won't be watching again.
WRITER: Craig Titley
DIRECTOR: David Jackson
TRANSMISSION: 17 January 2011, NBC, 8/7c