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The Cape – Endgame

The Cape has finally
disappeared with his last puff of smoke. 
Two weeks ago NBC aired the last episode of The Cape that would be televised, but they’ve released one
final episode, Endgame, online.
But don’t be fooled by the title, Endgame isn’t the series finale, it’s just the episode they were shooting when
NBC pulled the plug. 

This episode revolves around
Marty, Vince’s partner from back when he was a cop.  Even though Marty tried to blow up the city in the pilot
episode, he’s supposed to be a sympathetic character now.  He confesses that he’s “No hero”, but
still the guy’s been henching for a supervillain for the past couple of months,
and now the audience is supposed to feel sorry for him?  Making matters worse is that we spend
the entire episode focusing on how Marty can bring down The Cape’s nemesis, and
clear Vince’s name, then Marty decides to be all noble and sacrifice himself to
save Vince.  The whole damned point
of the episode is that MARTY MUST SURVIVE, then the stupid jerk goes and gets
himself killed.

Of course before we get to
that tearful death scene, we have to trudge through The Cape’s usual convoluted
plot and nonsense.  All of this
arises from the fact that Marty can prove that mastermind Peter Fleming is
really Chess.  But doesn’t that
invalidate the various episodes that were devoted to The Cape trying to keep
Fleming alive?  Remember back in
episode four when The Cape had the chance to let Fleming get run over by a
train, but didn’t because The Cape needs him alive?  Well that doesn’t make any sense now that we see that Marty
could save the day.  It also means
that The Cape spent an entire episode protecting Fleming from Meena Suvari,
when the whole ridiculous situation could have been resolved by just talking to

Another massive plot hole in
this episode is that the Carnival of Crime apparently has a safe house, and a
means of getting out of town for families in danger.  Yet, the entire show is based on the notion that Vince’s
family will be in danger if his identity is discovered.  Couldn’t they have just gotten Vince’s
family out of town ten episodes ago, then killed Chess, and asked Marty to
explain that the whole thing was a big misunderstanding?


But that would mean that they
had no show, so the producers crammed these characters through ten implausible
episodes and here we are with a worn, battered cape bristling with loose plot
threads. One of which is the mysterious sexy female assassin who tries to kill
Marty outside the courthouse. 
Alas, we’ll never learn about this cunning murderess who’s brilliant
assassination plan is to walk up to a guy in front of a courthouse and shoot
him in full view of an army of cops and news reporters.

Fortunately, The Cape was on
hand to thwart the attack.  He’d
been warned that Marty’s bail being posted “Sounds like a set up”, so he
charged right in.  This seems to
happen a lot on this show; The Cape finds himself presented with an obvious
trap, someone spouts “This looks like a trap”, then The Cape walks right into
the trap.  In fact this guy’s
battlecry is oughtta be “This looks like a trap!”

“This Looks Like A Traaap!” 

Another big problem with the
episode is that Marty tells Vince’s wife Dana that Vince was really innocent
after all.  The only reason that
Vince dressed up as The Cape in the first place was to protect Dana and their
son.  You’d think that as soon as
the cat was out of the bag, Vince would reveal himself to Dana.  Alas this didn’t happen, and Vince
continues to allow his wife to think he’s dead.

There are plenty of other
problems, like Marty’s daughter bringing her cellphone to the safe house (You’d
think a paranoid super-hacker like Orwell would check for that), and of course
once The Cape discovers that they’re being tracked by that phone, he could have
used it to lure the bad guys away, but, frankly The Cape just isn’t very
bright, and we’ve learned to expect no better from him.

Ultimately we’re left with question of why NBC even
bothered putting this footage up on the internet.  It answers none of the questions that viewers might want
answered, and actually opens up a bunch of new loose ends as well.  Rather than being an endgame, this
episode is more like a final insult.


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