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What might be the final televised episode of The Cape aired tonight, and what a finale it
was! This week our hero had to go
undercover as a mad bomber in order to infiltrate the lawless scum that choke
the gutters of fair Palm City. The
Cape’s nemesis Chess has struck a deal with the reptilian reprobate Scales, and
the two of them are dividing up the city like slices of a delicious cake. Only Earth’s mightiest hero can stop
Scales decides to hire an Australian assassin named Razor to
kill The Cape. Conveniently,
absolutely no one, anywhere has ever seen Razor. So once The Cape and his band of heroic carnies learn of
the villains’ plan, they hatch the cunningest of schemes; they decide to kidnap
Razor and then The Cape assumes his identity. Do note the performance given by David Lyons in this
episode. He does an Australian
accent so authentic you’d think he was born there, and that’s because he is from Australia. He’s been doing an American accent for
all the other episodes, and the producers decided that Razor should be
Australian just for this little gag.
Also note just how easily Vince and his pals manage to
capture Razor; this guy is supposed to be some sort of master assassin, who has
concealed his identity from everyone, yet he doesn’t even lock the car door,
let a lone have some sort of contingency plan for this sort of thing.
On the subject of the new villains introduced in this episode,
we meet a guy named Poker Face.
Poker Face is disfigured on one side his face, exactly like Two Face
from the Batman comics. Of course,
Poker Face is scarred on the RIGHT side, so I guess that’s enough
for NBC to avoid a lawsuit. I used
to think that Chess was a lousy villain, but now The Cape is up against a guy
who needs a henchman to put in his eye drops every scene.
As for Chess, he spends the entire episode whining to his
therapist. Let me just repeat
that: THE MAIN VILLAIN ON THIS
SHOW SEES A THERAPIST. I’m trying
to imagine Doctor Doom or Darksied discussing their emotions with a counselor,
and I just can’t picture any sort of real supervillain behaving the way that
Chess does in this episode. A real supervillain
drives his psychiatrist insane, then turns her into a henchgirl who runs around
in a sexy clown outfit.
A REAL VILLAIN
While Chess is sorting out his emotion issues, The Cape is
battling the terrible trio of Scales, Poker Face, and Razer. Although instead of battling them, he’s
really just pulling off petty little pranks, like switching Poker Face’s
eyedrops with turpentine. That
actually makes The Cape come across as kind of a jerk, rather than some sort of hero.
Eventually the episode lumbers its way to a climax of sorts
when Scales has a longthy scene where he serves some cake to his
henchmen. However THE CAKE IS A
LIE! It’s all part of a clever
plan to try to catch The Cape off guard.
Being the halfwitted superhero that he is, The Cape does get caught off
guard, then he gets beaten senseless and water-boarded by the bad guys.
And thus ends the grand saga of Vince Faraday, AKA The
The Cape was
originally picked up for thirteen episodes, but as soon as the executives at
NBC actually saw the show, they promptly halted production at ten. Tonight’s was the ninth episode, but
next week The Event is returning
to take over the time slot. This
means that the tenth episode of this series may never air!
There are so many loose ends that simply must be addressed
in order for the cultural zeitgeist to continue evolving. Will Vince ever clear his name? What drove Orwell crazy? Is Peter Fleming’s alternate identity
Chess gone forever, or could the Chess entity somehow be responsible for
Orwell’s behavior? What is Max
Malini actually training Vince for?
Most importantly, what kind of cake did Scales serve to his
henchmen? Was it Red Velvet, or
Strawberry with vanilla icing? The loyal fans of The Cape demand answers! Check
back with us soon for those answers in our review of the inevitable Complete
Series DVD Boxed Set.
Wait! NBC put one more episode online. Read our review of The Cape’s final adventure HERE.