Of Capes And Cowls

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“You should come check out my new ride. I call it ‘The Scrambler.’ Oh, and you’re going to love these. Bam! Cape-arangs! Pretty sweet, right Bats?”

The Cape Spoilers ahead: I watched the first two episodes of The Cape because I feel it’s my job to jump on these sorts of tv-grenades and absorb the initial impact in hopes that more of my fellow geek-kind can be spared the poorly written, campy shrapnel. (Shrampy campnel?)

In short, The Cape gets everything wrong. It walks too thin a line between “campy superhero shenanigans” and “brooding Dark Kightesque seriousness.” The story, the costumes, the characters and the writing are so silly that any attempts the show makes at drama or real emotion are completely lost. I know many of you enjoy a healthy dose of camp in your super hero shows and The Cape delivers it in spades. It receives a 4.5 on The Greater Xena Scale of Sunday Afternoon TV Silliness. But I have a feeling even you campers out there would take issue with the completely Batmanshit nuts plot of this show.

Here’s the basic rundown (and a summary of how the whole thing is a complete rip off of Batman Begins): Palm City used to be a nice place, but now it’s full of crime and corruption (just like Gotham). All the cops are dirty except for one, our hero Vince (ie Jim Gordon from BB). There’s a villain called Chess, who has chess pieces for eyes and something something he really likes chess. He’s also the CEO of the corporation that’s taking over the city’s police force. Vince (the lone good cop), takes a job for Chess’s corporation as a private security officer and gets set up by his best friend and Chess to take the fall for Chess’s crimes. He is outed as the villain, and appears to die in an explosion leaving his wife and child behind, but escapes and is rescued by a band of circus freaks lead by Keith David. Turns out they are actually bank robbers and Vince has a magic keycard that opens any bank vault in the city. They rob a bank and everyone, including Vince, is happy about that for some reason.

Now that they are all friends, Vince decides he needs justice (like Batman), vengence (like Batman) and he needs to be a symbol for good instead of just a man (like Batman, almost verbatim from BB) and Keith David and his merry band of midgets and weirdos are just the bunch to teach him the arts of fighting, acrobatics, illusion, sleight of hand, misdirection, and mind trickery (The League of Shadows and Ras Al’Ghul from BB) to make his transformation to super hero complete. There’s a training montage where he learns to fight with a magic cape that is light but can become rigid (like in BB), how to use smoke bombs to disappear (just like BB), how to hypnotize people and how to wrestle a midget (just like in… wait…). This is all good and well until you realize that it all basically happened over the course of an afternoon or two. He MASTERS hypnotism to the point that he hypnotizes the hypnotoad hypnotist in a few hours. He can use his cape to snatch knives out of hands after maybe 45 minutes of practice. Whatever.

So with his new costume and arsenal of quickly gained super-abilities he heads out to find this shipment of super explosive that’s being brought into town by Chess. When he gets to the train yard there are shipping crates full of stuffed animals that contain the illicit cargo (just like in BB) and he begins to snatch the baddies one by one into the shadows, totally unseen (EXACTLY LIKE IN BB. IT WAS SERIOUSLY A COMPLETE REMAKE OF THE SHOT FROM BB.) While trying to take down Chess he runs into Orwell (played by Summer Glau) who is a blogger trying to expose the corruption of Chess’s false corporate identity. The first scene between The Cape and Orwell goes something like this. “So you’re a super hero now? That’s cool. Now we’re partners.” Niether party asks any questions of the other. They almost just exchange glances then form a crime-fighting duo. You would think there’d at least be a standard contract to fill out or a 1099 or something.

The Firefly code forces me to evaluate Glau with more leniency than I would others, but the best I can say is that she does all right with what she is given. And what she is given is pretty shitty. The plot is riddled with holes, the dialog is just plain dumb and the characters have little to no motivation to being doing the completely outrageous things they are doing.

The Dark Night get the “homage” treatment too. By the end of the second episode Vince’s fake-widow basically becomes the Rachel Daws character from BB and TDK. Also his “taking the fall for someone else’s crimes” echoes Harvey Dent in a not-too-coincidental way AND they introduce a second Jim Gordon/Rachel analog in the guise of “the lone city councilman who will vote against Chess taking over the prisons despite death threats and murder attempts.” There are literally dozens of other close comparisons between The Cape and Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies but to list any more of them here would be to post the entire script for the pilot.

Verdict: I didn’t hate The Cape, but I won’t be watching it regularly and I can’t give it a recommendation. It is stuck between 90’s era TV camp like M.A.N.T.I.S, VIPER and MUTANT-X and legitimate super hero franchises like Batman Begins/The Dark Knight.

COMMENTERS: Did you watch The Cape? What did you think? Did I miss anything worth mentioning?

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    1. I was thinking pretty much all these things as I was watching the first two episodes. But at the same time, I think Batman Begins and the first season of "Heroes" set the bar way too high for any sort of filmed comic book entertainment.

      I almost hate to admit publicly that "The Cape" is still going to be my /other/ guilty pleasure on Monday nights. **koff koff Hawaii Five-O koff**

    2. Obvious cliches and tropes as well as ropey CGI aside, I thought it was a campy but reasonably enjoyable romp one could watch if there wasn't anything else on. I only groaned a couple of times and didn't scream at the screen like during the last two seasons of Heroes.

    3. You're right on just about every count. But yet I know I'm going to continue to watch and support The Cape, for no other reason than it ensures that no one in my house is tempted to put on "Two and a Half Men" in its stead.

        • Best. Voice. Ever.
          The Christopher Nolan movies should feature Bale just saying "blahblahblahwatermelonwatermelon" and Conroy voicing over the real dialog.

    4. "It is stuck between 90′s era TV camp like M.A.N.T.I.S, VIPER and MUTANT-X…"

      Maybe I'm wearing my nostalgia googles right now, but I really enjoyed M.A.N.T.I.S., and Viper was even better than M.A.N.T.I.S.! Both series were much better than "The Cape", anyway.

    5. My hopes for a good hero show faded within about three minutes into the pilot, but then I realised that I obviously had a need for full-throttle megacamp without knowing it. It started out like one of those guys on a dating site who describes himself as 'straight acting' and is dressed like a lumberjack, and within 3 minutes he's calling you 'Sister' and discussing Madonna. Watch it with some drunk friends and create your own Rifftrax: it's a guaranteed good time.

      Favourite moment: The wife suddenly reveals herself to be a stay-at-home lawyer. 2nd Favourite moment: "I will find out who you are" says lameo-supervillian to the guy whom he just framed and whose face can clearly and repeatedly be seen under his Chav Hoodie.

      Best Superhero Show: BBC's 'Misfits', which started off with a shaky first season, but blossomed into utter brilliance with Season 2.

    6. Two things have never mixed before this Sunday. They are (1) Summer Glau on TV and (2) me falling asleep. I seriously haven't finished it yet and am not terribly motivated to do so.

      Oh…and everybody knows that the true way to mastering cape-centered illusions is by taking an online University of Phoenix class…duh!

    7. Wait, his eyes were chess pieces? They just looked like cat eyes to me. We kept calling him The Nightman and waited for him to do karate across the set.

      The experience was made tolerable – even bordering on enjoyable – by the 8 or so Fancy Bastards who banded together in the chat room to battle in insanity through MST3K’ing the show.

      The best summary was offered by the show itself. After the convenience store robbery, the guy from Borat (who one of the robbers actually referred to as “Borat”) heard the name The Cape, and said…”You work on it.” And that’s by far the clearest advice that can be given to the writers.

    8. Well, seeing your comparison to Batman made me realize why I subconsiously want to like it. But, as I am finding is necessary with most new shows the past few years, I am going to give it 6 episodes to get it together. Rarely do they seem to be able to make a show that is cohesive right off the bat. Everyone always seems full of jitters the first few episodes. But by 6 episodes, the writing and dialog have toned down to a realistic/managable level and the actors seem comfortable in their characters instead of using big sweeping jestures to compensate.
      I also did not get that his eyes were chess pieces. I thought they were cameos.

    9. I saw the first episode of The Cape in the hope that it’d be decent superhero telly but by George it’s probably the worst thing I’ve seen in years and I watched all of goddamn FlashForward.

    10. Damn. I either had on my Rose Colored Glasses of Hero-fandom, or everyone else is wearing Grumpy Waders, because I rather liked The Cape. I'm not entirely sure why, I guess in comparison to Ordinary Family, maybe?

    11. So, you're saying I should just watch Batman Begins instead of The Cape? Somehow I had a feeling that would be the case. Thanks for taking one for the team, Joel.

      Also: M.A.N.T.I.S…. jesus, it's been so long since I've seen another person discuss the show that I figured it was just a figment of my imagination.

    12. I'll give you the partners scene. That was definitely the weakest moment of television I've seen lately, and I lost a little faith in Summer's acting ability because of it. But like you said, they were handing her shit and she had to do the best she could with what she was given.

      But I'm enjoying the show, if only because I was cock-teased by Smallville for so long that it's nice to see an origin story that only takes a single episode rather than meandering for ten fucking seasons. I don't want to see thirty year old teenagers talking about destiny; I want to see heroes fighting villains, dammit! And this show gives me exactly that.

      The Carnival of Crime is my favorite part of this show, and Keith David goes so over the top with his role that he makes the camp enjoyable. The subverted death scene is getting to be a cliche itself by now, but his delivery is what made the joke work and that's what I like about this cast: in spite of the admittedly weak writing, most of the supporting characters really bring it home.

      One thing I didn't like was the dude's best friend/traitor. The fact that he didn't blink an eye when Fleming revealed that he was Chess means he already knew, which kind of cuts out all the drama because the dude is evil already. Not to mention that they spent all of thirty seconds setting up their relationship and then asking us to accept that these two were tight before things went wrong. You can't have a source of angst over lost friendship when we never got to see the friendship to begin with, and the writers are clearly trying to milk that drama when it's already run dry.

      But like I said, I'm enjoying this show. I'll be tuning in next week.

      • I'm sorry, but one of the redeeming things about Smallville was the Clex, until Michael Rosenbaum left, anyway.
        Then we had to stare at Green Arrows abs…until he started talking and wearing his raver goggles.

        • The only redeeming thing about Smallville for me was Chloe, and when they started running her character out on a rail to make room for Lois I stopped watching. That was around Season Six, and I haven't looked back.

    13. The thing I’ve most compared The Cape to is The Shadow. It very mch felt to me like they were trying to build a The Shadow for a modern audience, without paying for the license and without the even campier 90s Alec Baldwin film hanging like the sword of Damocles above the show. For the most part I felt it succeeded in that, and I quite enjoyed it.

      Batman, as old as he is, isn’t the originator of most of these tropes. DC stands for Detective Comics and as sub-genre “detective stories” has a deep history (among others: The Shadow, Dick Tracy, Green Hornet, The Phantom, and many more), particularly in the pulp era. It has been too long since a good weekly serial has promised new adventures should you tune in next week (even if you count Batman: TAS), and for a genre that helped spawn weekly serials that’s a shame. We all should be excited that it takes more lessons from Batman Begins than from 80s and 90s “post-camp” reboot attempts. We should all be excited that The Cape isn’t starring some overweight but likable comedy actor. Can’t we celebrate the idea that this may not be the man soap that we need, but it just may be the one we deserve?

    14. My impression..
      Angst stuff – horribly done, rubbish.
      Camp stuff – Very nice, not least thanks to Keith David, who so obviously just rolls with it.
      Plot stuff – Mediocre and sloppy, like most every other superhero show from the us.
      All in all, no worse than no ordinary family or any other alternatives, ill give it maybe half a season to come together.

    15. There is absolutely nothing I'd disagree with you on this, except I'm a little disappointed that you didn't hype up Martin Klebba and Keith David as Rollo and Max, respectively, the only two actually interesting characters in the show.

      Also, fodder for future comics if you care enough to do another one on the subject. Did you notice how much David Lyons looks like Alex Winter and how Vince Faraday acts about as intelligently as Bill S. Preston, Esq? 'Cause I did.

      And another thing… am I the only one to find the whole "Faradays are Fighters" bit even cheesier than the rest of the amazingly cheesy show? It… it actually fills me with rage the whole son's just like dad bit in there. How about, I dunno, a son who's, you know, an individual? Different? Unique? Cookie-cutter children annoy me. I certainly don't want *my* son to be "just like dad".

    16. I like to describe its "plot" as "prefab superhero": Every aspect of it is taken from other, better, superhero fiction. The pseudomagical cape and other not-technically-superpowers from Batman and everything else from 89% of all entertainment ever made. Lifting all this stuff from others means the writers have little to do other than keep the wheels of the plot (sluggishly) turning, and write believable characters. They only do one of these things. I'll give you a hint: the plot moves in the first two episodes.

      In short, it's a badly-made show at the higher levels, with some nice bits from the folks who actually made it happen, AKA "the actors". Summer handles her role with her usual exceptional ability, Keith David seems to be enjoying himself, and I actually laughed at Martin Klebba's* smack talk when he beat down Big Chri-uh, I mean, SCALES.

      *Also goes by "the short guy from 'Pirates of the Caribbean'"

    17. I really disliked it. Bad writing and campy acting. The premiere was the first and last episode for me. I hate seeing Summer Glau wasted on something like this after really enjoying her on the Sarah Connors Chronicles.

    18. Don't you know what a montage is? He didn't spend 45 minutes training, he spent half a damned year. Remember hearing that he wanted to join ARK because they were taking over in 6 months? Well, Orwell sends him on that chase before he can join, sometime within a week of the assassination, which means that it takes quite a long time for him to overpower a midget and do other magic stuff.

      • Still, half a year, dude. Batman took seven. Although I suppose that all the hints they were dropping about him being some sort of Black Ops agent before becoming a cop means that he had the combat experience already. Though if that's the case then why did it take him so long to beat a midget?

      • I indeed do know what a montage is. A successfully filmed montage that intends to show the passage for 6 months would show him practicing in different environments, different circumstances, etc. In this case it was all 1) I cant do it, 2) Im perfect at it. It was a sloppy montage that gave the appearance of happening in less than a few days.

        • I agree…storytelling was sloppy all around. The friendship was weak…character motivations are absent. This show seems to have some of the worse qualities of bad Hollywood movies. They needed to have a 2 hour pilot to properly introduce the characters before upending their lives.

    19. …I don't think we're supposed to call them 'midgets' anymore…

      I was also decidedly 'meh', but Summer kind of creeped me out; I haven't actually watched her in anything else besides Firefly/Serenity, and listening to her talk in complete sentences was a little wiggy. 😛

      One thing that really bugged me about it – if this blogger chick was supposed to be all hidden and stuff, why the frak was she driving that dick-car and dressing like an escort? Someone please tell the writers that people are going to notice a hot chick with a skirt up to her pupik getting out of a $200K car.

      • Well, Major Kusanagi did it — maybe this show is set in an alternate universe where everyone is cyberized ala GitS, but it's so commonplace`nobody thinks to mention it.

        Yeah, maybe I'm reaching a bit. 😉

      • Agree 100% about Glau, but in the opposite way (if that makes sense). I was very eager to see if she could play a "normal" character, having only seen her in Firefly, Dollhouse, and Terminator. I'm still undecided, but some of that probably has to do with the uniqueness of it all.

    20. One point that really drove me absolutely nuts was the fact that Faraday was apparently given complete, unlimited acess to every bit of data and every facility that ARK had before he even started his first day on the job.

    21. Chess Pieces for eyes? Ummm…. yeah, for once I'm not too upset that Australia gets TV shows about 6 months after you guys (except for DOCTOR WHO, which we get before. Nyah-nyah-nyah) 🙂

      Keith David gets a "worked with John Carpenter" pass from me for the rest of his career 🙂

    22. Of the many, MANY things that bugged me, there were two that stood out, both involving Faraday's identity:

      1. River Tam clearly knew who Faraday was before the frame-up, when she sent him that big email (which, with that HD-quality video, must have been a pretty big attachment – making her the equivalent of that friend who keeps sending emails with subject lines like "TOO FUNNY YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS!!!11!!" that have a 2gb video attached of a cat farting). Later, after he goes all capey, she gets a clear view of his face when she takes his picture, but still has to run his fingerprints (using the magic CSI Insta-Print-Alyzer) to know it's him? It would have played a lot better – and made me respect the character more – if she had said something to him like "I knew they couldn't keep you down, Faraday."

      2. On a more general level, how stupid does everyone have to be to NOT know who Captain Capeman is? Especially if he doesn't cover his face or his hands? The second episode treats wearing a mask as some sort of EUREKA moment, as if no one ever has thought of that before. Hey, Vinny, you know who HAS thought of wearing a mask? THE GODDAMN COMIC BOOK CHARACTER YOU'RE PRETENDING TO BE.
      As for Dr. Von Chess-Eyes, he has at least two scenes where he vows to discover Captain Capeman's identity. If you're such an evil genius, does it never occur to you that it might *just* be that guy you had framed, whose body was never found, who's built kind of the same and in fact doesn't wear a mask the first time you meet him and is quite obviously the same guy? Maybe having chess-pieces for eyes actually makes it harder to see.

      But, yeah, Keith David rules. How about we just get rid of Captain McCape and make it a show about crime-fighting circus performers?

    23. I liked it. I'm never looking for anything mind-blowing or exceptional when it comes to entertainment. If it entertains me, then I'll enjoy it. As far as TV, if I'm entertained, and things aren't kept from the characters for too long, I'll keep watching. That said, I liked this FAR better than The Event.

    24. It was OK,
      at the time i didn't make many comparisons, apart for the obvious batman parallel.
      I do agree it has loads of obvious flaws, that may become unbearable.
      But i have stop myself from running everything i watch through what we ( my group of viewing associates) call the Crapatron. a metaphorica mental machine that runs non stop. finding all the small (huge) flaws in everything we watch.
      I've found ,
      It's easy to hate everything and find fault if you want to. especially when there are really stellar shows out there like Firefly, TSCC, and most everything HBO to make comparisons with.
      I'm going to try and just watch it and see if it entertains me, and hopefully as tv series have larger scope for story telling, it can do what 2hour movies can't ,and develop into something really good.

    25. Okay, finally watched it…and actually enjoyed it quite a lot. I wasn't expecting much in the way of plot or characterisation and gauged the realism by the survival of the first explosion that should have killed him. So it's crappy, schlocky, and very unrealistic in pretty much every way.

      But I LOVED the Carnival of Crime. It's been done before (closest for me is Christopher Brookmyre's The Sacred Art of Stealing), and better, but I always like to see Vinnie Jones getting beat up (because as a footballer he was a dirty cheat). So when the little guy knocks him out in 2 I was laughing and clapping. So far, I'm loving the Carnival, and the fight scenes. The explosions are completely unbelieveable and there was little attempt at characterisation (I'm guessing that because they're comic book characters the writers thought they could get away with empty shells) but I'll stick with it a little longer just to watch the Carnival and see if it gets any better. Any pilot ep that makes me laugh out loud 3 times or more gets a chance.

    26. Jesus Christ. Batman didn't invent ANY of that, it just used it more effectively than most mediums. Just because you've got a big ol' nerd-on for the Nolan films(not that you can be blamed for that, I do too) doesn't mean that no one can ever do anything remotely similar. Vince Faraday is in no way like Jim Gordon or Batman. His wife is not Rachel Dawes, and the Council-man as Harvey Dent has to be the most stretched link I have ever heard between two works of fiction.

      Just because a successful medium uses well-worn tropes successfully(I.E. Batman) does not mean that anyone who ever uses those tropes ever again must be plagiarizing them(I.E. The Cape). I actually cant' think of another hero offhand who gained his "powers" because his arch-nemesis made it look like he was the real villain and stole his life from him. Hell, Vince Faraday is a lot closer to Frank Castle than he will ever be to Batman.

        • I apologize. In the future, I will echo the inherent serenity of such comments as "EXACTLY LIKE IN BB. IT WAS SERIOUSLY A COMPLETE REMAKE OF THE SHOT FROM BB"

          In the first place, you misplace exasperation for anger. I'm tired of hearing the same ridiculous arguments against one of the first intelligent new properties I've seen on TV. But I'm not angry, not at you, not at the other commentors, not at the other reviewers who say, bullet-point by bullet-point, almost the exact same thing. But I am tired of it, and there is only so much silliness one can tolerate.

          I appreciate your work, I really do. Your comic is incredible, and your humor is spot on. But, if you place anger in a review, it is only logical to expect some sort of backlash in return. Now, I don't mind the jokes in the above comic. I don't agree with it, but humor is humor. I've laughed at things I've disagreed with far more before, and I'll laugh at even more disagreeable content before my time is through. But I must beg a question: If all that is true, then why did you put the exact opposite in your review? If all that is true, then why say: "There are literally dozens of other close comparisons between The Cape and Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies but to list any more of them here would be to post the entire script for the pilot."? You are, by your comment, either A) Being diplomatically dismissive to the lone crazy nutter, as one would with a child, or B) Contradicting almost the entire content of your review. I must admit some confusion at this discrepancy. Now, the first would be wholly appropriate, and I would not personally see it as a poor reflection on your character if that was your aim, since I appear to be one of the few people kicking around who actually likes The Cape. But, next time, if you could save us both the time and just hand me my helmet and ticket to the short bus, I think we'll both get a better laugh out of it, eh?

          • Im not going to address your issues point by point. My only purpose for replying to your comment was to say "please try not to sound so aggressive to me personally when you are replying to me personally." There's a difference in using exaggeration for comedic effect against a TV show and using harsh/mean language when replying to a real person.

            • Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragon's teeth: and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men. And yet, on the other hand, unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book: who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were, in the eye."~John Milton

              I apologize for the length of the quote, but you are dealing with a man of ideas. Ideas are as real and as vibrant as you and I, and the deserve just as much as respect. So while there is a difference, I do not believe that there is any harsh or mean language directed at you personally, and if it is read as harsh and mean to criticize a review, then your user name is misleading, for as someone who experiences "Intense Debate" on a competitive level, I can say with some confidence that what I said was far more mild than what you will find in your average debate round.

              Even then, by your logic, my criticism is directed at your review, not you. I draw that distinction clearly in my last post, in case it was not clear. You are aware that 'real people" are involved with the creation of this show, correct? You are essentially calling them hacks and rip-offs stealing only from those you view as better than them. There is no more harshness in my reply to your review, commentary you asked for if I may be so bold, than there is inherently in your review towards everyone involved in the creation of this "TV show". The only difference is that the criticisms are now leveled at your works, rather than someone else's, This is of course the turning point between a "TV show" and a "real person". Perhaps, if you feel so hurt by my tone that it requires you to reply purely of virtue of telling me that I'm mean, you should consider the impact your own words have on the creative team who's very livelihoods lay in the hands of viewers and critics. You have a modest amount of fame at your disposal, and like it or not, your opinion matters. The only difference between you and I is that in this case, you get a chance to fire back. The same cannot be said for the ladies and gentlemen at NBC who have to play the good sport while every word against them is just one more reason why they shouldn't have jobs next year. But please, let's not tary too long on that fact. Us real people have far more important things to worry about, hmm?

              • Blerg. Were you as bored writing that as I was reading it? I made a silly comic using my own silly opinions of a silly TV show to make an even sillier joke. Either you laugh or you dont. Then you move on. When I ask you to watch your tone towards me in the comments you are welcome to comply or refuse. I can ban you, if you chose not to comply. If the intent of your essay is to make me realize Im just as bad as the crappy show Im making fun of, then you're wasting your time. My job is to look at pop culture, draw odd comparisons and try to find a way to make them funny. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes not so much. If you have such a problem with my creative output, by all means STOP LOOKING AT IT. Just like I stopped watching The Cape after two episodes.

                • Duly noted. Next time, I'll remember "Did you watch The Cape? What did you think? Did I miss anything worth mentioning?" is merely a rhetorical device. You know, 'cause rhetorical questions are teh lolz.

                  • Sarcasm duly ignored. I have no problems with you expressing your opinion. If you will notice, I actually agreed with you in my original reply. The only thing I asked you to do was dial back the aggression, which you have yet to do. While not belligerent, your comments are obviously designed to provoke a negative response and that is certainly agressive. If you want a fight you've come to the wrong place. I find this kind of desperate, attention grabbing behavior childish and boring and after a certain point I wont tolerate it. My site, my rules. Play nice, be respectful or play elsewhere. If you have any interest in commenting here again I would suggest you let this one die without a witty, snarky or sarcastic rebuttal.

                    • I have no intention, after this comment, of even returning to your site, Mr. Watson. I have made several attempts to "tone down the aggression", but it seems you merely wish to perceive aggression in anything that errs on the side of disagreeing with you. I concede, your site, your rules. Thanks for the laughs this comic has brought, and welcome to the list.

    27. I gotta admit, I rather enjoyed The Cape during its run. BB rip-off or not, it was a fairly decent thing to look forward to on Monday nights, when Hulu finally aired it. I'm sorry you didn't like it, but I didn't think it was that bad. At least Vinny Jones was laughable as he hammed up his Scales role.

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