With its third episode, The Cape has pretty well established the kind of show it is going to be, so grousing about its relative quality seems to be a waste of time. It is going to be at times silly, at times corny, usually a bit stupid, and most of the time not exactly sensical.
But the sense of whimsy and “Let’s just have a good time, huh folks?” sincerity is hard to ignore.
And occasionally – occasionally – there will be moments where you think, “Wow, they actually did some nice writing there.”
In “Kozmo,” that moment comes near the end, when, after spending an episode learning how giving into rage and frustration is antithetical to the (vaguely defined) mission he’s set up for himself, The Cape goes to visit his son to explain it in plainer terms.
Pointing to his old army jacket the kid’s taken to wearing when he works the heavy bag like his old man, The Cape imparts: “Your dad didn’t get those medals for fighting. He got them for valor. For keeping his cool.” It’s a good lesson and a nice thematic hook to hang an episode on.
Of course, part of the fun of watching this show is listening to the rest of the dialogue and wondering if the writers are just seeing what they can get away with before the actors flat-out mutiny. Poor Keith David, in particular, is getting to find out the limits of even his booming, authoritative voice with lines like:
“[That cape] can also take you to places you don’t want to go. If you blur the line and let all the rage you’re feeling take over…remember – either you wear the cape, or the cape wears you.”
“When I saw what the cape drew out of him…”
Max: Why don’t you get in on the act? Join our little family. Do you have any talents?
Orwell: I can hotwire a car. Or break past a firewall in under a minute.
Max: Do you ever give a straight answer?
Orwell: I just did.
Max: And I thought I was mysterious!
It is ludicrous because SHE DID JUST GIVE HIM A STRAIGHT ANSWER.
So yes. The Cape is stupid. But it’s stupid in a delirious, eager-to-entertain fashion that I can’t help but be charmed by it.
Also, some say the cape was first worn by Egyptian priests! Or Merlin! OR JACK THE RIPPER!
Come on, that doesn’t make you smile just a little?