Again with ‘The Cape’

Posted: January 14, 2011 in Jeff Holland, Threat Quality
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Were you having fun spotting all the different parts of the pilot that were cribbed from other TV shows and movies? Comics Should Be Good’s Greg Hatcher was.

I wanted to draw attention to this bit, though, since it really does seem to be the central flaw in “The Cape”:

Homage is something creators do when they’ve already established their own thing, and it’s an earned privilege. When The Middleman did a version of the Star Trek Mirror Universe, yeah, that was homage. When Hustle did a Bollywood musical number in one episode, that was homage. Human Target is clearly working the same turf as the action shows of the 1970s and 1980s and the creators have said up front that this is their intention, so when they cast Lee Majors as “the first Christopher Chance,” that’s a nice little homage. All those folks clearly established their own bona fides before slyly referencing things that came before, and those homage references were asides. They weren’t the load-bearing pillars of the entire enterprise.

It also reminds me, you guys all saw The Middleman, right? Because you really should if you haven’t.

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