The Cape

NBC (ended 2011)
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    Aired 2/28/11

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  • Cast & Crew
  • Keith David

    Max Malini

  • Vinnie Jones


  • James Frain

    Peter Fleming/Chess

  • Dorian Missick

    Marty Voyt

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  • In fictional Palm City former cop Vince Faraday is framed for murder. Believed to be dead, he takes on the persona of his son's favorite comic book superhero 'The Cape' to clear his name and reunite with his family. Together with a group of former carnies, he fights against the corrupt police, politicians, and ARK Corporation. Unlike the comics, costumed heroes and villains, such as Chess and Scales, do not have superpowers. Fearless investigative blogger Orwell joins in the fight not just with words, as she tends to get violent. The Cape comes from Universal Media Studios and the producing team of Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun.moreless

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  • Quotes (69)

    • (watching a circus raccoon steal a money bag) Fleming: Do we think the raccoon acted alone? Marty: Probably not, sir.

    • Vince: No, I'm just a cop. Max: Wrong answer. Rollo, we hate cops! They arrest people like us! Raia: Hush. Max, you're screaming. Max: What? I'm using my stage voice.

    • Max: I'm Max Malini! Vince: Is it possible? Max: I've broken 92 bones in pursuit of the perfect illusion. Trained a generation of escapists, acrobats, magicians. I specialize in impossible. (using the old cape to snatch a glass) But this... this won't cut it. You need something special. But I do nothing halfway. This will cost you. you'll learn just how much the human body can withstand. And the mind. You give me your soul, Vince Faraday, and I'll make you the greatest circus act that ever lived.

    • Max: Spin, spin, spin. And snap it! The cape must retract, free you up to a fight with a fighting form that embraces the cape--British bartitsu, Kodokan judo. The Warrior-Dancers of the Tang Dynasty used their robes as weapons. Again! And so will you. (Vince breaks a wineglass) One day.

    • Max: Damn, look at you, son. I could make you a star. Whatever he's paying you, I'll double it. Scales: I don't think so. (hits him) Max: Doesn't anyone value showmanship anymore?

    • Rollo: So you're Scales, huh? Scales: Yeah. And the yellow brick road is that way. Rollo: Not impressed. Let's party. (knocks him out) Say hello to Dorothy, bitch.

    • Vince: I got you, Max. Try not to talk. Max: I'm the one dying here. I like to talk. What you said about your boy, about showing him one man can make a difference. That stayed with me. You take it from a man who never knew his father and never had a son. That bond... it's what makes heroes. Want to say something profound, last words and all, but god, I...I need a drink. Vince: Max... Max! Max: (realizing he's not going to die) Damn it, I thought that was it! And I wasted that great speech.

    • The Cape: You're Trip Faraday? You read my comic? I knew your father. He was a good cop. And he was framed for those crimes. But I know the guilty, and I will not stop until they know justice. Your father asked me to give you a message. He said "don't lose hope, don't ever... lose hope." And be good to your mother. And--and study your math, you need to work on your math. And he said to tell you that he loves you more than anything. And someday... someday you'll see each other again.

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    Notes (17)

    • Vinnie Jones (Scales) and Martin Klebba (Rollo) originally appeared as guest stars in the pilot episode, as shown in the opening credits. Jones was upped to a starring role in early June, 2010, and Klebba was made a starring cast member shortly thereafter.

    • International Airdates: Canada: January 9, 2011 on Citytv United Kingdom: July 21, 2011 on Syfy/Syfy HD

    • The pilot originally premiered with episode 102 as a "two hour premiere" on a Sunday night. The network billed an "encore premiere" the next night at its regular night and time.

    • Originally Palm City was named "Jefferson City". Before the script was written, in September of 2009, Tom Wheeler made a script commitment to the series with the same structure, "set in the fictional Jefferson City ("a Los Angeles-type city where corrupt private industries are taking over everything").

    • Vinnie Jone's character was originally named Gator. The character remains the same: a large man who wears RayBans and has a "freakish skin condition that gives him the appearance of green and gold scales."

    • International Airdates: Canada: January 9, 2011 on Citytv UK: July 28, 2011 on Syfy/Syfy HD

    • This episode originally aired as part of a "two hour premiere" after the pilot episode on a Sunday night. The network repeated both episodes the next night as an "encore premiere" at it's regular night and time.

    • International Airdates: Canada: January 16, 2011 on Citytv UK: August 4, 2011 on Syfy/Syfy HD

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    Trivia (7)

    • Eric Pierpoint's last name is misspelled "Pierpont" in the opening credits.

    • The medal Dana pulls from the coffee can is an actual Army Commendation Medal, although it is not clear if a "Valor device" has been affixed to the medal.

    • The English subtitles for Russian dialogue spoken at the very beginning of this episode are inaccurate. When the subtitles say "...understand?", the warden actually says in Russian "I'll kill you." A bit later the warden's Russian "He understood it all" is subtitled as "Take him away."

    • Scales is said to have offed his driver for "making a right on red", meaning he was very temperamental. This is probably a writer oversight, as making a right on red is only prohibited in NYC, whereas Palm City is a pseudonym for Los Angeles. In his native England, a right turn on red is impossible, as they drive on the left.

    • According to her file, Raia's full name is Ellen Detroit Raia.

    • Earlier in the episode, Patrick Portman states that the Chandlers all died in a plane crash in 1976 when the mother was 8 months pregnant but later in the episode when Netta Stilton hands Orwell the admission records of Ronald Reechand (anagram for Conrad Chandler, the alleged baby), you can clearly read that the date of admission of the baby was April 19, 1975, several months before he was supposed to be born.

    • When Scales comes to the tailor shop to take the job from Fleming, it's clear in several long shots that there's nothing on his left (screen right). However, at 22:05, as Scales says "Consider it done" and the camera goes in for a middle shot, there's suddenly a suit rack to screen right. Also, in the long shots, Scales is standing behind the silvery suit on screen left. In the same 22:05 shot, he instantly moves so that he's just in front of the suit.

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    Allusions (9)

    • Character Name: Orwell This references George Orwell, the author of the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which introduced and popularized the concept of a "Big Brother" government agency that monitors the populace through near-omnipresent security cameras.

    • Scales: And the Yellow Brick Road is that way... Rollo: (knocks him out)Say hello to Dorothy... Scales' allusion to the Yellow Brick Road, along with Rollo's comment about Dorothy, both reference the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, in which Dorothy and her friends follow the Yellow Brick Road to reach the Wizard, who resides in the Emerald City of Oz.

    • Thug: Hurry up, Borat.
      Borat is a reference to Sacha Baron Cohen's creation which he introduced to the world on Da Ali G Show and made into a full-length movie. Furthermore, Ken Davitian, who plays the store clerk being robbed in this episode, was Borat's producer in the movie.

    • Act One Caption: From Russia With Love This references the 1957 novel by Ian Fleming, the 5th in the series, subsequently made into a movie in 1963, the 2nd in the series. It features British 007 agent James Bond involved in a game of move and countermove between MI6 and the Soviet counterintelligence agency, SMERSH, as the Soviets attempts to first discredit Bond and then assassinate him.

    • Orwell: The Secretary of Prisons wants to be your Tonto. This references the sidekick of the Lone Ranger, hero of radio, screen, and television. Tonto is from the Potawtomi Nation and in most origin stories, nurses a badly injured Texas Ranger, Reid, back to health. Together they travel the Old West as the Lone Ranger and Tonto.

    • Max: You're just Alice and you fell down the rabbit hole. Referring to Alice in Wonderland, a famous 1865 children's novel written by Lewis Carroll. It concerns the story of Alice, who, after stepping through her bedroom mirror, is transported to a magical world. She enters Wonderland by following the White Rabbit into a rabbit hole and falling down a vast shaft.

    • Goggles: It's like we're the Legion of Doom, and we're taking out the SuperFriends one by one. Goggles is referring to the Challenge of the SuperFriends TV series, which featured eleven of DC Comic's superheroes, including such stalwarts as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, battling their counterparts, the thirteen members of the Legion of Doom. Each week, the Legion of Doom would emerge from its giant skull-shaped headquarters deep in a swamp and come up with some vast world-conquering scheme, which would initially succeed, only to see the heroes rally and triumph, and the Legion would escape at the end only to return another day to do the same thing.

    • Goggles: Hmm, nothing like eating a box of cereal and watching Hong Kong Phooey. Goggles refers to the ABC Hanna-Barbera series (1974-1976) about a mild-mannered dog, Penrod Pooch, who works as a janitor at the city police station. When trouble rears its ugly head, Penrod leaps into a filing cabinet and transforms into Hong Kong Phooey, a bumbling martial arts superhero who inevitably saved the day only because his sidekick, Spot the Cat, helps him out.

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