The Cape

Season 1 Episode 7

The Lich (1)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 14, 2011 on NBC
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To stop Fleming's buyout of the city's dock properties, Portman has Orwell seek out Conrad Chandler, the orphaned heir of one of Palm City's founders. Meanwhile, Rollo's girlfriend is found under the sway of a hypnotic neurotoxin, and Vince soon learns that a mysterious villain known as The Lich is responsible and plans to unleash his poison on the city. Closer to home, Dana tries to live under the burden of how she believes Vince would judge her if he were still alive.moreless

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  • It's the Night of the Living Dead in Palm City...well, not quite, but a person named the Lich (Palm City's version of the Boogyman) is certainly aiming for something like that. Fortunately, the Cape is here is prevent such a thing from happening.moreless

    Well, this episode certainly has a lot going on. Peter Fleming is trying to get a complicated deal to go through, but the Secretary of Prisons is trying to put a stop to it. So the Secretary goes to Orwell to find a man who is the son of one of the founders of Palm City. Orwell manages to find the son, who was placed in a mental institution. Meanwhile, Vince finds out the Lich is going around turning people into zombies (Well, not really, but the neurotoxin being used certainly imitates the idea rather well). He has to turn to Marty Voyt to help. Marty Voyt does prove to be quite helpful in this episode. While the things Marty did in previous episodes should not be forgotten, his actions in this episode show that redemption may be possible for him. It was great to see Vince taunting Marty about acting like a cop, because someone had to do it. It was refreshing seeing Marty actually argue with Fleming about going through with a parade (Which the Lich is going to sabotage) rather than act like a "head-bobbing yes man". That scene where Fleming is talking to a vision of Chess was eyebrow-raising. This indicates that he is getting closer to a "Villainous Breakdown" (See for a definition). Even though Fleming has been compared to Lex Luthor, the creators are apparently aiming to make him comparable to the Green Goblin.

    It was quite surprising when the man Orwell visits turns out to be none other than the Lich. The face under his mask is certainly a face a mother would have a hard time loving. It is too bad Orwell does not have the help of the Carnival of Crime to get out of the state the neuro-toxin put her in.

    The scenes with Dana show that she is having a hard time handling the fact that Vince is not there with her. It was also great to see the dwarf Rollo does have a softer side. All this was just the first part. The second part ought to interesting to see.moreless
Glenn Fitzgerald

Glenn Fitzgerald

Conrad Chandler

Guest Star

Illeana Douglas

Illeana Douglas

Netta Stilton

Guest Star

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Patrick Portman

Guest Star

Anil Kumar

Anil Kumar


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • 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.

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