The Cape

Season 1 Episode 8

The Lich (2)

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 21, 2011 on NBC
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Dana becomes involved in The Cape's world when Orwell is kidnapped by The Lich. A victim of Conrad Chandler's strong serum, Orwell is incapacitated, reliving her past between moments of reality and fiction. As Orwell fights physiological and mental effects of the drug, The Cape, Max, and Rollo must use Dana's legal connections to find her by finding The Lich.moreless

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  • The second part of a two-part episode is here! This is an episode that certainly gives Orwell character development.

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    This episode picks up where the last episode left off. Conrad Chandler, also known as the Lich, has Orwell in his clutches and wants to marry her! Why? Apparently, because he is a repulsive, selfish stalker with a God complex (as well as the fact that he cannot feel pain, which adds to his overall creepiness) who thinks that the fact that they are both orphans makes them compatible.



    The Cape pays a long overdue visit to Dana Faraday. Her reaction to his appearance was interesting. It may be because she seemed a little dumb in this episode (Of course, she probably thought the Cape was an imaginary friend her son was making up, and was so shocked that the Cape was real). Some may wonder why she could not recognize her own husband, despite the fact that a mask covered only half his face and the fact that he did not disguise his voice. It may stem from the fact that she believes her husband is dead (So she does not expect to see him alive, let alone dressed up in a costume), and the fact that it was dark, he was some distance away from her, and she was not thinking straight. It must also be remembered that his disguise is paper-thin to viewers, but it may not be so paper-thin to other characters. The comments Vince made about the legal process were well-said. It proves how the city needs a vigilante like him, even though it should not. Especially when the police is controlled by a psychopathic maniac of a corporate CEO and is making a mockery of laws, justice, and the system.



    The Cape's interrogation of the asylum head was very good. He learned hypnosis back in the Pilot episode, and viewers condemned the uselessness of Vince learning such an ability. This episode vindicates Vince, because he uses hypnosis to get answers out of the asylum head. The show's efforts are certainly paying off.



    Also, the scene where he pressed his palm against Dana's palm was pretty interesting. The look on Dana's face has to make one wonder if she at least suspects who is underneath the costume.



    It was also funny how the son Trip gave Dana a statement that went something along the lines of "I was right, and you were wrong." This gave a moment of heartwarming for this episode.



    The scenes with Orwell certainly revealed quite a bit about what goes on in her head. She loves Vince a lot, but she does not know that Vince does not return her feelings that way. Her name is apparently Julie, but it is hard to say if that was fact or fiction. Also, this episode finally confirms that Peter Fleming is Orwell's father. Orwell also sees a door, not just in the dream-like state she was in, but also at the end of the episode. Apparently, she wants to know what happened to her mother. The door seems to represent the answer to that question. Perhaps she witnessed what happened to her mother and she suppressed the memory of it. This episode raises questions about that. She did an impressive job fighting against drugs and also preventing a nurse from injecting her with more drugs.



    It did bother me a little that the plotline with stopping Peter Fleming's deal was treated as little more than an afterthought in this episode. It was resolved by comments at the end of the episode revealing that the Lich was put into prison (And because he is proven to be descended from Palm City's founders, he owns the land Peter Fleming needs, regardless of the fact that he is in prison and the fact that he is a complete monster.) Then again, this episode could not focus on every single thing.



    In each episode, there is a line that appears after each commercial break. I did not have particularly strong feelings about them in previous episodes. However, in this episode, I was very impressed with how they were used. They showed a consistent theme about marriage, using lines like "Till death do us part" and "You may kiss the bride." That was a very appropriate use of the lines. It certainly adds to making this show feel like a comic book.



    Speaking of comic books, there are some comic books in real life titled "The Cape". However, there are only 2 issues that I know of, and the plotline has very little in common with the plotline of the show. The Cape is not a particularly famous character, and the comic book version gave very little for the people adapting it into a television to work with. This show gives the character and the comic books it came from a moment in the spotlight. Anyone who reads this review should think about that. This was quite good as a second half of a two-part episode.moreless
Glenn Fitzgerald

Glenn Fitzgerald

Conrad Chandler / The Lich

Guest Star

Illeana Douglas

Illeana Douglas

Netta

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Mather Zickel

Mather Zickel

Travis Hall

Guest Star

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    • Holloway: You see, I--I grew up in Iceland, where every farm had sheep. sheep are followers. It's coded in their brains, to follow the sheep in front of them, even to slaughter.
      Marty: So you calling me a sheep now?
      Holloway: We're all sheep. Following blindly to slaughter. For The Lich is my shepherd, I shall not want. He make me lay down in green pastures and leadeth me to still waters and restoreth my soul. Even though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil. For thou art with me, and thy rod and they staff will comfort me, and surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of The Lich... forever.

    • Travis: Thank God, I thought you were a guard.
      Dana: Yeah, I get that lot.

    • Rollo: So Vince, these Chandlers, who were they?
      The Cape: City founders. William Chandler was like the Oppenheimer of chemical weapons.
      Rollo: Great. Thanks for telling us that, after we get trapped in a bunker with no air circulation.

    • Max: Green hellebore. It saved the daughters of the King of Argos from madness. Of course, it did kill Alexander the Great, but those Greeks tend to over do.

    • Travis: (to The Cape) Any chance I can get you to change into a coat and tie or... No. Didn't think so.

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