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Four New Clips For NBC's 'The Cape'

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NBC's masked vigilante The Cape is preparing for his public debut. To drum up interest and tide over impatient would-be fans, the network has posted three sneak peeks and a short interview with the mysterious hero himself, David Lyons (ER), along with Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), who'll be playing blogger sidekick Orwell.

The clips don't really tell us anything we don't already know: Vince Faraday is a cop wrongly accused and on the run who adopts the mantle of his son's comic book hero to punish those responsible. He's trained by well-meaning if shady circus folk (prolific voice actor Kieth David and Martin Klebba) in the martial arts fighting style of... the cape. He teams up with underground blogger-journalist Orwell to take on corruption in the fictional Palm City.

The interview video gives us a brief behind-the-scenes look at The Cape's production, as Lyons and Glau discuss the characters' motivations. It looks like the series will be using practical effects in place of CGI wherever possible, a move that will please those weary of greenscreen effects on shows like V and No Ordinary Family. It makes a lot more sense given The Cape's more terrestrial origins - and seeing some of the early looks at what computer effects are present, it's a very good choice on the part of the production team.

The preview clips are short but sweet: the first shows The Cape beating up a shotgun-equipped robber in a junk shop. The second shows our hero's first encounter with Orwell, in which she immediately tries to taze him. In a short clip reminiscent of training scenes from The Mask of Zorro and Batman Begins, we see Max Malini (Kieth David) demonstrate the offensive capabilities of the hero's sartorial accessory.

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The more I see of The Cape, the more promising it looks. To call The Cape campy is an understatement, but it doesn't seem to be taking itself too seriously - which is a trap that certain shows have fallen into before. In each of the three clips we can see the characters poke fun at the odd situations: Orwell takes an easy "superheros in pajamas" jab, the shop owner implies that The Cape's ominous moniker needs work, and even Max Malini isn't above a few pokes at Faraday's expense. If the writers can keep the characters fun and the action sequences entertaining, this may become a sleeper hit.

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The Cape premieres on NBC Sunday night at 9:00 with a two hour pilot. The following week the show will take a regular Monday night slot at the same time.

Source: Small Screen Scoop

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