"The Cape" will never fly again on NBC.
Last month, the network cut down its order of "The Cape" down to 10 episodes from its original order of 13. And production was halted immediately, leaving any conclusion to the story unfilmed. The ninth episode aired last Monday and TVLine is reporting that the last remaining episode will debut online at NBC’s website.
To add more salt to the wound, last Monday’s episode hit a series low of 4 million viewers, down from the 8.5 million who tuned in for the pilot episode back in January.
Tom Wheeler created "The Cape" and seemed to borrow plot elements from "Batman," "Dark Angel" and "Robocop," in addition to other comic book tropes that were more popular in the ’60s.
The series starred David Lyons as Vince Faraday, a family man and cop who became The Cape after was framed by Peter Fleming (James Frain) as the masked killer Chess. Genre favorite Summer Glau co-starred as the crusading blogger known as Orwell, with Keith David as Max Malini, Vince’s mentor and the leader of the Carnival of Crime.
"The Cape" was also plagued by horrific writing and acting performances that never rose to the level of camp. In its own way, "The Cape" was remarkably unremarkable.
This is far from the first time that "original" superheroes have failed on TV. "M.A.N.T.I.S." is still one of the biggest superhero flips in television history. But at least he had the dignity of being killed by an invisible dinosaur in his final episode.
Vince Faraday won’t even have that.