If I were 11 years old, I think I'd love The Cape, a superhero series about a guy (ER's David Lyons) with a cool — what else? — cape. Lyons' Vince Faraday is a cop–turned–crime fighter who can flick the hem of his cape and snag people, objects, or anything in its path. His chief nemesis is a criminal billionaire played byTrue Blood's James Frain who's also a killer known as Chess; his chief ally is a mysterious blogger called Orwell, played by fanboy fave Summer Glau (Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).
The Cape is steeped in comic-book lore, and the hero is most similar to non-superpowered do-gooders such as Batman and Daredevil, who rely on training and smarts. The show is melodramatic, sure, but its sincerity takes it far: I felt a kid's thrill when the Cape sewed his own mask and tied it on for the first time. It's probably doomed to cult status, but The Cape is primal fun. B