Early in the pilot episode of 'The Cape,' our titular hero (played by David Lyons) wakes up inside a creepy carnival. He looks around at the three-ring circus and has a look on his face that betrays a thought potentially shared by many watching at home: "Oh no, I got knocked out and woke up inside the fourth season of 'Heroes,' didn't I?"Comparisons between the two are inevitable, as this is the first superhero franchise launched by NBC since it finally put 'Heroes' (and what fans were left) out of its misery.
Are the comparisons fair? Not especially. It's a useful starting point, to be sure. But a side-by-side comparison shows that little, other than the "superhero" label, truly links these two shows, and even THAT link is tenuous at best. In 'Heroes,' having abilities meant a life of misery, solitude, and being targeted by evil government agents and/or a brain-slicing serial killer. 'The Cape' has the aspirational aspects of 'Heroes,' to be sure, but keeps those on a much smaller scale. And frankly, that scale fits the show.