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David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman As Bad As Expected

Bleeding Cool has a limited script review. Very limited. And yes it’s Ally McBeal with superpowers Between the ice cream sleepovers and the pining for Steve Rogers and Beyonce flavored action scenes, this will set back Wonder Woman to the 50’s.

Remember the girl power scene in the awful reboot of Bionic Woman. This sounds every bit as awkward. There’s even a “You go girl” mixed in there. It’s less about superheroes, more like another excuse for David E. Kelley to create a hideously dysfunctional female character who’s going to spend a lot of time being uncomfortable.

I don’t see a law firm or any obvious issue exploration, but I’m confident it’s there. It can’t not be, in a David E. Kelley project. If he can’t have people screaming at each over a current issue, then what would he write about. Do monkeys have souls? Is it ethical to buy products made by underpaid workers? Can an invisible plane be used to violate civil rights. All this and more.

The Cape

You know this could have been good. And it wouldn’t have taken all that much for it to be good. The show has a lot of the right spirit. Cast isn’t too bad either. The story is even mostly there. But it has a lead who’s completely wrong for the part. A lame villain. And not a lot of forward motion. The Cape would have been okay in the 80’s. It might have even passed as a syndicated series in the 90’s. But launching this in 2011 on a network. What were they thinking.

I want The Cape to succeed. I would love it if it would. But watching the lead stumble through more lines, and play a superhero, grieving father and cop while looking like he just got done with a set for his Led Zeppelin tribute band at 2 AM is just hard to swallow. Summer Glau is wasted on a role where she’s not expected to be weird. I’m not sure she can play a non-weird person. Her awkwardness has been put to good use as unnerving in shows like Firefly and The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but in The Cape she’s just uncomfortable.

Then there’s the whole circus. It’s not a bad setting, but do we have to keep coming back to it. If you’re going to do a superhero show, then do one. My guess is the budget isn’t there for the proper fights and effects. So we have a lot of scenes of characters talking to each other and then a cheap cape effect or two. It might have passed then, but isn’t doing so well now.

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