A little light this week, as most shows were in re-runs or on hiatus as February Sweeps approach...
The Cape: Kozmo
Well, that didn't get any better...
Within the first few minutes my suspension of disbelief was snapped when the Cape used his cape to rip a door off a car, then proceeded to block close range gunfire with the door. Apparently this is just going to be that kind of show..
Also, this episode continued the pilot's issues with space and time. Once again, we're left wondering how much time is passing between events. At one point in this episode, Russian bad guy Gregor murders a group of poker players. The Cape, who had been tailing him, arrives on the scene on what appears to be the same evening (same lighting, same clothes, etc.), but is told by a bystander someone murdered a bunch of people the previous evening. Huh? The Cape seems to have a headquarters of his own, inside a random large building where he hides his costume and hangs out with Orwell. Yet he also seems to hang out and practice at the carnival like it's his headquarters. No explanation is given as to how he acquired his headquarters nor why he seems to use it interchangeably with the carnival.
Then there's the business with the cape itself now suddenly being some kind of uber-cape with special powers whereas in the pilot it was explicitly stated that it was nothing more than a well-constructed cape. And the excerpts of "The Cape" comic book that the Cape and his son stupidly read at the same time, which are clearly written by someone who hasn't read a comic book in the last ten years (narrative captions are non-existent these days). And the stupid kids at the son's new school picking on him for being the son of Chess. Really? Kids these days stay that on top of current events, and care about that stuff? Or another rooftop meeting between the Cape and his son, in which both are shown to be moronic: the Cape for failing to better disguise his voice, the son for failing to recognize his dad.
Oh, and it turns out Orwell is Chess' daughter. That's...kinda cool, I guess. At least, it's not terrible, and for this show, that's something.
Community: Celebrity Pharmacology 212
The odd Community episode that didn't quite click for me. Maybe it was the focus on Pierce, my least favorite member of the show's ensemble (though his scene with Annie at her apartment was well done). Or maybe it was the rote sitcom plots (though I did enjoy the sheer absurdity of the gang's anti-drug play and the fact that we never saw the full thing or received any explanation of why, for example, Shirley was playing a green crayon, and the mistaken identity texting plot with Jeff and Abed was almost worth it for Abed's silent condemnation and Jeff's desperation at the end). I dunno; bits of certainly hilarious, and this cast can elevate even the most mundane of plots, but this was an episode where the parts never quite gelled into a satisfying whole.
Abed: Does marijuana make people work faster? I thought it just made them custom paint their van and solve mysteries.
Parks and Recreation: The Flu
Rashida Jones' Ann has always been the least interesting character on Parks and Rec. Though there is comedy to be found in her relationships with the other characters, especially Leslie, she is the show's straight man, the relatively-normal person who comments on the zaniness of everyone else. It's a necessary role, but not necessarily a funny one.
"The Flu", aside from being a great Parks and Rec episode, was a great episode for Ann, and one of the first times that I really enjoyed her character, from her vow to remain professional when dealing with April to her glee in seeing Rob Lowe's "microchip" body humanized ("Stop...pooping!" he commanded his flu-ridden body in one of the episode's funniest moments) to her ultimate blow-up after coming off the clock. This was an episode in which every character got a moment to shine, to show why they matter and why they're funny, and I'm happy that included Ann as well.
Ron: I worked with a guy for three years and never knew his name. Best friend I ever had.
Andy: Leslie, I typed your symptoms into the computer, and it says you might have 'network connectivity problems'.