At this point I'd usually list down the noteworthy moments from this week's The Cape
, but after all those hallucinations there are just too many questions to ask. And it comes at an unfortunate point in the show's difficult season -- when it's all but certain that there won't be a second season, all these questions are dumped on us. Still, doesn't stop us from asking, though.
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Last night's episode landed us deep inside Orwell's thoughts, revealing a lot about her -- and by "reveal" I mean "give us more questions than answers." Still, better that than nothing. Since The Lich's neurotoxin trap one in her own thoughts, to borrow Ruvi's words, we can be pretty certain that what we saw last night is fact. Now, if we can only dig through those.
Is Peter Fleming the father of Orwell?
I mean, come on, this is a poorly-kept secret. I don't think Peter was there because Orwell has spent a considerable chunk of her life battling his plans to take over Palm City.
Still, it leaves us with a few missing details. Why did Peter leave his family? Some of you think it's the same moment when Chess surfaced in his life, but we can never tell. Also, what does Orwell really feel towards Peter? Some might say she really hates him, but taking into account what she told Conrad last week -- that she's also an orphan -- I think she just wanted her father back.
Does Orwell have feelings towards Vince?
Funnily, I had that very thought after last week's episode -- with Orwell being shut off and all, it's unusual that she's hanging out a lot with Vince, even if it's because they're partners in crime. I thought it'd be too obvious a plot twist, and an unsavory one at that, since all Vince wants is to get back home to his family.
However, it's possible that she has some feelings for him, because he's stuck it out with her for this long. Then again, it's also possible that -- as I theorized in our discussion thread here
-- since Vince in her hallucination does everything that The Lich does in reality, her head might be substituting the latter for the former to help her fight the drugs.
What happened to Orwell's mother?
"She's where she's always been," Peter said. But where's that? My theory: Peter -- or at least Chess -- killed Orwell's mother. It's the one reason why the family would break apart. And there probably isn't any closure to the case, since Peter's always skirted around it.
What lies behind the door?
I thought it's just a metaphor for Orwell finally fighting off The Lich and his drugs. But since it's still there, it might as well be a metaphor for some skeletons in the closet?
Thing is, it's very likely that we won't know what this is all about. The Cape's airing three less episodes (and the status of the tenth episode is unknown, since The Event returns in two weeks in The Cape's current time slot) and cancellation is all but certain. There's just not much space to explore these questions, and no reward for folks like me who have fleshed these bits out ... too bad, since "The Lich, Part 2" is one of the show's strongest episodes to date. Now, if we can only find out what went wrong.
I still have some of the night's best quotes to do, so here they are:
Vince: "If I'm right, The Lich has been living here for decades. There's no telling what's inside."
Max, loading his gun: "Well, we know that, Vincent. That's why we brought our dates."
Trip: "Cape, that's not good. Whenever she says she'll think about it, it means no."
Travis: "What is this, a singing telegram?"
Peter, during Orwell's hallucination: "You can't run from your genes, my darling."
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