Caper is a light-hearted take on modern superhero movies with a twist.
Let’s face it: superhero entertainment is everywhere now. Most of us geeks find it strangely ironic that these characters that we used to be laughed at for liking are now as popular as they are in pop culture, but you won’t see me complaining. However, the tropes are starting to get a little old, aren’t they? Enter Caper, Geek & Sundry’s new web series that turns the idea of superheroes upside down.
Caper is about a group of misfit superheroes who spend all of their time protecting the city of Los Angles (no, I didn’t spell that wrong). We’ve got Penny (Abby Miller) who is the female version of Iron Man, called The Machine, having stolen the suit from the company that stole it from her (ironically named Clarke Industries). Then there’s Luke (Harry Shum Jr.), The Trooper, who can is half-alien and can fly. Dagr (Hartley Sawyer) is a dumbed-down version of Thor, a Norse man who’s been sent from another universe and Alexia (Beth Riesgraf), an Amazonian who once made a living as an assassin. Just your typical roomates, right? Unfortunately, being the protectors of a city just doesn’t pay well, and when their rent comes due, they must figure out how to pay it. So the group agrees to go rogue, for one night only, in order to steal from Clarke Industries so that they can get some rewards and pay their bills. In order to do that, though, they lay down some ground rules and one of those is that they can’t use their super powers. What could go wrong?
If you’re guessing that this is a comedy, you would be correct. The superhero archetypes are hilariously portrayed and I found it especially funny that everyone seems to think The Machine is a man (the man who owns Clarke Industries) instead of Penny. The other characters are equally as funny, and I got a few chuckles out of a fight scene between The Trooper and Dagr who kept throwing punches at each other, although they are both immortal and can’t be harmed. I especially loved Alexia as a rogue-ish sort of Wonder Woman who has a job as a personal trainer because it’s the only legal way she can instill pain in others. Seriously, what’s not to love?
Action scenes in the series are innovative, although the reasoning behind the way they’re done probably has everything to do with budget. The action sequences are actually animated, and you’d think that would be weird, but it really works well with the tone of the series. Those scenes seem to be taken straight out of a comic book.
Caper is a must for superhero fans, whether you like superhero comics, television shows or movies, though. And be on the look-out in episode two for a cameo by Scott Bakula as Penny’s father.