Sometimes, comic book adaptations feel a little too…comic-y. The new webseries Caper manages to toe the line between whimsy and reality in a way that you won’t find on network, or even cable TV. So to celebrate the premiere of this exciting new series, we’re going to run through five reasons why you should be watching Caper. And we won’t spoil the plot, we promise.
Caper manages to move pretty fluidly between live action, comic book storyboard imagery, and a crude, but effective, animation. In doing so, the show is able to capitalize on some of the more fun elements of comics that shows like S.H.I.E.L.D. have to forgo. If you ever have trouble deciding between live action and cartoons, this is your show.
Without giving too much away, Caper focuses on a team of crimefighters. It’s hard to focus on a team without an ensemble cast. As we meet the team, they’re scrambling out of a building, being chased down by the cops. Slowly, we realize who these people are and what they’re doing. In that regard, the show draws from the canon of J.J. Abrams, which is never a bad thing in the world of serial television. The characters get their backstories and quirks, resulting in a dynamic method of telling the story and shifting around.
…and that’s OK. As mentioned above, we enter this series watching a handful of “good guys” running from the cops. Not exactly straightforward stuff. But it does create mystery, and like any good mystery, this one pays off. If you can be a little more patient than you would be with a procedural. Motivations become clear, and we get to know the characters in a way that is a little more satisfying than just tossing all the information to us up front.
In referencing J.J. Abrams, as I did a few paragraphs ago, there’s a tendency to keep epic shows with ensemble casts bloated, spending unnecessary time that is better-used to keep moving forward. At a runtime of 10 minutes per episode, Caper is forced to be judicious with its pacing, and, as a result offer up little that doesn’t serve as necessary backstory or plot advancement. Welcome to the Internet age. Don’t use 22 minutes when 10 will do.
There’s been a trend in superhero/comic films recently to show a real or “gritty” side to the heroes. Spider-Man is a teenager with a crush and bullies, Batman is compelled by his demons, Thor is a little too stupid too function, etc.
This theme continues in Caper, in which the characters are quintessentially real relatable, but no so much that they’re boring. Did you ever think that being blessed with a million-dollar spacesuit for fighting crime would come with a lot of hassle and responsibility? Well, it does. In a way that Iron Man rarely addressed. These characters keep it real, often highlighting the absurdity of their situation, without taking us out of the moment.
But why take our word for it when you can catch the first episode right here?!