Slice of SciFi #300: A Conversation with “The Cape” creator Thomas Wheeler

THIS — IS — 300!

Pictured: (l-r) John Wirth, Tom Wheeler, Jennifer Ferrin (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Pictured: (l-r) John Wirth, Tom Wheeler, Jennifer Ferrin (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

In the News:

  • Geographic Dialects in Twitter Posts Can Reveal Where You’re From
  • Check out the new comic mini-series “Infinite Vacation” from writer Nick Spencer and artist Christian Ward to view a regular Joe’s exploration of his alternate realities
  • Need another reason to watch Firefly again? Then it’s time to search for the hidden Han Solo in each episode! (if you can’t spot them on your own, check out

Multiverse News: Nigel Blackwood brings us new reports from across time and space

Movie Talk:

  • Oscar-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins muses on playing the Norse God Odin in this summer’s feature Thor
  • J.J. Abrams says he expects to see a script for Star Trek 2 from writers Damon Lindelof, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman in March.

Slice of Trivia: This week’s trivia is supplied by Christine in Michigan, with clips from genre shows that make references to genre movies

TV Talk: J.J. Abrams talks about his initial reactions to Fox moving Fringe to Fridays, and on everyone’s hopes that it will turn out to be a major ratings winner because of the move.

Interview: This week’s feature guest is Tom Wheeler, creator and executive producer of NBC’s new series “The Cape”, and he talks about the work and the fun that goes into creating the show, from building the character journeys, to working with real-world comics artists for the show’s comic, and more.

In the Future:

  • Archie Comics announced that in April, they will begin offering digital purchase of all its comics via iPad on the same day they hit stores.
  • According to creator Gerry Anderson, a new “Thunderbirds” series has been given the greenlight.

Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know. Keep your comments brief, or funny, and maybe you’ll hear your message on the voicemail show! See you next week with fresh new content!

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  1. tensaibaka says

    Just want to say congratulations on #300. I heard a lot of people saying they’d like to see 300 more, but I’ll up that one and say you guys need to add an extra 0 on to that 300 :)

    I would’ve loved to enter your contest for 300, but with a young daughter at home it’s hard to find the time to put everything togethether to get what I envisioned. Maybe someday I’ll complete it and just send it in during one of the regular voicemail shows.

  2. Jason says

    Congrats on episode 300!

    Am I alone in the metaphorical universe? I love The Cape. I lack the time on Monday night watch two shows live, so I choose to watch The Cape that day, and then Chuck on Tuesday.

    I think this show is a near perfect representation of a silver-age comic, and I love it. The one thing I will concede is that the villians more then then hero make the show.

  3. says

    Thanks guys!

    Tensaibaka – Do that! Just send it into the regular VM show when you’re able.

    Jason – I think it’s kinda cheesy fun myself. I think people just need to have the right mindset for it and enjoy it for what it is.