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The Cape Creator Says Bear McCreary's Theme Music Rocks

One of the biggest selling points for The Cape for me is the involvement of musical composer Bear McCreary. Tom Wheeler, creator of NBC’s The Cape, told us the theme rocks and given McCreary’s previous work, I doubt that’s an exaggeration.

As a fan of Battlestar Galactica, it isn’t difficult to appreciate McCreary’s talent as a composer. His music adds an extra layer of excellence to the scifi series that only seems to stand out more to me with each re-watching of the show. I'm actually in the midst of one right now, which is partially why the man's genius is at the forefront of my mind. His ability to create interesting sounds and music that enhance the mood of some of the more emotional scenes he’s scored is part of what makes him stand out in his field. If you haven’t seen Battlestar Galactica you may have heard some of his other work, which includes scoring for Human Target, Trauma, Caprica, Step Up 3D, Eureka, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and The Walking Dead.

When The Cape creator Tom Wheeler spoke to the press today on a conference call, he talked a little bit about McCreary’s work on the music for the upcoming NBC superhero series. Wheeler stated that the theme for The Cape rocks and that Bear is a "force of nature."

“He manages to ride this emotional wave through his music and through the show that doesn’t shy away from the emotion but also doesn’t spoon feed it. He’s a really gifted composer and musician. The themes that he’s come up with for the carnival… He loves to come up with themes for each character and then dovetail them through the music. I think the show is going to sound outstanding. He’s, to me, a huge integral part and I just love what he’s doing so far.”

The Cape follows an innocent policeman who is framed for a crime and afterward, attempts to move on with his life and clear his name by taking on the persona of his son’s favorite comic book hero. Among the cast are David Lyons, Summer Glau, and James Frain. The story alone sounds intriguing enough, but I really can’t wait to hear what McCreary brings to the series with his music.

Below are a couple of videos featuring McCreary’s music for those of you who are unfamiliar with his past work. The Walking Dead video is a little bit gory, so consider yourselves warned, however I think it’s a great example of McCreary’s music serving to set the pace and build on the emotional intensity of a scene.

The Cape premieres Sunday, January 9, 2011 on NBC.

Kelly West
Kelly West

Kelly joined CinemaBlend as a freelance TV news writer in 2006 and went on to serve as the site’s TV Editor before moving over to other roles on the site. At present, she’s an Assistant Managing Editor who spends much of her time brainstorming and editing feature content on the site.