Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pilot Review: My Own Worst Enemy

My Own Worst Enemy (NBC)
Premiered September 13 at 10pm

This show is certainly fun, and rather harmless, but I'm just not sure how much depth there is to it. At first glance, it seems a tiny bit like NBC's new reboot of "Knight Rider," but I think and hope that there's more there. Christian Slater is a decent enough lead, and Alfre Woodard was born to play the manipulative bossy type. I like the idea of dual lives but I'm not sure how long they're going to stick with that. The concept is clever, however the spy situations need to be amped up a bit. This show has some promise, but it may tread too close to boring territory if it doesn't position Edward as a Sydney Bristow-type spy with cool gadgets and impressive fighting techniques. There's nothing really wrong with it, it's just not overall quite that exciting.

How will it work as a series? Again, I don't know how the Henry/Edward situation will be handled from now on, and that's really the crux of this show's originality. They can only have Henry discover he has another identity, and the spy stuff is going to have to make up for that.
How long will it last? NBC's been advertising it a lot, and they really want it to succeed, but I think this one may just last out the season. I'm sure its ratings will be better than "Studio 60," but I don't imagine they'll be that great.

Pilot grade: B-

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