Picks and Pans Review: Double Dare
Oh boy, oh joy, another cops 'n' robbers show on TV. This time Billy Dee Williams plays a cat burglar who's caught in the act and coerced by a San Francisco cop to work for the fuzz. The producers make considerable effort to add some quirks to this one: They make Williams rich, a Rolls-Royce owner with a ritzy home and a butler who tells Williams' cohort, Ken (The Wanderers) Wahl, "I feel compelled to advise you that all the art objects have been catalogued." The producers, however, should have told the writers to follow up with some inventive lines for their characters. Instead, after an old guy is shot in the premier episode, Wahl asks: "What kind of society do we live in?" Wahl admires a woman criminal's body and she says, "You like it?" He says, "Yeah, I like it." He even asks her, "What's your sign?" The characters are pat, and so's the plot. So Double Dare is not just another cops 'n' robbers show, it's another predictable cops 'n' robbers show. And what's so terrible about being predictable? Simple: When you can predict what everyone on a show is going to say and do, why watch?