Picks and Pans Review: Jag

updated 10/02/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/02/1995 01:00AM

NBC (Saturdays, 8 p.m. ET)

C+

In a mystery series with a military backdrop, David James Elliott plays a Navy lawyer in the office of the Judge Advocate General (hence the title). He has virtually unlimited powers to investigate criminal and legal matters involving the Navy. As a result, his presence on any base or ship is usually met with hostility, which makes for a lot of chin-to-chin confrontations.

Elliott looks like a cross between Rick Springfield and a young Chad Everett. The action sequences are well-executed, but once our pilots have bombed Bosnia in last week's debut, the prospects for combat situations dry up. By this week's second episode, a techno-terrorist (the egregiously hammy Ryan Hurst) is threatening to blow up a cruise ship with a computer-guided torpedo. Send in the lawyers! This is an old scow of a series, hefty and handsome but listing toward tedium.

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