Picks and Pans Review: M.a.n.t.i.s.

updated 09/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Fox (Fridays, 8 p.m. ET)

C+

Spun off from a TV movie, this series features Carl Lumbly as a paraplegic scientist who, along with his research partner (Roger Rees), develops a suit that grants him not only mobility but incredible—if temporary—physical powers, enabling him to battle arch-criminals. (And this is the most realistic show on the Fox schedule.)

As was true of another superhero show of a few seasons ago, The Flash, Mantis's costume is cool, but the plots and action scenes are lukewarm at best. M.A.N.T.I.S. should be praying for better scripts.

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