Picks and Pans Review: Alien Nation: Dark Horizon

updated 10/24/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/24/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Fox (Tues., Oct. 25, 8 p.m. ET)

B

Fox revises its short-lived 1989 sci-fi series as a movie, with much of the original cast intact, including Eric Pierpoint, Gary Graham, Michelle Scarabelli and Terri Treas.

In near-future Los Angeles, the Newcomers, that alien race with the speckled-egg craniums, face trouble at every turn. A human-supremacy group has developed a virus to wipe out the "slags," as bigots disparagingly refer to the hard-working, eager-to-assimilate species. At the same time, a ruthless autocrat (Scott Patterson) from their home planet has journeyed to Earth to return his subjects to slavery.

A bigger budget and better effects make this cop drama-cum-racial parable work better as a movie than as a series. Of course, anyone who saw the 1988 feature with James Caan and Mandy Patinkin, which started the Alien Nation franchise, knew that.

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