Picks and Pans Review: Vr.5

updated 03/13/1995 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/13/1995 01:00AM

Fox (Fridays, 8 p.m. ET)

B

Ashy computer hacker (Lori Singer) discovers that if she drops her phone into her modem cradle while she is wearing her virtual-reality game gear (goggles and gloves), it will plunge her and whoever is on the line into a lurid alternate universe, one with aspects of cyberspace, the subconscious and Tom Petty videos.

Soon Singer is working reluctantly for a mysterious, perhaps sinister organization called the Committee. At the same time, she is trying to uncover the events that lead to the death of her father (David McCallum), a virtual-reality pioneer, and the devastating suicide attempt of her mother (Louise Fletcher).

Trading on a paranoid, conspiratorial tone that recalls The Prisoner and MTV's Dead at 21, the show is jumbled but jazzy. It does serve as a compatible lead-in, however, for that paragon of the paranormal, The X-Files.

Singer, I am happy to report, is particularly buff.

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