Picks and Pans Review: Angel Falls

updated 09/20/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/20/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Thursdays, 10 p.m. ET)

C-

This season's obligatory prime-lime soap is a desultory Big Sky serial with Chelsea Field as a single mom who moves back to her small Montana burg to lake over her father's pool hall. She has got a rep as the town slut, which makes things tough on her teenage son (I'll Fly Away's Jeremy London). Her arrival sets off a domino effect of illicit affairs. At one point, a restless rhymes-with-witch (Kim Cattrall) complains of naughty new farmhand (Robert Rusler), "He looks at me like I don't have any clothes on." Everyone in these parts does that, ma'am. It's as if the Angel Falls Chamber of Commerce bought a bulk shipment of those X-ray specs they used to advertise on the back pages of comic books. James Brolin, Peggy Lipton, Brian Kerwin and Cassidy Rae costar in this tawdry exercise.

In the pilot, Field declaims, "I'm a salmon swimming upstream, trying to get back where I started." Yeah, well, I'm a TV critic, trying to spare people from drivel like this. Chelsea and her pals can go spawn elsewhere.

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