Picks and Pans Review: Dead at 21

updated 06/13/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/13/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

MTV (Thurs., June 9, 11 p.m. ET)

C+

Jack Noseworthy, who looks like a grunge-era Opie, plays a 20-year-old who discovers he is part of a secret bioengineering experiment. He also finds out that the chip implanted in his brain will flame out before he's allowed to vote. That is, if a ruthless government agent (Whip Hubley) doesn't catch and kill him first.

Hmm, doesn't leave the dude much time to find the twisted genius who messed with his head. So Noseworthy takes it on the lam with a jaded Gen-X demoiselle (Lisa Dean Ryan).

MTV's first foray into an adventure series marries the chase premise of The Fugitive with the generational paranoid tone of Wild Palms. Too bad the writing and production values are so lame. The program raises that eternal question: What profiteth it a show to develop a cool altitude and a rocking soundtrack when it still looks cheaper than a carnival prize?

After this special airing, the show will settle into a regular weekly slot, Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

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