Picks and Pans Review: Space Rangers

updated 01/11/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/11/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Wednesdays, 8 P.M. ET)

C

It's 2104 on the frontier planet of Avalon in this new cops-in-space saga, which bumps The Hat Squad to Saturdays at 10 P.M. ET. Jeff (Lady Boss) Kaake, Marjorie Monaghan, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Jack McGee and Danny Quinn play the rangers. Linda (Kindergarten Cop) Hunt is their commander. The idea is that even a century hence, cop mentality hasn't changed. As Kaake complains to hunt: "I'm tired of my people getting hurt over some pencil pusher from Central. I'm tired of the pay. I'm just tired."

The show has better-than-average effects and set design, but the dialogue, makeup and action scenes never reach takeoff. If this show doesn't make it here (I doubt it will), it can always join Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Lost in Space and other space opera reruns on cable's Sci-Fi Channel.

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