Picks and Pans Review: Time Trax

updated 01/25/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/25/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

Syndicated (Check local listings)

C+

In 2193, an ignoble scientist (Peter Donat) has found a unique sanctuary for society's worst criminals: He has sent 200 of them into the past—our present—using a time machine. Enter police captain Darien Lambert (Dream Street's Dale Midkiff), a fugitive-retrieval specialist. He's sent from the future to bring the bad guys back. Midkiff carries with him Selma, a tiny talking computer disguised as an AT&T MasterCard that can assume human holographic shape (Liz Alexander). The special effects of this series, set in America but shot in Australia, are on an unimpressive par with the syndicated Superboy. Still. The Terminator Meets Quantum Leap premise is ingenious for two reasons. It allows for broad plot latitude and, since most of the action is contemporary, it saves the producers a bundle; on those expensive, demanding, futuristic gizmos and sets. Mia Sara (Legend) and Henry Darrow (The New Zorro) costar.

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