Picks and Pans Review: Mann & Machine
In this series influenced by the sci-fi film Blade Runner, grizzled Bobby Mann (David Andrews, doing his best Jack Nicholson imitation) is a plainclothes cop in the near future who is teamed with an experimental cyborg (Yancy Butler). So she's unemotional and her voice is a little uninflected. So what? This beautiful one-woman SWAT squad can jack directly into a computer. Let's see Angie Dickinson try that. Anyway, repelled as well as fascinated, Mann takes her under his wing.
The futuristic elements are presented piecemeal, as they usually are on TV. For instance, Andrews gets to drive around in a bristling humvee vehicle, but all the cars he passes on the road look as if they rolled off a used-car lot in Pasadena last week.
The plotting and humor are a tad creaky too. But the concept is still cool and the show is well cast.
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