Picks and Pans Review: The Fifth Corner
In this five-week series, Alex McArthur plays a spy who wakes up with amnesia. As he gropes for answers, many shady characters with strange haircuts or weird accents (or both) chase him around, most of them working for a reclusive billionaire (James Coburn). About all McArthur has in his corner are a scruffy, palsied chauffeur (J.E. Freeman) and an investigative reporter (Kim Delaney) who wants to get at Coburn.
McArthur belongs to the Don Johnson school of acting: The stronger the emotion, the harder you squint the eyes and tighten the jaw. Still, this is a stylish if sometimes murky show. TV series about heroes stumbling around in the dark (The Fugitive, The Prisoner, Twin Peaks) have provided some of the medium's most intriguing moments. Given TV's penchant for copying ad nauseam anything that succeeds, it's surprising the concept isn't trotted out more often.