Picks and Pans Review: On Thin Ice: the Tai Babilonia Story
NBC (Mon., Nov. 5, 9 P.M. ET)
The rise and fall of the ice skating star becomes a vapid, psychologically simplistic coming-of-age tragedy.
A series of actors, culminating in Rachael Crawford and Charlie Stratton, play Babilonia and her skating partner. Randy Gardner, from the time they meet as kids until they are adults. All of them seem to have been chosen more for their physical attributes than for their thespian talents.
The plot seems to suggest that it was Babilonia's disappointment over the duo's withdrawal from the Olympics in 1980, coupled with a soured romance with Brady Bunch cast member Chris Knight (Kevin Hicks), that turned this wholesome young lady into an equal opportunity abuser of food, alcohol, pills and scruffy bad boys.
Babilonia's story is spelled out in big, clumsy, easy-to-read capital letters, yet it just doesn't make much sense. I feel like one of those surly anti-American Olympics judges, but...
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