Picks and Pans Review: Not of This World

updated 02/11/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/11/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Tues., Feb. 12, 9 P.M. ET)


Here's another TV rarity: a sci-fi thriller. Lisa Hartman is a crackerjack electrical engineer. Santa Barbara's A Martinez is the sheriff in a small town that is showered with meteors. Out of one crawls this alien thingamabob that starts out looking like a charred lobster claw but grows to resemble a giant whale fluke as it feeds on living creatures and electrical lines.

The wasp-waisted Hartman and the chiseled Martinez have the charm beams set on high, and they're backed by Tracey (Repo Man) Walter, Pat Hingle, Cary-Hiroyoki Tagawa and Luke Edwards. But retarded by plot and pace—I've seen episodes of Swamp Thing hang together better—the movie never achieves escapist velocity.

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