Picks and Pans Review: The Ice Stars' Hollywood Revue

updated 11/27/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/27/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Fri., Nov 24, 8 P.M. ET)


This is one of those old-fashioned, throw-another-production-number-on-the-Fire type of spectacles. Make that throw-an-other-production-number-on-the-ice. It's the sort of dizzy, showbizzy entertainment one must usually travel to Las Vegas to see.

A bladed chorus line decked out in sequins and fringes executes the standard ice-show routines to songs or medleys from mostly modern films like Cocoon II and Dirty Dancing. There's lots of billowing, low-hanging smoke, stop action and other trick shots.

Featured performers Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner and Olympians Robin Cousins, Elizabeth Manley and John Curry are more impressive with their movie-theme skate skits. Cousins is the cleverest in a James Bond tribute. Babilonia and Gardner are the dumbest in a four-minute silent reenactment of Casablanca.

This show could really do without the skaters' awkward patter that precedes each routine. Let's face it. When you've been a rink rat since you were 5, spending every waking hour practicing double axels, chances are you're not a storehouse of amusing anecdotes.

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