Picks and Pans Review: Gideon Oliver

updated 04/03/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/03/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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So The ABC Mystery Movie bats one for three. Peter Falk's Columbo is as good as it always was. But Burt Reynolds' B.L. Stryker is disappointingly mediocre, and so is this, Louis Gossett Jr.'s Gideon Oliver. Gossett plays a crime-solving anthropology professor. (What's next? A crime-solving deli owner? Talk show host? Poet?) So he gets to look smart by using big words—"epistemological"—and look tough by practicing karate on bad guys and look sensitive by meddling in other people's lives. Like B.L. Stryker, this is just a formula show with more coincidence than suspense. Too bad. Like Reynolds, Gossett deserves better.

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