Picks and Pans Review: The Net
Pardon us if we're not terribly excited at the prospect of a weekly TV drama based on a mediocre movie thriller in which Sandra Bullock spent almost two hours alternately fingering a computer keyboard and running from an inefficient villain. If you happened to like the 1995 version of The Net, you'll be receptive to this new series (slotted for Saturdays at 9 p.m. starting July 25), even though the casting of ex-Melrose Place regular Brooke Langton as the imperiled hero represents a sharp reduction in star power. Langton plays a freelance programmer who mistakenly receives a mysterious piece of e-mail from some sinister force, then finds that her identity has been deleted from computer records everywhere. What's worse, those pesky computers have turned her into someone completely different—a wanted criminal. "Computers control our lives," Langton observes, in a speech that might be disturbing if she delivered it convincingly. But she looks to be in good running form.
Bottom Line: If you're not paranoid, log off