Picks and Pans Review: V.i.p.
Give Pamela Anderson Lee credit for learning from a mistake. In 1996 the ex-Baywatch babe played a busty (well, of course), black-leather-clad bounty hunter-nightclub owner in a bad movie called Barb Wire. She seemed uncomfortable as an action figure, sneeringly stomping her foes. But Anderson Lee smartly shifted gears for this syndicated series, which premiered in the fall. Here she's more felicitously cast as Vallery, a smalltown innocent who comes to Southern California, gains fame for saving a movie star's life and winds up as front woman for a bodyguard agency catering to celebrities. Though the reluctant Vallery keeps getting dragged into dangerous situations, the rough stuff is mainly the responsibility of security experts Tasha (former model Molly Culver as the gorgeous-but-lethal type), Quick (Shaun Baker) and Nikki (Natalie Raitano). Each episode has its quota of gunfire and explosions, but the tone is agreeably tongue-in-cheek. Anderson Lee smiles occasionally and wears fetchingly snug, light-colored clothing. There's nothing important about V.I.P., but for the star it means progress.
Bottom Line: N.I.P.—Noticeably Improved Pamela