07/03/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT
SCI Fl Channel (Fridays, 8 p.m. ET)
Show of the week
The Invisible Man traces its roots all the way back to the oft-adapted 1897 story by H.G. Wells, but this is a surprisingly fresh take on the now-you-see-him, now-you-don't tale. Vincent Ventresca stars as Darien, a career thief forced to play guinea pig in a secret government program. In the early-June premiere, scientists equipped Darien with a synthetic gland that enabled him to become invisible—the better to sneak among villains and thwart them. But there's a side effect: Darien has to be injected with a "counteragent" every several days, or his eyes turn horror-movie red and he behaves like a kill-crazed beast.
Hmm. I just read that over and it doesn't sound so promising. Still, the first two outings were a diverting mix of humor (much of it provided by Paul Ben-Victor as Darien's disgruntled partner), action and philosophy (Darien quotes Nietzsche and Santayana). Be warned, though: By the third episode, the protagonist was taking himself a tad too seriously.
Bottom Line: Keep it in sight