Picks and Pans Review: Spy Groove

updated 07/17/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/17/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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As Secret Agent Man has proved on UPN, the spy-spoof game is pretty much played out. So rather than watch live actors go through the motions, you might as well try an animated series where the backdrops keep shifting but the characters move hardly anything besides their mouths. Spy Groove, which premiered in late June, features fairly amusing villains—a fishy hypnotist who schemes to destroy Miami; an evil contessa who plots to capture the world's supermodels. And James Bond never had a cuter gadget than "the Ricky Martin inflatable decoy." But our heroes—known only as Agent No. 1 and Agent No. 2—are so blasé, they're nearly inert.

Bottom Line: Hip but easy to skip

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