Picks and Pans Review: The Lone Gunmen
The March 4 pilot of this X-Files spinoff is what you'd call a comedy-drama, with a pratfall and some jokey dialogue balanced by the threat of catastrophe and sober talk of lost ideals. But the show turns into a clumsy comedy-comedy on March 11, when geeky conspiracy theorists Byers (Bruce Harwood), Langly (Dean Haglund) and Frohike (Tom Braidwood) are joined by genially inept Jimmy Bond (Stephen Snedden). Before teaming with the muckrakers, Jimmy coaches a blind football squad. How's that for hilarity? Future episodes feature an elderly war criminal with a Germany-shaped birthmark on her tush and a sex-addicted, sax-playing politician who might as well be named Billy Clinton.
Bottom Line: The laughs are out there...somewhere
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