Picks and Pans Review: Hack
He was bounced from the Philadelphia police force for corruption. He's struggling to eke out a living as a cabbie. His estranged wife has another man. His young son treats him like a leper. Not far into this drama's Sept. 27 premiere, beleaguered protagonist Mike Olshansky (David Morse) is asking God how much worse things can get.
While I admire any show that dares to be depressing at the outset, I can't view Hack with much optimism. The pilot gives Mike a new mission as a two-fisted urban knight errant, fighting crime without concern for legal niceties. He'll be assisted by Marcellus Washington (an underemployed Andre Braugher), his former police partner, and advised by Father Tom Grzelak (George Dzundza), his conscience and drinking buddy. Morse's morally compromised character might be interesting in a movie, but do we need a series about a self-pitying action hero?
Bottom Line: Not worth the fare