Picks and Pans Review: E-Ring

updated 10/24/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/24/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Wednesdays, 9 p.m. ET)

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Benjamin Bratt plays J.T. Tisnewski, an Army major who works in a special forces division of the Pentagon. "Works"? Boy, does he ever. This is another Jerry Bruckheimer coproduction, which means it's got a solid metallic polish you couldn't dent with a hammer and lots and lots of energy. E-Ring rushes headlong into one adrenaline-depleting story after another, as Tisnewski, whose body is one lean cord of muscular sinew with a probable body-fat content of .07 percent, confronts and tackles and defeats global crises. It's not sloppy, and it sure ain't lazy. But anyone who saw Team America, the movie send-up of all things Bruckheimerian, will find E-Ring hard to take too seriously. Anytime a high-ranking official begins barking out an urgent command from the military codebook, I see a big puppet head.

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