Picks and Pans Review: The Listener

updated 06/08/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/08/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC, June 4, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

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While watching this drama about a telepath who works as a paramedic, you may experience strangely urgent lightning-flashes of thought: "I see myself out in the fresh air playing volleyball! But wait—I've never played volleyball in my life! And I live alone on this island!" It's just your unconscious mind tricking you into abandoning the sofa. This silly import from Canada stars newcomer Craig Olejnik as Toby Logan, who's bombarded with inexplicable mental images whenever he arrives on the scene of accidents. Following them to their origin, he'll piece together a mystery that the shortsighted dopes around him aren't aware even needs solving. Toby himself is a puzzle: Grappling with this gift/curse since childhood, he's under the cautious guidance of a psychologist (Colm Feore, the President's miserable husband on 24).

The only thing of note here are Olejnik's eyes: They're of a deep but changeable shade of blue, and he's able to focus them into piercing pinpoints. The show should have been called The Laser.

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