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My Own Worst Enemy - US Speed - 13/10/2008 3:00:30 PM   
Chief Wiggum


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For all of those that have their favourite Aunts living across the pond A new show starts tonight with Christian Slater as the lead (s)

http://www.tv.com/my-own-worst-enemy/show/75339/summary.html

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Edward Albright is a super spy. Henry Spivey is living the normal American dream in the suburbs with his wife, two kids and dog. The two men have one thing in common - they share the same body because Edward took part in an experiment several years earlier to create a split personality. Henry has never met his alter-ego Edward, except for an email he receives from Edward saying that people are coming to kill him. Now, the super spy and the suburban daddy have to learn to live with each other in the same body and not get each other killed.



I'm none-too sure about it myself, if done well it has the chance to be very good, but done badly could be the worst thing to happen to TV in a long time, so anybody slightly interested?

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RE: My Own Worst Enemy - US Speed - 15/10/2008 12:39:57 PM   
Captain Black


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I'm gonna ban the next person who uses the 'American Aunts' line. Downloading bastards.

I was quite looking forward to this. The execution, actually, is better than the setup; which is just completely nonsensical. It's far more streamlined in terms of Henry/Edward's awareness of each other than I was expecting (given that it's very reminiscent of Moffat's Jekyll from last year), which might be to the benefit of an on-going series.

Notably, it's pretty adult for a network show. I counted two bastards, a fair amount of blood (though I guess that's never really been a problem for CSI) and some fairly risqué dialogue.

Slater is pretty good. Or at least, he's always watchable, but he doesn't work too hard on separating his two characters, they're both largely ill-defined at this point (is Edward supposed to be sympathetic? An Bond-esque superspy? A 'dick'?). Whether that's a choice based on not revealing too much too early, or something more symptomatic of slack writing/acting, is again something that will only be revealed in time.

Its closest current comparison, is Burn Notice. So far, that's smarter, funnier, has Bruce Campbell in a supporting role, and is just a better all round show. But for all its faults, I think I'll keep watching My Own Worst Enemy.


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