“MY OWN WORST ENEMY” is super smrt.

Posted by Peter Hall - July 31st 2008 @ 10:06 am

This has nothing to do with horror, but it cracks me up enough to post.  I had forgotten about it, which is why I have a bookmarked folder where I drag rantable things should they be forgotten.  “MY OWN WORST ENEMY” is a new NBC show premiering this fall about Christian Slater, a working stiff who also happens to be a deadly CIA agent.  Whenever a chip in his brain is activated, Slater becomes super spy and jets off to walk slow motion in front of explosions.  Chip clicks off, Slater goes back to suburbia and forgets he just time warped to a plot so tacky it didn’t even survive in the ’90s.  Is it just me or can you even hear the ‘Seriously guys?  I can’t believe I’m saying this‘ in the voice of NBC’s promo announcer?

What cracks me up about the show, yes even more so than the plot, is that the show’s exec producer (Jason Smilovic) is someone David Cross would want to punch in the face.  Look at this quote* from an NBC panel:

“we are to take the title literally. He figuratively [is] his own worst enemy. And they are both vying for supremacy within the same body, and they’re both trying to — they are locked into a game of zero competition with one another where one person wins and one person loses on certain fronts, obviously.”

You don’t get to use the word literally and then two words later, still talking about the same thing, use the word figuratively.  And pray tell exactly how does someone get locked into a “game of zero competition”?  Zero competition is not a game.  Or have I been playing games wrong my entire life?  Maybe Smilovic is some kind of method executive producer and he is just in character of his super smrt show.

*Please don’t ask me why I was even reading an NBC panel on “MY OWN WORST ENEMY”.

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  1. July 31st, 2008 | 10:39 am | #1

    I liked Pump Up the Volume and Heathers as much as the next guy, but I’ll pass here, thanks.

    Sounds like, at best, it’ll give Burn Notice “zero competition.”

  2. July 31st, 2008 | 10:52 am | #2


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