September 01, 1997 12:00 PM

NBC (Wed., Sept. 3, 8 p.m. ET)


This computer-age special must have looked good on paper, if anybody bothered to make a printout of the script. The cyber-hip premise: Steve Oedekerk, standup comic and rising writer-director (Nothing to Lose), has a Web site where his imagination knows no bounds. Using a virtual set, he plays himself and an assortment of computer-animated figures (including a skeleton having a romantic setback and a video-game warrior who fights only the weak) in a surreal series of bits. Clever? Sure. But not necessarily funny. Even tricked up with cutting-edge visual effects, a parody of Password is inescapably passé. Our favorite idea—Oedekerk must like it, too, since he milks it for three sketches—involves an all-night gas-station cashier who taunts customers from the safety of his impregnable glass booth. The rest of the hour is too often high-tech, low-octane.

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