When/Where: Monday night at 10 on NBC/4
Hunting Texas crime cliches in "Chase"
"Chase" wants it all. Chases, gunshots, hand-to-hand combat. Plus savvy wisdom dripping like barbecue sauce from the purty lips of Kelli Giddish, TV's latest rail-thin, model-pout babe avenger. She's got purty guys working for her, too (Cole Hauser, Jesse Metcalfe, Amaury Nolasco), in this latest product from producer Jerry Bruckheimer's procedural factory.
Their show arrives already on life-support - a too-slick, too-fast mishmash without a heart. The action pauses only to drag out some mangy "back story" that's supposed to deepen Giddish's character, but instead adds to the odor of prefab, perfunctory retread.
Sure, future episodes of "Chase" could calm down, chill out and can the cliched aphorisms. But there's no "there" there to fall back on.
REASON TO WATCH
Relentless action as U.S. marshals hunt Texas bad guys.
REASON NOT TO
Dialogue like this: "Learn some music - it's the quickest way into a person's soul."
The characters couldn't be more bland, and atmospheric Texas settings are ill-used.