If I seem less than thrilled, you are indeed perceptive — maybe it is external influences. There actually are several things to like here. Maybe I’ll just dwell on these rather than unfairly criticizing the episode.
Billy Zane is actually pretty good as the incompetent magician Miles Federman.
His assistant Maryam d’Abo is absolutely beautiful although given too little to do and saddled with a terrible accent — oops sorry, trying to stay positive here. Her twin blonde replacements are pretty snappy numbers also.
The real episode-maker, though, is Martin Sheen playing a role unlike any I’ve ever seen him portray (i.e. not indistinguishable from actor Martin Sheen). Sheen is unrecognizable as Kraygen — literally, as I did not recognize him (although I finally placed the voice).
The sets are interesting, and the score is fine. I really don’t know why I was so uninvolved in the episode.
- Title Analysis: Not quite as pathetic as People Who Live in Brass Hearses. At least half of this one makes sense.
- Andrew Kevin Walker went on to write Se7en. So, I’m not about to fault him for my ennui.