computer whiz Angela Bennett receives a stray e-mail, her life is
completely erased and she is branded a criminal by the
mysterious Praetorians, who believe that she is in possession of
information that could jeopardize their plans for world domination.
Initially the series is a dumbed down version of Nowhere Man
as Angela goes on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of the
pursuing Praetorians as well as attempting to expose the conspiracy.
However, just four episodes from the end of the first (and only)
season, the Praetorians are successfully defeated, Angela regains
her identity and joins the government run Center of Intrusion
Control (CIC) as an agent who investigates computer crime.
A spin-off from the movie of the same name that
starred Sandra Bullock in the Angela Bennett role. Unlike Stargate
SG-1 though, the series version of The Net is a
reworking of the concept rather than a direct sequel. Irwin Winkler
who directed the movie is executive producer on the series.
First Run: On the
Network from 19th July 1998.
of Episodes: 22, as one
Ex-Melrose Place star Brooke Langton
inherits Sandra Bullocks Angela Bennett role and is aided, via
modem, by the secretive Sorcerer who is voiced by Rocky Horrors
Tim Curry. Half-way through the series though, Sorcerer finally
shows up in person and is revealed to be a teenager called Jacob
Resh, played by Eric Szmada. From this point onwards, Curry vanishes
and Szmada appears on a regular basis.
Joseph Bottoms is the perpetually nut-munching Praetorian
commander-in-chief Sean Trelawney who becomes obsessed with the
capture of Angela to find out just what she does and doesnt
know. Constantly at Trelawneys side are his goons, Anna Kelly
(Kelli Taylor) and Greg Hearney (Mackenzie Gray). Popping up
occasionally later in the season is the Praetorian Chairman (Jim
Byrnes) to whom Trelawney must report his weekly failure to catch
And Isnt That... Jack
Coleman, better known as the second Steven Carrington, (post plastic
surgery), on Dynasty, turns up as a doctor in Transplant.
Naturally, Angela always just escapes the
Praetorians clutches at the end of the episode having failed
to expose their nefarious activities. Also, the occasions on which
Angela becomes separated from her laptop her lifeline to
Sorcerer become depressingly numerous. And why is it that
computers in movies and TV shows never behave like real computers?
In The Net not only does Angela get a perfect modem
connection via radio but every time a button is pressed or a
graphic appears on the screen there is an accompanying bleep or
buzz. Dont producers realize that computers are no longer
Business suits for Praetorians, any disguise
you can fit into if youre Angela.
The opening episode of the series has much
in common with the movie, managing quite successfully to conjure
up a strong atmosphere of paranoia as Angelas world caves
in around her.
Sorcerer sends Angela to a hospital to be
treated for a gunshot wound and to foil a Praetorian plot at the
The Praetorians cover is finally blown
and Trelawney gets his long-awaited just desserts.
In Diamonds Arent Forever, Angela goes into the
diamond forgery business using her trusty laptop to help
her, of course.
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