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BULLET IN THE FACE
August 16, 2012  | By David Bianculli

IFC, 10:00 p.m. ET

 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: Alan Spencer of Sledge Hammer! fame returns, after a long period of satirical TV dormancy, with another short burst of genre humor poking fun at cop-show conventions and, this time, Tarantino-style action excesses. This one is six half-hour episodes, doled out over two nights, with each night a brisk triple feature. The recognizable stars are the featured villains, opposing crime lords played by Eddie Izzard and Eric Roberts. But the major roles go to Max Williams as the two-faced Gunter Vogler, Jessica Steen as the police commissioner who recruits him against his will, and Kate Kelton (pictured) as a killer who’s just as untrustworthy, and complicated, as Gunter. She seduces, kills and steals – steals this miniseries, anyway. Though I did laugh when Williams, as Gunter, gives props to an adversary by saying, “Using Gilbert and Sullivan for genocide is very creative.” Yes, Alan Spencer, it really is. Concludes tomorrow night.
 
 
 
 
 
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