Most people sometimes wake up on the wrong side of bed. The hero of "My Own Worst Enemy" on NBC wakes up on the wrong side of his brain.
Christian Slater plays a man with two identities. Henry Spivey is a midlevel management consultant and suburban dad with a nice wife, two children, a dog and a minivan. When he is asleep, or thinks he is asleep, Edward Albright takes over as a multilingual superspy and trained assassin.
Apparently it's not just in his head; the split personality is presented as the product of a scientific experiment authorized by a secret and mysterious government entity. The organization, which is led by Mavis Heller (Alfre Woodard), is known as Janus and has its secret subterranean headquarters beneath the consulting firm where Henry works -- a throwback to the dry-cleaner facade of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E"....
"Worst Enemy" has a convoluted premise that is cleverly wrought and holds up well, and Mr. Slater does a remarkable job of only subtly signaling each personality...
"Worst Enemy" is a well-constructed puzzle with many layers. It also has a dark sensibility that suits today's mood.
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In the case of "My Own Worst Enemy," the opportunities for danger and humor are obvious -- super spy vs. middle manager; bachelor dog vs. married guy. But Slater has an even more difficult task. Although his characters are different, they are also the same, opposing forces of a single psyche. An exploration of the emotional and psychological diversity that one human brain, and heart, can accumulate and contain during a lifetime is a high calling for a show that also plans to blow things up on a regular basis. But Slater, with a face full of Jack Nicholson-like mischief (not to mention the eyebrows) seems well up to the task.
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