SUPERSIZERS GO . . . TWENTIES
★★ This week the hosts of Supersizers eat and drink their way through the roaring twenties where it was fashionable to be super-thin — Victoria Beckham would have fitted in nicely — so ladies were encouraged to eat laxatives for breakfast and frothy wine soup for dinner. The strange mix of doco and reality TV works, though I wish one host had a lesson in table manners. Based on ASIO and Royal Commission documents, I Spry lifts the lid on the shadowy world of Australia’s intelligence agency during the Cold War. Our spies —under the leadership of Colonel Charles Spry — were charged with keeping an eye on not only potential reds but the PM himself. Somewhat hilariously, our spies seem to be more Maxwell Smart than James Bond. There’s no doubting Gabrielle Anwar is hot but there comes a time in every woman’s life when she must say farewell to hotpants and pigtails. Unfortunately for the 40-something Anwar — fit though she is — Burn Notice seems hell-bent on turning her into a pre-menopausal Lara Croft. This is a fast-paced episode of the action series in the style of Miami Vice or Magnum PI. Queen Latifah guest stars as a wannabe Martin Luther-King politician determined to see NBC become a more raciallysensitive network. Jack (Alec Baldwin) hopes to pull the wool over her eyes by promoting the lone African American writer to a top position. The results are ridiculous. But not quite as ridiculous as Jane Krakowski’s baby-smooth face. Has she gone overboard with Botox?
★★ Fair fourth instalment in the series. The story is set in 2018, with the now-adult John Connor (Christian Bale) ready to realise his destiny as mankind’s last hope for survival. Spectacle dominates completely over substance here. Australian Sam Worthington does impress as a man-machine hybrid, but the rest of the cast do not fare so well. L.P.