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TV Tonight: My Own Worst Enemy

The third and final piece of NBC's Monday night sci-fi block falls into place tonight, when My Own Worst Enemy makes its debut.

The show stars Christian Slater as Edward, a man who has volunteered for an experimental government program . . . and as Henry, the result of that program. The two share the same body but have wildly different lives: Henry has a boring desk job and a regular suburban life (wife, kids); Edward is a high-powered agent trained to take out foreign threats. Edward knows about Henry, but Henry has never known about Edward — until, that is, something goes wrong in the first episode and Henry starts "waking up" and becoming aware of Edward's missions.

What follows is a not great but still surprisingly watchable hour of TV. It's part Chuck (regular guy fights crime, somewhat against his will, with the help of government agents), part The Truman Show (guy discovers his whole life is a setup to serve someone else's purpose). On the negative side, the show's mythology is completely baffling to me — how, exactly, is this supposed to work? And though Slater is personable, he can't quite pull off playing two distinct characters; I often found myself confused about whether I was watching Henry or Edward.

At the same time, though, the show is fast-paced and has enough compelling moments that I could see myself tuning in beyond the first episode. It would be a good one to watch in a big batch over some lazy weekend, I bet. Do you have any interest in checking this show out? To watch a preview, just

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Photos courtesy of NBC

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Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I'm curious to find out how all of this is supposed to work, so I'll be watching tonight's premiere episode. Christian Slater seems to be well cast.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well - the first couple times that i saw the trailer for this show i was into it and now i'm a little less into it -but i'm sure that i'll tune in to get the back story on the program and how he comes to be 2 people. i like christian slater and he's following in the footsteps of a lot of other actors this year by going from the big screen to the small screen.
Winona Ryder and Christian Slater at the 2017 Golden Globes
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