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The Net - (S01E21)

Drama . Thriller . Action & Adventure

The Net is the story of freelance programmer Angela Bennett, who receives a mysterious email which leads her into an internet chat with 'The Sorcerer'. Within minutes, her bank account has been closed, her credit cards have been canceled and she's been arrested. For some reason everyone believes she is Elizabeth Marx, an international criminal of some repute. Everyone she knows is dead and her former life no longer exists for all intents and purposes. However, when she is released by a NSA agent claiming to know who set her up, Angela sets out to prove her innocence while evading the evil forces at work.

Episode Title: Chem Lab
Airs: 1999-03-20 at 21:00
  • Robert P. Laurence

    The Net provides a whole lot more fun, thanks to the sprightly Brooke Langton, cast in Bullock's role as Angela Bennett, a free-lance computer fixer who one day receives a mystifying bit of electronic mail. [17 July 1998, p.E-12]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    It's superior to the movie. Both were produced by veteran Irwin Winkler. Brooke Langton, inheriting the role played in the film by Sandra Bullock, is more attractive and is able to project what Bullock lacks: warmth and vulnerability. [18 July 1998, p.E01]

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ray Richmond

    It ain't bad by basic cable standards. That is to say, Langton is a poised female lead, sufficiently alluring to make you forget the fact that what's going on is all pretty implausible. [13 July 1998, p.34]

    Variety Full Review
  • Anita Gates

    Ms. Langton seems to be a good enough actress, but she doesn't have the lovable vulnerability that Ms. Bullock, at her post-"Speed" peak, brought to the movie role. And Ms. Langton doesn't exude the sexy spookiness of David Duchovny as Fox Mulder, the character who is clearly Angela's male counterpart. The show itself is inoffensive, if a little obvious, and could go either way.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    While the series _ based on the 1995 Sandra Bullock film _ is more breathless than brainy, there's enough going on to make you want to stay tuned. [17 July 1998]

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mike McDaniel

    I like the idea of The Net as a series, with Angela living week to week in a Fugitive-type existence, trying to reclaim her identity and bring down the bad guys. If future scripts are clever enough, and viewers persevere past the first episode, this show could be a winner. [18 July 1998, p.7]

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • Steve Johnson

    What is not so wonderful is the program itself, which takes the ill-received 1995 movie starring Sandra Bullock as its starting point but doesn't seem to venture much further than that entertainment's idea: Put a gal with a fetching smile, a Gap wardrobe and a hacker's aptitude on the run for her life. [17 July 1998, p.3]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review

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