Third-episode verdict: In Case of Emergency

In Case of Emergency's Carusometer
3 Minor Caruso

Well, it’s the moment we’ve all been looking forward to: the third-episode verdict and matching Carusometer for In Case of Emergency. The first episode was pretty painful, as already remarked, and the following episodes haven’t really let up in their general desire to kick the crap out of their unlikely leads.

The various characters have had a little more flesh put on them, although it’s pretty broad-brush work rather than fine Airfix detailing necessary to ensure the audience actually gives a monkey’s about them. The situations haven’t been any more plausible than the previous ones, either. In fact, the highpoint of the whole series has been a 30-second cameo by David Carradine in the third-episode.

So mediocre, then: not awful but not great. You might enjoy it a bit if someone stuck it on in front of you, but you wouldn’t go looking for it in the schedules. As a result

The Medium is Not Enough has declared In Case of Emergency to be a three or “Minor Caruso” on The Carusometer quality scale. A Minor Caruso corresponds to “a show in which David Caruso might guest star. He will incessantly talk about the ‘fine work he did on Rambo: First Blood’ that shows just how much ‘you other ”actors“ have to learn about our craft’. He’ll also demand that all cameras be inclined at 27º to the vertical whenever he enters shot. He will, however, be the most interesting thing that’s ever happened to the show, either in front of the camera or behind the scenes”.