Although not always on the mark, the cleverly written characters of the new Fox comedy "Flying Blind" do deliver a bit of fresh fun.
The 10 p.m. Sunday premiere on KTTV-TV Channel 11 and XETV-TV Channel 6 introduces recent college grad Neil Barash (Corey Parker), who is tied to a desk working at a ho-hum job that he accepted from his father's employer out of desperation. The office sequences plod some.
But comedic help is on the way, for Neil's life is transformed dramatically by a jolting lunchtime encounter with an aggressively sexy and neurotic mystery woman named Alicia (Tea Leoni), who practically orders the rather innocent Neil to sleep with her immediately. When she takes him home to her loft apartment--a turnstile for characters as wildly bizarre as she--"Flying Blind" does some serious soaring.
It's not only the episode's sharp writing but also its eroticism and its balance between the naivete and predictability of Neil and the spontaneity and instability of Alicia that give "Flying Blind" its uniqueness. What a nice beginning.