Lost Signals: G vs E (1999)
At the end of USA Network’s heyday for awesome shows came G vs E : Good vs Evil. An action/comedy that starred Clayton Rohner from the 80′s gender bender Just One of the Guys, and Law and Order‘s Richard Brooks, as two undead agents of The Corps out to kick some demonic ass.
During it’s run, I thought that this was the best show on television. The story doesn’t take itself too seriously and is really funny, but with a Tarantino-esque, 70′s exploitation film style, it’s pretty action packed too. As a result we are left with such hilarious spectacles like high-speed golf cart chases, or 3 Corps agents caught in a falling elevator and then having to jump right before the moment of impact to avoid death. I use to love doing that in elevators!
The plot follows Chandler Smythe, a deadbeat father played by Rohner, who is murdered by a demon on the night of his 35th birthday. He awakes to find himself in a room with two men who bluntly explain to him that he has just been recruited in to The Corps, an agency that allows souls, that aren’t quite good enough, to work their way in to Heaven. To do so, Chandler and his new partner Henry must stop innocents from making faustian deals with demons known as Morlocks. Doing so will result in one becoming a demon themselves, after which The Corps no longer tries to save them, but annihilates them!
Although agents of The Corps get a second chance on Earth, they are not immortal and can be killed. They are restricted from sexual acts, and from contacting anyone they may have known from their first life. If an agent is killed at the hands of a Morlock, the result would be the agent becoming a Morlock as well. So you’d think that The Corps might arm themselves with a little more then a dagger dipped in the blood of a virgin, but that’s just how God rolls in G vs E! And who is God? None other then the defensive left end for the L.A. Rams, Deacon Jones of course! Called “The Deacon,” he represents a wrathful and ill-tempered god that is commonly depicted in The Old Testament. The Corps itself resembles a Police Task Force, full of ties and collars, ringing telephones, and photos of suspected Morlocks tacked to corkboards.
I can’t stress enough how sinfully overlooked G vs E was, resulting in a mere 2 short seasons and no hope for a dvd release. Which is a shame because I think that a lot of people would really enjoy this show. You’re best bet for seeing it would be catching it on the Syfy channel during one of their random, obscure tv shows marathon. Here’s hoping to G vs E seeing the light of HD!