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'Chase' review: For one night, at least, better than 'House'

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After poking fun of Chase for being a generically titled adventure show, I have a confession: I’ve watched every episode. I know what it’s trying to be — Justified with a woman, complete with daddy-issues — and I know that on those terms, it’s a failure. But if you watch it just for the (duh) chase scenes, which are skillfully staged, and for the way star Kelli Giddish’s mouth turns as southward as her twangy accent, it can be fun.

Grim fun, to be sure, as was proven this week, when House refugee Jennifer Morrison guest-starred as a rootin’-tootin’ delusional woman. On the lam, clutching a gun and little girl’s hand, Morrison was very good in a tricky role.

It’s unlikely that Giddish’s U.S. Marshal Annie Frost is going to last longer on Monday nights at 10 p.m. than Alex O’Loughlin’s   Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-OHawaii is way more popular, and it’s got a far more lively supporting cast than the collection of cliches that surround Marshal Frost. But Chase always features at least one amusingly elaborate chase scene, such as this evening’s climactic moment when Annie hung from the cab of a big truck as though she was acting in a silent-film comedy choreographed by Buster Keaton.

And in one guest spot on Chase, Morrison was given more opportunities to display various emotions than she was during her final seasons on House.

Is anyone watching Chase?

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