Granted, being the best prime-time soap in years ... is like being the best ski slope in Florida. But this smart, spooky, sly sudser is not just the best of its breed. It's a breed apart, as much Chinatown as Dallas.
Despite a wonderful cast (Dana Delany, Martin Donovan, Balthazar Getty, Natasha Gregson Wagner), Pasadena just sits there, as boring and smoggy as the city it's named after. Producers say they'll ratchet up everything in the second episode, but they always say that.