It's playful and paranoid. It's tender. It's simplistic and it's profound. It's Stephen King. And, like Carrie's hand reaching up out of the grave, if you give King's "Golden Years" a moment or two, it's going to get you.
"Golden Years," which airs at 9 tonight on WBAL-TV (Channel 11), is network television's latest attempt at quirky. After tonight's two-hour premiere, the six-part series will air Thursday nights at 10.
The story is about a 70-year-old custodian, Harlan Williams (Keith Szarabajka), who works at a Big-Brotherish agricultural testing center. After an explosion in a laboratory at the center, Williams is exposed to an unknown combination of chemicals. At first, he doesn't seem to be harmed -- outside of a little glowing of the eyes. Later he begins to feel a bit peppier, then really good. The chemicals, a formula intended to speed the body's healing process,are reversing Williams' aging process.