Posts Tagged ‘24’

The Good

  • Returning favorites: Chuck, Burn Notice & Psych. I loved the last 3 episodes of Chuck, though could do with more Casey (though not sure why a Col. is still¬† in the field that would have never happened in The Unit or in Bands of Brother). Clever handling of Intersect 2.0 so we get an upgraded but flawed Chuck but still waiting to see how they work in Subway.
  • Fresh blood: Human Target, Caprica, Pacific & Spartacus. I was impressed by the Caprica pilot; it has big shoes to fill after BSG but with the strong cast and writing I think it could turn into a worthy prequel.
  • I stopped watching 24 a couple of seasons ago as it just got too tired and predicable but am tempted to tune in this weekend as Jack will be tearing up NYC and Starbuck will be working CTU. Perhaps she can teach Jack about air-locking since water boarding is so 2009

The not-so-good

  • I quite like White Collar but I thought we’d find out more about the grafting side of cons and each episode leaves me a little disappointed
  • NBC has managed to create a hit drama with the fallout over late night chat show spots. Surely the simplest way to solve it would be create a new Law & Order franchise to run in the 10pm slot with all 3 late night talk show hosts.¬† Leno and Fallon can make up the experience-rookie cop partnership, and Conan can be the sharp tongued DA that we all prefer. That would leave Sam Waterson free to take over the Tonight Show
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So, as I wandered around doing my grocery shopping this morning, singing along to The Darkness (a great way I find to empty the aisles as everyone gives the strange Brit girl a wide berth) I was thinking over the last few episodes of 24.

It irks me that CTU did not tell the hotel to immediately shut down their air con as soon as they became a target but then I guess they wouldn’t have been able to infect the onsite CTU team and have those touching moments between Michelle & Tony. Plus, if they were going for reality then Tony would still be recovering from the anaesthetic rather than wandering around the office with his shaving cut gun shot wound! I am loving this seasons suave British baddies (does Dr Corday know who she is dating?!) but they seem to be taking it in a Die Hard: With a Vengeance style direction. Will we see Jack and Chase trying to work out maths problems in the park so the virus isn’t released again or is this all subterfuge whist the crown jewels are being stolen?

What I most like about this series is that it is a truly plot driven drama – there is no pussy footing around with the characters as they are all (possibly barring Jack – but you never know) liable to be killed off in an unpredictable event. There is none of the usual saccharin sweetness of the Third Watch or ER style ‘Tonight they will loose one of their own’…. yuk!