Local critic trashes 24, suggests something better:
<<,,,On Sunday, Fox will premiere its much-anticipated midseason action drama, "Human Target," before moving it to Wednesdays. The special Sunday airing of the pilot puts it one hour before the eighth season premiere of "24," the powerhouse drama that was so fresh and original all those years ago that it's hard to remember that the pulse pounding was more dramatic than funny then.
That's to say that "Human Target" has the potential to offer viewers the action, suspense and intrigue that the veteran "24" so quickly lost.
Yes, "24" is exhilarating if you enjoy its roller-coaster nature and exciting impossibilities. But it quickly became ridiculous to the point of drinking-game fodder. For years it was Fox's funniest series. To watch it now - or endure it - relegates the viewer to the status of some sad junkie, just shooting up any old ingredient for a cut-rate high....>>
lonewolf wrote:Waallll, those of us who only got hooked in the last season are not so jaded. I am looking forward to its revival, wondering what Freckles has been up to.
So far no show for Freckles. Chloe is back in style. She has her look (gerbil having a bowel movement) and we are supposed to believe she is not up to par on new computers? Chloe invented computers! As to Jack, the question remains. Can we trust America to a man with no ear lobes?
Aceveda dead and gone, already?
I do have a problem with them palming off a bunch of Indian actors as Middle Eastern. Couldn't they get Tony Shaloub?
Have only watched the first night so far, and my reaction is that it's the slowest, most boring start that any. 24 in slow motion. But if Kimmie indeeds flies off into the sunset I'll be one happy bloke no matter what else happens.
Thanks. Some day, I am going to figure out how the DVR on my set works.
When the technician installed my new TV a few months ago, he demonstrated the DVR by setting it to record Desperate Housewives..consequently, I have a big file of DH but nothing else.
lonewolf wrote:Wow, Renee has gone Jack Bauer on us.
Storyline indicates she has mental problems.
This is not surprising, as American--if not global--culture frowns upon a fictional female character straying too far from acceptable, comfortable female values and characteristics. What would make such deviances acceptable is an X factor (in this case, mental illness, a la' borderline personality disorder/possible PTSA). Thus in movies, brutalized females are thereby allowed to be brutal toward the bad guys, as in a rape victim becoming a vigilante (usually because the "judicial system" in the film has failed to provide true justice) and literally or figuratively castrating the rapist(s) and his cronies.
In film/television culture, Renee can only become the person Jack was "redeemed" from being last season by being tragically flawed mentally and/or emotionally.
Quite interesting, actually. How will Jack pull her back from the brink? Or is it already too late?
gh wrote:Not at all... she makes Jack look like a puss!
Also remember Jack's redemption came from the inside out--the external situation/threat remains, but the man involved has changed--right down to a wholesale cleaning via new stem cells. Cells that, by the way, came from a daughter, a female. The subtle message here is that Jack will now be "softer", more human.
And so far it appears this is a big part of this season's overall story arc: Jack is now a protector rather than a warrior.
Count on Jack having to make at least one (probably climactic) can-go-either-way decision.
The only thing that bugs me about the show are the 'Oh Please' plot machinations that clearly transgress previous characterizations (last season it was Tony). Now it's Renee. When she was introduced last season she was milquetoast and Jack had to toughen her up. Now she's deus ex machina written back into the plot as we find out she was undercover for years in the Russian mob before becoming a namby-pamby FBI agent (later turned psycho)?!?! Whatever.
What, you expect realism? C'mon, it is tough coming up with, solving and moving onto a new crisis every 24 hours.
I do fear the show may lose something if Jack is not a bad ass. But then, I don't know that Jack ever clamped a guys arm in a vice and sawed off his hand. ..