January 25, 2010

TV Tuesday

This week's TV Tuesday:
24


We got hooked on 24 last season. I had heard about 24 for years mostly from Rush, it's his favorite show from several people, so SoldierMan and I decided to give it a try. And last season was AWESOME. Mostly I loved the whole government bureaucracy vs. intelligence power struggle they depicted. The story was also really good, with lots of twists and turns.

For those of you who don't know, 24 is a show shot in "real time" centered around former-special-agent-turned-rogue-turned-special-agent-turned-retired-agent Jack Bauer. So, one hour of show time is shot and played as though in 1 hour of real time. It's an impressive feat, to be sure.

So I was WAY excited when 24 started back last week, even though I'd be watching it sans SoldierMan. Plus, it kicked off last week with an incredible 4 hours! That's 4 real-time hours of action and suspense. Mostly.

I have to say, this season, I'm not really grabbed by the gut like I was last season.

Without being spoilerish, the basic story began like this:

Imagine if you will, a world in which a person is elected Prime Minister of a country that rhymes with Eye-ran. And this person is not only not insane, he's downright reasonable, if not a really good guy. He has agreed to meet with the President of the United States to sign a treaty committing to officially shutting down their nuclear arms program - and actually means to do it! Meanwhile, those around him (correctly) see this as the loss of whatever possible threat of terror they have over "the West" and try to assassinate and/or discredit him to block the deal from going through. And it becomes the job of the US to protect him and also hunt down his enemies.

Hmm....personally, I think 24 jumped the shark right out of the gate with this one. But I'm holding out hope. And I love me some Jack Bauer, cause he's just cool. That's SoldierMan in his other life :)

And I have to say, part of the reason I'm holding on (but only a teeny tiny part, honey) is the fact that I finally get to see David Anders on TV again!


That picture is from Heroes a couple of seasons ago. He was also one of the main bad guys on Alias, another of my faves. He always plays a bad guy to some degree, and he's one of my favs! He does understated evil so well! So many people go over-the-top in their "bad guy" persona. He understands the concept of "less is more" more than most.

Are you watching 24? Are you more impressed with this season than I am? Help me out, here!

9 comments:

  1. So we started watching 24 when our now 5 year old was a newborn and got hooked. We made it to season 3 or 4 and then we moved and haven't been back to watch it since. I would love to get back into it now since my husband is home but we haven't done it yet.

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  2. We like to watch on DVD so we don't have to wait...lol

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  3. I have never watched 24, but I'm always looking for new TV shows, especially since we can't get American television here. I'll definitely have to check it out!

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  4. i haven't got into 24, but we used to love Alias!!

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  5. Totally watching 24 mostly because I love me some Jack too! :)

    Not as impressed but holding out some hope. Maybe it will take a few "hours" to get going???

    Although I must say that the 4th hour (aka Rene') at the end was a little....creepy!

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  6. 24 is NOT for me - It makes me nervous and very anxious. Not two feelings that I like one bit. My hubs however, he LOVES 24 and is very much super excited about this season!

    Happy watching!

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  7. I have never watched 24 which is weird when I think about because I loved Alias.

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  8. I've been meaning to watch this show...and you've convinced me to jump on the bandwagon! I will be sure to let you know what I think once I've started watching it.

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  9. I am actually not very impressed as well. My husband, Clay, and I have watched it since the very first season and love it. However, this season just isn't doing it for me like it usually does. I keep watching hoping that it will get better!

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