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Old 01-13-2005, 07:43 AM  
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"24" 2005...Cool or crud?


I have not particularly enjoyed the previous seasons of “24.” The show starts out strong, but simply cannot sustain the “cliffhanger of the week” bit over 24 episodes. By hour 13, I am ready for it to be over. The plot twists become tedious and I find myself irritated at the rank stupidity of the top counterterrorist organization in the country.

Still, I set a “24” Season Pass on my TiVo. Each time I bring up the “Now Playing” screen, there is “24,” waiting for me to hit PLAY.

The problem is: I have zero interest in watching it. I considered just canceling the SP and dumping the episodes on the hard drive, but the thought that this season might be different stays my hand.

Without giving me any spoilers, is the 2005 version of “24” worth my time?

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Old 01-13-2005, 07:53 AM   #2
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I'm liking it so far.

The basic plot (so far) is that the Secretary of Defense (along with his daughter, who also is Jack's new flame) has been kidnapped by terrorist. The terrorist are going to try him for "war crimes" and are going to broadcast the trial over the Internet. They've done one broadcast so far and it looked frighteningly similar to the beheadings that have been performed in Iraq.

One of the things that's maybe good about this season is that it's pretty much a whole new cast. I think, so far, Jack and Chloe (CTU) are the only holdovers from last season. No Kim or anything (guess that could change though). Other than Chloe, there's a whole new staff at CTU.
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Old 01-13-2005, 07:56 AM   #3
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I'm watching "24" for the first time this year. Not terrible. But real corny. The writing is not so good. "Alias" is way better (though I haven't watched any of that this year.)
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Old 01-13-2005, 07:58 AM   #4
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Old 01-13-2005, 07:59 AM   #5
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Never seen it.
That was real helpful, Saul. Thanks.
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Old 01-13-2005, 08:00 AM   #6
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Old 01-13-2005, 08:03 AM   #7
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That was real helpful, Saul. Thanks.
No problem. All my friends watch all those kinda shows. I've had to suffer through some of them. Predictable plot, lame characters, crappy dialogue, and unbelievable storylines.
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Old 01-13-2005, 08:09 AM   #8
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For me, it's too early to tell how good it is/isn't. I'm not down on it, yet, if that helps. I thought Season 3 was pretty weak. They dumped 95% of last year's cast, unfortunately keeping around the most-annoying character on television (Chloe), a hyper-neurotic who (I hope) would never hold a job with a national security clearance because she couldn't pass the psych tests.

The hotness of the babes seems down this year, too, and one of the two cuties has already bitten the dust (I think).

I think so far the biggest problem is that, despite a new cast and a new job for Jack (which he quickly segued into basically doing his old job), the show isn't "new." The formula is going to be stale, and the only thing left they can do is try to shock the audience (i.e., Jack shooting a guy in custody and cutting his head off). One thing that has intrigued me is this terrorist mother character, who might be the most evil, cold-blooded villain the series has seen, and that's saying something.
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Old 01-13-2005, 08:22 AM   #9
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No problem. All my friends watch all those kinda shows. I've had to suffer through some of them. Predictable plot, lame characters, crappy dialogue, and unbelievable storylines.
I agree. I watched most of the first two seasons of "Alias." That's why I drew the comparison. At least "Alias" presents itself as more of a James Bond type of show (with better writing). I've found "24" pretencious and a bit selfish in that we are supposed to think it's realistic. It's not.
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Old 01-13-2005, 08:31 AM   #10
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One thing that has intrigued me is this terrorist mother character, who might be the most evil, cold-blooded villain the series has seen, and that's saying something.
Ahhh, yes, Shohreh Aghdashloo. I would suggest 'House of Sand and Fog.' She plays the wife there, and ironically [or suggesting a lack of originality in the 24 writers], her son on 24 [Jonathan Ahdout] is her son in the movie as well. For that matter, her hubby on 24 carries himself much like Ben Kinglsey did as her hubby in HoSaF. Though the family in SoSaF is MUCH different than this one appears to be.

But that voice, so sultry that it's a turn on, yet so deep that you think you might be a little ghey. Makes Kathleen Turner sound like Betty Boop. The only voice like it is Management on Carnivale [which is voiced by Linda Hunt, aka Shadhout Mapes on Dune].

Nice to see Chloe get a little glamor, after a career of playing the wallflower, but WTF is up with Queer Eye for the FBI guy from the Sopranos?
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Old 01-13-2005, 08:38 AM   #11
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So far so good, but like you said, it's tough to keep up the cliffhanger per show pace.

I watched every episode of the first season and then somehow missed the finale (no TIVO). I liked that first season, but missing the ending soured me on the series. I haven't watched again until this season. Don't know if I'll stick with it or not. I don't normally watch much TV so it probably won't make the cut even though the first couple of episodes have been typically enticing.
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Old 01-13-2005, 08:47 AM   #12
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Ahhh, yes, Shohreh Aghdashloo. I would suggest 'House of Sand and Fog.' She plays the wife there, and ironically [or suggesting a lack of originality in the 24 writers], her son on 24 [Jonathan Ahdout] is her son in the movie as well. For that matter, her hubby on 24 carries himself much like Ben Kinglsey did as her hubby in HoSaF. Though the family in SoSaF is MUCH different than this one appears to be.

But that voice, so sultry that it's a turn on, yet so deep that you think you might be a little ghey. Makes Kathleen Turner sound like Betty Boop. The only voice like it is Management on Carnivale [which is voiced by Linda Hunt, aka Shadhout Mapes on Dune].

Nice to see Chloe get a little glamor, after a career of playing the wallflower, but WTF is up with Queer Eye for the FBI guy from the Sopranos?
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Old 01-13-2005, 08:57 AM   #13
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Hey!! I skipped the Boomtown and Third Watch refs.

Seriously though, the biggest draw of this season for me thus far is Mary Lynn Rajskub getting a glamor role. She got major 'cool points' from me for being involved with The Larry Sanders Show and Mr. Show with Bob and David, and for being Kirk's GF on Gilmore Girls. But she's always been given the wallflower role, such as her prior 'Chloe' incarnation on Veronica's Closet and the aforementioned role as Kirk's GF.
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Old 01-13-2005, 09:01 AM   #14
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Hey!! I skipped the Boomtown and Third Watch refs.

Seriously though, the biggest draw of this season for me thus far is Mary Lynn Rajskub getting a glamor role. She got major 'cool points' from me for being involved with The Larry Sanders Show and Mr. Show with Bob and David, and for being Kirk's GF on Gilmore Girls. But she's always been given the wallflower role, such as her prior 'Chloe' incarnation on Veronica's Closet and the aforementioned role as Kirk's GF.
I envision your TiVo shuddering and belching smoke like a factory running on overdrive.
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Old 01-13-2005, 09:03 AM   #15
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Ahhh, yes, Shohreh Aghdashloo. I would suggest 'House of Sand and Fog.'
House of Sand and fog is one dark movie, and it's well worth watching.
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