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Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by FKAGobucks877, May 26, 2004.

  1. FKAGobucks877

    FKAGobucks877 The Most Power-Drunk

    I know there are at least a couple of 24 fans out there, and I was wondering what people thought of the so-called season finally last night. For myself, I was pretty disappointed, it was way too predictable, and didn't really have any twists or drama in the last episode. At least Soprano's is getting good again.
  2. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go! Staff Member

    FKA, I was a bit disappointed as well -- but I did love that Jack had to hack off Chase's hand. That was pretty cool! I'm so hooked on the show, that it was at least a satisfying ending, but overall this season wasn't as good as 1 or 2. It would have been better if Kim would have been eaten by a mountain lion of something. :) Given that there are a bunch of cast members that won't be regulars next year (Chase, Kim, Michelle, Tony), Season 4 should be interesting.

    Here is a fun read about last night's show: A thrillingly reckless "24"

    And on the third day mayhem ensued, and it was good: Jack swings a mean axe, loses the suspect for the umpteenth time and then weeps -- along, surely, with countless fans at home.

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    By Heather Havrilesky

    May 27, 2004 | The third disastrous day of "24" drew to a calamitous close last night as Jack Bauer saved the world yet again, and then paused for about two minutes to weep openly.

    You could hardly blame him. In the past 24 hours, Jack had endured a break-up, heroin withdrawal, the death of a former lover, a prison riot, a gunfight, the outbreak of a virus, the kidnapping of his daughter, a car chase, an impromptu amputation and the relentless badgering of Chloe, the office whiner.

    But then, Jack's relations with his coworkers have been just a wee bit strained over the last few hours. In just one day, he was forced to assassinate one coworker, rat out another coworker who will likely spend the balance of his days in prison and chop a third coworker's arm off.

    Feverish fans of the suspense series let out a simultaneous gasp of horror -- or in some cases, delight -- when Chase Edmunds (James Badge Dale) strapped the last remaining virus-bomb to his arm to save the Southland from certain peril. Luckily, Chase and Jack were in a biology classroom, and there was a big axe hanging nearby. As the virus-bomb display ticked down, Jack imagined Chase's hand groping his daughter's ample bread baskets, and was thereby able to swing the axe over his head with a resounding chop. Chase: "Oww!"

    Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), upon hearing that her boyfriend's life was in peril, stared blankly into the middle distance. Poor dear, she's holding it all in again! No woman is an island, even if she looks like one in that oversized blazer they make her wear at CTU.

    After convincing himself that Sherry (Penny Johnson Jerald) wasn't, in fact, going to rise up and judge the living and the dead, President Palmer called Jack on his cell phone to thank him for saving the world not once, not twice, but thrice. Jack told the president that he'd relay the president's gratitude to the staff of CTU. "CTU?" Palmer's face seemed to say. "What the hell is that? Some kind of a branch or department? Oh, and Jack? Are there vending machines at CTU, and do they have those banana moon pies I love so much?"

    After bringing the president his moon pies, Jack met daughter Kim at the hospital. Upon reuniting with her dad and hearing that her boyfriend was going to be OK, Kim stared blankly into the middle distance. Poor dear, she's holding it all in again! You could tell, though, by the slant of her eyebrows that she felt overwhelmed, even more so than when she had to dress in Jane Saunders' frumpy bohemian clothes, or when she was ruth lessly interrogated by FHM.

    Meanwhile, Tony "Tiny" Almeida (Carlos Bernard) was carted off to the big house for selling the population of the free world up the river, just so Saunders wouldn't cut his wife Michelle's (Reiko Aylesworth) eye out. Nice job, Tiny! Michelle was devastated by Tiny's impending incarceration, but something in her eyes told us that she would never have sold the free world up the river just to keep the terrorists' long knives away from Tiny. She was crushed, yes, but not so crushed that she could resist whispering "I told you so!" into Tiny's ear as he was dragged away to some dark, damp prison cell. That's our Michelle! Playing the blame game up until the buzzer sounds, just like a good wife should!

    In short, the third season finale may not have matched the intensity of Jack discovering that his lover killed his wife during the first season's finale, or the raw shock value of President Palmer being struck down from a biological attack during the second season's finale, but it did wrap things up adequately without too many gratuitous surprises.

    OK, OK, there was that murderous outburst by Gael's wife. She was being debriefed at CTU when she spotted Saunders, the terrorist nimrod who killed her husband with his icky virus. Luckily for her, in addition to the Star Wars Action Figures and half-eaten banana moon pies she found in Gael's box of things, there was a nifty little gun, perfect for shooting evil terrorist guys in the chest!

    But "24" wouldn't be the same without its fair share of silly surprises. And the biggest, silliest surprise of the season had to be the fact that viewers were forced to wait so long for the suspense to begin. The first half of the day, if you'll recall, was pretty much a wash. From 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., we were monkeying around with some punk named Kyle in Canoga Park whose only real draw was that he hung out with hot girls. From 6 p.m. until 2 a.m., we were stuck in Mexico with the Salazar brothers, a major detour that blurred into a sepia-toned mess of growled threats and lines drawn in the dust.

    But then, just as many viewers were declaring the entire season a disaster, the writers came to their senses and everything changed for the better. The virus was released, panic set in, Michelle looked doomed, Gael bled from his orifices and Kim finally got dragged away by one of Saunders' henchmen. Ah, yes. This was the dark, sleazy entertainment we'd come to expect from Kiefer and Company! Even though Kim quickly shot her captor and Michelle escaped from both the virus and Saunders unscathed, the creators of "24" have always thrived on ruthlessness, whether they were killing off thousands of innocent bystanders, executing a friendless Ryan Chappelle, mercilessly slaying Sherry Palmer, lopping off half of Chase's arm, or sending Tiny away to rot in prison.

    Questions still remain, of course. What will become of President Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), now that he's no longer running for re-election? What will Palmer do, aside from appearing in ads for Allstate? Will he and Jack really become bestest friends like he promised? Will Kim and Chase's love go sour when they're changing diapers instead of sneakily instant messaging each other all day long? And most importantly, why has Kim spent the entire season in a pantsuit?

    Perhaps sensing the futility of another 24 hours of a blank-faced, blazer-clad Kim, producers of "24" announced last week that her character wouldn't be a regular next season, nor would Chase, Michelle or Tiny.

    So what form will "24" take, without most of its regular cast, when it returns to our TVs next January?

    We'll worry about that later. For now, let's take a minute to reflect -- and weep openly, if so moved -- over the most haphazard, thrillingly reckless season of any drama in recent memory. What can we make of this strange parable? Were Bauer's tears caused by exhaustion, dread or relief that it's all finally over? After an uneven season that ranged from brilliant to laughable, he may have been feeling all of the above -- we certainly are.
  3. starBUCKS

    starBUCKS BPCFFB League #2 League Champion 2008 & 2010

    It's always the last episode of 24 that is the least exciting, because you know everything has to happen. It was a fairly predictable end last night that left no cliff-hangers for next year. I thought that black motorcycle from several episodes earlier was going to return. Notice that they made such a big deal at the end of season 2... about the girl getting that "disease" on President Palmer, and nothing was ever elaborated on. You know they are planning to use that but, it's taking them a long time. I think as 24 goes, Tony will go to prison, but will be set free to help them on their next catastrophe. I hope Cloe isn't back, she is way too annoying.
  4. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Staff Member Bookie

    The first episode of 24 I'd ever seen was the third season's premeire. I was hooked from there. I loved every episode of it, and now I guess I'll have to get ahold of the DVDs from the first two seasons now.
  5. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go! Staff Member

    Yes, definitely check out Seasons 1 and 2. They are great! Although watching more than 2 or 3 episodes in one sitting might be hazardous to your health. I know I've lost years of my life watching them! It's worse than crack. :)
    Last edited: May 26, 2004
  6. FKAGobucks877

    FKAGobucks877 The Most Power-Drunk

    I echo these sentiments. Season 1 and 2 were better, IMO, but I did like season 3. It's a little frustrating when you wait all week for the show, and then nothing really happens that hour, but then you have episode's like when Chappelle got killed, or last week when Sherry finally got what was coming to her, and it is all worthwhile.

    I also am curious to see what next season will be, but I'm sure it will be good. I really thought that last night's episode would end with President Palmer getting assassinated, or at least injured, but there was no drama to end it. I guess we'll see next year....

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