January 17, 2006

A Few Thoughts on the "24" Premiere

First off, the show is as good as it's ever been. Tense action, the right result, and seamless integration between old characters and new. We've got all sorts of potential for great stuff this season, whether it involves the First Lady who's twice as crazy as Teresa Heinz Kerry, or the evil presidential adviser who looks like Joe Scarborough. They set up everything brilliantly. Even Becca, who had never seen the show and normally loathes series TV, was hooked immediately.

I'm going to miss President Palmer, and even more, Michelle, who multiple commentators have pointed out looked absolutely hotter than ever immediately before her death. Tony, of course, will bounce back once again from certain death to take revenge on his wife's murderers. I just hope we haven't seen the end of Reiko Aylesworth's career.

And of course, with the movie (and Aaron Klein book) in mind, it was absolutely impossible to watch the airport terrorist/hostage standoff without thinking of what happened in Munich. The German government, indeed, was even more incompetent in their actions than President Logan. Unfortunately, Jack Bauer isn't real, and wasn't around to save the Israeli team back then. And also, I can't imagine Jack ever being wracked with doubt about any of his actions and moving to Brooklyn as a result.

But then, you have to wonder- how stupid were the terrorists, in that not only did they not kill the hostages once they learned of the rescue attempt, but why didn't they shoot Jack? They know he's a counter-terrorist superhero who has already saved the world about a dozen times- so why keep him alive? And even worse, why wouldn't Logan and Russian president simply pretend to abandon the accord, appear to give the terrorists what they wanted, and then shoot them?

Posted by Stephen Silver at January 17, 2006 04:21 PM

Because the name of the show is "24," not "4."

Posted by: Jim Treacher at January 24, 2006 03:36 PM
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