Monthly Archives: January 2007

24: 11am-12pm

Ok, has this show jumped the shark? Spoiler alert…

Once again, another show that really wasn’t worth my time out of a busy day. Sigh.
We meet Jack’s father, played by James Cromwell. I best know him as the bad guy from LA Confidential. He’s still alive?

And, of course, a little foreshadowing with token hot arab chick getting reduced access to CTU computers, only to have single white guy give her access to the network. Not good. Sheesh, make it a little more obvious. I bet she’s not uncovered as the mole until closer to the end.

And it is oh so comforting that the arabs in the detention center are not terrorists… they’re just glad a nuke went off and glad that more will go off.

And Jack gets himself into a bind at the end, at the mercy of his brother now, who has given orders to kill Jack and his father. Given that there is still 18 hours left in the show, I wonder whether Jack will escape? Hmmm.

Last two shows have been lacking in any redeeming quality whatsoever. I believe the Jack kill count for each is zero. Huh? That can’t be right. Although Jack did get a little torture in.

I guess the new Audi R8 isn’t in my price range

Test drives start at $5,000 on eBay. Although no bids yet.

Taking money from working people…

is now considered ‘generous’ in Washington.

The New Deal was one of the worst things that happened in the history of our great country. Why am I required to fund for others that aren’t responsible enough to manage their own finances? I realize I already do, but why does it continue to get progressively worse?

the answer is four

The question? How many consecutive days can I eat pizza without getting sick of it. Argh, I don’t want to see pizza for a while.

Garrett turned two on Sunday

We had a get together with the neighbors, ordering way too much Papa Murphy’s pizza, and watching football while the kids played.

After everyone had left, Garrett managed to find his way to the leftover cake.

He gave it a good try blowing out the candles.

One of Garrett’s first presents he opened was this Thomas the Train motorized train set. He set his sights on that and didn’t open any more presents Sunday!

Well that was uneventful

Spoiler alert for 24…

Ok, so evil bald-headed mastermind from Day 5 is really Jack’s brother. Well, this is fiction, so I guess that’s ok.

I predict evil terrorist-turned-peacemaker dude is really a bad guy after all, and we’ll find out in the next few hours that this was just a ploy to get intelligence on CTU. And I predict that token hot arab chick is evil as well, simply because she has added no value in the first five hours so far.

And I predict I will vomit if I have to hear President Palmer’s sister open her mouth for one more second.

If 24 continues to follow its successful formula, tonight was a setup show for a big plot twist next week, including learning which of the current good guys is really a bad guy.

This week wasn’t worth watching. They really need a 24 recommendations site giving a yea/nay vote on the show so that people can determine whether they need to tune in or just read the Cliff notes.

Another try at hi-res video

This time I used Google Video… you’ll have to click here to view it.

Spencer gets his orange belt

Spencer took another step towards being able to kick my ass at a young age by getting his next belt in Tae Kwon Do yesterday. I took off work to see him test, and was proud to see this little five year old do a back kick and break a board (I got it on video and will try to post it). The got his orange belt, and it must really signify something to him as I don’t think I’ve seen him more proud of a belt step as I had seen last night.

I had been telling him for a couple of days that higher up on the belts means more difficult tests, and that he really needed to focus. He simply told me “Dad, I know you don’t think I can pass, but I can!” Guess he showed me 🙂

24 off to a rockin’ start

Boo ya! The second best premier of 24, IMHO, behind Day 4. Show is off to a good start.

Spoilers will follow, so if you haven’t seen the first four hours of day 6, stop here.

The biggest letdown for me was not doing anything with the Chinese angle (at least not yet). Jack spends two years in a Chinese prison, abducted from US soil, and nothing expands on that subplot. Oh well, Jack is free, apparently the US paid a big price to get him back, just to turn him over to the terrorists.

First three hours, fifty minutes was pretty standard 24. Jack is going to die, Jack escapes, Jack disobeys the President, Jack single-handedly stops a terrorist attack, yada, yada, yada. And all this within a couple hours getting off a plane from China. Apparently the Chinese fed him well.

The last 10 minutes was awesome. Two stunners (one predictable, one not) to close out the first four hours. Too bad on Curtis being killed by Jack – I really liked Curtis. Next to Jack, he was my favorite character over the first five seasons. This too is becoming a pattern (Bauer’s sidekicks getting killed when confronting their archnemesis… in season 5, Tony met the same fate when confronting Chris Henderson). And, of course, what better way to close out the season premier than with a tactical nuclear weapon explosion. Too bad it didn’t happen in Green Bay.

What I liked about the first four hours:

  • CTU/the US served up Jack to the terrorists just as they have served up others. At least the show is consistent and maintains a certain standard. I like that.
  • I thought the scene with Jack breaking the bad terrorist-turned-peacemaker out of the house was very well done. Suspenseful and realistic (well, as realistic as this show can get).
  • I liked the way the Curtis deal played out, even if I don’t like him off the show. A little foreshadowing, a quick confrontation (not long and drawn out). That’s one of the keys to 24’s success, IMHO. Good guys don’t always win, good guys aren’t always good guys, etc. That’s what makes it suspenseful and keeps you glued.
  • The head of the Muslim organization stepping up and doing what’s right instead of what can be gotten away with. That is going to be an interesting twist that really has potential. I foresee a future Jack ally.
  • Some people are complaining that the show is becoming politically correct. I don’t see it that way. If anything, the show is pointing out that political correctness comes at a steep price (loss of life of lots of innocent people).
  • I like the fact that Jack has changed from his two year stint in a Chinese prison. Not quite as effective as he was, and that’s clear. Although still amazing he can physically do what he can do now.

What I didn’t like:

  • the whole Jack and terrorist-turned-peacemaker splitting up and finding each other again within 10 minutes while Jack stops a terrorist attack. Way over the top and way, way too convenient. Gag.
  • Tell the attorney for the Muslim org to bag it. Really annoying. Apparently the President’s daughter thinks she can get away with anything.
  • Enough with the side romance thingys. If you want a show tailored for women, write a show tailored for women. I really don’t think women are watching the show waiting for the token one minute soap opera.

Looking forward to the rest of the season. I suspect the plot will have the same formula as season 4. That’s fine by me, as long as its not a rip off of the content (and so far it hasn’t).

Real life bumper cars

Part of the problem in the pacific northwest with snow and ice is that people here don’t see snow and ice often enough to know how to drive in it, ergo they do some stupid things (like drive too fast and not pump their brakes). In addition, the hilly, mountainous terrain adds an additional hurdle in navigating the roads.

Check out this video