So 24 is back with another season of what will probably be more Jack-less episodes, at least if the premier has anything to show. While it’s good to have 24 back on and fulfilling my Monday night television viewing, one beef I’ve had with the show since I’ve been watching is the sheer number of plot lines and conflicts to try and manage. I’m not saying you need a notepad to keep track, but after 2 hours lets take stock at what we’re up against here:
- Should we invade Africa? Isn’t that general guy mad at Jack?
- The undead Tony shows up in a terrorist cell
- The president’s husband is self-investigating their son’s “suicide”
- There’s a leak in the government (didn’t see that coming)
- Our techno-infrastructure is under attack from undead terrorists
- Jack has to face Senator Boddicker at a federal trial
…and those are just the ones I was able to remember and try to follow. I’m sure there are even more that I’ve forgotten or that will spring up starting on Monday’s regular time slot show.
And on that last bullet point, I trust I don’t need to bring up yet another connection to the opus that is Robocop. It seems the people behind 24 love Robocop as much as I do. But to continue the Six Degrees of 24, I did note and enjoy the brief show of Tommy Flannigan, otherwise known to me as the scarface guy from Gladiator. Gladiator is no Robocop, but they’re running out of Robocop cast members to exploit, so I guess they have to move on.
One nice surprise in this season is Janeane Garofalo as what I can only assume is the new Chloe. Only Janeane doesn’t look like she’s always just smelled a fart in car. I’m hoping she can add some much needed personality to the show.
Even with all the plots points and numerous Bauer-less scenes for the first two hours, I’m liking what we have going on. One place where I hope they’ve done things right is using the you-don’t-know-Jack routine with these new FBI agents. Jack Bauer is just “legend” to them so it’s fun to have us as the audience know better when someone tells Jack to “do what it takes” and then he proceeds to kill someone with a Bic pen (or maybe just a mean evil eye).
I think the weakest piece of the puzzle is the Africa scenario, even though I’d bet that’s going to be the underlying story since they did spend two hours on it in the premier’s premier a few month’s ago (although we can hope that was just a very long excuse to give Jack a reason to head back to the US).
If nothing else, Monday night can finally return to a good night to watch TV. Even though Terminator has moved to Fridays, which seriously jeopardizes my ability to watch it, at least I have something that keep my afterwork TV viewing safe. So far Monday’s schedule looks pretty solid
- Seinfeld from 7p – 8p
- 24 from 8p -9p
- Wrestling from 9p-10/11p
- CSI from 10p – 11p (assuming they have new episodes)
- Real news/Daily Show/Colbert from 11p on
Now if only they could coordinate the rest of my favorite TV shows into another single night that makes sense. I just can’t keep up with all this day-to-day shows. It takes too much effort.