Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Bauer Hour: Finito

It's tough to follow the greatness of the Deadwood finale. But even so, last night's finale of 24 was blah. Very blah. It was a mediocre episode that capped off a subpar season. Jack Bauer and CTU have become barely watchable. "Watchable" is a weird word, no?

I've never really felt so unengaged by this show. From the beginning of the season to the Incredible Hulk-walking-off-into-the-sunset-with-some-BluBlockers ending, there was never any point in the show this year when I sat up on the edge of the couch with my hands crossed, my bladder set to explode and sweat accumulating on my forehead like years past. Maybe once actually, in the episode where Jack pulls the gun on the CTU/ER doc while Paul Raines is on the operating table. That's the only episode that had me at hello.

Not only did I find the action lacking, completely unrealistic or entirely predictable this season, but the acting was even worse than it's ever been. And it used to be bad, so that's saying something. I mean, when you're actively looking forward to the return of President David Palmer -- the worst actor this side of Matthew Modine -- you know the cast is terrible. And seriously, whoever this President Logan character is in real life needs to have his SAG card revoked post-haste. Holy shit, this fool couldn't be worse.

I don't know, maybe I'm being too hard on a show that has given me hours of entertainment in the past. I thought the best course of action would have been to kill Jack Bauer in the line and have the next season be a prequel of sorts. By now the show has spanned about, what, six years or so? They easily could have killed Jack and then picked any year over the past six in which a new season could take place. That would have been a better way to end this one.

I'll watch next season and the season after that...especially if Jack takes his underground status and starts his own A-Team. The fact remains, this show is still better than 98 percent of the schlock on television. But I'd be daaamned before I openly praise a less than stellar season strictly because it's been a good show in the past. Jack Bauer is still the coolest cast in the fictional intelligence and defense world, and I thank him for his efforts. But let's get back on track next year, and let's start by bringing in some hot chicks running away from bad guys. What happened to that shit, producers?!

Slack Song of the Day: Since we posted some Robert Walter's 20th Congress yesterday, we thought we'd remain fair and balanced and continue with the former Greyboy Allstars theme. So here's Karl Denson's Tiny Universe with Tenor Man from September 2, 2004 in Nashville. These days Karl likes to play the cowbell and the cheese grater and dance and sing...I'd enjoy it a whole lot more if this dude just picked up the saxomaphone again. Karl Denson, guy's got serious talent.

Slack Musical Fact of the Day: In addition to writing the theme song for the original Wheel of Fortune, world-class sitcom patriarch Alan Thicke composed the theme music for both Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. Hmm, nice. Jason Seaver, guy's got serious talent.

4 Comments:

At 11:58 AM, Blogger poophopanonymous22 said...

24 blew goat ass last night. the show is starting to feel old, been there done that, what needs to happen is jack needs to turn bad, and they need to get a new "hero" to save the day, enough of this cast

 
At 12:41 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I think they should bring in Aranxta Sanchez Vicario to play the new hero. And when she catches Jack she can say, "Game, set, match, Bauer."

Boooo this season.

 
At 9:56 AM, Blogger ethan said...

those glasses were actually a perfect ending, leaving you with one last WTF to cap it all off.

 
At 6:18 AM, Anonymous Virgil Zeledon said...

I''ll be back. Later :)

 

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