24 (the TV show)

Yesterday I took a day off. My older son and I sat on the couch and watched episodes of 24 from the DVD set he got from his grandparents. I’m enthralled. It isn’t television — the creators and actors have managed — by devoting twenty-four hours (minus ad breaks) to a single day of story — to give the series the depth that television lacks. They also apparently had a good budget, because the production quality is superb. Acting is also excellent — all of the major cast so far has been brilliant. Some of the extras have been laughably bad, to the degree that Stephen King was bad in the television version of The Stand, and I find myself wondering who they’re related to, or what strings they pulled to get parts. Nevertheless, extras don’t last long in this series. If you hate them, they’ll get shot soon.

Although my son assures me that many of the storylines get painfully contrived at around episode 3:00 pm and don’t pull themselves together for a while, they aren’t contrived yet, and, eight hours into the thing, all I can say is, if you haven’t seen this yet, you should. It’s amazing.

And with that note, I’ll get to back to work on Gods Old and Dark, where today Molly and Seolar deal with Molly’s peculiar curse, and their future.

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2 comments… add one
  • James Milton Oct 6, 2002 @ 15:08

    Well, I’m with your son that a little way in 24 suffers from a very bad case of "And then, and then, and then…" It was enough that I became fed up and stopped watching.

    ‘Course, that means I missed the fact that it improved again, but I figure whenever a TV show makes you feel life is too short, you should go with that feeling. Having said that, if I’d paid attention to that feeling halfway through Buffy last year, I’d have missed that extraordinary finale. So what do I know?

    Cheers

    James

  • zette Oct 6, 2002 @ 14:52

    A friend sent Russ a set of 24 as well. He’s enthralled with it, too. In fact, he was fairly miffed that he had to go off to New York for nine days and couldn’t keep watching.

    It looks like a good show, but I wasn’t in the mood for anything that ‘dark’ when he started watching it, so I just went back to my little office and wrote instead. (Where I killed off several characters and had a major disaster sweep through a country… so why ‘dark’ put me off, I don’t know…)

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