Thursday, May 24, 2007

24: Day 6 Review

Folks, I'm a few days behind on this (work and other crazy stuff kept me from posting) but here it is:

Staring: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, D.B. Woodside, James Morrison, Powers Boothe, Rena Sofer, Alexander Siddig

What a rush. Sure this current season wasn’t half as good as previous seasons, but it’s 24 and even a bad season is better than most shows out there.

Kiefer Sutherland was again at the top of his game as Jack Bauer. Mary Lynn Rajskub (yes Matt I remember she was on Mr. Show) was wonderful yet again as quirky, social-skill-lacking Chloe O'Brien (though the schtick is getting just a bit worn), also returning is her estranged husband played by Carlo Rota. D.B. Woodside returns and does a competent job as Wayne (though his position as President is a bit of a stretch). James Morrison and Jayne Atkinson return again (thankfully) as Bill Buchanan and Karen Hayes respectively. One of the more shocking returning characters is Eric Balfour as Milo Pressman - a character we haven't seen since season one.

Personally Peter MacNicol steals the show as Tom Lennox, a man you initially hate, then love to hate, then finally there's only love left. Perhaps it was the good slime that did it, I dunno. Powers Boothe co-stars as as Vice President Noah Daniels ("guest stars" actually - though that is a bit of a misnomer, as he's in almost all the episodes). Looks like the power isn't just from the 'stache.

The problem with this current season was that just about everything that occurred happened in each preceding season. Just about every major plot device and plot twist occurred before. It was pretty predictable and the writing of sub-plots has almost never been worse than this.

The season started off with a great, strong batch of episodes – but quickly turned into a poorly done cat and mouse game, finally resolving mid-way through the season before another major plot development began to grow. The best part of this season is that hopefully it has given some closure and that next season can actually start completely fresh.

Season 6:
Verdict *** ½ /*****

1 comment:

Chris said...

It also happened to be posted on the 24th, how fitting.