Monday, April 05, 2010

Fox continues "24" season 8 with two-hour clips; but the scenarios start to wear thin

I peeked at “24” on Fox tonight for two hours, as it is in now in Season 8. A few years ago, the “real time” approach seemed effective, and I watched this series as a favorite (along with “Smallville” and “Everwood”). Now it seems a bit staid, as the series has gone through so many over-the-top crises that this “The West Wing” approach no longer seems as compelling.

But right now, a president Hassan of an Islamic country is held hostage, and the US government has to consider whether to fake a delivery of Hassan, making it appear that the rebels took him themselves, while the government also deals with a “radioactivity dispersion device” threat in New York City. That seems mild compared to the suitcase nuke that the show detonated in LA in 2007 (a fatality count of 60000 as predicted in the show sounds very unlikely), but such a dirty detonation of a conventional explosive in New York could contaminate the real estate in some number of blocks there for years or decades. Discussions like this abounded in the months following 9/11.

Ironically (given what’s in the movies now) the show has a character named Chloe, played by Mary Jane Rajskub, and she looks but does not act like the temptress in the recent Sony indie film.

President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) may supposed to emulate Hillary Clinton, but she sounds much noire sharp-edged, ready to pull the switch herself.

Kiefer Sutherland gives an ITN interview here, and explains how the seasons of “24” are separated by a year each, but Season 7 flows into Season 8.

Originally, the series as advertised heavily with previews in National Amusements theaters and in the Washington DC Metro (as sensitive as that would seem now).

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