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I Gave that Show a DAY of my Life...

by eric at 03:30 PM on May 22, 2002

Jesus, what a fuck-nozzle I am for not posting for THREE WEEKS.

MG is a kind and generous ... well, I'm not sure what MG's title is around here, but whatever it is, he's kind and generous for not booting out the so called authors here that never write a damn thing. Like me.

Not that I don't have excuses and reasons and rationalizations that would make you weep. But why tell you all that when we can complain about television?

That's right, the TV season is over. Many, many shows that jumped the shark moons ago are finally taking their leave (So long, Ally McX-Files!) and some truly great programs have been pissed away (The Tick, Once and Again, and I think I even heard Andy Richter might not come back.)

Through it all, there was one shining hope for truly quality story telling and thrills, a bold experiment in telling the tale of one full action packed day: Fox's 24. Which, last night, ended it's first season with the most disappointed ending I've seen in years.

First off, let me say that the plot line of the senator and his shrewish, power hungry wife played out to its inevitable conclusion with spectacular results: well acted, well done, and all and all, it was the best part of the program.

The main thrust of the series, however, was all about super-soldier Jack Bauer's trying to keep his family alive for a day as they are held hostage. The first sign that the writers didn't know what the hell they were doing came at around the 1PM hour of the show, when Jack's wife entered a fugue state -- AJA, amnesia right out of the soaps -- and three hours later she was fine (albeit she just watched her former boyfriend get gunned down, but she didn't worry much about him during the rest of the 'day.'

Last week, the show abruptly decided that the second most trusted character on the show would make a good villain. So without any warning, she's suddenly in collusion with the bad guys. They tried to save it last night by showing her on surveillance cameras from earlier in the season doing something very bad, but it was too little, too late. It came off as half-assed and unbelievable. They should have planted that smoking gun much earlier, with much better clues. Even Twin Peaks wasn't this disappointing... well, at least not until its second season.

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Oh man...I was finally getting over the cancellation of The Tick, and now the wound is all fresh again. *sniff*

by skits at May 22, 2002 7:47 PM

You know, considering the quality of the TV they managed to cancel this year, maybe I'll give up on it next season. If it wasn't for Buffy/Angel, 7th Heaven, Alias, Friends, Enterprise, Malcom in the Middle, The Greatest Race, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Celebrity Boxing, those electrical/vibrating ab machine infomercials, Mash reruns, and 11 O'clock news, The New Yankee Workshop, and a couple other shows, I'd be able to do it too.

by mg at May 22, 2002 10:57 PM

Don't forget Ron Popeil.

by quicksilver at May 23, 2002 1:17 PM

I totally cannot watch infomercials, because they always manage to convince me that I NEED whatever it is that they are selling.

I don't know how I've lived all these years without being able to make my own beef jerky.

by skits at May 23, 2002 1:23 PM

this is a test comment

by mg at May 26, 2002 9:54 AM

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