I really like it. Arrested Development. How they take other shows ideas and then make them more extreme (trading spouses – or even better yet – skating with the stars or whatever it’s called. Dancing? Too safe – people want to see them hurt – let’s do ice skating. Brilliant!)
FX is great too – The Shield I like – sure, I was a huge Tony fan from The Commish but now this is his dark side. Rescue Me also tackled lots of great topics & issues. Prison break, well, eh, it had potential.
24 has started again. When it first came out, I wanted to be a big fan. I loved the realtime idea. But it fell apart pretty quickly. It takes 15 minutes to get to location X to save someone, then once they’re saved, only 4 minutes to get that person back to the base. And other things fell apart if you really paid attention. I complained about the show – how the one thing it said it had, it didn’t really have. Marco had to let me have it bluntly – “It’s just a tv show.” Oh yeah. Once I gave up on trying to find holes in the realtime, I just got into how stuff’s always happening.
So, yes, he doesn’t eat or use the restroom for 24 hours. He’s almost killed every time. And by almost, I don’t mean, a bullet comes close, I mean, his guts are falling out cause someone’s torturing him and yet he survives, and is hardly any worse for wear. Or gets a drug habit from going deep undercover. And shocking stuff happens. His best friend kills his wife. Then he needs to work with her (best friend). Boarderline unbelievable, but right on the edge.
He fights all comers. Russians, middle easterns, latin americans, and those pesky europeans. Some US folks are always in the mix too. Best friends. Dirty cops. Agents. Politicians. The bad guys are pretty smart. Lots of diversions. Their only weakness, which is every one’s weakness, is that no one flat out just kills Bauer when they have the chance.
Anyway, they basically just use the realtime aspect now to tell you around when stuff will happen. Shows usually start with someone saying something like “within the hour” and I’m wondering – is it gonna happen before the end, or will it be the cliff-hanger. Yup…I fall for it every week.
Man, what’s gonna happen next week?