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24's WORST SEASON,
This review is from: 24: Season Two (DVD)It's been rightly said of 24 that it's "not good, but never boring". I think that's true of the first 2 seasons, but by the 4th it had actually become good, and still never boring. I was surprised that season 2 is as "not good" as it is.
Could it be any more contrived? Take for example the way the hero's daughter, Kim, manages to find her way into a different dangerous situation in just about every hour of this long day. The father of the child she is nannying happens to be a psychotic killer; She's in a city that's about to get nuked; she gets falsely accused of kidnapping and murder and is arrested; she gets in a car wreck; She gets caught in a bear trap; She is threatened by a cougar while alone in the woods; She's taken prisoner by a love struck hermit/survivalist; While hitch-hiking she has to pull a gun to stop an attacker; She's taken hostage in a liquor store; and then just when you think she's finally safe, she has to kill or be killed in the final episode. And these random threats are mostly unrelated to each other and totally unrelated to the main action of the series. The only thing that connects her to the story at all is that she just happens to be Jack Bauer's daughter, and all the while he's mostly unaware of any of her crises. This is all FILLER. Not just not good, but boring.
Most of the suspense this season is caused by the unimaginable incompetence and poor judgment of people in the highest positions of the US government. Most of the urgency in the second half of the season is due to their ridiculous insistence that the US must retaliate NOW, by the end of the day, because to wait even another few hours would show weakness and lose the element of surprise. Come on. How long did it take the US to go to war in Afghanistan after 9/11? Months. Did that show weakness? Did it matter? Then why are we supposed to believe it would matter so much to so many otherwise intelligent people in this series?
Here's the screenwriter's recipe for this series. Always put prisoners and codefendants in the same cell (a practice that's strictly forbidden in the real world) so they can plot and plan and create drama. When Jack tortures someone, let him do it in full view or at least in ear shot of someone not accustomed to Jack's ways so they can lose faith in Jack or at least object. Have CTU employees bring their relatives right into the office to create drama. Have rational characters become suddenly irrational; once the damage is done, they can become rational again. Have bickering CTU employees risk world destruction just to spite each other. This is really not good.
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Initial post: Feb 23, 2011 7:19:02 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 23, 2011 7:57:07 PM PST
C. R. Love says:
I'm watching it on Netflix right now. Not only does Jack Bauer not have nearly as much screen time as Season 1, but they used a formula very heavily in this season. I haven't not seen past episode 17, but Kim does constantly get into trouble. It's really lost it's appeal after about the 8th time.
I'd also like to add that there are a few 'Pro Diversity/Pro Multicultural' moments in this season, if you know what I'm talking about then you have been warned. Get ready to puke. However, this isn't uncommon in Season 1, it just stands out more in this one.
If you're thinking about buying this season, I would skip it. Season 1 is much better, I haven't seen any others, I hope they get good again. If they don't, I won't be finishing the series.
Posted on Nov 2, 2011 1:39:15 PM PDT
Sho Uesugi says:
I totally agree. The most contrived crap I can imagine. The fact that this show did as well as it did, is because Romantic Realism no longer exists in the field of art. Everyone in this production seems like a cartoon version of reality, except perhaps The President, who is usually just that.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2013 8:25:01 AM PST
Christopher Gwyn says:
Who cares? It's fiction. Might as well throw every crazy thing they can think of into the mix and go for sheer entertainment value. I do agree about the Kim storyline. I just fast forward once I see her face or else I'm screaming at the TV.
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