17 February 2009

24... ugh

So until recently, I'd never watched a season of 24. A few friends and acquaintances had testified that it was good stuff, so finally I caved and started watching this season. I watched the first few episodes online, then started DVR'ing the live ones. 

Overall, my impression was that 24 is a pretty good show.  The acting is decent, not excellent, the storyline is fairly compelling, I liked a couple of the characters, etc. 

Then I watched Monday's episode. 


One of the major "reveals" in this episode is that FBI analyst Sean Hillinger is a Bad Dude, working for the Terrorist of the Month. 

Now, I don't claim to be smarter than the average person. So let's be honest, we all saw this coming from the very first time Hillinger was introduced. The guy has been involved in about 30 traitor shots so far... he is shifty-eyed about 3000% more often than he's shown acting innocent. And to top it off, the writers gave him a solid kick-the-dog moment (his office affair with Blondie). There was no question the dude was dirty, right?

Well, I actually held out hope that the writers had set him up as a red herring... an over-the-top ridiculous red herring, sure, but a decoy nonetheless. The show could redeem itself and I could move on.

But no. Hillinger is the guy, and the show lost me. How dumb do they think we are? 

So I think I'm done. I'll probably read a season recap when it's over just to see if all the loose ends tied up like I predict they will. But nothing in the show is great enough to compel me to stay. 

LOST, it is, from now on. 


*Liese said...

I'm glad you posted this. We watch it off and on (not 100% avid), but missed Monday. I now feel good about my decision to not go out of my way to watch it again. I mean if it's on--great. I feel free!

Steve-O said...

Oh blah blah blah. Of course he was a bad dude, and it was disappointing. But he could still be a red herring. So there.

Steve-O said...
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Steve-O said...

I hope you appreciated my incoherent retort of the day.