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.