Monday, June 21, 2010

24 Season 1: 3AM-4AM Retro Review

Previously on 24: Kim Bauer's friend Janet York was sexually active, smoked a little herb, had her arm broken, was fed heroin to stop her whining over the arm situation and then was hit by a 1978 Trans Am. All of this happened within a span of 3 hours!  A passing motorist asks her if she's stupid or something for dying in the middle of the road. Yep, that she is, concerned citizen.

Kim is not doing that much better. Her kidnappers hurry Kim back to their van to resume their work for terrorist Ira Gaines. Kim, ever the upstart, reminds her captors that Janet is a human being and she needs medical attention. They believe Janet is a zombie and will eat their brains if they retrieve her. I agree with them- leave this unstoppable 90 lb. chick where she lay and put as much distance between you and her.

Back at CTU, Jack is trying to repair his friendship with Nina Myers. She's a rock-solid patriot and she's really pissed off at being labeled a "no good dirty rat" by her former lover and current boss. Jack makes amends by whispering to her every sensitive insider detail, something the late Richard Walsh reminded Jack not to do before dying a Klingon death in an office parking lot. Walsh, your rules got you dead. Jack knows what he's doing- Nina is good peoples!

Meanwhile, at the Hotel California, Senator Palmer is back in the good hands of the Secret Service. He calls his scummy operative Carl to remind the viewers (and Carl) of the subplot involving Palmer's son being "wrongly" accused of pushing the guy who raped Palmer's daughter out of a window. Gosh, everyone is being accused of stuff they haven't done! What's next? Is someone going to accuse Dane Cook of being funny? (zing!) Sherry Palmer (AKA the most reliable, stable and supportive wife in the history of wives) asks David why he was joyriding at 3AM, not to accuse him of anything, but to make sure he was enjoying himself during their visit to Los Angeles. Oh yeah, and to tell him that someone is trying to assassinate him.

The cinematographer is actively accusing Tony Almeida of being the real mole, capturing Tony looking menacingly at his computer screen. Tony approaches Jack with some boring nonsense involving a passenger list. Jack yawns and Tony scurries off to no doubt continue his mole-ish behavior. And then we get a dose of bureaucratic shenanigans- George Mason storms in with some suits to initiate an Agency Lockdown. What does this mean? That all efforts to save David Palmer's life have taken a back seat to an internal investigation over someone stealing sugar packets and a calculator from CTU LA's offices. Jack makes his way out the back door when some cocky guy from Division tells Bauer that he can't leave the building. Jack bites his face off drops his keys to distract the guy and kicks him in the midsection, bruising both the guy's tummy and his ego.

Thankfully, the episode returns to David Palmer as he meets Agent Aaron Pierce for the first time. Let me pause from talking about 24 for a moment and make a statement about heroism and what it means to be a man. We live in a culture that has embraced the beta-male. The string of idiotic comedies/sitcoms glorifying the man-child and his inability to cope with responsibility is enough to make me vomit. This trend is real and it's causing me a lot of grief. Women see men as buffoons- and men play into that role all too easily. Aaron Pierce is not that guy. He's the anti-Apatow. I celebrate him and all that he stands for- and so should you.

Anyway, Agent Pierce tells Senator Palmer that the threat against his life is serious.  Palmer looks into Pierce's eyes and (against all of my willpower, I refuse to make a bromance joke based on my preceding paragraph) takes the man seriously. Phew... moving on...

Teri Bauer and Alan York (father of Zombie Janet) do their own version of shitty driving through the empty streets of LA when a CHiP's cast reject pulls them over. Pay no attention to the cracked-out flop-sweat rejects in the neon-glowing van passing by you, officer. Those white-bread middle aged people in the BMW 7-series are the real threat to the city. Alan York tells the motorcycle cop "Smoke you!" Wrong answer.

As the Agency Lockdown carries on, Jack Bauer is the only guy countering terrorism for CTU. He goes to an address he pulled from the magical plot-driving keycard and encounters a terrorist, as he expected. While pursuing the suspect, shots are fired and an LAPD officer nearby decides to get involved in the situation. She and Jack team up for some inter-agency cooperation (no, you immature dolts, they don't make out, the lady cop is a cop first and a lady second). As Jack and the Lady Cop pursue the terrorist through a dark warehouse, Teri Bauer chooses this time to call her husband. The cell phone rings and causes Jack to grumble about being married as he's being shot at by the bad guy. Oh, how life is full of such moments! The chase carries on.

Apparently, all of Kim's whining about Janet still being alive actually backfires- the drug-loving supporters of carpeting van interiors decide that Kim is right- that Janet is alive and they need to go back to kill her properly. Zombie or not, they can't allow her to tell the police of their activities. As they pull up to Janet, still laying in the same spot for the last 40 minutes, they are interrupted by the arrival of an ambulance. I half expect the ambulance to drive over Janet, but they unfortunately stop and take action to save her life (and her ability to be injured in future episodes).

At the Hotel California, Carl calls Senator Palmer and tells him of the source of the story about his son. The source is apparently their son's therapist, which means Palmer's son confessed in a therapy session. Sherry is in disbelief, as she is someone who does not break the law, let alone raise a kid to do so either. David sees his troubles double in an instant.

On the side of the road, Alan York sits and waits along with Teri and the CHiPs officer for an ice cream truck or paddy wagon to come by when an emergency call comes in verifying there's some kid laying dead on the street where York and Teri were headed towards earlier. The officer sees this as a chance to let Alan York go, kind of like a catch and release trout fisherman. York tells the officer to take a screw and jumps into his car with Teri and speeds off obnoxiously. The officer is left alone to ponder the awkwardness of that entire encounter.

And speaking of officers, Jack's new partner is met with an unfortunate end when the terrorist shoots her. Should I start a "killed working with Jack" counter yet? We got Walsh and Lady Cop on the list so far. Let me know if someone here wants to take on that full-time task! Jack redeems Lady Cop by capturing her killer.

Meanwhile, the Stoners finally achieve their objective and hand over Kim Bauer to Ira Gaines. Gaines comes off as a creepy porn producer and yet Kim appears visibly relieved to no longer be stuck in that smelly van.

As Jack questions the terrorist at the crime scene, it becomes apparent that the LAPD wants to beat the living hell out of the guy for killing one of their own. This is a classic genre moment- where the cop-killer needs to be sprung by the "loose cannon" detective if he's to reveal his valuable information. I don't mind this trope because it creates some degree of moral conflict. But how many times does Jack have to piss off the good guys for the greater good? Can't we all just get along?

46 comments:

BauerLuver said...

Honestly, I feel like a broken record. You should do this for a living! Where do you come up with this stuff? "Zombie Janet"--I can barely breathe for laughing! Way to go!

Brian Pelts said...

Random thoughts:

-Yeah, when I launch my complex, multi-billion-dollar international conspiracy to assassinate a Presidential candidate, I'm TOTALLY gonna hire a couple of borderline retarded addicts in THE MOST CONSPICUOUS VEHICLE IN THE ENTIRE FUCKING HISTORY OF BEING CONSPICUOUS EVER to do all my legwork. What's the worst that can happen?

-Clearly, Jack Bauer operates in a Hell dimension where everyone who isn't him is either useless, a moron, or both.

-I'm no expert on proper law enforcement procedure, but I'm fairly certain that the scissors that is being a federal counterterrorist agent beats the paper of standard-issue street cops. Still, I'm certain that this is just an isolated misunderstanding and that in future episodes Jack finds local law enforcement to be competent and cooperative and we won't have any more of these awkward snafus.

-Fucking illegal immigrants, man, fucking up everything. Rest in peace, random patrol cop.

-Jamey Sheridan. Ugh. Don't get me wrong, it's great to see Jar Jar Binks get work between prequels, but yeesh.

-"You know, for a homeless person, she had an awful lot of information, don't you think?" Schwing!

-Teri Bauer is incredibly annoying to me. I kind of wish something bad would happen to her.

Brian Pelts said...

And say what you will about the uselessness of the stoners, at least they know that the only way to put down a zombie is to put one in the brainpan.

This....is my BOOMSTICK!

Adam said...

@BauerLuver- don't hold back from giving me praise. :)

@Pelty- dude, if I didn't know better, I'd say you're rewatching these episodes along with me!

Yeah, the random illegal immigrant guy was a classic 24-throwaway character. And random homeless woman was straight out of a "Police Squad" episode- all that was missing from her scene was Frank Drebin passing her a $20 bill and her giving it back to him asking her own questions during the conversation.

singingdoll said...

Awesome awesome! I agree about Janet York -- that girl is a waste of space.

And yeah, I'm totally with you on the cinematographer's accusation of Tony being the mole. So true! I'm not sure if I want to believe you, cinematographer... something tells me you WANT me to think it's Tony, when really it's not! Could it be??

Brian Pelts said...

@Adam - That's just crazy talk, dude. I watched this episode HOURS before you did.

Spencer said...

Another great review! Keep these things up!

Alex Getts said...

I love the concept of Zombie Janet. I'm not currently going back and re-watching these (but I hope to soon) as the posts come in, but reading the posts most definitely brings back fond memories of watching 24 for the first time. A lot of my memories of watching Season 1 are so fond because I've re-watched it with family, when my family got into it, then my wife, and then my sister-in-law, so reading these posts bring back fun memories of my initial reactions, as well as the reactions of others when they first saw the crazy brilliance that is 24's first season.

Adam said...

@Pelty- ah, hmmm.... how devious of you, sir.

@Spencer- Thanks, man- are you watching these episodes too? I'd be happy to read your in-detail reactions.

@Alex- It sounds like you've seen all of 24 more than I have. I've watched Season 1 a couple of times now, and this is probably the 3rd time from start to finish. Season 1 is a special one for me- so zany, very crisp storytelling, and completely awesome use of the real-time format. Probably the best season from that vantage point, in my opinion. But no Chloe, as Pelty tells us repeatedly. That makes Pelty sad. :(

Alex Getts said...

@Adam - Yeah, I've probably watched Season 1, in its entirety, three or four times. I caught it in syndication too, so maybe five; I've watched certain episodes a few extra times, too. Definitely the best season from the real-time viewpoint. Rarely, if ever, after Season 1 do you see traffic being a problem.
I have to agree with Pelty, though; the lack of Chloe makes it just *nearly* perfect. :P

Brian Pelts said...

I have no idea who this "Chloe" person you're talking about is, but she sounds wonderful and I'm sure I'd like her very much.

Dr. Alice said...

I'm loving this season and your recaps. Yep, Zombie Janet is a hilarious concept and I was thrilled to see Aaron Pierce meet Senator Palmer for the first time. Aaron rocks. Keep up the good work, Adam!

Spencer said...

@Adam- I.....could....do that. Maybe not at this current time, because like most of us, I've watched each season multiple times, (Save for season 6. I tried, I really did.) and it wasn't that long ago when I already rewatched season 1.

It's still not a bad idea. The problem is being funny. A man like you will never understand the brutalness of comedy not coming naturally to you, which is something that we normal people have to deal with. But perhaps in a future time, when you finish your review of this season, I'll create a blog or something and try it out.

BauerLuver said...

Let's pretend for a moment that Jack is not married. Who do you think is better with Nina, Tony or Jack? Normally I would say Jack, but I dunno...something about Tony's black hair...

Brittany said...

You bite your tongue, Pelty. Teri Bauer is a dear.

I hope she lives a long and happy life.

Brittany said...

P.S. Dr. Alice, I feel like it's possible that you might have a teeny tiny little crush on Aaron Pierce (which is absolutely acceptable; he's a right stand-up chap). Am I on to something here, or am I just reading too far between the lines?

Spencer said...

Ooooh, do we all get to have a crush on characters now? My turn!

Well, I'd have a crush on Janet, but I'm starting to get the feeling that that's not very wise, because, you know, look at her......she's SO fucking hot. Have you seen her smiles? She's WAY out of my league.

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Dr. Alice said...

You're on to something, Brittany. He is my favorite character on the show, and I must have driven my friend nuts a few weeks ago when we were watching Season 1 because I would squee "AARON!" every time he made an appearance onscreen. I'm also interested to watch Glenn Morshower's performance as Aaron because he has said that he was originally hired just to appear in a couple of episodes. He did such a good job that he was asked to come back again... and again... and the rest is history.

Brittany said...

He he, so I just looked up "squee" on urban dictionary (it wasn't in Webster's...? o_O) and the definition is this: "a noise primarily made by an over-excited fangirl." Heeee! I love it! :) Okay, so you can "squee" over Aaron, and I'll "squee" over Jack Bauer. Or Tony. Or Jack Bauer. I can't decide.

All I have to say is, lucky for us that our 'favorite characters' were involved from the ground up - unlike Spencer, who keeps making references to women I have never heard of... ;)

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Spencer said...

@Brittany- Don't go suicidal over it. I just read that first comment and was like "D-wha?". It's actually pretty funny now, though I'm not sure if that comforts you or makes you feel worst.

BauerLuver said...

Tony or Jack...who is better? It's one of the great mysteries of mankind. I wonder who Nina would pick. My guess is Jack, but Tony...is so...cooool. Not that Jack isn't, of course.

Spencer said...

@BauerLuver- shhhhhhh. Can't you see we're busy in our own character fantasies? Me and Janet are kissing at the wedding, while making sure that there's enough beers to last us all night. We're also trying to figure out what to name our fifth chile, one that's finally hers and mine.

BauerLuver said...

@Spencer- hahah so true! I'm gonna go shut up and dream now, bye...you have fun doing that with Janet! (snort with laughter)

Brittany said...

Giggle. Aw, you guys are cute. :) :) :)

BauerLuver said...

Brittany, who do you like more, Jack or Tony (be honest). Or, shall we say, who do you think would be better to have in a relationship?

BauerLuver said...

If you say Jack, that means you get the hero but something horrible will happen to you, but if you choose Tony, that means your man turns "bad" but he will spend half a decade trying to avenge you!

Spencer said...

Either way, something horrible will happen to you.

And I must say, I'm suprised at the sudden fanbase of Tony. He's not all that much of a likeable character to me. Sure, if he lives past this season he might become more heroic, but right now I just don't think he's all that.

But, ya know, women will be women. This is starting to seem like Twilight, with guns.

Adam said...

@Spencer- Ha! Twilight With Guns... effin' hilarious, dude.

Speaking of Twilight, anyone here a fan? I have not seen any of the movies nor have I read the books. I know there's a lot of backlash against that fan base, and as a long-time Star Trek fan, I an reluctant to pile on any fandom for being lame. I'm more fascinated by this series' appeal. Like this Justin Bieber craze- it's interesting from a sociological perspective.

Spencer said...

I'm not a Twilight fan, but I tried to be open-minded. But go easy on me, I didn't know that it's target audience was for girls because EVERYONE at my school was reading the book, nor did I know the backlash it got at the time.

But I made it to the first have of the book(Twilight) and that was enough. It was just awful. The movie's(again, I'm talking about Twilight, or Twilight:Twilight...?)just as bad as the book.

But now, if you are trying to figure out the biggest thing that teenage girls in general crave and want, it's the Twilight saga, and the aspects of it, like the characters, and the descriptions of them(For example, how a girl can slightly imagine being Bella because of how little she's described in the book.), and how a guy just automatically loves her and wants to be with her for (litterally) forever.

Remeber, I say teenage girls in general. There are those few sane women that realise how awful the franchise is. However, a few weeks ago I had an epiphany of sorts, and ended up hating the Twilight saga a LITTLE less, because I kinda understand what goes through a girl's mind when she's a fan of this type of stuff.

When I was younger, I was a HUUUGGEEE Star Wars fan. But I liked all six movies, hell, I might've preferred the prequel films. Episode 1 came out when I was 5, and even when Episode 3 came out, I was still 10. Those films were my life. I guess I liked them because they had imagination that most films lacked in my eyes, and even though I now realise the plot of the prequel films was just fxcked up, at the time I was fascinated because I didn't understand it. And I still don't think the romance between Padme and Anakin was THAT bad.(Now you know why I'm single.)

But especially between 8 and maybe 13, those films were really what gave me happiness. Whenever I made those goddamn Fs, the Star Wars franchise was what I ran to. So yeah, even now when I somewhat regretably realise that at least the prequel films are crap, and that at this age I've grown past them and accept the coldness of reality while women in their 20s are still hiding in their little worlds, having fantasies about Edward or Jacob, I can still slightly understand it.

But when you think about really fat or really unattractive women, it's quite sad. I'm torn between hating the writer of the books for using womens' needs to make money and appreciating her for giving them false hope.

Brittany said...

Ha! Oh my, I don't even know what to say to all this. First things first: Spencer, that was a great insight. You're right - all we're missing are some Team Jack/Team Tony (or Team Aaron ;) ) t-shirts. Perhaps that means we're taking our fangirl-ness to an embarrassing level? ::ahem:: But hey, there's no way to branch off threads or anything in the blog, so you all get to hear about it! (For which I somewhat apologize. But what can you do??)

That being said. BauerLuver, you've asked a GREAT question, but one I can't answer as well as I'd like to within the restraints of the Retroverse. (Again, no threads or whatever to get around that...hm...) I know: I'll just make a separate post for my girly ramblings. Boys, just pretend it's not there. (Please, for the sake of my pride, pretend it's not there. ;) )

Brittany said...

OKAY, ALL YOU BOYS AND RETRO-VERSERS, YOU CAN PLUG YOUR EARS NOW. WE'RE TALKING GIRL TALK. SUCK IT.

My honest answer to your question, BauerLuver. I actually used to be all about the Tony Almeida. Jack Bauer has always won hands down regarding guns, tactics, and awesomeness. But when it came to who made me want to write a gushy sonnet, Tony had that one in the bag. (No, I never actually did.) But if, let’s say, in one of the last seasons of this marvelous show (heaven forbid they ever cancel it), Jack-The-Man-Effing-Bauer-Himself actually falls head over heels for a crazy girl, then you can stop the contest right there. He’ll have me at “I wanna be there for you while we try to yank you back from crazy-land.” And I’m pretty sure something horrible would happen to me anyway, so I choose Jack. ;) And how about you? I’m betting by your name that, despite your internal debates, you’d make the same choice. :)

Oy, I am embarrassed. But I’m honest. It’s tough admitting to being a girl sometimes. Oh, crap. I AM no different than all those Team-Whatever girls. I hang my head in shame but I can’t change who I am.

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Adam said...

Hey gang-

Don't feel constrained by the Retroverse. I am communicating from an alternate dimension-- your past is my present. In ten years, I will be able to reply to your spoilers. I am in the time vortex. I am bathing in chromaton particles. Commander Riker just shaved his beard... he looks fatter without it.

Brittany said...

Hah - yes, he does look fatter without it!

Adam said...

@Spencer- I want to get into this Star Wars thing for a bit, and this goes for you other "younger" readers.

I grew up with the original films, I was born three days after the first film came out in fact. When Episode I was released, I was 22 years old. My childhood was effectively older, and my reaction to the movie was mixed at best and later on it became outright negative.

Anyway, I am interested to know what it was like for you seeing the prequels at age 8-13 (or any age in that area). Did you feel like they were exceptional? Better than other sci-fi/fantasy movies? How did they measure up to the originals in your mind? I've got my nephew who's 3 and he's starting to get into these movies (He's a big Return of the Jedi fan) and I want to roll out the whole series in the best way possible. Your reactions/insights will be helpful in figuring this out.

Again, anyone who saw the prequels at a younger age- I want to read your thoughts.

Spencer said...

That's it, you guys made me do it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1eFdUSnaQM&feature=related

Adam said...

@Spencer- (sigh) yeah, that sucked. It's so bad it's amazing. When Kirk throws that rock and it bounces off the Gorn like a soccer ball... just terrible. A great link nonetheless!

Brittany said...

And Adam, in regards to your Twilight inquiry. I’ve tried to read the books, and ended up skimming over some parts and skipping others entirely. They’re not bad books, and when they’re not focused on the high school aspect they have a decent narrative, but I wouldn’t rate them very high. A friend of mine has said that the thirteen year old girl in her loves the romance between an average girl and an extraordinary guy. The first movie was “meh” as well; some of the acting was fairly ridiculous but the scenery was awesome.

Regarding the sociological perspective, I think Spencer’s right. Girls get high off cute boys just as much as men get high off dirty magazines. It may be a more innocent high, and emotional instead of physical, but it’s intense nonetheless and therefore super marketable (and "easily manipulated"). (Great, now I’m starting to drift into one of my “I hate our media and our society” moods...Why did I even get on this website tonight?)

Regarding the Star Wars prequels, I was a teenager when these came out and I never got very into them. Sorry. :(

Adam said...

@Brittany- Thanks for your insight on that series. As for the gender-specific appeal of the books/movies, I'm just wondering if there's any mythology that's appealing in Twilight. I'm talking archetypes, etc. here- not so much about the vampire/werewolf thing. Is there a mythology underlying these stories?

Brittany said...

@Spencer's link - he he. Ah, gotta love TOS aliens.

@Adam - I really don't know enough about the series to say. I gave up my skimming endeavor partway through the 2nd book. I could say "I'll ask a friend," but chances are if I said that I'd never actually follow through. I say Google it.

Spencer said...

Alright, ranting time.

@Adam- If there's any film from the franchise that I still like, it's A New Hope. Perhaps I should re-watch it, because it's been about a year since I've seen the whole thing, but I just think it's a really good movie.

It could have possibly been the film of the decade, and you can tell from it's imagination.

The Empire Strikes Back....well....the biggest problem is that it's a different kind of movie. A New Hope and Return of the Jedi are more of the same types of films, with their layer of drama and seriousness, but also their cheerfulness and wacky sense of fun.

The Empire Strikes Back wasn't like that. There's a little humor, but it's mostly dark and serious. You can pretty much tell from the first five minutes of the movie that atmosphere is different. It's not one of those "Everything is hopeless" types of films, it's really about characters that are all in danger, whether it's because of someone else or because of themselves, and if they're going to pull through, they'll have to make life-changing decisions. Comparing Episode 4 to 5 is pretty much like comparing Batman Begins to The Dark Knight.

I think a lot of people would agree that Return of the Jedi is not the best in the original trilogy. But I don't think it's bad. I liked the return of the wacky atmosphere, which actually was bigger than it was in A New Hope. I never really hated the ewoks, though I could see why other people might, and one has to appreciate the concept of Jabba's palace altogether. It just wasn't a cinema-changing event like the first two, and as a result, there's a lot of people that don't like it.

The winning defintion of Return of the Jedi is that it's just... a happy ending. While Empire was about hardships and challenges, Jedi was about the coming of a happy ending, and I can completely understand if someone felt mislead between the movies. That's what I'm saying. That if there's a deep and complex flaw in the original trilogy, it's that the middle film is a different movie that the other two.

Spencer said...

Now....the PREQUEL trilogy. Oh christ, here we go.

I trully might not be able to defend episodes 2 and 3, but I can sure as hell TRY to defend episode 1. I did actually watch the first half of episode 1 not too long ago, and this is what it seems to me like George was trying to do something different, and failed.

The movie isn't really dark like Empire. I think it did return the cheeriness. But you see, when you look at the original trilogy, you can't criticise it for it's plot holes because George wrote to ensure that there are no plot holes.

The story's so basic. Most of the galaxy been taken over by an empire that's lead by someone with dark powers, while a small little team of rebels are trying to fight them. You can't really criticise that, can you?

So actually, The Phantom Menace is like Star Trek: The Next Generation in what it's trying to do, but it just failed. That's why the movie began with the negotiations and the federation crap. Lucas has to create litterally a whole sci-fi universe with the same goverment system that this world has, and he's doing it by himself. ANYONE'S bound to fxck that up.

The only thing I really can't forgive about the movie is the medi-chlorions, or whatever. Unforgivable.

Time to go to Attack of the Clones. This movie has the same flaws that the previous film has because George to trying to create a whole universe with complicated systems. He might've realised that this was the wrong thing do after the realse of Menace, but what could he do about it now? It's not like he could make a reboot.

And let's give the film credit. Ewan actually has a line or two in the movie, and Jar-Jar has about two seconds of dialouge. (I'm actually really impressed with, considering how large his role was in the first movie, how he had a much smaller role and it didn't come off as odd.)

The creation of the Clone Army was gibberish, because, like I said, George is trying give depth to this galaxy, and he doesn't know how.

What got me with Attack of the Clones was that, whereas you can watch Menace with the knowledge that there's still two films between it and A New Hope, with this film, Anakan's gotten a lot older, the Sith are manipulating mo fos, and you know that most of these characters are going to die, what fascinated me was the errie sense that these characters were doomed, kinda like Romeo and Juliet.

And Anakin an Padme's relationship wasn't THAT awful. Believe it or not, it's possible that a guy can get to know a girl and still be in love with her years later. I hope it doesn't happen to any of you, but it can still happen.

With Anakin, you have to see his situation for what it is. He's not even allowed to love. Who can he talk to? What can he do? After years of these emotions, you can imagine how fxcked up he'd be.

Revenge of the Sith is the hardest one to describe. On a surface level, it is in fact watchable. But at the same time, it still has flaws that the other two films have, and that's ultimately what makes it bad. I still liked the first 20 minutes, though.

In a nutshell, all 6 of these films have a lot of imagination, more than most sci-fi shit, but while Star Trek is too boring and inconsistent, this franchise is too....inconsistent.

What do I love now? Serenity and Firefly.

BauerLuver said...

Thanks for the feedback, Brittany! To be honest about our little girl talk, I don't know who I'd rather have as my man. I've spent many long afternoons pondering it, and I really don't know. But at the end of the day, let's face it, Jack Bauer will get the glory, so maybe I'll just go the classic route with him. And I totally agree with you guys about the Twilight/Justin Beiber craze. Seriously, I've read the first book, and it was nothing special. But I will admit, I have enjoyed most of the Star Wars films! Though the originals were much better.

Brittany said...

Yeah, so um...I never piped up and said anything about this at the time, but seriously - Spencer, don't let things like "grades" give you the impression that you're not smart. In my opinion, judging by what you've written here, you possess a great depth of insight on topics that interest you, as well as the capacity to process them and write about them well. Perhaps you would enjoy taking some film or media - or even writing - classes; and if your school doesn't offer them now, I'm sure college will.

(Alright - sorry for the lack of 24/Star Wars/Entertainment content in this post; I'm done now.)

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