Happy Monday everyone. (Yeah, Monday's almost over, but whatever. It's the Monday post.) Not a whole lot going on in the world of Crane today. Dropped the Crown Vick off at the body shop to fix what the head-shaking trucker did to it, talked to Hinesy from his apartment in Taiwan, wrote, took a too-long nap, felt generally queasy and strange afterwards, ate two fried egg sandwiches (felt kind of gross for a while afterwards), and then watched 2 hours of 24. I promised after the end of last season that me and 24 were quits. They'd burned me too many times by their ridiculous plot twists ("That attack on the nuclear power plants was just a front! Yeah, a front for ANOTHER diabolical plot! That's the ticket!"), terrible characters (the head of CTU's mentally-ill daughter was a good example -- I understand most people cheered when her character committed suicide), and shameful, lazy-screenwriting moments of deus ex machina (the end of the missile threat at the end of last season), but here I am, tonight, (and last night), tuned in to my little kitchen TV set with one antenna, riveted during Fox's 4-hour 24 Premiere Event! But these four hours were actually good, really good. I hadn't reailzed how comforting it was to watch 24. Even when they were doing stupid things, or people were saying things no human would ever say, you know these people and you know that in 24-world, these people HAVE to say these things. So what it's an uber-right wing fantasy, watching it feels like putting on a really comfortable shoe.
This season started off with President Palmer (the awesome Dennis Haysbert) getting killed in the first 10 minutes of Hour 1, along with a couple of other long-suffering characters, and Jack's been called out of his new, non-Jack-Bauer life working at an oil refinery to have another really bad day doing a little of the ole counter-terrorism stuff. I thought the kid who played the son of the woman Jack was shacking up with was doing some great acting, I think the new president is excellent as our Weasel-in-Chief (though I was a little puzzled by the big treaty signing event with the Russian president with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background -- does Bush come to Glendale for a lot of treaty signings I wasn't aware of?), and Jean Smart plays the slightly loopy first lady who knows too much, though her husband won't believe her. And, to cap the whole thing off, at the end of the last hour, Sam Gamgee himself, Sean Astin, shows up to save the day as a capable CTU bureaucrat. Yaayyy!! And we haven't even gotten to the torture scenes yet! Man, does 24 love torturing some people. They'll even torture their own people, they don't care, so long as someone doing some torturing.
I'll say now that I'll stick with the show until it gets as ridiculous as it did last season, but I know that by then, I'll be so helplessly tuned in that I'll care too much how it all ends to give up on it. They could put Jack Bauer in a burka in order to infiltrate the LMLF (Lady Muslim Liberation Front), and I'd still watch. Come to think of it, I'd be even MORE interested if that happened. Ugh! They got me coming and going! Damn you, Fox. Damn you to right to H-E-Double Hockey Sticks.