Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Surfing Thru "Prison Break" and "24"
I'm enjoying the last episodes of "Prison Break," but I have to admit I seriously question my interest in it next season. They've set up a brutal competition between the cons to see who can discover the $5 million in cash hidden by fellow inmate DB Cooper (the famed hijacker who stole millions and then disappeared mid-flight). But should our hero be involved in that? Won't he be fighting to clear the name of his brother? And I really don't care about the Vice President (Patricia Wettig) and all the machinations of people in power. This show is a classic example of an idea that would have made a great telenovela (a season-long series with a beginning, middle and end) but doesn't make as much sense spread out over five years. As for "24," John Aravosis at Americablog is bored. Personally, I think it's one of the best seasons yet. Usually there's a serious drop in quality mid-season. Here, we've only had the quickly ignored sexual harassment girl and Jack Bauer's inexplicable failure to MAKE A COPY of the audiotape implicating the President. Otherwise, it's hurtled along nicely. But if you're bored by it now, wait till they release a feature film next summer (set in London) in between this season and next. You may start to wish Jack Bauer would shut up already.