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After a bit of a hiatus, a new season of 24 has started. I’m three hours in so far and already we’re checking off a lot of the standards: corruption in government agencies, a crazy first lady, and Jack Bauer torturing everybody within arm’s reach, obvious solutions nobody seems to think of, just to name a few. And of course the old 24 drinking game—drink every time Jack says “There’s no time” or “You’re just going to have to trust me”—is still just as good as ever.

I was disappointed that CTU seems to have disappeared along with all our favourite characters, and we have an almost entirely new cast to get to know. But then—BAM!—Bill’s back, baby! And he’s brought Chloe with him. Now we’re talking.

Highlight of the season so far: New Chloe (a.k.a. Janis) and Old Chloe (the original) battling it out hacker style, getting all up in each other’s biz-nass, pissing each other off in their deadpan ways. So even though we’ve had the same plot lines stirred up in different combos since season 2, at least any pretense that, say, a double agent in the FBI might be surprising has been dropped, and there might be some more of these genre-aware type of moments to look forward and keep things interesting.

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