Vindicated!

Howdy y’all. Been a while since I’ve posted here at B4B.

But I just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to pat myself on the back. Why?

Simple:

As I explained in a previous post, I’m in the middle of a full-blown power trip, and have no intention of admitting that Tony is dead until we see his lifeless body with no efforts to save him, or at the very least here Jack tell somebody else that Tony is dead. Remember, Tony may very well be dead—but it may only be clinical death, and he just needs a shot of something else to bring him back. Or maybe that was just a huge dose of heroin and his system is handling it just fine (as we all know it would). I’m just saying, he might not be dead for good. 

Who said that? That’s right, ladies and gentlemen: I did. Way back in March of 2006.

Go me.

A little something for the ladies

Here’s a little eye candy for the ladies. Tony Almeida and Jack Bauer sitting together signing autographs for the nerds at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Jack leaves town and a 5.8 earthquake hits. I’m not saying he’s responsible, but it seems like Jack Bauer is as good for California as clubs are to baby seals. The fact is that the last time Jack Bauer went to California a nuke went off.  Now and earthquake.

Forget Africa Jack, head to Iran.

24: Season 7 Cast Photo

Check it out, the promo shot of the Season 7 cast and Jack Bauer. I guess Zombie Tony is in the background, climbing out of his grave at Arlington National Cemetery. Brains. Wait, is that Tony to the …ehh left no right of Jack?

Let me go on record as saying this is the worst Photoshopped picture to hit the intertubes since the kid on top of the World Trade Center with the airplane behind him.

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UPDATE, from AmyV: I see I was beaten to the punch on this, but I can still provide some detail. Here’s the rest of the cast from the photo, from left to right:

• Rhys Coiro, as FBI agent Sean Hillinger

• Janeane Garofalo, as FBI agent Janis Gold.

• Jeffrey Nordling, as FBI agent Larry Moss

• Annie Wersching, as FBI agent Renee Walker

• Carlos Bernard, as Tony Almeida, newly returned from the dead and really pissed off about it.

• James Morrison, as Bill Buchanan (with a beard!)

• Mary Lynn Rajskub, as Chloe O’Brian, hair darker than ever

• Colm Feore, as first gent Henry Taylor

• Cherry Jones, as President Allison Taylor

• Bob Gunton, as SecDef Ethan Kanin

Chloe scoopage!

So, at least a year and a half will have gone by between the end of Season 6 (a.k.a. the Crapapalooza) and the start of Season 7.

How’d I figure that out? Well, Mary Lynn Rajskub, our beloved (in a broad sense of that word) Chloe, told TVGuide.com the following:

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I show up, time has passed and I have a 1-year-old and a wedding ring, [and I'm] calling Morris (Carlo Rota) while I’m busy. So far he’s taking care of the baby, but he’ll be around.

Now, I’ve been pregnant before, and trust me, you find out you’re pregnant well before three months are up. But I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. She has a busy job. Maybe she didn’t notice. So she was at most 3 months preggers when last we saw the lovely Russet Potato Face. That leaves 6 months of pregnancy, plus a year for the baby’s age, and presto change-o, you have a year and a half.

Now that we’ve established that I am at the very least competent in basic mathematics, I have this to say:

Morris is back? Ug. I’d have said Ugh, but he’s not worth the “h” at the end. That’s really freakin’ annoying, I have to say. I was kinda hoping to see Chloe wearing a Baby Bjorn and her little girl hacking into national security computers between naps and no Morris anywhere to be seen. I’m sure Carlo Rota is a perfectly nice man and actor, but I really hated Morris. OK, I didn’t hate him, but he sure as heck annoyed me.

Rajskub also put fans’ minds at ease: We weren’t the only ones stunned to find out Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) was returning.

I was pretty shocked that they brought [Bernard] back. It’s more about the shocking people that are living rather than the shocking deaths this year.

Now, what does that mean? Will dear, departed Edgar return from the great beyond? Maybe everyone Jack’s killed who worked for CTU will come back as zombies.

By the by, check out Remote Access for the first official pix of Jack from Season 7 (scroll down to the bottom).

24 – Season 7 trailer

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The TV premiere of the 24 – Season 7 trailer is on Fox tonight during the 7th inning of the World Series. Not to spoil it, but the Red Sox will be up 11 – 2 with home runs from Manny, Big Papi, and possibly even JD Drew. Ok, so maybe not Drew.

You can also go to Times Square around 1pm today and watch it in the rain. Or you can just watch the trailer now.

Jack Bauer brings torture back, check.
There’s a shooter on the roof, check!
Mole in the FBI, check.
Tony’s back, check.
Tony’s a bad guy who wants to crash airplanes. What?

I have an issue with Tony’s new favorite hobby, crashing airliners. John McClane called, he wants the Die Hard 2 plot back. If they are going to steal a Die Hard plot, at least steal from one of the good ones. Someone get me Samuel L. Jackson and some snarky German terrorists for Jack Bauer to take down while performing asinine tasks and riddles?

Hot Agent: Do whatever it takes, torture him if you have to.
Bauer: I’m going to enjoy this.

So, what do you think? I remember the explosive Season 6 trailer looked pretty cool as well.

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24: Season 1, episodes 5-7

24_logo_season5s.jpg Note: As promised, I’ve begun watching Season 1 of 24 and am blogging on one episode a week episodes after I see them, as a run-up to Season 7. Remember, I’m pretending I know nothing about Seasons 2-6, so blah blah blah, yackety schmackety.

I know, I’ve been very remiss in blogging on Season 1. Life’s been busy.

But this weekend, as all the sick people in my house napped, I watched episodes 5, 6 and 7 in a row and am back in the action.

And action it was!

I’ll deal with this character group by character group:

First up: The Palmers.

OK, what is up with this family? They make the Clinton and Bush families seem normal. The entire family knows that little Palmer accidentally killed the man who raped his sister and that family hatchet man “Carl” helped them cover it up and no one thought Papa Palmer should know?

Of course, if he had known, this storyline wouldn’t be nearly so dramatic, but still. I think he needs to rethink his relationship with his family. His son obviously has major father issues; his daughter obviously doesn’t want to do anything to harm daddy; and Sherry, well, I appear to have been wrong about her.

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Sherry seems to have a very conniving side to her. I’m guessing we’ll see more of that as time wears on. The true character of many characters here seems to be coming out only now.

The big Q: Will all Palmers be by David’s side for the early morning breakfast? We shall see.

Next up: Kim and Terri Bauer

Kim has flashes of not being an idiot, but just can’t sustain them.

Now that her remaining kidnapper (in these three episodes, the meaner — and less attractive, how fortunate! — of the two kidnappers is shot point blank in the head by Gaines) is on her side (he has been sweet on her from the beginning) is on her side, she has the chance to get outta there.

While I understand that she doesn’t feel like she can leave her mom, she would have a much better chance of getting Teri free, it seems, if she escaped with kidnap boy and got to her dad, telling him where Teri was.

As for Teri, how shocked was she to realize the guy she thought she was with was actually dead? And what a blow to Jack to find that out. He’s totally screwed. I can’t even fathom how he’s going to get out of this one.

Then we have: Jack Bauer & CTU

I’m not sure how the bad guys have managed to hook into every single camera everywhere. In the hospital, in CTU, etc. OK, I understand CTU, given that there’s a spy there, but in the hospital? How’d they work that out?

It seems obvious that Gaines & Co. are going to try to either have Jack kill Palmer himself or at least be framed for his death. Can’t imagine why else Gaines would be having Jack head over to the breakfast.

Of course, we’re not all that far into the 24-hour cycle, so I’m not sure how that’s going to work. We have a lot of day ahead of us. Dennis Haysbert is listed as a star, not a guest star, so I can only think he’s not going to die. At least, not so early in the day.

As for CTU, it seems that George Mason has come to recognize that Jack is not a total rogue and actually knows a bit of what he’s doing. I’m glad he finally trusted Jack a bit. I think that Mason isn’t as bad a guy as he’s appeared to be up until this point — perhaps the bad things he did were for a reason; Jack’s done some iffy things already that we’ve accepted because we know he has a good reason.

Totally stunned when Jack shot Nina, and even more so when Tony discovered Jack had given Nina a flak jacket and she got up and walked away from her would-be grave. Talk about a dramatic moment when he shot her. I was on the edge of my seat!

He obviously wanted to shoot her in the back because there’d be less of a chance of him missing the jacket and hitting her; in the front, the jacket could have slipped open and he could have actually shot her for real.

But what about Jamie? She obviously is the spy. Teri calls, gets her, asks for help escaping her kidnapper and Jamie sends the bad guys to get her. Wow. She’s one of the only people Jack actually did trust in CTU. Makes it a little more clear as to why she didn’t want Milo working on that key card (what an annoying person he was! But Eric Balfour, the actor, looked better than he did when he was on Six Feet Under and had a shaved head.).

Wonder who’s going to figure out she’s on the wrong side. My money’s on Tony. He’s kind of a jerk, but he does seem to have his head on straight and seems to want to actually do his job and do it well. And actor Carlos Bernard has finally stopped that weird “voice” he was using, a half-whisper that just sounded like he had a cold.

I think that wraps it up.

In all, an excellent three-episode arc. Plenty of drama and payoff. Can’t believe the fake Alan York killed Janet after all she’d been through to survive. The Nina killing was utterly dramatic and fabulous. The show’s definitely picking up steam.


TONYTONYTONYTONYTONYTONY’S BACK

7a_8a_tony.jpgSorry for the all caps, but that’s just about how I feel. Found it out just this morning. Check out the full report here.

Basically, Howard Gordon admits that with no ticking clock to announce Tony’s demise, the door was always open for his return.

Season 7 is not going to be a repeat of the Crapapalooza. We who kept the faith are about to be rewarded. Thoughts, comments?

By the way, has anyone told Tony that Michelle is now a chaplain on ER?

And I’m sorry, I don’t usually squeal like a little girl, but THIS IS FREAKIN’ AWESOME.

NOTE: If you want to see the whole press release, check it out here.

Season 1, episode 2

24_logo_season5s.jpgNote: As promised, I’ve begun watching Season 1 of 24 and am blogging on one episode a week, as a run-up to Season 7. Remember, I’m pretending I know nothing about Seasons 2-6, so no snarky comments about how I’m an idiot because I think Tony’s a jerk or Sherry Palmer’s a stand-up woman. Ahem.

Wow. I honestly have to say I was shocked when Nina Myers’ name came up as the potential mole. I’d suspect Tony before Nina. I mean, why is he so intent on finding out what Jack is doing?

But besides the fact that Nina seems so unlikely as the mole, I find it hard to believe the truth about that would come out in only the second episode. I’m thinking there’s got to be more to this. Unfortunately, the body count is already stacking up and two people died in getting this information into Jack Bauer’s hot little hands. Nice toss by Walsh.
I wonder if someone else (Tony seems a likely suspect, especially considering he’s dating Nina) used Nina’s computer to encode the Palmer info on the keycard to frame her in case the information ever came to light.

24-cast-season1.jpgMeanwhile, we check in on the probable future president or soon-to-be assassinated presidential candidate David Palmer. I like this guy, but really wonder what it is he’s trying to hide. What’s the story that the reporter called him on? Why’d he leave the hotel suite to meet up with this mysterious “Carl”?

Hopefully, Secret Service Agent Aaron Pierce will track him down before any harm comes to Palmer. Pierce had a calming presence.

Mandy and her cohorts had the opposite effect.

What’s up with Mandy’s partner, refusing to hand over the goods? They’ve been paid. It seems to me, though, that bad people shouldn’t double-cross their evil partners. That never seems to work out well.

And this Jonathan is an awfully good shot (shooting an egg off a chain-link fence?!), so it doesn’t seem like it’s a good idea to piss him off too much. That was some pretty fast plastic surgery, though.

Lastly, we have Kim. It’s pretty obvious now that these boys aren’t just in it for a joyride with some drunk girls. While the girls’ virtue may be relatively safe, they’re in an awful lot of danger.

Janet just got at least one arm broken (can’t imagine anything less after being smashed against a car door with a tire iron!) and is totally drugged up. Kim seems to be kinda safe right now as the masterminds “don’t want her injured.”

But who are these “masterminds”? Are they connected to the Palmer assassination or are there two things going on at the same time?

And was there a weird bit of chemistry between Janet’s dad and Teri Bauer? Something strange between them.

Check back next week to see where things go from here.

See it again, for the first time

Note: As promised, I’ve begun watching Season 1 of 24 and will start weekly blog posts on it today. As I’ve previously confessed, I never did watch the first season of the Jack Bauer show and am finally catching up. I vowed to watch the show as if I’d never seen an episode before, so no smartass comments about how I’m an idiot because I think Jack should trust Nina and how Sherry Palmer seems very grounded. Shaddup and read and pretend you’ve never seen it either.)

24-cast-season1.jpgAn interesting concept, this, having a show take place in “real time.” Hopefully we won’t have to see any potty breaks or boring lunches in the cafeteria — “What!? You’re out of tater tots? I want to speak to the manager!”

But based on this first hour, there doesn’t appear to be much downtime on 24.

The main characters appear to be the Bauer family and presidential candidate David Palmer.

Palmer’s a senator who is likely to be the first major-party African-American candidate for president. Actor Dennis Haysbert has a very serene quality to him and I really liked the interaction between him and his wife, Sherry, played by Penny Johnson Jerald. She seems very grounded, a very solid political wife; a true asset to his campaign.

There is some sort of mystery here, though, as he almost threatened a television reporter on the phone about not running some story; he refused to tell Sherry what the story was about though. I felt badly for her as he closed the sliding glass door on her after she pushed him to tell her what the call was about. This seems like one of those things that he’s better off being honest with her about right off the bat rather than hiding from her. I can’t help but think this will come back to haunt him.

Speaking of wives, I wonder if Teri Bauer really has forgiven Jack for having an affair with his colleague, Nina Myers. It wasn’t made clear that she knew exactly why it was that Jack had moved out, but it seemed like she did. If not, that’s gonna come back to bite him in the butt; that’s not the kind of thing that stays secret for long on a television show, you know?

They seem to have their hands full with their teenaged daughter, Kimberly. She plays all nice and sugary sweet with Daddy, then all but ignores her mom and then sneaks out the bedroom window to meet some college guys at a furniture store with her friend.

Yeah, like that’s gonna turn out well. It’s obvious the guys don’t plan on taking Kim home, even though they promised to. Given that her dad’s a government agent, I don’t think that’s a really good idea to get him pissed off.

But her being missing couldn’t happen on a worse night. The Los Angeles division of the Counter-Terrorism Unit, or CTU, has received intel that there will be an assassination attempt on Palmer’s life. They’ve got to find the assassin and, hopefully, figure out who ordered the hit, before time runs out. With his daughter missing, Jack can’t help but be distracted.

Good thing his wife is with the father of Kimberly’s friend; at least she has someone to help her look and keep her occupied (and, probably, prevent her from being mad at her husband. But let’s get real. He’s a government agent. If he’s being called into work in the middle of the night, there’s probably something bad happening.)

Speaking of something bad happening, Jack is not only tasked with trying to foil and solve this assassination attempt, but he’s also ordered to figure out who within CTU is in on the plot. Yep, there’s a mole. Jack doesn’t think he’s up to the job because he previously took down three CTU agents who were corrupt, so no one who’s doing wrong will ever dream of opening up to him. But it’s for that very reason that his boss believes Jack’s the only man he can trust in CTU.

Jack is told to suspect everyone, and indeed the first person he meets with, George Mason (from “division”), seems to totally be on the wrong side of things. He acts very suspiciously, but I have to admit I was totally shocked when Jack shot him in the knee with a tranquilizer dart. Of course, Jack was right to suspect him, and he’d done bad things, and Mason gives Jack the info he asked for.

I find it hard to believe that Mason is actually the mole, however, because that would be far too simple. It’s hard to say who the bad guy might be. Perhaps he should open up to his partner (and former lover), Nina. She immediately helped him hide Mason. She seems like the kind of person he can trust. But his boss did say not to trust anyone.

This CTU guy, Tony, however, is a big jerk. He’s going to be trouble. Can’t say I think he’s the mole, but he is pretty obnoxious. It’s obvious Jack is a supervisor of some sort; Tony’s gotta just step up to the plate and deal with it.

Now, as for the assassin, that was pretty interesting. I completely thought that photographer was the assassin at first, and Palmer’s aide was in on the plan. That ditzy chick sitting next to him, Mandy, was a total revelation when she quit the drunk, hot passenger act and killed that stewardess and blew up the plane. Wow. She’ll be a force to be reckoned with.

I like the tinking digital clock idea, too. But did you notice how every time they gave an idea of when something would happen, it was a time frame that would have pushed it right over into the next hour, i.e., the next episode? Nice. Guess they want to hook people into watching the next episode. Not a bad way to do it.

Anyhow, all in all, a very compelling hour of television. Good characters, interesting plot. Let’s see where this season takes us.