|24: Day 4
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
here we go again :)
to tell you the truth, i wasn't that impressed or compelled by the season premiere. of course this is just the intro and trying to figure out what's going on is all part of the fun. i guess it's been a while since we last had to adjust to a season premiere so i gotta get back into. i didn't see too many missteps in the first two episodes, which is a good sign, and the story is moving along slowly enough to not repeat the mistakes of the first act of Season Three which was all over the place and lost credibility with the thousands of misleading events. the episodes did have a couple of really good scenes that had me either gasping (Jack learning about the kidnapping, and the rocket attack on Audrey and Heller), being touched (Jack telling Audrey their relationship was big deal to him and him later on telling Audrey he was also falling in love with her), or getting excited (what i've come to think of, as of last night, as Jack's Theme starting to play when he got his first big Jack idea/moment).
the premiere seems promising, then. and although i didn't like the casting of Audrey, having seen her work a bit more in last night's episodes i'm now confident she's the right one to work with Jack. can't wait to see where this is going. btw, the casting of William Devane was perfect. i haven't seen him in too many things but he's just right for this job. i love his face. (although, his character was responsible for the only real misstep of the night - when he threw his tie at the bad guy.)
oh, speaking of which -- i kinda get a bit nervous when right off the bat they put middle eastern folks as the bad guys. especially the family thing. of course this is just the beginning and we've yet to see how things will work out and why, but i couldn't shake the bad feeling about typecasting them like this. granted, the kidnappers' reasons were more than welcome in light of last season's vague/pc motivations regarding the US policies (which seemed even weaker compared to Season Two's extraordinarily uncanny storylines dealing with war mongering).
i also liked how Jack came back into the fold. unlike the little teaser we had with the Season Three set, it didn't feel rushed or like, 'oh, god, here they go again.' no, this time it came from Jack (who looks more at peace than ever) and somehow it felt fresh and new. the kidnappings had nothing weak like the lame attempts to care for Kim. i was into it this time. btw, i couldn't figure out why they kept Chloe on but they seemed to have found a way to write her character now. she's still angry and pissed off about everything but Jack's reaction to her not having changed a bit (although she got things right with Driscoll) was fun. we like her now. she's still weird but she's not the laughing stock anymore.
i guess it was a good season premiere. although they didn't hit it out of the park (yet), they've gotten me back on board. let's see if they can get the ball rolling now and keep a nice pace for a while.
Posted by Sam | 10:33 AM