Tuesday, January 11, 2005

THE BOX: Miserable Mondays find no cure in 24 or Medium

Monday for a very long time, has been the night I go to the movies, run errands, fall asleep early, or watch nothing but Law & Order reruns on TNT. There is NOTHING on Monday night.

This season, 24 has been moved to Monday to fill my voided box. I was excited especially because 24 then would not interfere with Veronica Mars (or House). Sadly, last night was still a tedious night of television.

Hours 3 and 4 (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) of 24 are possibly the worst episodes in the shows history. The real time effect dragged the show too slow as all the story lines were in a holding pattern. During past “Days” while one story line holds (ie Jack is driving somewhere) chaos is normally breaking out somewhere else to keep the momentum moving. Last nights storylines were unfortunately predictable to any fan of the show, and perhaps even most virginal novice.

The Good: While rare, the best moments came from Dina Araz (Shohreh Aghdashloo) as the powerful terrorist matriarch, her evil seduction and manipulation of the world around her is irresistible. To this point underused, Aisha Tyler’s debut as the conniving ambitious freelance CTU analyst, added the possibility of me actually liking a new character.

I’m really happy that these shows were back to back and right after the excellent opening. Had I waited a week for a 24 fix and then another week, the disappointment and possible disillusionment might be the end of the show for me. Now can we get over this crap and on with show?

Medium Mediocrity – NBC was unable to offer up much promise for their new show Medium. After and adequate pilot, the second episode failed to conjure up anything more than cliché crime dots connected by a pitiful supporting cast. Patricia Arquette is great and fights to elevate the show around her. The writing only got worse as the clichés are decorated blatant sexual “edginess” only for the purpose of being “edgy”. Given an better writing team, the show could be great. I don’t see that happening anytime soon.


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