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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Be Careful What You Wish For...
One day after wishing that FOX would take a cue from the suits at ABC and their plans for Alias, my wish comes true. This story from TV Guide On-Line states that FOX will delay the premiere of 24 next fall until January and run all 24 hours without any hiatus. Now, my first thought was--what?!? You mean we gotta wait until January for the new day to begin?!? And then another thought struck me--with the baseball playoffs and the holidays in there, we don't get new 24 until November anyway so what's another month or so of waiting, right?

Also, in the news column was information that UPN has apparently decided to renew Enterprise. Guess they learned a lesson from NBC the last time they cancelled a Trek series. And you know, I have to admit, I'm happy that Enterprise will be back. If you'd asked me this time last year, I'd have been indifferent. But the third season of the show--and especially those episodes since "Azati Prime" onward have all been consistently good. Now, "E Squared" was pretty much a been there, done that in terms of plot but they did it well enough that it didn't bug me too much and it was interesting how it fit into arc. As the race to stop the Xindi has entered into a full-blown out of control machine, I've loved how it's ratcheted everything up a notch. And did anyone else think Hoshi's kidnapping by the Xindi at the end of last week's episode was eerily reminiscent of Picard being taken in "Best of Both Worlds, Part 1"?

An Hour With Jack Bauer: Or 24: Day Three--11 a.m to Noon
Look, I'm a poet and I didn't even know it!

I guess the producers are trying to not rest on their laurels anymore by killing off both Nina and Sherry in the same season. Honestly, this plotline just got to be a bit silly and after the past few weeks when I praised it for doing something reasonable with the situation, it's just descending into silliness. And I figured the only way out of it was for some of the characters to bite the bullet and let's face it, Julia was an expendable character (did she wear a red-shirt...I'm not sure). Anyway, the rest was all good as Jack shows how far he'll go to save the world and the race against time to stop the viles. They've got a whole lot to wrap up next week and I can't wait to see it all. I am wary that FOX is promising it as a finale that actually delivers....man, when they advertise them that way, it only sets you up for a disappointment.

I think that at least one or two more characters will bite the bullet before this day is over. Right now, I'm going with Chase or Wayne to fall on the sword as it were. If you want, click on my comments and leave me some thoughts on this one. (And I don't know any SPOILERS for next week--I dont' read 'em so don't post them, please! Thanks!)

posted by Michael Hickerson at 5/19/2004 11:11:00 AM | |
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