24 "peaked too early?"
TV Guide's Matt Roush thinks that by having a nuclear bomb explode during the riveting first four hours of this season's 24, the counter-terrorism drama may have set itself up for failure by "peaking too early."
Despite a few moments of true excitement this season -- the return and the subsequent stabbing of President Logan, the assassination attempt on President Palmer II and the apprehension of terrorist Abu Fayed in grisly Jack Bauer fashion -- there has been almost non-stop griping about how this season hasn't been up to par.
Roush said 24 has also suffered by having to compete in the 9 p.m. slot with the freshman drama Heroes with which viewers are still enamored because of its fascinating Lost-like twists and connections. "Ironically, Heroes is building toward the sort of cataclysmic explosion that 24 hasn't quite recovered from," Roush wrote.
Did 24 writers set themselves up for failure by having such a dramatic event occur in the first four hours? Or are critic-types being too hasty in declaring this season sort of bland and repetitive?