(S03E14) There was a lot of action involving running and shooting and a bomb exploding in this installment of 'Burn Notice,' but overall it felt a bit like a been-there-done-that episode. Was it pedestrian or were the principals not interesting enough to keep up with the usual Michael-Fiona-Sam shenanigans? More on that and the excellent work by a lowly CSI tech named Finley, after the jump.
Yes, there was a case in tonight's episode, and yes, Awesome got a piece of the spy action, but the relationships took center stage.
While protecting a foreign dictator at a black-tie dinner, Ellie grilled Sarah about her feelings for Chuck, while Awesome did the same with Chuck. The non-lovebirds say it's just business, but of course, we know it's just a matter of time.
(S03E03) With two strong opening episodes, Chuck has been off and running in this third season. Even the ratings have been great. Would episode three be on target like the others? Survey says: yes.
Oh, it wasn't a perfect show, but it was fun to see Devon -- Dr. Awesome -- getting some major attention and almost a cliffhanger ending. More after the jump. Light up a double corona cigar and let's go.
(S03E05) Michael Weston met Michael Westen. How cool was it that Burn Notice cast actor Michael Weston -- remember him as the private eye who helped House last year? As a psycho/math genius/code breaker/pattern spotter named Spencer Witawski, he was sort of a detective here, too, good enough to have tracked down Michael and become the latest client.
As integral episodes go, this was a major one. Major for Michael and his desire to return to government work and major for the status of Fiona and Michael's relationship. And did I mention that it was a major league great show, too? More after the jump.
Yup, ol' Zephram Cochrane/Stretch Cunningham/Dudley Smith himself will play Kiefer Sutherland's father on the upcoming season of FOX's 24.
The story is a more personal one this season. Instead of saving the world again, Jack Bauer will be trying to save himself. Also joining the cast is Eddie Izzard, who will play a bad guy. The new president this season? President David Palmer's brother, played by DB Woodside.
I haven't seen one episode of this show (I was an Alias fan), but if this season is a self-contained story where I don't have to know what happened exactly in the past few seasons, maybe I'll give it a shot. What exactly do I need to know as a first time 24 viewer (besides the fact that Jack's a spy, his wife was murdered in the first season, and that he was captured at the end of last season)?
[via TV Tattle]
Keifer Sutherland says that the upcoming season of 24 will have everyone's favorite, tired hero Jack Bauer not saving the world, but saving himself, from bad guys who are hunting him around the world and want to kill him.
I think this is a fantastic idea. It would make the show more Bourne Identity and less James Bond. Meaning, more a personal story about survival than a story about bad guys trying to destroy the world. I think I'll even watch this upcoming season, even though I haven't watched any of the other seasons (not a knock against the show. I love spy/action shows, but there was always something else on).
The FOX show returns in January.
[via TV Tattle]
Julia Turner at Slate is in the latter category. She has an article that pretty much calls J.J. Abrams a "hack," and a "self-plagiarist," because he borrows ideas and themes from Alias for the new Mission: Impossible movie.
Of course there are similarities. That's bound to happen, especially when you consider that Cruise hired Abrams because he had seen Alias and loved it.
In fact, Turner sort of debunks her own thesis when she says "of course, every action movie rips off the action movies that came before it, and Alias itself is filled with references to spy capers past: It's no surprise that secret agents spend time in ducts and sewers, that prisoner transport is dicey, or that there's ample use of the body double and the dazzling speedboat getaway." She also dumps on him for using flashbacks in both, then mentions that Lost uses them a lot too. She then wonders if Abrams is a hack.
I think it's clear who the hack is.
So, raise your hands: who remembers this show? It lasted for a whopping two episodes (a two hour pilot and another episode). They ran the two episodes in 1992, and then the next episode was pre-empted by some major breaking news (can't remember what), and then the show was never seen again! But oh, was it good.
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