spyderspyder Posted March 14, 2010 Report Share Posted March 14, 2010 Good morning. Some notes on some of the programmes I've been watching... "24" An oldie, but one that I recently re-visited - I overdosed on Season 1, tried 2 & 3, then ditched it. However, I recently tried Season 06 and was so pleased that I picked it up again at Season 04... (If that doesn't confuse everybody, I shall try harder next time!) "24" is well written and produced, to a standard that allows one to ignore the physically impossible Bauer stamina (underneath the black T-shirt is a Clark Kent costume) and once you get beyond Seasons 1, 2 & 3, which seemed to have standard sub-plots of daughter and/or wife getting kidnapped and rescued... And kidnapped... And rescued... ...and the padding sub-plots concerning the family life and affairs of the president, and his wife, and his son, and his dog - all designed to stretch the story line to the 24 hours demanded by the title.) There's too much happening. Instead of "24", I would prefer it to be titled (and structured) as "12" (or, at least, "18"). And why is Bauer only able to speak in a whisper, except when he's shouting? And he really ought to learn how to say "nuclear", instead of "nucular". "Prison Break". What started out as an intriguing story, with good character development, became hopelessly lost in its own convolutions. By the half way point of S03, I no longer cared what happened to any of the characters, all of whom, had become nothing more than a bunch of nasty people doing nasty things to each other. I've ditched it. Scrubs. From the start, there was the promise of wit and humour, albeit wrapped in silliness; but I've reached S05, and the promise has still not been honoured. It's getting very tired. The principal characters have become completely, and embarrassingly, stupid, and just grate on the nerves. I'm beginning to suspect that it is written for 8-year olds, by 8-year olds. I will be ditching it soon. Of the new programmes... Trauma. This is quite good: a bit messy in the earlier episodes, which seemed to have as many different short story lines as possible, probably to cater for the short attention span of it's main audience; but as it has progressed, it has some good and sympathetic character development, and is maturing well. Human Target. This is almost a remake of MaGyver! It started out as fairly mediocre stuff: cardboard characters (about whom one cared nothing) performing meaningless stunts (with confused choreography) but it is improving, slowly. It might stand up, especially if the writers give more care and attention to their craft, and have more respect for the viewers. (Notice that the major action sequences are almost invariably shot in the dark, and in close-up - it costs less.) White Collar. This had promise: a fairly rich menu of characters with whom one can identify, an attractive style of writing, competent enough to allow one to ignore the improbabilities of the various scenarios, but... I'm up to Ep. 07, and it still hasn't quite taken off. It's almost as if the whole crew, including the actors, finds it all a bit boring. Maybe by the end of the season there will have occurred some spark to lift it from it's weary plodding. Cheers, s. Quote Important links: Forum Help.Never look before you leap, it'll spoil the surprise. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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