24 is back and we were glued to the tube last night for the opening episode. The no-commercials (they were all attached to the beginning and the end) ploy worked well, moving the action along - it was tough to decide when to pee. In case you have been in a cave, the conceit of 24 is that all the action takes place in real time over a twenty-four hour period. Here is the episode guide to last year's series. The character guide for this year's cast is here.
The plot gist for this year is simple: it's 18 months later, Jack has been in a serious funk over the death of his wife (and his misreading of the mole-bitch Nina no doubt), his daughter is somewhat estranged, he has a bad beard, he is retired from spying. But then word comes in to President Palmer that Islamoterrorists have a nuke and are going to use it on LA - today. Jack has history with one of the terrorists, Palmer trusts Jack, Jack is (reluctantly) called in.
Jack is tough, Jack doesn't mess around: the first thing Jack does is shoot in cold blood a smug, child pornographing, murdering a federal witness who is the only link to the terrorists. This is both terrifying and hilarious: ordinary rules of comportment - like not shooting handcuffed prisoners in the interrogation room - don't apply to Jack (episode guide here).
Here is what my wife Dawn had to say about the episode:
- The first episode was tonight - and as expected, I was compelled to scream at the TV at least once.
I love this show. It is the only thing we watch regularly and I think the writers are great.
L.A. is about to get nuked by.....that's right you guessed it: Islamodickweeds.
Jack is back. Kim is in peril. Some COCKSUCKER beats his wife, Kim and his kid - oooh I can't wait until Jack gets a hold of his ass.
Looks like another great season.
I predict that the wife/Kim/kid beater is some low level schmuck in this terrorist organization and is on some type of serious drugs using his low level terrorist activity to pay for his drug habit.
Just a guess.
Yes, it is certain that sweet revenge will have to be wreaked upon the wife-beater, who also drools lecherously over the nubile Kim. Since Kim is about the same age, and bears a surface resemblance to my own daughter, I want the asshole flayed.