May 26th, 2004

mepublicenemy

24 season finale

I am an addict of the Kiefer Sutherland TV show, 24.

Warning, this contains some minor spoilers. Basically, it's about some plot lines from the beginning of the story that seemed to be completely dropped by the end.

The first is Jack B.'s heroin addiction. It was a major focus as the story unfolded at first. It seemed to be forgotten at the end. Now for someone like me, watching it across the months, it's easy to think he got over his addiction. But in the show's timeframe, only 24 hours have occurred. He should still be going through withdrawal.

Similarly, the season opened with the President having a love relationship with his doctor. By the end of the show, she too seems forgotten.

Ah, well.

I know that for the first season, at least, they didn't plot out the whole season in advance. They made it up as they went along. I suppose you need to tolerate some plot problems when you put shows together this way.

Rhyme of the day:

Despite some problems with this 24
I still want more.

Unlike Jack, I haven't kicked my addiction quite yet.
mepublicenemy

Enterprise season finale spoilers

I'm not sure Enterprise is coming back next year, but obviously its creators hope it will, since they left us with a cliffhanger.

Enterprise is a prequel Star Trek show, set in time before the William Shatner/Leonard Nimoy Classic Star Trek.

Spoiler alert... close now if you care.

So I thought it was a typical twist. The crew, having saved the world from destruction, arrives home and find that they are back in time... back in World War II, it seems.

Just typical. Yawn.

Then we get a look at one of the Nazi's commanding officers, and we see that he is... a nasty looking blue-skull-head alien in a Nazi uniform. Probably we saw all of 2 seconds of his face. If you looked away you missed it. But I saw it and jumped.

That's a pretty good surprise.

It would be a comforting thought, I suppose, to learn that the Nazis were as evil as they were because they were directed by an evil alien race. That would mean that all that evil was not a form of human evil. But it was. You can call it inhuman evil or subhuman evil, and you would be right metaphorically. But in plain prose, humans have the potential to be horribly bad.

Scary, however, is the thought of the Nazis getting aid from aliens. The Nazis had pretty good technological capabilities as it was. It was the German rocket scientists that drove much of the Russian and American exploration of space.

Well, I'm hooked for next year. I hope the show comes back on. Otherwise I will never know what happened with that Blue Skull Alien Nazi.

Actually, it reminds me a little of a character from the old Captain America comic book. He wasn't an alien, and his head was red, not blue. But I thought I saw a resemblance.

You can read Red Skull's biography here:

http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/4775/skull.html

Actually, I just visited alt.tv.star-trek.enterprise in usenet (which you can find in Google Groups if you want). The fans there say the show has been renewed. That's a happy ending for me!

Rhyme of the day:

They're going to renew.
Whew!