First, I apologize for the photo quality here. I'd gotten nice clear screen-shots from my little 7.2 MP camera before, but how to do it with the 10MP monster is eluding me somewhat.
I will say without shame: I LOVE "24." Last season ("Day 5") just cemented this sentiment for me. I love it. I love Keifer, I love the action, I love the split-screen moments and the little beeping tick of the counting clock. I love it. Clear?
Still, I'm not above pointing out flaws in those I love--just ask my husband. The Yelling At My TeeVeeee moments from tonight's episode were mainly over just a couple of things:
1. When Nadia has her security clearance bogged down because Homeland Security is using racial profiling against even federal agents (she is Muslim), Milo, her supervisor, logs her in on her computer with HIS user ID, so she'll have full security clearance again. OK, fine. Of course, as I yelled at my TeeVeeee, as soon as Milo tries to log in anywhere else in the building, so that HE can work, all the alarms at CTU are going to sound, and they're both getting busted. This has even happened on the show, in an earlier season, when a Bad Guy was illicitly using Chloe's security clearance to log onto a computer. But whatever.
2. The "official bio" of the character Jack Bauer states that he is 5'11" tall. This tickles me to death, because Keifer Sutherland is only 5'10" himself. Why did they have to add a measly inch? But hey, you don't notice it too much, I mean, it's only an inch, right? At least until you put Jack in a scene with his father, and the father is played by James Cromwell (the farmer from "Babe"). James Cromwell is 6'7". So, this leaves me yelling at my TeeVeeee, "GET FARMER HOGGETT OUT OF THE SHOT WITH JACK!!" I also had to insert a few well-timed, "That'll do, Pig"s, but I wasn't yelling.
Seriously. This guy is supposed to be Jack's Father, and Jack is supposed to be slightly taller than the actor who plays him. Don't. Shoot. Them. Together. At the very least, let Jack stand on a box, or get him some of those special movie-star "I Am Not Short" shoes for those scenes. Tom Cruise has to have plenty of extra pairs lying around somewhere. We, the loyal viewing public, some of whom have unnatural attachments to this Bauer character, do not need to see him looking up vertically at someone like a little kid visiting Santa Claus. It just takes away some of the "tough," you know?
Not that Jack needs to be a big giant guy. "Big" doesn't mean "tough," right? And come ON. We've seen some of the stuff Jack has had to do. Spies built like Heisman candidates wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes in some of the tight squeezes Jack's been in. So he's not of Brobdingnagian proportions. So what? But don't visually "diminish" our hero by having him sky-gazing at a co-star who is supposed to be blood. Enough on that.
So last week, my Very Special Yelling At The TeeVeeee moment from "24" had to do with a special effect. One that the makers of the show are very proud of, since they feature a "making of" video of it on their official website. See, there's been a new-cue-lar asplosion. Havoc has been wreaked. In just one isolated incidence of derring-do, Jack is presented with a crashed helicopter, which is in danger of FALLING OFF THE ROOF OF A BUILDING at any minute, and there is an injured person inside! See? Oh, noooooooos!
Except then, they do a wider shot, which gave me my first "I call shenanigans" cue of the evening, by showing that the "building" is a house, and the impending deadly fall of the 'copter would be...oh, about 12-15 feet? Hey, if the crash into the house didn't kill you, you'd probably survive an additional fall from this height. That's Jack up on the roof--don't use him for perspective; they're playing with our heads already on that issue.
Except: We all know that when anything with a fuel tank makes impact with anything else on action television, explode, it must. You may be asking yourself, as I did, "But wait--it din' asplode when it hit the roof, why is it more likely to now?" Silly TeeVeeee viewer. We didn't SEE the crash to the rooftop, really, now, did we? Also, Highly Paid Action Star was not involved at that time. Onward, to the rescue, which proceeded in the expected fashion, with Jack extracting Victim just before the helicopter falls off the roof and, as promised, explodes in spectacular fashion (And Victim is perfectly fine, as you can see in the second picture here. Apparently he just needed Jack to unbuckle his seatbelt for him).
Okayfine...but. And here is where I give props to the wonder that is TiVo, because although I spotted this with my naked eye, I couldn't have confirmed it without the magic of frame-by-frame viewing. Because, you see, the chopper didn't asplode on impact, after all...it got blowed up, right enough, but the process had a bit of help prior to impact, around...here:
They ignited the thing on the way down. And this drove me a little nuts for a few minutes. And then I took pictures, blogged it, and felt better. I still love you, "24."
If you're still with me, here's a special Yelling At My TeeVeeee bonus, just for you. The WORST FAKE GIANT BOULDER SINCE "STAR TREK," courtesy of "Monk." Yaaay for papier mache' and spray paint!!