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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 |
( 5/23/2006 04:36:00 AM ) Bill S.
ON A SLOW BOAT TO YOU-KNOW-WHERE – Well, the season finale of 24 wasn't as nail-bitingly urgent as previous years – not the least because the big physical menace (that gang of Russian separatists with their fingers on the missile triggers) was dispatched within the first half hour of the two-hour finale. I do remember thinking – when our hero finally has RoboTraitor in a pistol-to-pistol showdown and self-righteously declares that the man’s responsible for the deaths of President Palmer and Tony Almeida and Michelle Dessler, "I bet Ben's happy!" Couldn't help wishing that Henderson had died more slowly, though . . .
As for the finale's last three-fourths, I'm not sure I bought the speed with which the Attorney General and his minions accepted the President's recorded confession (especially when there was so much doubt about the veracity of the first tape), but you can't help but love the fact that it was his wacko wife who brought him down. My wife and I are visualizing Martha and Aaron goin' off together on an island somewhere . . .
And is this the first time we've seen Chloe's ex?
WELL WORTH READING: Tim Goodman deconstructs the big season finish.
AN EMPATHETIC POST NOTE: Poor Paul McCrane: all that time as an entertaining asshole on E.R. and now all the teevee critics can do is joke about his resemblance to Ron Howard . . .