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24 and Angel [Nov. 23rd, 2003|06:01 pm]
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(Spoiler free thoughts)

I'm really getting into the new season of 24, having now seen the first 4 episodes. The threat is interesting, and the unsureness of how to respond to it is giving it an interesting dynamic. Jack is back to season 1 evil Jack, which I think offers better drama than the "compassionate" season 2 Jack. Speaking of the Bowers, Kim seems pretty good in it, not being drippy or dappy (well, much....). Lots of tough decisions and a bit of angst for the president, and messed us bad guys. Looks good.

I think that Angel has found its feet (now seen up to ep 8). The premise for the series is a big change, and initially a somewhat rocky one. However, over the most recent few eps, I think it's got there. Episode 8 is good - we have flash backs. We have Spike vs Angel angst. Eve isn't just there as eye candy or being drippy, and while she still isn't great, I think from the end of the episode she's got a long way still to go. The office interactions are certainly looking up. Finally, we have "oh my god, he's back!" from the end, so episode 9 should throw up some interesting things.

Oh, I've also been watching Smallville. A few bad things (like the "maybe your father did pick us to raise you Clark" stuff), but the dynamic does seem to be there in quite a few episodes. There's also an interesting darkness flowing through it, especially in the most recent couple of episodes. I don't think it's good enough to persuade someone to drop in on this season who hasn't seen it before, but it does have enough promise to try to get them to start with season 1 and work through.

Now, if only I could persuade the 4th episode of Tru Calling to appear...

[User Picture]From: coalescent
2003-11-24 09:24 am (UTC)
24 - I'm liking it. The first four episodes are well structured: lots of nice plot twists, but not racing through things too fast. Bit dubious about the biology, mind. ;-)

Angel - still wobbling around all over the place, I'm afraid. I've liked 5x06 the best by some margin; 5x07 was mostly 'eh' with a golden final ten minutes, and 5x08 had some nice stuff but nothing spectacular. But yeah, the ending was promising.

Smallville - only watched the first two episodes. More this evening. Arcy arc ahoy!
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