Monday, January 24, 2005

24 - 4x06 "12:00 P.M.-1:00 P.M."

I've never blogged on quality 24 before! This is weird!

One of the most fascinating twists that 24 has spun upon us this season is the greater development of its antagonists. They aren't simply villains, but the show contrives situations that stratifies a group of them into their own localized dramas complete with protagonists and antagonists. The most persistent example is the Araz family, of course. Aside from the fact that the kid playing Behrooz is an even worse actor than Vartan, he has become a character for whom we can sympathize when we're in the Araz-narratives by virtue of setting him against villains' villains like his father Navi. Why is he a villain's villain? Cos he wants to kill his harmless, slack-jawed pansy-ass son.

An even more compelling example of pulling for the villains develops with Kalil, the "martyr" whom Jack was tailing in the past few episodes in hopes of being led to the rebels' hideout. Kalil unknowingly gets caught in the conflict between Jack and Driscoll, and he falls roughly onto Jack's side. Subsequently, in order for Jack to attain his goals, he needs to allow and sometimes assist Kalil with his goals. For instance, as we see Kalil get pulled over by the cops, we're hoping that they don't run the stolen truck's license plate so that he can escape from the authorities.

But most impressive of all is how this season managed to make Chloe likeable and cool. Amazing.

Indie rating: Fursaxa - "Tympanum With Curipira"

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