Posts Tagged ‘chloe’

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Happy Town

May 14, 2010

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Creator: Andre Nemec, Josh Applebaum

Studio: ABC

Age: 16+

Website: Happy Town

After a five year vacation from the mysterious machinations of the villain called the Magic Man, Haplin Minnesota (“It’s a happy town!”) endures a murder and a whole bunch of strange phenomenon.

I wasn’t sure what to make of this new attempt at an on-going horror/sci-fi show about the oh so traditional murder committed in a small town – how many of you remember Twin Peaks? Started off well and went completely bonkers at the end. Well, Happy Town seemed to be following the now-standard formula of murder in a small town leads to all sorts of other evil and weirdness, but now begins to throw it’s own Stephen King-like spin on things. The Sheriff who babbles about someone named Chloe who isn’t there (so we think), the dangerous redneck boys called the Stivelettos, the boarding house with the Ladies who Lunch and the Blue Door, and my personal favorite, Sam Neil as the curator of a movie memorabilia shop. Followup episodes have thrown in Greg Bryk and Peter Outerbridge of Regenesis fame, which is awesome and brings more drawing star power.

It’s not bad, so far. One really has to be a master storyteller to weave all these elements together to make a truly unique horror series in our time. Happy Town starts off with solid foundations and fantastic actors, I just hope that writers don’t succumb to any kind of peer pressure and cave to the revealing of the entire Magic Man plot before the first season is over. And if they do, they have a ready replacement plot.

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The Last Season of 24

April 2, 2010

 

Warning! Spoiler Rant!

Ranted by Alicia Glass

So, wait, it was announced recently that this will indeed be the last season of 24. And you geniuses, why is that? There is a good deal of great stuff in this last season, but then, also a lot of horrible stuff. On to it then!

First off, it’s great to have Jack Bauer back. And here he is once again, in the thick of things, leading his own elite CTU team off to chase down, what is it this time, nuclear fuel rods? Sure. Kiefer Sutherland in all black with a huge gun is always an awesome time. Renee Walker has been brought back after a stint with some hardcore Russians, to prove that she not only has become essentially a female version of Jack, but that she can do him one better – or crazier.

Counter Terrorist Unit or CTU, is back up and running in an all kinds of high tech great googly moogly, and yet wait, they get taken out by a single EMP blast that was in the car tunnel, and not even in the main hall? Come on.

Brian Hastings is the new head of CTU and frankly, I don’t much care for the character, he hasn’t been firm or loyal enough yet to compare to the former CTU leaders, and Bauer has signifigantly let him know that too.

Everyone’s favorite intractable analyst Chloe is back at CTU, and her loyalty to Jack is never in question. But now, she has to contend with a bunch of new people and a new CTU, plus a woman who seems to be more or less vying for her job – Dana Walsh.

Dana Walsh, the new character they waltzed in on the show’s last breath, is a mass of contradictions and I don’t care for really any of them. First she starts off as the go-to gal, systems analyst and engaged to field ops man Cole. Then her supposed past is catching up to her, former murder and jail time supposedly, and she goes from meek and mild and whatever you want, to theft and outright murder. And now, due to the happy little preview blurbs 24 has been winging at us die-hard fans, we know Walsh is in league with the terrorists threatening to blow up Manhattan. Right.

And here we come to the big bad threat for this final season: a peace conference between the middle east’s President Hassan and U.S. President Allison Taylor, during which it gets known that nuclear fuel rods have been smuggled into the U.S. to make a dirty bomb and a big ole statement. First it was the Germans smuggling and being mean to Jack and Renee, Jurgen Prochnow is a fantastic actor and always will be. Then it was President Hassan’s brother, and his cadre of bad guy middle-easterners. Now, soon anyway, it will be Dana Walsh and whoever else is working with her, plus the bad guys, detonating a big bad dirty bomb in Manhattan!

Or will it? Everyone’s favorite badass Jack Bauer had better save the day, the literal 24 hours of the show, once again. Of course, after all that funnery, ending the show without doing something horrible to the mainstay cast is unlikely. Personally, I’m all for Jack and Renee to get together, demolish the new CTU and go off to live short but expensive lives as mercenaries. What do you think?