-Why does "Nine Feet Underground" take so much slack? It's great! A lovely bit of organ jamming hitting me right in the same spot as Soft Machine's "Dada Was Here" and "Hulloder" vibe-wise. Maybe even a bit of "Hibou, Anemone & Bear." Those are my favorite Soft Machine tracks, so neener!!!
-I did not know of the existence of The Wilde Flowers, the 1963-67 band that had Soft Machine and Caravan members in it. I don't know if they've been mentioned here, ever. Matching Mole certainly has, as has solo Robert Wyatt--lots of you seem well versed in that. Me, I'm only familiar with first two Soft Machine albums, from the Canterbury scene.
24 season 1: (since you all want to discuss it with me)
-That orange countdown clock is gonna get pretty annoying before all this is over, won't it.
-It's pretty weird to think that I'm now older than Kiefer Sutherland was when this was filmed. Even 15 years ago, 34 year olds looked older.
-I actually liked the subplot involving Dennis Haysbert gradually getting sick of his wife! She was one of the best characters and I like that he actually dumps her at the end of the season!
-I already knew Nina was the mole, that was spoiled for me like 15 years ago, but if I hadn't, I bet she'd have been the single easiest villain to "key in" ever anyway, barring possibly Stellan Skarsgard in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
-Elisha Cuthbert, while not as mediocre an actress as I remember her (saw both The Girl Next Door and The Quiet while I was still in college) is nonetheless given the season's worst scene, when she has to intimidate another girl while stuck in a jail cell. Hilariously this scene would probably cause howls of "white privilege!" from critics today. I've noticed that her face was gradually stolen by that one blonde Sports Illustrated airhead with the huge boobs.
-I'm going to guess that by the end of season 2 this thing will have already eclipsed Breaking Bad's body count, if you cut the plane crashes out of both shows (admittedly, 24's plane crash, ending the very first episode, is a fairly shocking way to start the show.) (Yes, I'm aware that a later season had a nuclear bomb actually going off in Los Angeles.)
-As with anything that came out between roughly 1998 and 2003, I'm simultaneously reminded how long ago that actually was, and forced to muse on how much different all of it would have been with smartphones and social media involved. Even *those* times seem smarter than now.
-Lou Diamond Phillips and an unbilled Dennis Hopper turning up in the very same episode (the 18th or so) had me wondering if the special guest stars were acquired by Kiefer Sutherland throwing darts at a board containing names of people who he'd appeared in movies with (the forgotten 1989 comedy Flashback had Hopper in it, playing a parody of his hippie-era self.)
-Michael Massee and Zjelko (sp?) Ivanek did pretty well as the bad guys. Dennis Hopper's Eastern European accent sounded like he was channelling Count Chocula. I'm reminded that he could be a pretty inconsistent actor, sometimes doing a great job in bad stuff (I can remember laughing my ass off at him in Super Mario Bros.!) and a bad job in great stuff.
-I can stand killing the poor wife off (as if she hadn't been through enough by then already!) and I can even live with Kiefer finding her JUST when the clock ticks out on the last episode, but making her pregnant first was really, really egregious. Could have easily been removed with no loss of effect, IMO--one of the worst tropes there is. Die, die, die, trope.
-For the most part, they pulled this off tightly enough, with the 24-hour gimmick going on, except for parts where they were obviously straining a bit, like the wife's amnesia 2/3 of the way through. I guess it mostly lived up to the hype then--this *was* a pretty seminal/legendary television event at the time, no?--but I wasn't blown away by it. I'll be continuing through later seasons anyway, since this was good enough. I will admit perhaps most shocking of all is that it didn't strain my suspension of disbelief nearly as much as I was expecting, although there was plenty of that anyway.