-I basically liked this as general dumbass thriller entertainment, but it's probably the biggest example of me basically liking a thing while trying to close my eyes to how often it was constantly tripping over its own feet. I'm so embarrassed!!
-The mountain lion thing was the LEAST stupid thing in Elisha Cuthbert's entire series of godawful subplots!!!! It was only there for like 30 seconds!!! EVERYTHING else that happened with her was stupider than that....nanny to a crazy guy who KILLS HIS WIFE, running off with that poor little girl, getting her boyfriend crippled for life, running away from a car crash, getting stuck in a bunker with KEVIN DILLON who you just know was going to be a creep, the scene where Kevin tells her "I just wanted some company!" before letting her go, getting caught in a convenience store shootout, having to kill the crazy wife killer guy...ALL of her plots were stupid! And she can't really act, so...gawd. Just an endless series of dumb. Facepalm cringe facepalm.
-Hi, Sara Gilbert! Bye, Sara Gilbert! (*cheers*)
-Aside from the endless series of dumb daughter crap, I think this season's biggest problem was the difficulty in coming up with a good, consistent villain; instead, we get a repeated series of weak half-villains. Let's see, first there's Jack's Dad from Lost, the series just forgets about him, then there's Uncle Rico who was Linus' Dad from Lost, who is gone after one scene, then...okay, Nina comes back and her stuff was the best stuff of the season, then there's the main Arab terrorist guy they all want because he has the nuke, and he's....a nobody...then the evil traitor sister who dorkily slaps on Uma Thurman's wig from Pulp Fiction when it's time to make her evil--she's basically horrible, coming across like a nasty Kirsten Dunst ("My father works for the CIA!!! Do you know what suffering they've caused around the globe?!?"--oh sure, just throw that in there so we know what you're thinking!) Then there's that lame snake-tattoo military guy who amounts to a big nothingburger, then the vice president who was Charles Widmore on Lost, then there's the Jigsaw Killer as the ultimate bad guy. What a giveaway--Tobin Bell talks like someone trying to do an impression of a guy with 5000 cigarette butts in his throat. I think I've only liked that guy when he was the military guy for two episodes of The Sopranos. I guess his voice is appropriate, since season 1 had Dennis Hopper talking like Count Chocula.
-Throw in Reiko Aylesworth and, thump thump, Dean Norris, and that makes FIVE people who turned up on Lost on this season of this show alone! Raymond Cruz was in there too, as part of the dumb subplot about a bunch of rednecks trying to destroy an audio file. Is there just some roster of actors out there who rotate around every other show on television?!?
-THREE TORTURE SCENES/SUBPLOTS. THREE!!!! God only knows how awesomely nasty this series could have been if the networks had some balls and Jack Bauer actually had killed the terrorist guy's family instead of it turning out to be staged!! Okay, I guess I don't REALLY want that, but it turning out to be staged is a huge groaner anyway.
-I only know of Sarah Wynter from Roger Ebert trashing the living bejesus out of her in the review of an old movie called Bride Of The Wind that came out around the time this aired. I am able to remember this irrelevant detail just because Ebert didn't usually make it a habit to rip on actors. I guess she did better than Elisha Cuthbert at least but that's not saying a whole hell of a lot.
-Thank God they shaved Kiefer's "augh my wife died" Sadness Beard off relatively early in the season so we didn't have to have a bunch of awful scenes like when Matthew Fox had a beard in Lost. I'm actually GRATEFUL that the show brushed aside his sadness over his wife eating it at the end of season 1. Actually giving a crap about people dying seems out of character for this show anyway.
-Every scene with Sarah Clarke or Penny Johnson Jerald is good. I think they were onscreen for about the right amounts of time, respectively, too. Too bad Sarah Clarke's subplot ends retardedly (a bullet comes out of nowhere so that Jack Bauer can get away.)
-I have to keep reminding myself that that Tony Almeida guy (whatever his real name is) isn't Casey The Butt Groping Oscar Winner Affleck. Dead ringer, man, dead ringer.
-Holy crap did this thing get repetitive with the constant f***ing blabbering about whether or not the "Cyprus recording" was real. The writers must have been putting guns in their mouths periodically over figuring out how to disguise that so it's not just biding time until some big shoot out finale.
-Oh gawd, the "25th Amendment." "A bunch of cabinet members can remove the President from office if they feel he's incapable of doing his job." YEAH. The lamest plot device I've seen in a serious movie/show since either Edward Norton beat himself up in the parking lot in Fight Club and somehow started a fight club, or when the juries were switched in The Untouchables.
-Here, I'll try to say something nice: the Kiefer Sutherland character STILL hasn't quite hit obnoxious superman levels yet of accomplishing his goals. It didn't quite feel that way to me.
-The ending was nice. A poison handshake, great stuff. (I know Dennis Haysbert survives, so screw it.) I think it works almost better than the dead wife in season 1 because I know they filmed an alternate season 1 ending where the wife lived, so it doesn't seem so sudden.
-I can't take another season of this goofy show seriously right now, so I'm just going to rewatch Arrested Development or some other such silliness for awhile.