By Steven Leventhal
Here's a trifecta of television reviews, including "24," LOST, and "V." TiVoGirl asked me to pinch hit for her "24" review, and since she got me hooked on the show, I'm happy to oblige.
I suppose I'd call the episode something like "Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick." Our hero is dangerous and on the loose. Of course, only in Hollywood can Bauer and his protégé Cole overpower two guards, take down four highly trained mercenaries, and recover Dana Walsh with nary a scratch. Furthermore, he disarms a NYC policeman while his partner is helpless to stop him, and he eludes the entire force at the bank. He has to chase Walsh after she once again pulled a fast one with the old explosive hidden in the safe deposit box trick.
Poor Dana, she was hassled by an ex-boyfriend, tracked down by a bounty hunter, tortured by secret government contractors. In the end, the Russian mole got her just dessert as Jack pumped three rounds into her. A little harsh, but Bauer seems to bell bent on dishing out some revenge for the death of Renee Walker.
At the same time, Chloe O'Brian, who held the reigns at CTU for all of an hour had to give back the captain's chair to Jason Pillar, ex-President Logan's aide-de-camp, which conveniently allows him to give the Russians real time info on Jack's whereabouts.
The body count: six - Dana Walsh, a banker, and four secret contractors.
Jack had a "do it now" and Cole uttered "I know that dammit."
If anyone held any lingering doubts that Smokey - fake Locke was evil,
it should have been clearly evident in Tuesday's episode. He killed
some of Widmore's guards at the Ajira plane, stole the C-4 explosive and
stuffed it in a backpack that he switched with Jack. Our Losties got a
surprise of the kind that goes boom! In the end, he killed two beloved
characters Jin and Sun. Merely two weeks after they joyful reunion,
they are left to die in each others arms, leaving poor Ji-Yeon as an
orphan. That is unless she is part of the plan in the sideways
universe. Sayid also took one for the team taking the bomb to detonate
in another part of the sub. Too bad Jack Bauer wasn't there, or Albert
Pujols for that matter. They would have figured how to diffuse the bomb
and save our castaways.
There is much discussion of the
backpack on blogs and Internet columns. All it makes me think about is
George Clooney's character Ryan Bingham in "Up In The Air" and his whole
series of lectures on "What's in Your Backpack." "How much does your
life weigh? Imagine for a second that you're carrying a backpack. I want
you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life," says
Bingham. He goes on to add, "The slower we move the faster we die. Make
no mistake, moving is living. Some animals were meant to carry each
other to live symbiotically over a lifetime. Star crossed lovers,
monogamous swans. We are not swans. We are sharks." No kidding! He
would have figured out Fake Locke in a heartbeat.
Shephard - Locke interaction on our island is mirrored by their
encounter on the sideways-alt universe. As Dr. Jack so often does, he
has to stick his nose into other people's business. In this case he is
obsessed with knowing why Alt-Locke doesn't want the experimental
surgery that might, just might restore the use of his legs. We discover
that Locke is guilt ridden over the accident that rendered his father,
Anthony Cooper, wheelchair bound and unable to care for his own needs.
In a déjà vu moment, Shephard utters "I wish you believed me," which is
what Locke wrote to Jack in his suicide note in Season Five. He also
mutters "What happened, happened," which is what Daniel Faraday was fond
Wow. There are only a few episodes left. Just when
the sideways world was getting interesting, we are winding down the
show. What are they going to do with all those storylines? Is Jack
really the "Candidate?" Will he trade his scalpel and scrubs for the
job as the new Jacob? He seems to have come full circle from being the
Lostaway leader to intense self doubt and self loathing, and now back to
fulfilling his destiny. Is he the island's Michael Jordan? Does that
make Locke Bill Laimbeer?
"V" - Lastly, and probably leastly.
This is rapidly becoming the Pittsburgh Pirates of network television.
Modest talent, can't compete with the big boys, can't draw fans. Except
for me. But I've said before - I'm a sucka for Sci-Fi.
our four musketeers get the royal screwing when they blow up a shuttle
of what they think are "Trackers" coming to Earth to hunt them. When
Chad the intrepid TV reporter confides to V leader Anna that there is
trouble afoot, she does the bait and switch, making the Fifth Column
look like terrorists and gaining sympathy for the V's.
Juliet update: Lisa breaks up with a distraught Tyler in an effort to
keep him of the ship. She knows what lies ahead, and she's developing a
little human emotion. That earns her a slap from mother, who's got
more diabolical plans ahead.
Father Jack is still too stupid to
realize that Decker is funneling his intel back to Anna. Another FBI
agent is revealed to be on the V payroll. Agent Malik is played by
Rekha Sharma who was Tory Foster on Battlestar Galactica. And she was a
cylon. How appropriate.
So much for wrap ups. I'm going to
watch some Bruins-Flyers until the Blackhawks game later tonight.