Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur
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24 Season 5

Now that is more like it.

Suffice it to say, the fifth season of 24 really hits on all cylinders, after a couple of years of drift. Last year was the nadir of the series, with entirely repulsive politics (among other things, an extended defense of torture as being simply necessary to get anything done) and a story that got a bit shrill. But this year turns completely around.

Mind, it's not high art -- 24 requires extensive suspension of disbelief at the best of times, with a massively intertwined plot that only a LARP GM could love. But it dispenses with the right-wing wet dream politics of Season 4, replacing them with a rather idealistic but satisfying anti-authoritarianism. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout, in both the espionage plot and the political plot. (I can't say too much without spoilers, but suffice it to say that the two primary plots are much better integrated than in any previous season.) They startle you from the very beginning with a ruthless willingness to kill off major characters, and even the acting and direction aren't bad. (Unsubtle, but there's a lot of inter-character chemistry that succeeds admirably.)

And the ending -- well, they've got me hooked now. I'm really curious to see what happens next time...
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