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My Bloggervalve!

There’s nothing quite like the rush of papers, discussion board posts, and quizzes to completely shutdown my flow of blogging. There’s been so much I wanted to write, but so little by way of motivation or craft. I wanted to rant a bit about Ugly Betty. Oh, Betty. You’re so much better than the scripts that they’re confining you in. So much more original than the archetypal boy-loves-girl and girl-wants-pretty-teeth stories they’re contriving. I think there’s an episode or two left, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt to tie up loose ends and give her an original exit, but I’m not getting my hopes up. The show has worked pop culture magic in previous years, and even as recently as last episode, when Justin brought his boyfriend to his mom’s wedding. But I’m still waiting on the proper goodbye for Betty, and it’s not an ending with her and Daniel getting married and having Meade babies. What do you think?

Right now, I feel like someone’s finally loosened my bloggervalve, and I feel hyper! I ate an amazing bun-less veggie burger with mushrooms at the school cafe today (where good food is a rarity, you should know), there’s wheat pasta cooking on the stove, and we had a fantastically animated guest speaker in my Psych & Law class tonight! He’s about to graduate law school, and he gave us what turned out to be quite an informal talk about jury selection and reform. Basically, how to connect with jury members and get them on your side. Not only was he smart, but also pop-culture savvy, and he used it. I mean, he showed us his blog, c’mon! Every time we have a guest speaker – prosecutor, defense attorney, or law student, my heart’s aflutter, and all I think of for days is how awesome it would be to argue for a living. Maybe one day!

And of course, let’s not forget about the second bullshit silent clock on 24 last night. If you haven’t read, you know the drill. Here’s where you should go down to my other blog posts, or back to Facebook. There are three main nuances to this episode; some were bitchin’, and others not so much. First, can I get a grrrl power, anyone? We’ve got U.S. President Allison Taylor, Dalia Hassan stepping up as president of Kamistan to fulfill the peace treaty, Chloe’s ascension to the head of CTU! Seriously! What an awesome triumvirate!

Second, we’ve got the first-ever real-time sexcapade of Jack Bauer with Renee – pretty hot and heavy. I’m stunned at their libido — getting it on after 18 hours of brutal asskicking! Well, and the third bullet point of this episode (no pun intended) would be the finale — Renee getting shot by a Russian sniper who was worried that she recognized him from the crime scene, and as a supreme douche, wanted to cover his ass. She gets shot right after her tryst with Jack, in his apartment! He lovingly carries her bloodstained body into a taxi (damn you, New York!) and onto the nearest public hospital. A swarm of doctors and nurses take her into surgery, and minutes later, she’s dead. Mass bleeding. The look on Jack’s face: visceral. Despair, shock, and rage. ANOTHER silent clock! Good god, writers, stop toying with me so!

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Tonight’s Silent Clock

Source: http://www.24spoilers.com/2009/11/As a courtesy, I’m issuing a spoiler alert for those who haven’t yet seen tonight’s episodes 0f 24! Come back when you have!

One of the tenants of 24 is that Jack Bauer catches the bad guys at the end and averts disaster. In tonight’s episodes, you can say that the national disaster was averted. You can say that the safety of New York City was secured, and the bomb was neutralized. But you can’t say that disaster itself was averted tonight. In tonight episodes, Jack was simply too late in saving one of my favorite characters – President Omar Hassan (played by Anil Kapoor).

To his fans, Hassan is (*tear* – was) affectionately dubbed “President Hair” and I’m sure you know exactly why – look at that coif. What a mane. What a man. He was the president of “The Islamic Republic of Kamistan,” and he was in the U.S. to arrange a peace treaty. A treaty which the extremists in his country were violently opposed to, and to which were ready to “retaliate” with¬† a radiological bomb in New York. Well, so of course, President Hair fought his way out of Bauer’s protection and gave himself up to those cretins to try to save NYC. And at every juncture of the mission to retrieve him, Bauer’s ambushes kept getting derailed. Quickly, they apprehended the dumb bitch mole who was working at CTU and supplying the terrorists with exits, and at the end of the two hours, things were looking hopeful for Hassan’s rescue. They located the building he was in, the probable apartment he was being held in, and even the floor he was on. They got to the place right as the terrorists were broadcasting his “crimes” on the Internet and were preparing to murder him. They were right there, and as they stormed the apartment, you discover the live feed wasn’t so live…there he was, blood-soaked, and throat-severed.¬† I’m still stunned, and I watched it over a half hour ago. It was so emotional: Jack, President Taylor, Hassan’s family, Renee, and me, all in tears. And of course, they silent-clocked the end.

But how awful for him to die. How shocking, and how heartbreaking. I’m so angry that such extremism is alive and well in our world. I’m so furious that people will resort to such violence, and such primitive acts, and do it all with masks on their faces rather than the power of words and diplomacy. This is not only the death of one of my favorite 24 characters, but the death of the prospect of peace between the U.S. and the I.R.K. – something that hits very close to home in our very own political arena these days. It’s so disheartening that one man’s attempt to create peace can be so violently opposed due to his “alliance” with the West. I hate to sound idealistic, but why can’t there be peace? Why can’t the hard work of these good leaders be rewarded? Yes, it’s a show, but it resonates.

Jack Attack-ack-ack-ack

Jack is back, in all of his glory!! Praised be the real-time gods of 24.

The 2-hour season premiere laid some intense groundwork. Scene: Jack is reminding his granddaughter Teri to call him grandpa. Grandpa – that word evokes canes, Geritol and gray hair, none of which I would ascribe to the most kickass guy in the country. The assassination plot of an Islamic president (Anil Kapoor, Slumdog Millionaire) who plans to sign a peace treaty with the US becomes public, and Jack, well, Jack fights real hard to stay out of it. He even pushes Chloe aside and rejects har tearful plea for help. I think it’s the first time that he shows THAT much resolve and bitterness. But, of course, he returns, and his quick wit and ability to swiftly take charge of everything and everyone (in a good way) is enthralling. He’s got the strut of a diva, and he’s here to stay! So excited for tomorrow night’s continued premiere. Hope you’re tuning in – we need to keep Jack on the air for seasons to come.

Oh, and here’s Jack’s famous satchel that I’ve discovered is endearingly referred to as “The Jack Sack” by other loyal fans.

If Jack Bauer is chasing you, you can run…but you’ll only die tired.