"I guess I have a lot of problems, so many that I don't have time to go into them all in detail. Suffice it to say I'm anal, obsessive, vain, quick to temper, overly introspective, lazy, judgmental, insecure, and self-righteous. Probably the most annoying thing about me is that I'm hugely opinionated. But I kind of make up for that by always being right."

Friday, January 06, 2006

'24' - An Appreciation

One way people like to let other people know that they're smart and have good taste is to say they don't like television. Not only don't they like it, they think it's horrible, nothing but crap, lowbrow, even "bad for our society." If you can get these elitists to admit that they even own a TV set, it's either for Masterpiece Theatre (which they claim to watch even though it hasn't been on for over a decade), or it's for the pretentious and embarrassingly overwritten soft-core porn that HBO continues to churn out in the name of "art."

There are, in fact, many quality shows on the major networks' schedules these days -- Family Guy, Lost, House and The Simpsons, just to name a few. My favorite show right now is 24. In fact, I just bought and watched the seven-DVD set of season four, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

It's odd. When you like something it's easy to overlook its flaws. Having lived in L.A., I know that it takes at least 30 minutes go get from point A to point B in that town, and yet Jack Bauer seems to be able to get anywhere within five minutes. Also, the way the viewer is force-fed exposition is often heavy-handed. But again, I don't care.

I have to admit, I was a little bothered by Jack's scrawny love interest. I had the feeling that any time she wasn't on screen she was in the C.T.U. ladies' room with her finger down her throat, forcing up her carrot stick and Diet Coke lunch.

There are many life lessens to be learned from this show, as well. For example, Muslims are evil. I think we all knew this, but it's good to have your beliefs confirmed from time to time. An even more important lesson is that beautiful women are even more evil than Muslims -- especially beautiful black women. As a man who has been rejected my whole life by beautiful women, I have to admit this comes as a kind of relief. Now I can continue to live my drab life, secure in the belief that if one of these hot babes had given in to my advances, she would have made my life miserable.

...In answer to your question -- no, the fact that many plain-looking woman have made my life miserable does not alter this belief.