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03 April 2006 @ 10:44 pm
Prison Break and 24-Ness  

There was both good and bad in tonight's Prison Break. The Lincoln/Michael backstory did not kill me (although Michael crossing the line with Veronica nearly did, and sheesh-- could that woman be dumber?).

Of the bad-- Sara. God, the whole drug addict thing-- why? So stupid and pointless, and I liked her a lot LESS after that. I'm of mixed minds about her running into Bellick at her Meeting-- it's plausible that he'd direct her to that job, AND that she'd just shoot him down the way she did (which made me cringe). Coincidental, but not deadly. And it lays a foundation for later animosity :D

Semi-bad: Lincoln bumping into Sucre in his getaway burst. Just... why? Why even go to that stupid "Lost-motivated" place? Just quit it. It makes your show look like schlock.

Funny: Sucre robbing the SAME liquor store again (dumbass!) and apologizing for it-- and for needing more money this time. Really, it was kind of sweet and so Sucre.

Best parts: Michael telling Lincoln he's tired of being the older brother to Lincoln, the whole Wall-Morphing and a chance to really look at some of the stuff on there, and finding out that Kellerman's been perkyEvil for a very long time. T-Bag's whole creepy story-- AND his manipulative attempts on that poor woman while he was in jail-- that was fantastic. And, on a shallower note, Linc with a hair profile and the beard stubble, ala "Blade Trinity." God, that's a good look for him.


And on the 24 front:
  • What, has the president's wife started taking her meds midway through this day? Her 180 character shift is giving me whiplash.

  • Bro-Prez... still love you. And your dearly-departed brother. Just... smooth for me, a little. Read me the phonebook in your fine-cut suit. And when you're tired, your brother's ghost can take over the talking, and Jack Bauer after that. Really-- I could enjoy this whole show with my eyes shut just listening to these three actors talk.
  • Aaron, you're a buckethead but I secretly love you anyway.
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    The Good, The Bad and The Lana: brothers kidsthelana on April 4th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
    Awwww, sorry! But it was all Michael/Lincoln related!!

    This? I thought was one of the WORST writing decisions ever. Because Lincoln=>Origami/Fine-Motor-Control? Bwah-hah-hah! Just... No.

    Hah, glad we agree on that. :D But pliskin had a good idea, that maybe the cranes was something the learned/saw in school, rather than something that he looked up himself. Which I can picture much more easily.

    In *cough* normal circumstances, I'd say I want to see flashbacks with key moments where Lincoln has sacrificed for/supported Michael and what that has built up between them.

    But the problem wouldn't just be finding good kid actors. But finding good kid actors to portray them at 11/15, 15/19, 18/22. No way you can find kids who can portray all stages who look similarly enough to each other and the main actors.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
    Hah, glad we agree on that. :D But pliskin had a good idea, that maybe the cranes was something the learned/saw in school, rather than something that he looked up himself. Which I can picture much more easily.

    Still not buying it ;) I don't see Lincoln as 1)Interested in ever learning that, and 2)Capable of remembering it without HUGE motivation. So... it falls on the floor in a puddle of WTF? for me.

    But the problem wouldn't just be finding good kid actors. But finding good kid actors to portray them at 11/15, 15/19, 18/22. No way you can find kids who can portray all stages who look similarly enough to each other and the main actors.

    Well, TRYING would be an excellent start. Hey, the world (Hollywood in particular) is FULL of kid actors-- it has to be possible to string some together who can meet this demand. I mean, in last week's episode there was randomBlondChubbyLincoln who had no lines. Given that... how hard could it be to do a BETTER casting job?
    The Good, The Bad and The Lana: hat tip sara bellickthelana on April 4th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
    Hey, the world (Hollywood in particular) is FULL of kid actors-

    Actually from what I remember there are very strict laws for child actors, that they can only work for a limited hour a day. I remember that that was an issue for the X-Files episode "Eve", where they had to use twins and then realized that they couldn't use the ones from LA because flying them in each day would make them go over their hours too quickly or something. Basically they were forced to take local kids from Canada were they were shooting (and in their case got very lucky).

    So I'm guessing that the kid actors are most likely Chicago locals (not that I know, I could be wrong).

    Still not buying it ;) I don't see Lincoln as 1)Interested in ever learning that, and 2)Capable of remembering it without HUGE motivation. So... it falls on the floor in a puddle of WTF? for me.

    I can picture him being beat into it (like as part of detention), but YMMV.
    mooyoo: PB - EscapeSwanmooyoo on April 4th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
    The thing with the cranes for me is, okay, I could buy that maybe he heard/learned about the cranes in school or something along those lines. But when you look at Michael, his meticulous, thoughtful personality, I can just see him sitting and carefully folding the paper and producing these birds and thinking about what they mean. Those things take time and a lot of practice and care to make. There's no way I could see Lincoln being patient enough to sit and learn how to fold them, retain that knowledge, and then take the time out to fold one for Michael each night.

    Maybe Veronica made them for him and he just left them for Michael?

    Given that... how hard could it be to do a BETTER casting job?

    HA! Exactly.

    (sorry for spamming your journal, by the way, I realized at a certain point that you'd probably gone to bed or something but got wrapped up in the conversations.)
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
    Those things take time and a lot of practice and care to make. There's no way I could see Lincoln being patient enough to sit and learn how to fold them, retain that knowledge, and then take the time out to fold one for Michael.

    See? WORD on all of that.

    (sorry for spamming your journal, by the way, I realized at a certain point that you'd probably gone to bed or something but got wrapped up in the conversations.)
    Clearly you were all having way too much fun.

    I do miss when LJ emails would tag those as "Reply to a comment somebody else made" rather than "Reply to your post." Heck, the only time I get the former is when somebody replies to MY comment (which used to be the third comment notification choice).