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Top Ten Things I Learned From XXX

  1. Knowing how to act, enunciate, or emote is not a prerequisite for starring in a blockbuster film as long as you fit the suit.
  2. You can steal a senator's sportscar right out from under him, lead half a dozen police cars on a road chase, crash the car off a cliff, and capture it all on video-- and not only not get caught, but throw a kickin' party and reap tons of profit off the video sales.
  3. All it takes to jump a motorbike twenty feet in the air is to believe.
  4. If you ever go undercover and discover a sexy babe with the bad guy, the smart money's that she's an agent too.
  5. Snowboards can outrun an avalanche; snowmobiles can't.
  6. Heat-seeking missiles will hone in on a single lit cigarette in an underground cavern full of exhaust pipes, heating ducts, and operating machinery.
  7. A GTO can be completely tricked out with dozens of weapons, ejectable roof, parachutes, and so forth in a matter of hours-- and the guy in charge will still have time to handwrite, hand illustrate, and bind an instruction manual.
  8. If you're part of a top-secret team creating a deadly biological agent and delivery system for an anarchist who values his anonymity, don't hand over the detonator until you've got the antidote coursing through your veins.
  9. High tech binoculars are capable of not merely seeing through walls with x-rays, but actually generating normal images of what's on the other side as if there were no intervening matter.
  10. You can rip offmake a James Bond film without the stuffy British accents.

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I have yet to see this particular bit of poor plotting, writing, etc. but will use it as an opportunity to ask if I am the only one who feels about the same way about the writing and plotting on the post-Sorokin West Wing. I know they have all been through traumatic things lately, but all of a sudden our formerly articulate and intelligent characters seem to act solely from their character flaws. Josh used to be a political operator with a bit of an ego who occasionally tried bullying as he got things done--the last few weeks that's all he does, and unsuccessfully at that. Leo used to be a little overbearing and controlling on occasional, but you always felt their was a strong hand at the tiller and a good reason behind whatever political decision he was forcing. Now . . . well now he seems hellbent on driving CJ from the White House by needlessly making her grovel and do things she clearly doesn't believe in because he can rather than because the writers have convinced us that it needs to be done. After all that effort to groom Will as the post-Lowe playmate for Toby and the best speech writer around, the new writers feel the president would allow him to be headhunted by a largely unwanted VP without Toby being part of the conversation. Maybe he was still pissed by the VP teleprompting stunt (which would not have happened on Sorokin's watch--the characters might have done something like that to Josh, but not the President). Toby, or at least his writers, sadly have no "big ideas" left for him to think about and no clear way to articulate them, so he stares a lot and explodes. CJ plays victim rather than foil. Considering all he has gone through of late, the only character I can accept being as muted as he's being portrayed is the President. Stripped of the moments of insight, warmth, and intelligence that Sorokin redeemed his neurotic and quirky characters with, they are largely unlikeable, leaving me wondering if I would feel comfortable with this lot running the White House. Is this a carefully calculated reference to the current shift in the fortunes and public opinion of GW's administration? Perhaps, but these writers have yet to prove to me that they are that deft. I no longer trust that they (or Leo, the President, or any character save the intern Pierce) can fix anything when they come into the room. And so West Wing is losing its place of privilege on my DVR list. How about you?

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