you don't know jack

Last night (3/30), 24 returned to Fox's Tuesday line-up and got off on the right foot during its first new episode in over a month. Fox will be airing new episodes every week until the season finale, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all goes down - which is a change of heart for your truly, and avid 24 fan since day one (haven't missed an hour yet). I was sick of junkie Jack, Chase (Jack part deux) and his stupid baby, Palmer & his disappearing girlfriend, Nina & Sherry showing up yet again, and on and on and on...

Now, by really upping the stakes (the "deadly" virus is out, people are dying, panic is taking hold, and the mastermind is making direct demands to the president, who looks more & more unlikely to win re-election IMO), it seems like the 24 producers may have actually managed to salvage what had been mostly a very boring 3rd season. Who else but 24 would basically kill off a thousand people, including very likeable main cast members? Of course, it helps that a lot of these deaths will be able to dramatically play out over the course of this season's several remaining "hours." Still, when Michelle plugged that guy toward the end of the hour, I knew 24 had found its balls again. I just hope it doesn't misplace them again.

beauty in the breakdown

MP3 The Fiery Furnaces - "Tropical Ice-Land" (single version)
I absolutely love the reworked single of "Tropical Ice-Land", which is more upbeat & electro-influenced than the more mellow, folky version that appears on The Furnaces' excellent 2003 LP, Gallowsbird's Bark. In this age of iPod+iTunes, overhauling a track for single release is a pretty worthwhile enterprise, I suppose.

MP3 Frou Frou - "Let Go"
From 2003's Details, you may recognize this song from the trailer for Zach Braff's directorial debut Garden State, a hit at Sundance 2004 that opens in select cities on July 30 (courtesy Fox Searchlight). I'm really looking forward to seeing it.

BTW: My good buddy Seth "the Raw Dawg" Marshall was the producer's assistant on this flick.

the shield is no joke

Lastly, did anybody see FX's The Shield last night? Shane & Tavon's brawl at the end was serious sh**, undoubtably the most intense "fight" scene I've seen on tv since Tony "whacked" Ralphie during season 4 of The Sopranos. Tavon got f**ked up, yo!
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