Monday, January 18, 2010

24 - Still Drinking!

Last September, I had just finished watching Season 3 of “24” on DVD and decided to dip my toe into the lucrative Drinking Game market.  In about 20 minutes, I scratched out this post for my 24 Drinking Game

I didn’t get many eyeballs on this post, per usual, but I did notice that it would turn up regularly in Google searches… at least a couple per week since then.

But this year, it’s suddenly gone off the scale (by my humble standards).  Since 1/6, I’ve had 50 hits from Google on this post, obviously due to the run-up to yesterday’s premiere of “24”-Season 8.  The vast majority of them were from the last 5 days.  At least a third of them were from England and another third from other places in Europe.  Either they really enjoy Jack Bauer in the Olde Country, or they’re just looking for a new way to get drunk. 

But not one of them has commented.  Humph!

Last night I figured I’d have a look at the how the Game stacks up in Season 8.  Normally the series doesn’t really get cooking until at least a couple episodes in, so I wasn’t expecting a lot of hits.  I was actually pleasantly surprised.

Dammit! = 3
Chloe has awkward conversation = 1
Chloe scowls = 3
We have no choice = 1

So in the 2-hour premiere there were 8 drinking points by my count.  Some of them are judgment calls, especially when it comes to Chloe.  Everything she says is “awkward” and a scowl is her default expression.  I was awarding a drink for anything beyond the normal awkward scowl.

I was pleasantly surprised by the “Dammit” count and the early appearance of “We don’t have a choice”.  Fast out of the gate, this season…

We’ll see how tonight’s 2-hour follow-up stacks up.

Please feel free to add any new prospective drinking points, in comments.

Or I’ll send Jack Bauer to hunt you down and beat it out of you.


CrackerLilo said...

Okay okay, I'll leave a comment! However, I don't watch 24. I prefer Heroes (which is on in a few minutes! Yay!) I do know people who like 24, though, so I'll show them the drinking game.

Which reminds me--I was thinking of a drinking game post for my Cocktails with the Penguins site this week, so I need to get that going!

bluzdude said...

I watch Heroes too, which causes a problem. In fact, tonight I had to record Chuck and Heroes, watch 24, then watch what I recorded afterwards. I love the DVR! And I love zapping commercials even more!

Cassie said...

My husband woke up this morning and the first thing out of his mouth was, "Wow, Renee is one baaaaaaad mother fucker."

Is it just me or is that big black dude in charge missing his neck?

Anonymous said...

Some random thoughts:

1) It's hard for me to get past the fact that Bubba from Forrest Gump is in charge of NYC CTU.

2) Renee has certainly developed some "issues" since last season. Was Jack getting aroused in that last scene???

3) Chloe is ratcheting up the awkward looks. I got a friend watching this season for the first time. He asked me if she is supposed to be retarded.

4) Why does it take Chloe 15 seconds to "hack" into a CTU computer, but she fails to realize that, apparently, you can't do so without being detected?

5) Does President Hassan have to look like Wayne Newton?

6) Two words: Freddy Prinze?

bluzdude said...

Yes, it appears Agent Freckles had gone to the Dark Side. You know you've really gone too far when Jack Bauer thinks you've gone too far.

1. Bubba is instantly running away with the title of Most Incompetent CTU Director Ever.
2. You KNOW Jack was at least a little turned on. He's finally found a skeletal female that's as hardcore as he is.
3. Chloe has always been one of my favorites. You get the feeling she just wants to jump on Jack.
4. Right. Don't they remember every time they've ever hacked into a co-worker's system? Have they ever gotten in and out without notice before even one time? I think the entire cast is taken to the set of Dollhouse after the season, and they have their memories wiped.
5. Last time I saw hair like that, the dude was holding up a giant hamburger outside a Big Boy.
6. Scoobey Doobey Dooooooo!

bluzdude said...

Sorry, I forgot to include this in my last comment...
Bubba's neck... looks like he's got an anvil tied around it. "Straighten up, dude! You're running CTU... Stand tall!"

Cassie said...

Carpetbagger, right on!!! Matt thinks Chloe is the WORST actress ever and is in desprite need of an enema to wipe off those constipated looks.

My thoughts:
*Renee turns me on. Is that wrong?
*I'm excited about FPJr. He is not only some good eye candy for me, it's better than pompus by the books Larry from last season. He actually trusts Jack. Wow!
*Pres Hassan's brother looks like a Middle Eastern version of my exboyfriend and just as squirrelly. I'm wondering if he's just as cheap and bad in bed.
*Jack Bower is the shit.

bluzdude said...

Aw, no love for poor Chloe? I think she's supposed to be that awkward. At least 2 supervisors have told her, "Chloe, I don't have time for your social disorder."

Agent Freckles is even hotter now that she's got that Bad Girl thing going.

Agent Larry was a loser. Probably wore teddy bear pajamas to bed.

Hassan's brother = Ratboy. Nice to see that Sanjaya has found work.

Chuck Norris is afraid of Jack Bauer.

The Guy's Perspective said...

You are so right! Too funny. I hadn't thought about it this way, but my wife might enjoy your game.

I love "24" but stopped watching it because it stressed me out and I could never get to sleep afterward. Now I just rent or buy the DVD and watch the whole season in one sitting.

I did catch the beginning of this season. Looks to be another good year.

Tiff said...

Leaving a comment out of fear for my own safety.

Standing... "My name is Tiffany, and I've become a lurker. I will refrain from future such behavior"

Now that's out of the way... BLUZ!!!! It's been awhile, glad to see things are going well for you!

I must say, I don't watch 24, but found humor in your post. See, those spreadsheets come in handy.

Anonymous said...

Also, a friend of mine saw Tony Almeida at the NBA All-Star game last year. Said the dude is only around 5'6", if that. I know all Hollywood stars are short, but they sure did a good job at making him look tall. I think there is a clause in the contracts that says no one can be taller than little Kiefer.

bluzdude said...

I love to watch 24 via DVD. Not only do you miss all the commercial breaks but right after the top-of-the-hour cliffhanger, you can go right to the next episode.

Agreed, with it stressing you out. After 24, I find it's best to then watch something light like "Chuck" or the Muppet Show, just to get some separation from the darkness, right before bed.

bluzdude said...

Welcome back, Tiffy! So glad to hear from you again!

bluzdude said...

Maybe he only looks 5'6" because of all the giant basketball players around.

You know, next time they go behind the scenes on the 24 DVD, I'm going to have to look at the set for signs of soap boxes for the short people, or trenches for the tall people.