Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hastily-Painted Acrylic Sketches from TV: "24" Edition: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Remember when Ethan had that heart attack a few hours ago? Here he is, on his feet again and back at work. I guess he got better. Heck, there may be hope for Walker -- give her some of whatever he's taking.
"I want my immunity agreement back," Dana says. Fine, we'll have President Taylor tear a fresh one off the roll. Wow, this version of Katee Sackhoff turned out much better than my last try.
Allison Taylor arrives at CTU. I love how even the CTU employees were incredulous: The President's coming here? But this is like the most dangerous place in the world! What if we get blown up again?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Hastily-Painted Acrylic Sketches from TV: "24" Edition: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Wacky old President Logan is back! "Let me help you," he says. Now, I'm not a man given to vulgarity, but there is no way to describe his expression at this point other than "sh**-eating grin."

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hastily-Painted Acrylic Sketches from TV: "24" Edition: 4:00 AM - 5:00 AM

Oh for the love of . . . between Jack's cunning disguise and this, The Worst Mascot Costume Ever, "24" is really bringing the unintentional humor. It's supposed to be a tense, dramatic moment, and here I am laughing, because Jack, FPJ, and the redshirts have formed a box with feet. It's nearly impossible for a lumbering box with feet not to be funny.
I sort of thought this was coming, when Chloe called Walker, who told her to "do what you have to do" to convince the NSA gang to do things her way. You recall Walker's methods of persuasion from earlier in the day? Not finding any angle grinders handy, Chloe pulls out a gun instead.
Toodles, Agent Owen. We knew you were dead as soon as Freddie Prinze Jr. had to help you buckle something on your uniform, hours ago.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Hastily-Painted Acrylic Sketches from TV: "24" Edition: 3:00 AM - 4:00 AM

Bah. So it looks like I'm as bad at drawing Katee Sackhoff as I am at Keifer. Don't know why I bothered trying to draw her from a paused frame of "24," since obsessed nerds have probably posted eleventy billion pictures of her online thanks to BSG.
Mrs. Hassan turns into snarling dragon lady this hour. I guess having two-thirds of one's immediate family involved in assassination/kidnapping/nuclear conspiracy might do that to one.
I suppose it wouldn't be a CTU attack without some clueless redshirt trying to be a hero. "I can move the car, there's still two seconds left before the bomb goes off! Let's see, turn the key here, put it in reverse, check the mirrors, make sure my seat bel--"
The ending of the episode was pretty good, with all the pandemonium at CTU. Here's Chloe, still at her post after the lights go out, in the last few seconds of the hour.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hastily-Painted Acrylic Sketches from TV: "24" Edition: 2:00 AM - 3:00 AM

AAAARRRGGGHH NO WHY IS THIS HAPPENING the idiotic My Secret Redneck Past subplot isn't dead after all! Curse you, 24, you've made me upset at an appearance by Stephen Root, Milton himself, the great Jimmy James!
I enjoyed this scene with Marco's mom. The actress looked really familiar, but I don't know what exactly I remember her from. Maybe it was Turner & Hooch?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Hastily-Painted Acrylic Sketches from TV: "24" Edition: 1:00 AM - 2:00 AM

They were making it such a point that Agent Owen was nervous, had no experience, looked twelve years old, etc., that I was sure he was about to get killed. But he's now survived multiple episodes.
Bleh. What a lousy episode. Here's a picture of the Flava Flav cell phone commercial, because there was nothing else to draw.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Hastily-Painted Acrylic Sketches from TV: "24" Edition: 12:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Jack throttles a Justice Department flunky. Understandable, but it's hard to see how this will improve things for Walker.
I think it's been pretty well established that I can't draw Keifer. But I had to try, because of this great moment where he completely fails to suppress a smirk when Hastings says, "I have complete confidence in Agent Owen."
In the season's most improbable twist, the audience for "24" decides they actually like Freddie Prinze, Jr., because he finally killed off the ridiculous My Secret Redneck Past subplot.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Hastily-Painted Acrylic Sketches from TV: "24" Edition: 11:00 PM - 12:00 AM

See, Walker? It's just as easy to kill Eastern European arms dealers with one stab as with fifty-six.
Badguyovitch laments the harsh lot of a Russian mobster: oh, boo hoo, I shot my own son and all my glassware for nothing.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hastily-Painted Acrylic Sketches from TV: "24" Edition: 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM

I enjoyed Arlo's bit of understatement when he pulled up this improbably sharp image from a traffic camera: "Jack seems to be in control."
Wow, even stabbed in the gut Jack can still serve up the death. As someone in the liveblog said, sticking a knife in Jack Bauer doesn't kill him, it just gives him another weapon. Once I'd drawn this guy, I thought he looked oddly familiar. Then I realized: he looked like he could be saying, "NECKSTAB, MAH BOIIIII!"
Walker tries to decide what the worst part of the day has been, now that she has to include for consideration "going into berserker rage, stabbing good guys and bad guys indiscriminately."

Saturday, February 6, 2010


No words . . . they should have sent a poet . . .

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hastily-Painted Acrylic Sketches from TV: "24" Edition: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

So Prez Hassan's Chief Skull-Cracker has his limits when it comes to rounding up dissidents. Hassan, however, plays the "almost-blown-up-today" card yet again -- dude, that was like more than an hour ago. Get over it already.

Jack meets up with the Russians in hilarious giant clunky spectacles, which I assume contain a camera, a microphone, and various other spy gadgets. I guess he's hoping the Russians haven't seen True Lies yet. Some would accuse the show of going for a cheap obvious laugh here, but usually the humor in 24 is entirely unintentional.
Agent Freddie Prinze Jr. is up on the roof, shooting Russians in beautiful Night-Vision-o-Vision.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Hastily-Painted Acrylic Sketches from TV: "24" Edition: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

So, last week -- um, I mean, "a few minutes ago," Walker sawed off this dude's thumb, which somehow did not convince Jack to back down on the whole "you're still too wrecked to be in the field" angle. Now, Jack, let's be fair -- is this really worse than the time you sawed off a dude's whole head?
You know, I think TWOP is right -- Prez Hassan's giant pompadour is getting bigger every hour.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hastily-Painted Acrylic Sketches from TV: "24" Edition: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Agent Walker arrives by helicopter at CTU.
In a hilarious bit of irony, Jack lectures Walker that she's maybe gone a little too crazy to be back in the field, and WHY IN HOLY HECK CAN'T I EVER DRAW THIS MAN RIGHT?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Hastily-Painted Acrylic Sketches from TV: "24" Edition: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Jack gets Tasered by Poor Man's Michael Chiklis. You just can't buy that kind of product placement.
Jack uses the ancient art of Tied-to-a-Chair Fu to overpower Poor Man's Michael Chiklis, causing him to be downgraded to NINA Loan Borrower's Michael Chiklis.
Freddie Prinze Jr.'s car gets blowed up. As the episode ends, the show seems to want us to think there's a chance he didn't survive. Sure, why not?

Hastily-Painted Acrylic Sketches from TV: "24" Edition: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The inside man turns out to be -- the brother of the President of Fauxranistan! How could a man with such splendid hair be so evil?
Spawn drops by CTU -- I'm surprised they let her in the building, considering what happens to CTU when Kim is around -- to tell Jack not to come to California, and also that she wants him to come to California. Dear Show, WE HATE SPAWN. Sincerely, All of Us.
Mikey the Fake Cop shoots the wife of an uncooperative opponent in the thigh. Hey, that's Jack's move!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hastily-Painted Acrylic Sketches from TV: "24" Edition: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Beautiful.  The first time we see Chloe she is scowling at people and computers alike.  I've just noticed on my computer a picture from last year named "ChloeUnhappy.jpg."  Chloe, don't ever change.
The bad guys accommodate Jack by showing up seconds after he mentions them to the police, saving him all the usual tiresome business of waiting around while the cops call CTU for verification.
Before today's henchmen can remark how dangerous this building is, what with the missing fire axe and all, Jack demonstrates that the axe is still around.  Jack Bauer: the man who brings an axe to a gunfight.  And wins.