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Serialsay pudikaathu..serial paakrathelaam oru pozhappa...apdinulam dialog vittutu maanju maanju serialsa paathutruken :D I like the variety that these series offer. Oru pakkam semma original comic series and innoru pakkam action thrillers. The amount of effort and money that they pump into these series is amazing. Each episode resembling an individual movie in itself.

As mentioned in previous post and after numerous attempts, finally a post on 24. When my friend recommended this series an year back, never did i imagine that i would be this much addicted to it. First episode paathapo to be honest avlo impressiva illa. DVD print was bad could also be a reason. Enna thaan nadakuthunu paakalam sollitu tried the second episode and avlo thaan matteru. Got hooked right into it. Every single scene goes lighting fast and you will never feel like hitting the stop button till the finish.

Right from the way they've structured the series, to editing to dialog to characterisation to screenplay every single aspect of 24 is ...OH MY GOD amazing. Oru sila moviesla oru sila punchlines will be memorable. Oru sila characters will stay in your heart. Oru sila mannerisms will linger for a while longer. Aana..ithula..there is so much thing going on you would be gasping for breath even while watching it, with adrenalin pumping up. I am surprised how come these people waited for a week to know what happened next. Yes. This is a weekly series. The first 4 episodes alone they air back to back on sunday and monday of every season opening and after that its scheduled weekly. I am not sure how true it is, but for one particular season finale, people in fact protested that the channel telecast them back to back as the suspense was killing. Could be quite possible. Even with the entire season downloaded i cant wait till the end and usually check out the last episode first. Namakellam one page novellaye suspense thaangaathu..ithula enga 24 episode wait pannikitu!! :)

For the uninitiated, as the title goes, each story is set on a 24 hour period, with each episode representing the events happening per hour in that time frame. Jack Bauer (Keifer sutherland), is the hero of each episode. Hero solratha illa lead character solratha!! He infact, kills more people than villain, does more atrocities in the name of greater common good and protecting American lives, tortures more people, trades off lives of his near and dear, infact intha aaloda frienda irukaravanga ellariyum oru stagela intha aalay either villains kitta maati utruvaaru illa samayathula poatu thalliduvaar on villains merattal. Still, somehow he comes out as unselfish and patriotic kind of a person. A real action hero. I guess, that might be one of the many reason for the mad frantic following this series has generated. There is little space for sentiment and hero is shown as vulnerable. Namma tamizh cinema hero mathiri ilaama..if a character could be killed, they kill it without any regret. Villains are amazing to say the least. They are so meticulous and brainy that, epdida ivana pudipaangannu yosika vaikkum. Infact, every single time, it would just be a freak incident that would gave them away and to their downfall. And with each season, the might of the villains is on the rise. Ada..US presidenta kooda vittu vaikalana paarungalen. Even he is shown as villain in one season!!!

Ennoda favorite pickings in this seriesna, first the dialogues. Chaaaancela. Not because they are strewn with punchlines, but the manner in which they are worded. Oru president pesina, avar tone epdi irukanumoWordings epdi irukanumo mannerisms epdirukanumo...ditto..apdiye irukum. Same goes for the way in which secretary of state or ambassadors or foreign dignitories. Unaku epdi avanga pesarathulam teriyumnulam kekapdaathu. It sounds so natural when they talk. You need to see it to notice the difference. The reverance with which the US President's post is treated is all to see throughout. He is the ultimate captain of the ship and the might of the mightiest post on earth is glorified in every episode.

Rendavathu favoritena, the situations that they cook up. Alice in Wonderland la Alice solra mathiri , think of 10 impossible things to happen on a day to day life causing mayhem, you can find them here. Every season's story will have 3 or 4 sub plots each linked to towards the ultimate showdown finale. Right from Nuke attack on US soil, bio-chemical weapon threat, nerver gas attack innum ennalaam  avlo enpa..Air force one  attack panni presidentaye poatu thallidraanga oru stagela. Ithelaam ella padathulayum varathu thaana solreengala...matter is..the behind the scene efforts that go in such cases..the mind numbing decisions that people have to take in such a small reaction time window..the sacrifices that they are forced to make and their losses..atha semmaa detaila and slick and neata sollirukanga. Some of the plots are so real life like that, ivangalay idea kudupaanga pola..intha mathiri enga oora attack panalaamnu!!

Aprum..vera pudicha matterna...again situations and plots pathi thaan sollanum. The very first episode..which i am sure must be alteast 10 years back, talks of an African American standing for presidency and his travails. Infact..that person fits the role of president so well that, you may actually believe he is a politician atleast in real life. Maathi maathi 4 seasonsa avana assasinate panna terrorists try panni..4th seasonla konnuraanga oru vazhia. But solla vantha point is, this particular series, would've kick started around same time Obama must've been making waves in his initial days. And in subsequent seasons, they also talk of lady president for US. Ithelaam konjam stand outa terinjuthu, in such a high visibility series. At times, konjam anti muslim mathiri terinjaalum, the writers are almost unbiased in depicting the villains. Kitta thatta ellarumay kettavanga and ellarumay nallavanga on same scale.

Ever since i started watching it, not a day passes without me mentioning about it to my friends. Kitta thatta vampire mathiri, paakravanga elaariyum 24 followera maathitu varen :) Avlo pudichi poachu. Oru stagela was so immersed in the serial that, oru weekend mathiyaanam paaka arambichi night 3 AM varaikum was on it non-stop, unable to resist not knowing what happened next. Nadula oru episode file got corrupted. Correcta missle launch aagara scenku aprum file work agala. Semma tension.Nadu raathiri ukkanthu uncorrupted versiona googlea thedi pudichi saw that one :) Avlo veri thanamaana fan aaiten :) But it was really worth it.

Avvvvvvvvvvvvvv.....ivlo peria post adichi evlo naalachu!!! Solla vantha karuthu ennamo ivlo thaan makkalay...24 paarunga. Nallaaruku. Atha konjam surukki solliruken :D Appaalikka meetalam. Varta.

Comments

Ramesh said…
When I saw the title I thought this post was for your 24th birthday !!!

RS, Asha, Aarti, G3, etc etc (Gils rasikar manram office bearers) - Gilsu romba Americana marittaar. Avar amma kitta solli odaney vaapas return panna vainga. Engeyavathu Sandra vandra nnu yaaraatchi kottittu vandura poraru !
Asha said…
@ Ramesh - amam,amam.... namakku illati gilsoda kalyana saapadu kidaikkathu... vara sandra apprum uppu chappu illada bagelsum, cornflakesum, pizzavum daan koduppa...porada kuraikku gilskkum samaika theriyadu...

@ Gils- neenga anga velaikku daan poneengala illati Film making la phd vanga poneengala. edho post doctoral fellow thesis madiri irukku... unga friend ungala englishla ezhuda sonna neenga englisha thamizhla ezhudringa.
Asha said…
@ Ramesh - amam,amam.... namakku illati gilsoda kalyana saapadu kidaikkathu... vara sandra apprum uppu chappu illada bagelsum, cornflakesum, pizzavum daan koduppa...porada kuraikku gilskkum samaika theriyadu...

@ Gils- neenga anga velaikku daan poneengala illati Film making la phd vanga poneengala. edho post doctoral fellow thesis madiri irukku... unga friend ungala englishla ezhuda sonna neenga englisha thamizhla ezhudringa.
Aarti said…
phew... ippo thaan rendu postum padichein... evlo neelamana post...

Ramesh - correct... complete change aagipocchhu.. bayamma irukku... inime inga varuvaro mattaro.. vantha enna paadu padutha poraro nammala ellam!! :D

illa, aiyya rhomba vetti.. ;)

btw, what is this 24? naan pathathe illa... seri, poyi enemies yaarkitayavadu irukka pakka porein...
Vincy said…
Gils, Your post on 24 is passionate to the core and tells all of us how hooked you are.. God bless all those who listen to you everyday about 24.

BTW, with my son doing his 12th grade, we were thinking about disconnecting the Telly, and one fine day when we were watching it, it just conked off. we never bothered to check it after that. So seriels and all other telly stuff is distant memory for me..

However, pls watch as much of these stuff now, bcos after marriage there is a good chance of your story turning to be one of the friend you explained in the last post. ha ha ha
Vincy said…
Gils, Your post on 24 is passionate to the core and tells all of us how hooked you are.. God bless all those who listen to you everyday about 24.

BTW, with my son doing his 12th grade, we were thinking about disconnecting the Telly, and one fine day when we were watching it, it just conked off. we never bothered to check it after that. So seriels and all other telly stuff is distant memory for me..

However, pls watch as much of these stuff now, bcos after marriage there is a good chance of your story turning to be one of the friend you explained in the last post. ha ha ha
gils said…
@thala:
24th bdaykku inum 18 years iruku!!
Sandra illa..Samantha :D:D not the fox one..but foxy :D:D:D

@asha:
rotfl :D:D bagels cornflakes in kalyana saapadu :D:D too much :D irukatum ..ithu nyabgam vachu will serve you continental lunch in kalyaanam :D
gils said…
Why the echo?? :D oray comment rendu thadava potrukel? submit buttona romba azhuthi clickiteengalo? :D:D
gils said…
@rt:
vettinulaam sollapdaathu..evlo sincera 4 season paathutu 5th start panniruken :D:D u the torrntz want? piratebay la keethu
gils said…
@vj:

avvvvvvvvvv....ellam tellin same thing..24 paaka pudikara ponna theda vendi thaan :D ilaati me the house husband any day readyaakum :D
Vincy said…
oops.. i guess as u said i must have pressed teh "publish your comment" button too long...
gils said…
hahaha..unga nermai me the likings :D:D ivlo nallavangala neenga :D

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