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Monday, September 12, 2005

Aghdashloo? God Bless You!

(Editor's note: This is my first official entry as a member of Blogs For Bauer. The brainchild of The Man, our team will regularly post about the best damned show on television: 24. The Man has brought together the greatest minds in the blogosphere . . . and me.)

It warms the heart when a notorious television terrorist can still get work in Hollywood. Shohreh Aghdashloo - no this is not the Junior Jumble; that's her name - who played Mommy Terrorist Dina Araz last season has landed a role in next summer's X-Men 3. She will be playing the role of Dr. Kavita Rao, an Indian geneticist who has allegedly invented a "cure" for mutation. (It also helps that for a middle-aged woman, Shohreh is X-ponentially yummy!) Ironically, Dina Araz had quickly become one of my favorite characters on the show, because she was pure evil!


(Is she hot? Shohreh!)

And that is the Catch-22 of "24." The villains are always more interesting than the heroes. (Jack Bauer doesn't count, because he is, in effect, a villain in hero's clothing.) I cared more about what would happen to Dina Araz last season than I did about Chloe O'Brien - who always has a look on her face like somebody farted. In this vein, "24" mimics the Star Wars films. Only nerds and dateless wonders cheered for the Rebel Alliance (with the exception of Han Solo, who could have been the predecessor of Jack Bauer). All the "cool" kids were secretly hoping that Darth Vader would smite his enemies. And if that's not true, then why is it widely accepted that The Empire Strikes Back is the best film of the six?

The strength of "24" has always been its enemies. Season One had Sarah Clarke (Nina Meyers), Zeljko Ivanek (Andre Drazen) and Dennis Hopper (Viktor Drazen), man! Season Two had Tobin Bell (Peter Kingsley). Season Three had Joaquim de Almeida (Ramon Salazar) and Paul Blackthorne (Stephen Saunders). And last season had Aghdashloo, Nestor Serrano (Navi Araz), and Arnold Vosloo (Habib Marwan). It is not a coincidence that these actors (and their characters) won me over as the seasons progressed. I'm glad Aghdashloo is now being recognized for it; and I'll watch for her in X3.

7 comments:

  1. Shohreh could launch my nuke anytime. She is hot, and I think the coldheartedness of the character she played makes her even hotter. Or maybe i'm just a freak!

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  2. How did that hottie and her evil husband spawn that sissy son, Berhooz?

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  3. It was love that got the boy twisted. He's all young and impressionable and stuff.

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  4. I just started watching 24. Joined Netflix and just finished watching the first 4 episodes from Season 1. Don't let the cat out of the bag for me!!!

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  5. Season 1? That is the one where Jack ends up saving Los Angeles by defusing the bomb, right?

    Just kidding. A&E shows 4 hours of 24 on Monday nights. Catch up and join us at Blogs4Bauer.

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  6. Before my Internet craped out 7hrs ago I was going to ask, do you want a Bauer button, because I can make them.

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  7. Fmragtops - You sir, are not a freak. Hotness factor is off the charts!

    The Man - I don't have the foggiest, but he IS a wuss.

    Karma - Enjoy! Season 1 is excellent!

    Tyler - Bauer Botton = cool.

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