(see companion thread I liked the pilot of The Lone Gunmen
OK, originally, my title for this thread was to be “The Lame Gunmen”, but after having my morning Kahlua, I have become more accepting of the show.
Let me preface by saying that The Lone Gunmen were my favorite characters on “The X Files”, and I really, really was looking forward to this show.
OK…here is my review. And if you hadn’t guessed that there were spoilers here by now, well…
It starts off OK, but they could have used a less obvious pun than “Octium IV”. Langley did a good job of hamming it up during his speach and fake peanut reaction.
The “Mission Impossible” scene was good, except for - why in the hell and how in the hell can a simple winch be hacked? This is a recurring theme in the show that disturbs me - that anything that has any electromechanical component is somehow open to being hacked, and made to do things that are possibly impossible.
The middle of the show was not too bad mostly. Decent character development, not an overly long time spent on introductions. There was a little bit of speachmaking about ideals and goals going on, but pilot episodes often have that, so I let it pass.
Hacking into the DoD computer was just silly - they can trace the PC all the way down to download a “User” file, and yet not know who they are? And why in the hell would people like The Lone Gunmen keep a single file that would have any info like that at all on their PC? Highly bizarre.
And of course, DoD documents are always in non-encrypted Word files. I mean hellfire, people. I PGP encrypt random e-mails Dopers send me on a separate PGP disk. Why can’t the DoD at least do the same?
Falling in the mud was a bit of slapstick I saw coming, and thus was not amused. But, nor was it bad either.
And of course, the end. The show was not bad until the end.
First - why not call in a bomb threat? Or a few dozen? Hell, the airlines won’t take off if the Sky Chefs are late servicing the plane, they sure as hell won’t take off if they get a million bomb threats coming in from all quarters.
Second - of course, the natural way to look for a bomb on a plane is to buy a ticket on it and let it take off - while you are on the damn thing! :rolleyes:
Third - that was not a 727, even if the passenger count was right. And once again, we see that everything can be hacked into.
Fourth - Frohike, with just a few minutes to go, runs out and somehow
Gets to the secret hacker underground automatic weapons firing range,
Finds Eva, who just happens to be there (damn she shoots a lot!),
Convinces her to help,
She happens to have the chip handy (and not in a vault in Zurich, or a fab plant in Singapore), and mounted in a custom laptop with a custom motherboard of all things, and
They manage to hack into the airplane and regain control in seconds.
And finally - Lee Harvery Oswald. Need I say more?
Oh wait, Frohike stealing the chip from the dual Mac-10 sporting Uberhacker. Um…yeah.
Overall, it would not have taken much to make this an outstanding episode. As it was, I would give it a 5.0/10.0, but given that it is a pilot, and pilots are always rough, I will raise it to a “barely viewable” 7.0/10.0.
Now…talk amongst yourselves…