Our two favorite sources of entertainment in May are going in opposite directions.
Against all odds and all predictions, the Cincinnati Reds have us believing that they're the real deal. Since their opening-day pasting by the Cubs, they've been at least consistent and credible. Lately they're better than that. Today's 3-2 victory over the mighty St. Louis Cardinals--the second Reds' defeat of the Cards in two days, and both in classic style--is the kind of thing that Reds fans have been able to dream about since 1990.
Meanwhile, last night's episode of 24 may in time prove to have been Jack Bauer's jumping of the shark. The episode made cheap use of a just-in-time data discovery for Jack to (a) achieve his objective while (b) providing another crisis for the next week. But the worst scene was Chloe O'Brien's tazing of the drunk in the bar (conveniently located within easy walking distance of Bill Buchanan's house in Los Angeles, for goodness' sake). We may well mark that moment as the end of the show's seriousness and descent into postfeminist cliches.
And how does Jack get cell phone reception at 30,000 feet?