Commander in Chief 1/10/2006 (S01E10) "Sub Enchanted Evening"

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by dswallow, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000


    This was a nice action-oriented return for the series after a holiday hiatus. I wonder if we'll get to find out who leaked the info to the North Koreans.
  2. Redux

    Redux No intent to annoy

    Oct 19, 2004
    Probably the episode's writer, trying to find somebody interested.
  3. BrandonSi

    BrandonSi New Member

    Jun 5, 2003
    Chicago, IL...
    that was a good one! The kid stuff is annoying, but they made some good progess this episode.. can't wait for next week to see some mushroom clouds!! ;)
  4. zuko3984

    zuko3984 Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2002

    I think a lot of people are interested considering the show is a top 15 show for the season to date and thats even with it not airing the whole month of december. It still has higher ratings then most shows even the ones that had episodes in december.
  5. Fl_Gulfer

    Fl_Gulfer Tivo's R Us

    May 27, 2005


    Great Show! Can't wait too see what happens.
  6. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    Would be great if one of the generals leaked it, which started the war, then got found out, sent to the front lines and killed by a sub.

    I guess mom did move into the white house. At least the kids will have someone watching them from now on. I know they have to show mom isn't popular but how many more cabinet members do we have to see being disloyal? it's getting old

    I also hope the blonde betrayer doesn't go back to her boss. That would really annoy me...even more than she does by herself.

    TIVO_GUY_HERE I miss the ocean

    Jul 10, 2000
    Dallas Texas
    I bet it was Toby from the West Wing
  8. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    I think Bartlett leaked it himself!!
  9. Idearat

    Idearat Active Member

    Nov 26, 2000
    I'm enjoying the show, but this one annoyed me with too many corners cut based on cheapness as far as I can tell.

    One long shot of the White House with the Washington Monument in the back is from over 5 years ago. The Michael Graves designed scaffolding from the restoration project is still in place. I guess in theory they're in an alternate universe and their own time, but you can't be in a "post 9/11" world and show outdoor pictures from 1999. Stock photos are OK, but make sure they fit the situation.

    If the scrubbers had failed, their problem is too much CO2, not lack of oxygen. The should have left it with a comment about the scrubbers failing and not had someone ask "are those the things that extract oxygen from seawater?". They aren't, they remove exhaled CO2 from the air inside the sub. Five minutes with Google could have set them straight.

    The "clock that shows to the second until they die from lack of oxygen" was way too cheesy. Something from a 80's direct-to-video movie not in keeping with a major network primetime series.

    The idiot generals were also annoying. Were they supposed to be stupid, or still blocking the president by not coming up with options to save the sub? Borrowing a Chinese sub seemed a stretch already, but not pondering their DSRV was kinda dumb. Even after it was suggested they continued to block the idea saying they couldn't let the sub driver inside their sub, never suggesting they don't enter the sub. I just couldn't swallow the whole exchange.

    I'm still hoping the show will find it's stride and be a good one, but last night's episode wasn't a step in the right direction.
  10. Bananfish

    Bananfish Preowned Member

    May 16, 2002
    Belmont, CA
    I really hate myself for watching this show, but the unintentional cheese factor is so high that I actually look forward to it! There are at least a half dozen times per episode when a line of dialogue, a piece of acting or an event that occurs is just so cheesy that my wife and I look at each other and just start cracking up. :)
  11. BrandonSi

    BrandonSi New Member

    Jun 5, 2003
    Chicago, IL...
    As much as I am a CiC fan, I will admit I rolled my eyes at that more than once.. as GOB would say.. "COME ON!"
  12. Redux

    Redux No intent to annoy

    Oct 19, 2004
    Yeah, there was a lot of that. But writing and editing isn't hugely expensive. Especially continuity, fact-checking (SCRUBBERS!!!!). Just having somebody read it over to ask the question "Do real people actually talk like this?" I don't mind (in fact enjoy and appreciate) mannered and stylized language if there is some art to it. But bare bones, plot-advancement-only dialog has to sound real, or at least give us a fighting chance to suspend our disbelief. This was about as bad a TV episode as I've ever seen.
    Like you, I'm watching the thing because I'd very much like to like it. But your take on this episode is unfortunately right on target.

    BTW Sutherland deserves an emmy for this. The ham is sliced extra thick but, working with pretty much nothing, he's putting together a character that's fun to watch.
  13. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    yes, clock def. cheesy...and my wife said, since when is the wash. mon. lit up like that?

    and I hate seeing non HD stuff mixed in..argh
  14. speedcouch

    speedcouch Geekneck

    Oct 23, 2003
    North Carolina
    What bugged me about this episode was the "residence" area. My husband even said "have they moved out of the White House now?" I mean, the place where they had breakfast looked like some suburban house. I'm sorry, but the President (nor her mother) really need appliance to cook meals! That was just a really stupid set.

    I'm liking that Sutherland was actually working with the President last night and seemed to have NO personal agendas for once. Nice to see his character can pitch in and be a team player when the fate of the nation rests on it.

    I did find cutting a deal with the Chinese a bit absurd. Like they're not going to tell the Koreans. But, I do agree the "spin doctor" punk is the one who leaked things.

  15. dtle

    dtle Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    What was Dickey's intention with Jane? Is he recruiting her for some campaign position? Or is he trying to get her to go back to her old job (and why? so she can spy for him?)

    Or is he just trying to get into her panties?
  16. Graymalkin

    Graymalkin Grumpy Poster

    Mar 20, 2001
    Yes. No.

    And definitely yes.
  17. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

    Aug 18, 2002
    SE PA
    maybe it was 'made like home' for benefit of grandma, who no doubt drove the cooks in the basement nuts
  18. Hansky

    Hansky Active Member

    Nov 17, 2005
    I quickly recognized the white deep dish plates they were using at breakfast, since I just bought a couple for everyday use for things that like to run off the plate.....

    ... Corelle, from Wal-mart.

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