July 13, 2024
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Sokolsky on the Arts and Entertainment
A weekly program focusing on the arts and entertainment
The last time most of us looked in on Oceanic Flight 815 things were pretty grim. Jack had to have an emergency appendectomy. Claire may have gone over to the Dark Side and Sawyer was appropriately bewildered. And that doesn't even begin to describe all the problems the characters on "Lost" are facing.

But now there is a new complexity, competition from another airline. This one is Flight 732 and it involves a plane loaded with passengers being hijacked by terrorists who seem ready to blow up anything within reach.

That situation is rolled into "Final Approach," the Hallmark Movie Channel production coming up May 24. And yes, Arts and Entertainment Editor Bob Sokolsky says, that does sound like a theme that has found its way into countless movies and TV shows.

However, he points out, this one has something movies like "Nowhere to Land" and "Executive Decision" lacked. Its good guys are led by Dean Cain and once upon a not too distant time he appeared as Superman. And Sokolsky suggests, it might have been more interesting, and certainly more fun, had he stripped down to his spandex and cape to handle this situation.

That may not have been enough to rescue this film. On the other hand, Sokolsky says, it might have been a relief from three hours of strained dialogue that does nothing to help save a production in dire need of saving.
Episode Date: May 16, 2008
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