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24 Tonight!

I know, I know. The past couple of seasons have not always been up to snuff. But the 24 Redemption movie was great and now we have the promise of watching Jack Bauer being interrogated by a bunch of blowhard politicians who want to send him to jail for saving the country a dozen different ways. I am excited about the show again and hope my expectations are met. The show works when it most closely resembles reality -- okay, not in the scenes where Jack single handedly defeats a hundred terrorists with only a paper clip, but in those where the politics of terrorism are explored it is often spot on. One of my favorite scenes from the entire 24 series is still the one where the terrorist uses an Amnesty International type group for assistance. Unfortunately politicians who no longer see a need to aggressively pursue intelligence on terrorist suspects and who put those agencies tasked with keeping us safe low on their list of priorities is only too real. (Think Leon Panetta). If you watch tonight, I'd love to hear your comments. In my time zone the show starts at 8 p.m. You can get information about scheduling in your area at the Fox website.

Update: If you are a 24 fan you might be interested in this book on the series that I contributed to last year.

Update II: I didn't read this from Erick Erickson until after posting, but it goes perfectly with the discussion about the incoming administration's policies and how they will affect the real "Jack Bauers."


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Looks like the 5th and sixt... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Looks like the 5th and sixth episodes will have Jason Alexander playing Panetta and Foster Brooks as Ted Kennedy.

"...Foster Brooks as Ted Ke... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"...Foster Brooks as Ted Kennedy."_ODA315

That's funny! That takes me back! And I've never thought of it til now, but the PC weeding-out of Foster Brooks by the network police seems to have coincided with the introduction of the mainstreaming of casual sex references on primetime TV. As if a drunk schtick + boobies would be too much for the collective unconscious, so boobies stay, funny goes.

Lorie, good luck in not being disappointed. I don't watch the show and I don't know what season this is for 24; just remember that The Andy Griffith Show improved overall from 1962 to 1965 (before jumping the shark when Barney left), so there is hope.

Actually, what the world needs is another regular Top Chef blog series of posts. Skilletdoux is out of town "on business" (ooo!) and Amuse-biatch is totally slacking. The best show on teevee deserves more respect, I don't care who needs to feed their family; me want Top Chef blog!

One of my good friends i... (Below threshold)
MF:

One of my good friends is a 24 fan. Enjoy!
Kiefer is nice to look at but I enjoy the lighter side (since my work is stressful)
I escape by watching NCIS.

First hour down, and I'm ho... (Below threshold)
Joanne Author Profile Page:

First hour down, and I'm hooked again. Ahhh, Jack, I've missed you.

Boop. Beep. Boop. Beep.<... (Below threshold)
cirby:

Boop. Beep. Boop. Beep.

JACK IS BACK!Dragg... (Below threshold)
La Mano:

JACK IS BACK!

Dragging the ideologues into reality with a babe that's a good shot.

Lori:My wife and I... (Below threshold)
David:

Lori:

My wife and I are hooked again!

Jack has already won over his new partner and the new Presedent does not look like a total crackpot. Not that I agree with policy. I think she will keep an open mind while Jack shoots some bad guys wife in the kneecap.

Somehow I think a Senator will have a real nice Crow dinner by the time the day is out!

"24" is WOT porn for the co... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

"24" is WOT porn for the couch potato set, who view the WOT as a spectator sport akin to the NFL.

It provides those to whom its idealogy appeals with a deeply satisfying revenge fantasy.
Unfortunately, it would make a whole lot more sense if we hadn't been pushing the envelope on interrogation in the real world for the last seven years.

No less a personage than the Dean of the United States Military Academy, that bastion of bleeding heart liberalism, has gone to the set of "24" along with trained interrogators to ask them to stop glorifying torture as an effective interrogation technique.

But, hell, what do they know?

"I think she will keep an o... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

"I think she will keep an open mind while Jack shoots some bad guys wife in the kneecap. "

Hell, why stop with his old lady, cripple his kids, too.

You are very sick, my friend. Why don't you and your wife watch some garden variety porn - You know the kind with sex instead of violence.
If you have to watch porn, IMHO that's the safer bet for your mental and moral health.

Sorry you feel that way! I... (Below threshold)
David:

Sorry you feel that way! If you would have been a fan of the show you would have known that the particular plot line I surmised has already been used.

Jack shot his old bosses wife in the leg to find out when and where a nuke was going to explode in L.A. that day.

The whole point of the show revolves around "What would you do if?" That is what the channel selector is for.

Wow, David, that sounds lik... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

Wow, David, that sounds like a real world plot.
Sorry I missed it.

Yes, that's what the channel selector is for. Some people use it to select Bill O'Reilly, thinking they're getting news. Some people use it to select Judge Judy, thinking they're learning about our legal system. And some people use it to select the WWF, thinking they're watching sports.

And some people use it to select "24," thinking they're learning about the way the WOT should really be fought.

I know it seems disingenuous, but I actually meant no offense to your wife. I'm sure she's a lovely woman, seriously. But you could treat her better with the channel selector. That would be none of my business if you hadn't shared your affection for wife torture with us all.

BTW, I've wanted to shoot some of my old bosses in the leg, but never their wives.

I am opening a new post in ... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

I am opening a new post in a few minutes.

Oh what fun bantor Mr. Nobl... (Below threshold)
David:

Oh what fun bantor Mr. Noble! I honestly think we could have a spirited debate. I really do watch O'Reilly on occasion but do so much enjoy Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me! Like some people much wiser than I once said,"Don't believe everything you read". I prefer to take both the left and the right with a grain of salt, do my own research and draw my own conclusions. I look forward to more of your delightful insight in the future. This has been loads of fun!

I have to run now so I can fill my head with more right wing violence before I switch over to someone unbiased and get some real news like that guy over at MSNBC.

Best Wishes!
David




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