I’m so excited I have something to watch on TV again! Monday nights, Jack is back. Oh, how I’ve missed him and the CTU gang!
And no less an entity than the Wall Street Journal was singing Jack’s praises today. Brian M. Carney, a member of the Journal’s editorial board, wrote an insightful editorial about 24 . . . and Jack Bauer, of course.
Mr. Carney begins with a description of this season’s opening dilemma–an ordinary citizen must cooperate with terrorists in order to save his family. Mr. Carney says that such an ordeal “points with profound implications for our current real-world moment. You don’t need to watch “24” as a kind of primer on moral philosophy, but you probably should.”
And for those who scoff at Jack’s indefatigable character (which I adore), Mr. Carney adds, “Which is not to say that the characters in the show always see things as difficult; it would stretch credulity if every character had a knack for moral subtlety. The show’s characters–good, bad, and in between–can be judged by the extent to which they are able to weigh these countervailing demands.”
You see, Jack never has to choose between good and bad–he has to choose between saving the ones he loves or the entire world. Or killing one bad guy with a bomb versus taking out the bad guy holding the nation hostage. Moral dilemmas, yet Jack always seems to come out on top, usually by sacrificing himself.
“The most interesting complications that ensue as a season of “24” unfolds are the moral ones. And the show’s great virtue is that it never pretends that these dilemmas are simple or false.”
That’s why we LOVE this show!
Now, if I could just convince my hubby that Jack doesn’t ALWAYS whisper. I’ve heard him yell “Get down!”
As long as their are no cougars, no amnesia, and no Kim, I think this’ll be a GREAT season. 🙂