It has been suggested by a closet reader of this blog that I post about 24, considering that Jack and his posse debut tomorrow night.
My thoughts on Jack Bauer and the end of the world drama are random... but here you go:
First of all, this show is unlike ANY other in that it demands my full and undivided attention when watching. I often eat when watching a show (call it an unhealthy habit, but I monitor my portion control just fine, thank you). I also often use evening television time to fold laundry or straighten up or catch up on various blogs. There will be none of these distractions when 24 is on. Riveted is a good word to describe my condition when the clock starts ticking.
There should be a word said here differentiating between the character Jack Bauer and the actor Keifer Sutherland. I try to ignore celeb news when Keifer's name is mentioned as more often that not the report has something to do with the combination of driving and intoxication. Jack, however is pretty much immortal and while he makes mistakes, somehow they make him endearing.
I happen to have several female friends who swoon over Mr. Bauer thinking he is incredibly sexy. Please don't shoot me when I say that I do not find him especially physically attractive. I mean that if I were to just see a picture of him or have him pass me on the street, I would not take a second look, however, it's the "tough" in him that makes him appealing. It's the way he handles certain situations, say tracking down the poor soul responsible for bringing a nuclear device onto American soil. Heaven help that dear person. Jack appears to me to be a pretty stereotypical man. He's not incredible emotional, or in the brief moments when we see his heart, he's quick to put it away and get back to business. He thinks with his head, makes quick decisions and pushes the limits. That, I like.
There have been rumors that this season is going to display the age of both the show and Jack. I'm choosing to ignore such rumors. Keifer may be getting old, but Jack? I just don't want to believe it. Apparently he slows down a bit and leaves more room for contemplation. I personally would be a little disappointed if this were the case. I have many other television options that include sap. I watch this one for the nonstop action and suspense. For the corrupt government officials and way that ridiculous end-of-the-world ideas somehow seem completely believable.
Let's move for a moment to Chloe. Opinions vary widely concerning her character, even within my own home. She disappeared for a while last season and I missed her. Her direct nature and lack of social skills makes me adore her. Denten thinks the show would go on without her and that she can be a bit annoying at times. Pfff.
We watched the first seasons of 24 when visiting in London years ago. We had it on DVD and watched one episode after another in a church-owned flat in a very dark room where we had no concept of time or life outside or anything but the fact that Jack had better save the world, and quick! There were many times the clock would click to the end of the hour and it would take only seconds of considering whether we should be doing something more productive with our time before we said, "just one more." oh, the loss of sleep that occurred that week!
I believe I watched the first 4 or 5 seasons like that... on DVD so the episode control was mine. Then we started watching it on TV, which proved to be pure torture. I mean, when it ended I was not ready. Ever. Sometimes we'd DVR it and once we had three or so, we'd watch, but waiting another week is a problem. That being said, I will do it again. I will set my DVR, get my children to bed, turn off the lights, sit by my husband and get sucked right in. and be disappointed when it ends.
I hope the storyline is good this year. I hope it's riveting. I hope I'm not tempted to fold laundry while Jack does his thing. Denten's favorite Jack line: "just trust me." listen. you'll hear it a lot, and it will be mildly humorous every time.
Man, for not knowing what to write, this got LONG! There you go, Tiff... now comment already so I know that you read this! Bring it on, Jack!