24 writers were 'bored to death' with nuke bomb plot
Writers on 24 put an end to the suitcase-nukes-on-the-loose story arc because they were "bored to death" with having their characters ask, "Where's the bomb?," show co-executive producer Manny Coto told TV Week.
Coto said that because writers knew they weren't going to have a second nuke detonate this season -- one flattened Valencia in the first hours -- they had Jack Bauer simply find the bombs and then they changed the story's direction.
Coto also told TV Week that, as a direct result of the consultations 24 creators had with terrorism experts, they decided that instead of having Jack torture terrorist Abu Fayed to coerce the location of the nukes out of him, they'd devise a scenario where Fayed was "rescued" from CTU custody by CTU agents posing as members of a splinter terrorist group.
So, is the fact that the faux rescue trick didn't work a slight aimed at the experts who pleaded with 24 to tone down its torture scenes?
Even after CTU agents refrained from torturing Fayed for the location of the nukes, Jack still wound up hanging Fayed by a chain instead of taking him into custody after the nukes were found. My guess is that the anti-torture folks weren't in on that part of the story brainstorming session.