A change is gonna come for 24
In a recent interview, producer/writer Howard Gordon told the press that he has been dramatically affected by the criticism 24 has gotten from its fans. It would seem that the show is in for a big change and I, for one, don't like it.
I was discussing the show with some friends the other day and one of them was saying they think the show has gone too far. "I mean, how can Jack get released from torturous imprisonment and be ready to save the world without a break?" they asked. Quite frankly, I was offended.
Jack Bauer is one of the few remaining American heroes. He is my generations answer to James Bond. This is the same guy who has repeatedly worked to save the world for 24 hours straight without eating, sleeping changing clothes or even going to the bathroom. In every sense of the phrase, Jack Bauer is the man.
The character of Jack Bauer and Keifer Sutherland's portrayal of him are at the heart of what makes 24 work as a series. Aside from playing to our innermost fears of terror at our front door, every character plays his or her role with the same ferocity and dead seriousness that befits a show like 24. I admit there are times when I think the show is stretching things a little thin, but those thoughts are fleeting, at best, because I am immediately pulled back into the drama of the show by just about every character. Jack, Chloe, Tony, Edgar, the Palmer brothers and yes, even Kim Bauer engage me in a way that few TV characters ever have. I simply can't get enough of this show.
A little change can indeed be good for a show, but I, for one, watch because I know what to expect from the characters I have come to know. I think adding great characters like Noah Daniels is more than enough to keep the show fresh.
So to those of you, who find 24 hard to believe, remember, when you doubt Jack Bauer, the terrorists win.