The curse of Jack Bauer
Now if you ask me, I'd say that former Defense Secretary Heller's quip on 24 this week -- "You're cursed Jack. Everything you touch, one way or another, ends up dead." -- was a throw-away line, not an overarching statement about Jack Bauer's entire existence.
But folks have been chattering throughout the blogosphere and wondering whether Heller has a point: Is Jack Bauer cursed?
Sure, he's had some serious bad luck. His wife and daughter were kidnapped, multiple times, during his very first bad day. His wife was killed by his former-lover-turned-terrorist. His friends -- notably Tony, Michelle and President Palmer I -- tend to get shot and/or killed. His daughter is now estranged from him. His dad and brother were evil. While trying to save his country, he's had to break laws at his own peril. He's been abducted and tortured by Chinese captors. His girlfriend, who tried to free him from captivity, was abducted and tortured herself.
But do those things mean that Jack is cursed? I think not. His job as a counter-terrorism agent is dangerous. And anyone who hangs with a guy with a terrorist-fighting gig could potentially be a target. But my view isn't the only one. Here's what others are saying about a Bauer "curse:"
Blogcritics: Likens Jack to Job: "One might ask how much can one man take, and when will that man eventually turn and curse that which he loves most."
Right Wing Nut House: Jack is a "fallen angel" and "death incarnate."
Glowy Box: Yep, it's true.Cursed.
Do you think he's cursed?