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Six Reasons Why '24' Has Jumped the You-Know-What

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 8th 2010 11:00AM
What is going on with Jack Bauer? Have you been watching '24' this season, the first time set in New York City? There were high expectations that this might be the best season yet for '24' because we'd be seeing a lean, mean, older Jack who has been through the wringer and knows all the tricks and turns of the business. Comparisons were made to Jason Bourne, but with the Bauer edge.

Unfortunately, we're not seeing the vim and vigor of 'The Bourne Identity' or any of the other Bourne pictures. We're not even seeing the quality of '24' from seasons past. Instead, '24' has turned into something else entirely -- an empty shell of its former self. It's time to call it a day for '24.' The show has definitely jumped the you-know-what.

Comment if you don't agree with the following reasons why:

1. All work and no play has made Jack a dull boy. It looks like last year's illness really took a toll on Jack Bauer. Or maybe it's the actor, because Kiefer Sutherland really looks bored. He's still growling like Jack, but has he suddenly gotten too long in the tooth to run around like he used to? More and more, '24' is having other characters carry the action with Jack watching. They cut to reaction shots of Jack. Are they so busy setting up Freddie Prinze, Jr. as the new action hero that they've shelved JB? Considering the fact that Jack was ready to go to California with Kim in the first show, it's time to just let him go. Grandpa Jack has earned an early retirement.

24_fox_prinze_sackhoff2. Who cares about these women?
When did '24' become all about the ladies? For the past three weeks, Renee Walker has dominated the main story, infiltrating the Russian mob. But, really, is this supposed to be the same FBI agent we met last season? She seems like a completely different person, and frankly, why should we care about her?

Then the subplot with Katee Sackhoff's Dana is just horrible. We're supposed to believe that a woman with a sordid, criminal past has altered her identity to become a CTU senior analyst. How did CTU miss her fingerprint records? And now she's being blackmailed by criminals and cooperating with them. It's bad writing and a dreadful character.

3. Empty action equals no drama. Since the first episode this season, all the action has been very pedestrian. All the cutting to Jack with a listening device doesn't make for an exciting chase scene. Since Hassan was rescued, all the action has shifted to the Russians and Renee and there's very little suspense because you don't care if one Russian kills another. They don't matter to us.

When one brother was shot last week by the father of both, what did it matter? There's like a lot of busy work but very little excitement. Even Jack's encounter last week, when he had to speak German, didn't amount to much. Compare this season to the fear of the suitcase nukes in season six when one actually detonated in Valencia, California, or last season when the President was taken hostage in the White House. This year is weak.

24; fox; chloe4. Where's the respect for Jack and Chloe? This new CTU is not only set up in New York, but has all new faces. Despite the lack of familiar faces, which should mean experienced agents, when Jack and Chloe were introduced, they received no respect. Hasn't anybody read their work files? Why are they always dissed?

In any organization, Chloe would have been trained on the new computers before being thrown into the fire -- and she'd be overseeing the CTU computer operators, not being treated like a lackey. Jack, meanwhile, cannot catch a break. Even when he offers to help CTU, like in the first episode, the new director gives him attitude. Jack should be given wide berth to do what he wants because of what he's done for the country in the seven days we've seen. He should have earned the trust of his bosses by now.

5. Too much gratuitous violence, not enough New York. '24' has always pushed the envelope when it comes to torture and interrogation and violence in general. But when Renee cut off a man's thumb to remove a monitoring device, that was a bit much. Jack swinging an axe to kill a guy, that was borderline, but at least inventive.

Then there's the issue of being in New York. If you're there, why aren't you using the location? You might as well be in Toronto! Aside from the U.N. exteriors, '24' has done nothing with Manhattan except show us taxi cabs. Think about it, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, the Chrysler Building...

6. It's day has passed. What was once so innovative about '24' -- the running clock in real time -- turned stale. '24' has overstayed its welcome. It's not working anymore and the chances of recapturing the zest it had before is doubtful. What could they possibly do to recharge Jack's character, and Jack is the show? The very notion that Cole Ortiz is the next Jack is laughable. So far he's barely been Jack's shadow. And if it becomes the Renee Walker show, forget it. What should happen is simple; Fox ends '24' with this season.

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I only agree with point #2 regarding Dana Walsh. It is a terrible character. Sackhoff is not the problem, it's the way her character was written.
And having Jack NOT being the center of attention is the right way to go. It's not realistic to think at his age he would be the king he once was. I like how the action is going this season. It probably is time to hang it up because there is not as much buzz (how could there be?) but I would love to see a series of movies come out of this.

March 30 2010 at 7:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Had 24 faded into the sunset at the conclusion of Season Two, it may well have gone down as one of the greatest television shows of all time;sadly, since then, it has been morphing into one of the worst. I, like others, keep watching in the hopes that the writers might stumble upon a creative bone or two and make this series interesting again, but the simple truth is that "24" "jumped the shark" somewhere between season 3 and 4. I'm amazed that the writers keep leaning on the same tired old cookie cutter formulas; a CTU mole, a disloyal Presidential aide, outlaw Russian operatives on U.S. soil and an always "unnamed" Arab country that wants to either acquire nukes for themselves or to blow up the good 'ol U.S. of A.

Last weeks' closing scene with the miscellaneous Arab taking a gunshot to the leg, falling out a second story window and getting up to run away and lock himself in a vault was the most pathetically comical 24 scenes in recent memory. AND enough with Keifer Sutherland and any potential love interest, the combination of bad acting and bad writing is far more threatening than the would be terrorists on the show.

Give it up people, this long ago stopped being a good show.

March 08 2010 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The negative comments here show why there are 20 episodes of Law and Order on each day. End the show?--and do what .. watch the billion episode of recycled CSI stories? 90 % of what is on TV is designed for IQ's below room temperature. It the same formula---a crime, some clues, question suspects, solve the murder in the last 2 minutes.

You've got nothing to complain about. In regards to Lost--some as said--Oh..time travel has been done already. haha...its like have you ever watched TV before? Its Doctor, Lawyer, Cop--all recycled over and over---yet Time travel has been done before? What?

TV is for dummies for a reason. Be glad there are a few shows that are not.

February 24 2010 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please get rid of Renee. She is the ruin of this season. They made her a nut case that needs to be committed. She's supposed to be strong and they made her a weak mess. Get rid of Dana too and let's concentrate on Jack, Chloe and Pres Taylor. If this is the end of 24 the only time for romance should be the last 5 minutes when Jack goes off with a cured Audrey. Other than that, please don't shove Renee down our throats and make us think that after she stabs him, he's going to fall for her. Come on! Then within the day she's going to make a miraculous recovery and get herself together. Writers, are you kidding me?

February 16 2010 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

number 1 this is not english 101 this is simply a place where prople can state an opinion

February 16 2010 at 12:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Horrible season so far, I dvr it each week and make myself watch it just to see if it will get better. Renee MUST go!!!

February 15 2010 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You all are not true 24 fans!?

Still a great show and a long way to go.

I am enjoying it, apart from the stupidity of those that work at CTU...The director and the analyst are beyond DUMB!

February 12 2010 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tim's comment

the director and analyst are not dumb, the writers are. if you asked me after two season of 24 what I thought, I would have said it was amongst the greatest of all time. Now? One of the worst.

March 08 2010 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If the writers are reading the blogs like they should to be they should know the time has past to wich the blond an her boyfriend an the retard CTU commander need to be killed off so we can get on with the show an render all the disapointment created by these actors that suck. An please people dont insult 24 by comparing it to Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is a good actor but he is no Jack Bouer (Keefer Sutherland) I'm a die hard 24 fan no matter what I'm willing to take the good with the bad but enough is enough

February 12 2010 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I, too, have been disappointed in the storyline with the Dana character and her redneck ex. But I am also wondering if there is going to be a tie-in with the fact that Jack was taken without CTU monitoring. Did Dana drop the ball while dealing with Jethro & Cletus? Somebody there did/didn't do something to cause a loss of surveilance there, so I am interested to see how it develops, and how everything ties together.

February 12 2010 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kill of Dana... that story is unbelivable and boring.

The show did start slow...they need 4 hrs in back to back nights this season to ramp up to excitment...except I am still waiting. Still one of the best shows on tv though.

February 11 2010 at 9:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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