So, I’m sad, but also excited, about the fact that 24 is finishing its small screen run at the end of this, its 8th, season. However, it’s not the end of our fearsome friend, Jack Bauer, as he’s headed for bigger and better screens–namely those of the silver variety!
This fast-paced, riveting, real-time, action television series (think I have enough modifiers here?) about a very good man, a trained soldier and (at the beginning of the series) head of the Los Angeles Branch of CTU (Counter-Terrorism Unit). Throughout the years, he must do the right thing at all personal and professional costs so save the day–and his decisions, while they succeed in the end, generally come with a price. Essentially, we learn that sometimes the ends do justify the means, and they make a good argument for that idea.
24 is a real-time show, meaning that each hour of television is actually a real hour of time in the show, which generally means that they’re constrained to a single city for the season, so that they aren’t spending all their time driving around–even though sometimes they have to spend a little time doing so, but they usually have intense phone conversations while doing so. They utilize split-screen display to great effect, and the ticking clock provides a real sense of pace and urgency.
They’ve won multiple awards, had a great cast of recurring and guest stars throughout their run, and I’m looking forward to finishing this season, getting ready to see some movies!