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Thursday, September 01, 2005

24 hour addiction

Thanks to the brilliance of Netflix, I’ve had a steady stream of Fox’s 24. An action packed thriller about a day in the life of CTU (counter terrorist unit) rogue agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). The catch of the show is that everything runs in real time so a whole season is just one 24 hour day.

I take extreme satisfaction watching Jack running around and basically opening a barrel full of whoop-ass on anyone standing in his way. For example, in the first hour of season 2, Jack shoots a criminal known for kiddie porn in cold blood and chops his head off to use as a bargaining tool to covertly get into a group of thugs, so he can get some leads to finding a nuclear bomb set to go off in LA within the day. I know work at Ghostbot can be stressful, but I usually spend my first hour of the work day looking through blogs and gomer news.

The real time element of the show adds this crazy tension to the already compelling plot. Now things get a little outlandish from time to time (there are cougars at one point!) but it’s some exciting TV and a real good show to binge on, especially since you can watch the first 3 seasons on Netflix or your nearest video store. Posted by Picasa


Blogger Jared Chapman said...

I have to admit: I have never seen a single episode of 24. It feels good to have that off my chest. Because of your well written article about it, the next time I'm in the video store, aimlessly wandering isle after isle, I'll put back the Ernest movie in my hand and look for the first season. Thanks for the suggestion.

10:26 AM  
Blogger James Baker said...

I really enjoyed the first season. even though you are with them minute by minute, supposedly for 24 hours, you never see them taking "a potty break" during an episode. Maybe THAT's why everyone seems so tense, like they are ready to explode?

Or, I guess all the characters in the show could be going to the bathroom during the commercial breaks... that's when the viewers do it.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I haven't seen an episode of this series but am compelled to make judgements against it. Ha ha! Ok, I can make the leap of stopping a nuclear war in a day but when it's 5 seasons down the road and the threats get bigger and bigger, you just have to stop and think... this guy's having the worst week EVER!

1:35 PM  
Blogger roque said...

That's called "relatability" for Ghostbot...

2:05 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Watch out Jared... that first season is gut wrenching!

Jamie, you have a pretty good theory there. Maybe they can crank it up a notch and start season 5 in a taqueria. That way Jack can start the tension with a bad case of mud butt.

Mr. Lookback, so far each season of 24 takes place year(s) after the last season. Yes, otherwise that would be the worst week ever.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Oh boy, we've been hearing Alan rave about 24 at Ghostbot headquarters for a while now. Usually the way it goes is he tells us how good something is and keeps going on and on until we finally watch it "geez!! ok!!" and then immediately upon watching we say "you said it was good, but why didn't you say it was THIS GOOD??? I can't stop watching!!!!"

So I'm sure I'll get to 24 in the near future... and I'm sure it will kick my hiney.

12:08 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

For those who don't care and just want to jump in the middle of things, A&E is showing the entire 4th season of 24 starting Sunday morning.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love 24, the suspense kills me- they do seem to get a LOT done in an hour though, especially those chopper flights during commercials ;)

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi everyone, My names Amber and I'm a former 24 addict too...(first ep, mind you)

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

er, first season, that is. -Amb

12:54 PM  

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