Originally Posted by lax01
This is by far the worst season of 24...I gave it a shot...I think I'm done forever.
They seriously needed to drop the whole widespread government conspiracy ********... ... And the whole forced overtone of the torture commentary is getting absurd..."BUT WE CAN'T TORTURE HIM, CONGRESS WILL GET US". 24 is taking itself way too seriously again and it shows in all 4 episodes.
The only thing that can save this season is a HUGE body count by Jack...and even that, we haven't seen...lame.
If I once liked a series and liked the characters (at least some of them) I tend to be too forgiving and keep watching. So I will probably keep watching even though I agree with what you say.
I don't recall if "24" was an unexpected hit -- its novel real-time format was certainly an experiment -- but it seems they got locked into the format, which means non-stop action with no time for character development or story explication and they rapidly suffered from threat inflation. What with assassination, nukes and bio-weapons, what's left to top the previous season? ("24" Day 14: the planet Mongo rushes towards Earth and only Flash Bauer...)
There is a hint in this day that recalls what I hoped would happen a few seasons ago after Jack and friends faked his death to protect him from the Chinese and we last saw him walking off alone into the sunset. I hoped the next season would be Jack all alone, coming across an old enemy bent on new misdeeds. Jack could call on Chloe and those few back at CTU who knew he was alive but even they would have to sneak help to him to protect him from the Chinese. No non-stop satellite coverage, no worries about another mole at CTU. A smaller threat would have allowed the threat inflation to be reset to reasonable levels for the next season and maybe a slower pace would have allowed us to get to know a few characters a little better.
(There is one other thing wrong with a succession of overwhelming threats. Almost every politician or commentator who has spoken on the subject of torture allows for the ticking bomb scenario (at least the BIG ticking bomb scenario) and every season of "24" has been just such a scenario; you can't miss the ticking every time a commercial break comes up. We even had a nuclear bomb kill thousands of Americans. It is hard to imagine even the most ignorant, pompous senator talking down to Jack and Jack not bringing up that one event to leave the senator speechless. Smaller but still serious threats would get into the gray area that might give Jack pause and cause him to wait too long before pulling fingernails from a suspect. As it is, were I Jack I would have no doubts about the rightness of my behavior. I would, however, feel like Sisyphus.)