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Thoughts on the return of 24

With 24 coming back on, I've been surfing around the net seeing what I can find out about the show. Not so much spoilers (which they are doing a remarkable job of keeping from the casual viewer) but more about how the show is being received.

I had found this really nice article a couple of days ago over at the AV Club 24 revolutionized TV drama—then disappeared down a memory hole. It wasn't a review of the show but rather a nice piece on the show itself and it's place in tv history. What I really liked about it was the the piece recognized that viewers, especially in the final seasons, had a hard time separating the show from whatever politics they identified with the series.

Actually, there's a whole lot of meta that can be written about how the politics (actual, supposed, or accused) of the show/actor/creator is seen as more important than the art that people create. A fact that's being demonstrated over at Hugo awards right now. I still see it in some of the reviews about 24, but hey, I guess that people need to have their little "Cognitive Schemas" (aka stereotypes) going so that they don't have to actually spend time thinking about every little thing that comes their way.

The nice thing about the AV Club piece is that it acknowledged that this was taking place and it was hopeful that it would be overcome in time. The AV Club didn't actually review the series premiere, but rather just meta-ed about it. While I absolutely adore meta, I was looking for something more along the lines of "just what the 24-fans called for" so that I can happily wait for the show to come on.

What I really want is more of what they gave me for 8 seasons -- with all of the annoying parts cut out. What's interesting is that it's really hard to find a lot of actual "reviews" out there. Most of the articles don't quite know what to do with the show and all of them have a hard time doing what the AV Club said was always a problem: separating the atmosphere surrounding the show from the show itself.

A lot of the articles also spend a great deal of time analyzing numbers and talking about demographic and artistic changes that have happened in the 4 years since the show went off the air. They always try to come up with a prediction on whether or not this will be the "last" we see of Jack Bauer. The show runners, as show runners are wont to do, hedge their bets. To quote: "We designed this as a single event to tell the story of what happened to Jack Bauer after he went into exile," Coto says. "We're not sitting around pitching next season or holding out hope. But because we love the show and we love the characters in it we can't help from time to time throw out ideas for where, if the chance arose, where we would take this. Creatively, we could take this much further and would be excited to do so, but we also designed this to end where it ends. And if that's the case, we think it will be a fitting end to the saga."

Now while I would watch Jack endlessly, I know not everyone thinks that way. So I will take what I can get. And I did find some nice articles that made me happy.

This is a nice piece on Mary Lynn Rajskub's Chloe O'Brian over at the NY Daily News. Since Jack is the steadfast hero, the show does need someone to show the effects of the world he lives in and they are making Chloe that person. Which is great. Well, it's not great because I really don't want anything tragic to have happened to her husband and son, but this being 24 bad things happen to loved ones all the time. So I'm not holding my breath on that one.

There's another piece in the Oregonian that I find fun only because the creators admit that they have a hard time remembering which characters are still alive in the show. And it's nice to know all the work that goes into Wikipedia isn't completely wasted.

However, the one that really make me happy is in Newsday. It doesn't spoil anything that hasn't already been on the ads but ends with this: Meanwhile, every classic "24" trick and trope is here to remind us why we got so excited about this show in the first place.

And for the requisite contemporary touches, "Live Another Day" is a banquet of current affairs issues -- or at least a salad bar at TGIF. Drones, Afghanistan and leaked government documents -- cue Edward Snowden -- are all key plot points. But at least in the opening hours, they feel more like like grappling hooks used to drag Jack and his latest "worst day" up to date, as opposed to half-baked attempts at political commentary (or relevancy).

"24," in other words, is still thankfully "24."

And since he gave it a B+, I'm sure I'm going to love it.


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