I have military friends who watch 24 religiously. I was talking to some of my co-workers yesterday about 24, and
Maybe I wouldn't be so worried about Bauer's antics if they didn't match reality so closely.they love it, too. My physical therapist says that it's his second favorite show besides Lost ("Lost" drives me bonkers by the way; I'd rather go shopping at Wal-Mart on Black Friday).
The other night I tuned in to the first episode of 24 season number 7, and I did not like what I saw.
Jack Bauer was being interrogated by some Senate committee. When asked whether he tortured a supposed terrorist named Ibrahim Hadad, he smugly replied, "According to the Geneva convention...yes...I did."
When asked whether he had detained Hadad without due process, and whether he had used extreme interrogation methods on him, he proudly replied "yes, sir", and he said that he had "probably" broken procedure.
The situation under which the torture had occurred was that a busload of 45 people, ten of whom were children, was about to be blown up, and Bauer knew that Hadad knew who was going to do the bombing. So he tortured him. And he saved the children.
24 seems to be--based on the one episode I've seen, as well as what I've heard other people say about nuclear bombs hidden somewhere in Los Angeles and other such truck, a series about "ticking time bombs" None of these scenarios is likely to ever happen, but what I'm afraid of is that most watchers of 24 have been or will become convinced that these things are likely to happen in a terrorism-saturated world, and that therefore Jack Bauer is justified in using any means to thwart these supposed likelihoods.
In other words, Jack Bauer is above the law--and most of us seem to be proud of it.
Maybe I wouldn't be so worried about Bauer's antics if they didn't match reality so closely.
Did I catch the essence of this well-produced but very dangerous program? Or am I way off base?