Read this post or Jack Bauer will shoot you in the knee
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I have a confession to make.
I never saw Season 1 of 24.
Premiering just after Sept. 11, 24 was a little too, well, 24-ish, to spark my interest. Plus, we had given up cable for a while, and were mostly borrowing movies from the library and reading. I know that Season 1’s been out on DVD for quite some time, and my husband even rented it and watched it. I saw the final episode of the season.
But so much happens in each season that you kind of need the months in between to recuperate. Season 2, which I previously said was my favorite, sucked me in immediately. The first episode I saw, I think, was Hour 3. A bomb goes off in CTU’s LA headquarters and the stakes only get higher from there. A nuclear bomb blast on American soil happens only halfway through the season? Unbelievable. We needed the hijinks of hapless Kim Bauer as a sort of comic relief.
And now we’re about to embark upon Season 6. The America that Jack, Teri and Kim Bauer lived in lo those many years ago no longer exists. A flesh-eating virus has been loosed on an LA hotel. Nerve gas has been set off in an LA mall. A former president has been assassinated. A sitting president is arrested by U.S. Marshals while giving a eulogy for the assassinated president.
The first season’s plot, of an attempt to assassinate the man who would become the first African-American president in U.S. history, seems so, well, trivial in comparison.
This season opens with the latest in a series of suicide bombings and a secret trade to bring back Jack Bauer from the Chinese. Because, as we all know, only one man can save the U.S.