OK, “24” is back-the two night season premiere was shown on January 14th and 15th. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) the long-suffering and do whatever it takes counter terrorism guy, is back to save us all from the black knight of terrorism again.
For anyone who might be unfamiliar with the show, each season (this is number 6) is supposed to be a day in the life of Bauer and those around him as they tackle terrorism. I watched (and liked) the first season. Since then, I have only caught the sporadic episode. I haven’t found anything in the show worthy of my interest and don’t see that changing with season 6. And even more, I find that some of the elements in season 6 are quite troubling. If a person is to believe the story line, then some troubling assumptions must be made.
The only good intel comes from torture. Seems like all the intel gathered through traditional means is tainted, misleading, or just plain wrong. It takes Jack or someone else getting really nasty for any good information to come out. Not only wrong, but dangerously misleading. Was Cheney a story consultant?
There are no Muslims that can be trusted. It seems that even the “good Muslims” can be bad and even the ones that are good are only self-motivated and tainted. And if you trust a Muslim, you risk the future of America. And when the show highlights the ugly side of vigilante redneck racism, it does it tongue-in cheek. A white family befriends Muslim neighbors and defend them in the face of vigilantes out to hurt them. Turns out, the redneck was right, the kid next door was a terrorist. And the family that defended them is made to look like stooges.
We must give up rights. Characters on the show who take positions that support Constitutional rights are portrayed as hindering the mighty Bauer and friends who only live to keep us safe. And speaking of Jack Bauer-how many times must he save us all before we believe him? In the season opener the President doesn’t listen to Jack, and of course he should have.
And now much is being said about the explosion of a nuclear device in Los Angeles. It’s an interesting plot ploy, but it’s not a new one. I have no intention of watching “24” and wish that more Americans would make the same choice. Or if they do choose to watch, they view it as overblown entertainment. To me, “24” takes the real issues surrounding terrorism and shows them through the same lens that President Bush looks through. And as we are learning, that is a very misleading lens.