The ladies of “TheView” are at it again. Did you watch the season premiere of Fox’s hit show “24″ the past two nights? Well, the ladies of “The View” didn’t. Yet, they still had several disparaging remarks to say about “24″. Joy Behar said she didn’t watch “24″, but had read about it and she was concerned that people would want to watch a show about Middle Eastern terrorists exploding a bomb in Los Angeles. Wow, who would want to watch a show depicting things so close to reality? I don’t know, maybe the American public?
Rosie O’Donnell opined about already having too much fear in America. Do we need more fear in America? Personally, I think we do. A little bit of fear is a good thing. Fear helps you protect yourself from bad things if used properly. The season premiere of “24” depicts actions taken to protect ourselves from terrorist attacks. What better way to prepare for (and perhaps learn how to prevent) terrorist attacks than by experiencing them, vicariously, through a television series? We’ve only done this in America since we were able to put a story together on the radio. Yet, suddenly, it’s a bad thing. Though “The View’s” audience reacted positively when asked if they watched “24” last night, the ladies of “The View” shot it down like a rabid dog. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am.
“24″ is, in my opinion, a phenomenal action packed television series starring Kiefer Southerland as the determined, self-sacrificing, resourceful and deadly (very deadly) Jack Bauer. “24” and Kiefer Southerland are currently nominated for two 2007 Golden Globe awards and two Screen Actor Guild awards. “24’s” last five seasons have already received several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and awards.
Season six of “24” premiered on January 14 and 15, 2007 in 2 two-hour episodes depicting the first four hours of Day 6 in the life of CTU agent, Jack Bauer. Day 6 picks up approximately 20 months after Day 5 (last season). Jack Bauer has been brought back from a Chinese prison and is to be traded to a terrorist in order to stop terrorist bombings plaguing America. Over the next four hours, Jack manages to escape terrorists that want to torture (and murder) him, save the life of a terrorist turned ally and witness the detonation of a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles. The season premiere of “24” is packed full of everything that makes “24” the most popular drama series on television. So, why did the ladies of The View feel a need to shoot it down?
Unfortunately, politics have permeated every aspect of our existence. One isn’t simply allowed to enjoy a good, fictional, television series any more. On the contrary, one is expected to keep politics at the forefront of their thoughts at all times and judge everything based upon those political leanings. Ridiculous? Maybe so, but it’s true. Since this is now expected, let me give a short, but sweet, review of “24” tainted by my political leanings.
Season 6 of “24” focuses on the horrific reality of terrorist attacks in the United States. For years, Israel has been living within this exact, very real, scenario. “24” allows Americans to experience, vicariously, what it would be like to have the terrorists in Iraq, and other Middle Eastern countries, setup office in America. I think this vicarious experience is a good thing. I think it is vitally important that Americans be forced to wake up and realize the danger we are in from terrorists. If we do not realize and understand the danger we are in, then we will end up living out this terrifying nightmare in an all too real fashion.
The ladies on “The View” also wondered if the Middle Eastern terrorists in “24” were stereotyped. Even though they had not watched “24“, they murmured that it was most likely true. After all, any show about terrorists must be stereotypical, right? Wrong. The season premiere of “24” showed several Middle Eastern character types. There were good Middle Eastern people and bad Middle Eastern people. The Middle Eastern you thought was good, was bad and vice versa. Heck, one Middle Eastern character, thought to be a bloodthirsty terrorist, turned out to be a hero! So, ladies of “The View”, I would really appreciate it if you would actually watch a show before you slice and dice it into little, political pieces of bull$#!&. And folks, be sure to catch the next episode of “24“, it’s an awesome series and, as many are often heard to say, it’s impossibly better than the last season… if that is possible.