And what are they (whoever they are) warning us about? What do they think is so dangerous that we might blanche at the sight? What do they think we can handle?
Well, what has 24 been about since day 1? Listen to Jack (I could mean either Bauer or Nicholson here): honor, loyalty, truth, defending. 24 is a morality play, perhaps not surprisingly twisted by the centuries since their heyday. For example, our only beacon of justice, President Taylor, fell far short of that this year. And, OK, Jack really doesn't really represent humanity as a whole. He is more trying to pull humanity from the brink. So, yeah, I just talked myself out of that dead end of an analogy.
But whether or not 24 is a morality play, it shows us again and again what happens when you live "bad" and what happens when ou do "right." Be nice, tell the truth, don't hurt people (unless you have a good reason, like they're bad), be true to your friends. That's the moral of the story. Look at the bad people--Logan killed his toady, even after toady was so competent, so loyal. Logan then shot himself and will wind up either dead or severly brain damaged--a fine finish to a fine foil. Most/all other baddies, even though they fully believed their cause was just have wound up dead because Jack thought his side was just. President Taylor finally told the truth and took the path to face justice, though I don't see what good that will do. All Jack was trying to do for the last half of this season was tell the truth. And look where that's gotten him: hounded, captured, shot by his best friend (more on that later), finally set free by the truth (the least Taylor could do once she saw the light), but now facing a life on the run, probably with his daughter used as bait to try to flush him out.
Wow, and here I was trying to make a case for the mysterious "they" of the conspiracy that warns us about the show being afraid of the truth. But as I look back on the run of 24 that I've seen over the years, all I see are conflict and dead and tortured souls and bodies and all sides of the conflicts using the same methods, spouting the same reasons, winding up in pretty much the same boat--dead if they're lucky. Yeah, we should use discretion watching this show--there are no good guys, everybody's a bad guy, and nobody escapes unscathed. Life is pain, highness. I sure wish I hadn't watched this show and found out the truth! Oh, wait, it looks like the truth is what "they" were trying to hide all along!
I hope you've enjoyed listening. If I ever think too much again, I'll try to let you know!Sphere: Related Content