Blowing the Whistle on "24"
I know where the show is going, and if you're a fan, this news may come as a shock to you.
On the other hand, this insight might make the show far more entertaining to you.
Still with me?
Here's the deal:
I've been a fan -- no, an addict -- of 24 since it came out about six years ago. I watched every episode, sometimes holding my breath for nearly a minute as I wondered if a character would live or die. Most of the characters - except Jack Bauer -- die, of course.
And that's a clue.
I've even rearranged my schedule so I didn't do teleseminars or speaking engagements on the nights 24 aired. This was a dumb thing to do from a business standpoint -- after all, we do have Tivo -- but I wanted to see the shows "real time."
I've also collected all the DVDs, the books, and anything directly related to the show. I've felt the show is the most dramatic thing on television in maybe forty years, harking back to the 1960s with the addictive TV show The Fugitive starring David Janssen.
24 is far better, far more intense, and far more gruesome.
And that's another clue.
So, what's my big discovery?
In nearly every episode Jack Bauer demonstrates almost superhuman powers. He never stops to pee, drives through a fast food joint to keep his blood sugar level, or takes a nap.
Yet he gets in car accidents, plane accidents, and is repeatedly tortured, and he still walks away.
Now, this is curious.
I just had surgery. The doctor removed my appendix. All things considered, it's a relatively minor thing. Still, I couldn't walk after surgery and can barely move around now, three days later.
When Nerissa came to get me at the hospital, it took me forever to bend into her car.
So if Jack is getting beat up and tortured weekly, he must not be human.
And that's the secret.
Jack Bauer is not human.
I predict that the show will eventually reveal him to be a government cyborg or some sort of advanced Artificial Intelligence Robot.
He might even turn out to be from another planet, but let's stay "real" here.
You heard it here first.
PS -- Truth is, installing violent images of mass destruction in your head is not healthy from a metaphysical view. If you can watch it for entertainment alone, fine. But 24 is designed to dig into your gut. So I'd say it would be hard to resist their programming. Unless, of course, you're a government cyborg like Jack Bauer.
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