JUMPING THE SHARK WITH JACK
Well here we go again, 24 is back.
Jack Bauer, the ultimate post 9/11 hero,
will use his cell phone, torture and MacGuyverian ingenuity to thwart the best efforts of Middle Eastern terrorists, the ubiquitous inner circle of treasonous civil servants in the White House and still manage to save the day... and do it all in real time.
Now I love Kiefer_Sutherland, I mean for gawdsake he is the grandson of Tommy Douglas the Father of Universal Medicare and voted most influential Canadian in history!
Kiefer is the son of uber quirky Canadian Actor Donald Sutherland and before winning an Emmy for playing Jack Bauer on 24 Kiefer was probably most famous for being dumped at the altar by Julia Roberts and being a member of the 80s cinematic brat pack.
Now suspension of disbelief is one thing but 24 expects much more than that from it's devotees...
I think that despite the ludicrous situations and knowing full well that eventually Jack will prevail, we still watch this techno whiz-bang extravanganza because all of the geeky computer stuff is seductively counterbalanced with cruel and unusual punishment for the bad guys .
So Season 6 started tonight and here we go...
despite being tortured in a Chinese Prison for 20 months Jack is transported back to the States thanks to a ludicrous deal sanctioned by his old friend the President so that Jack can to be turned over to an Arab Terrorist in exchange for information leading to the whereabouts of another Arab Terrorist who the President is going to send helicopters to locate and blow up his secret hideout that just so happens to be in the middle of suburban L.A but whatever....
...so within one hour (the show runs in real time which was it's inital hook) despite his hiatus in a Chinese prison Jack manages to miraculously recapture his strength, escape from a seemingly impossible scenario and set the stage for another season of mayhem and suspense.
is a term credited to an episode on Happy Days and
"is a metaphor that was originally used to denote the tipping point at which aTV series is deemed to have passed its peak, or has introduced plot twists that are illogical in terms of everything that has preceded them"
24 probably jumped the shark right out of the gate back in Season 1 but I have watched it regardless thanks to our hero Jack Bauer whose tenacity, techno wizardry and his predilection for dispensing brutal eye for an eye frontier justice in real time.
All of the great American (guy movie) cinematic elements are here..
Jack is an underdog, a selfless warrior who overcomes gargantuan obstacles, a Dirty Harry who is as adept with handling a .45 as he is with saving the world with a Computer or Cell Phone. Of course he gets tortured every Season with the best of them ala Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon mode or a Die Hardian Bruce Willis (you know the drill) but Jack Bauer always gets mad, back up on his feet and then he gets 'even'.
But after watching 24 tonight it occurred to me that this may have been the most ridiculous launch to date....
it is Shark Jumping at it's finest...
and I don't seem to care..
but I am acutely aware of it..
but Jumping the Shark is so much fun,
just ask the FONZ! AAYYYY!