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Art Mimics Life: Obama Holding Jack Bauer Hostage?

When the new season of 24 kicked off last night, hero Jack Bauer was the subject of a congressional investigation looking into his hasty executions and use of torture. The Telegraph quotes Bauer, who said:

We've done so many things in the name of protecting this country, we've created two worlds. Ours and the people's we've promised to protect. They deserve to hear the truth and decide how far they want to let us go.

Bauer's sharp turn left is now torturing conservatives, who appreciated 24 as a beacon of Hollywood hope in a sea of liberal films, actors, and TV shows. Vocal conservatives say that before Obama, the show took seriously the threat of terrorism, along with the necessity of using extreme measures to protect innocent Americans.

Do you think the show is kowtowing to liberal bullies, or is the plot just trying to stay relevant?

Photos courtesy of Fox

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Myst Myst 8 years
24 KICKED MAJOR A** tonight. 2 wonderful hours of Jack Bauer and yay! Tony isn't didn't turn completely dirty :D
janneth janneth 8 years
My addiction is LOST, and I cannot afford another. But even though 24 is a tv show, entertainment, it is a huge reflection of our times. When a show like this shifts its ideology, even if it is only a perception of a shift, it is politically meaningful, even if just for analysis and discussion. And I do believe it could be kowtowing, i.e,. jumping on the bandwagon.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
I never watched 24. I heard it was addictive and the last thing I need is to be addicted to another crappy TV show. Isn't it bad enough that I can't miss an episode of GG or Lost? That being said, I don't think they are going to change the ideology behind 24 at this stage in the game. What they've been doing has been working so far hasn't it?
liliblu liliblu 8 years
sugaryamy I'm so glad Tony's back. Even if he's gone bad.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Excellent source of protein
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I prefer chewing food. But if shoes are your thing....who am I to judge?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
GS, slippers are more fun to chew anyway.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Ohh, I just realized... :oops: I meant "theme of the show" way up top. :oops:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I gave up shoe chewing as a resolution this new years. I miss it.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
The theme of the shoe anyway.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
For chewing?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I agree with Jude, SHOES should be thoughtfully considered! :wink:
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
The farther we get away from 9/11 the less seriously we take terrorism. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I think at first we overcompensated for what happened and I think we've reached a point where we're far enough away from what happened to see it clearly. Then we will reach a point where we are too far away and won't take the threat seriously enough. I don't think it's Obama that changed the show's views on terrorism. It's time
sugaryamy sugaryamy 8 years
I didn't plan on watching this season of 24 because I figured it would be played out, but I've got to say that the first 15 minute segment had me reeling. However, it's just entertainment for me. I don't want to read much into it. Except maybe that Tony Almeida is back and sexier than ever.
geebers geebers 8 years
despite what people think the show is- I love it. It's tv- and it is can be extreme and implausible at times but is the show and that is the point!
Lukin Lukin 8 years
That quote was more of a self-commentary by Jack Bauer on his own actions than about politics as a whole. It's never been about the politics as much as it has been about making decisions in the heat of the moment, and about the actions of one man.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
No matter which "direction" they are leaning towards, once a show goes so far in one direction, they HAVE to go back the other way. They lose audiences if they get so extreme that it becomes absurd...which I think "24" has already past that mark.
ladyr ladyr 8 years
I watched the show, and they did open it up a little bit with the quote above, but Jack also said that he did not regret what he had done. The show is about the serious nature of fighting terrorism and some of the sacrifices that have to be made, but it has always showed the moral problems that go along with certain decisions as well. It's just a tv show, and people shouldn't watch it if they don't like what's portrayed. Personally, I will still be watching for now.
Myst Myst 8 years
UH.... blasphemy haus... just blasphemy. Now I need to go pray to the gods of 24 to beg forgiveness for you.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
The best ep of 24 was the South Park spoof on it! :)
Myst Myst 8 years
hey I love 24 to the point of being obsessed with it and I'm a liberally incline so this whole is a bunch of bs in IMHO
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I don't even understand what's the problem. Someone please explain it to me.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I love 24. Always have. But it's a fictional show. I don't assign any more meaning to it than that.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
I never jumped on the 24 bandwagon, but I sincerely doubt that such a quote will change the nature of Jack Bauer. As for Citizen, leftovers get old...REAL fast.
stephley stephley 8 years
You'd have to threaten my family with more than a bic to get me to watch 24. yech.
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