The Airing of Grievances
Sunday, January 09, 2005
Jack Bauer For President
As usual, the incomparable Frank Rich's latest piece, in today's Times, is a must-read. Rich points out that the only ones who seem concerned with the very real threat of a terrorist attack on American soil these days are purveyors of fiction:
This show is having none of President Bush's notion that Iraq is "the central front in the war on terror." In "24," the central front of that war is the American home front, not Mosul. "We weren't thinking of the war in Iraq when we came up with this story," said Joel Surnow, the show's co-creator, when I spoke with him last week. On "24," they're thinking about Islamic terrorism instead of Baathist insurgents, about homeland security instead of the prospects for an election in the Sunni triangle.Makes you feel safe, don't it?
By common consent, 2004 was the year that Jon Stewart's fake news became more reliable for many viewers than real news. As 2005 begins, we must confront the prospect that a fictional TV action hero is more engaged with the war on terror than those in Washington who actually have his job.
On a related note, I just finished watching the two-hour season premiere of "24" - twenty minutes in, I wanted so badly to turn it off and forget about this season, what with all of the melodramatic dialogue that neatly ties up missing information in one or two lines (the rage-inducing absence of Elisha Cuthbert was explained in a sentence), the frustrating "you-just-missed-him" cliffhangers, the horrible acting, and, well, the rage-inducing absence of Elisha Cuthbert .
But you got me, Fox. Uncle. Bravo. You gave me that sweet pap that I need in my life and I can't wait until tomorrow night's episodes. The addition of Kim Raver wasn't a bad move either. Almost makes up for what's really missing this season.