Jack Bauer, the former American hero and anti-terrorist on the Fox TV hit 24, has now apparently become somewhat of a serial killer and serious anti-hero. I have been a fan of 24, and of Jack Bauer's, since Day 1, and I must tell you how disappointed I am in the way in which writers of 24 have butchered (no pun intended) the character of Jack Bauer.
What are the not-so-creative minds behind 24 thinking? Do they honestly think Jack Bauer fans are enjoying watching him more or less going berserk on us, and killing just about anyone in sight? Not only that, but Jack Bauer is killing people in extremely gruesome and violent ways. All of these murders presumably stem from the loss of his love, Renee Walker, who was brutally shot down a few episodes ago. I frankly find this reasoning hard to believe, and the change in Jack Bauer's character is difficult to accept.
With only 2 hours remaining until 24 finally ends forever (at least on television, because there might be a 24 movie in the works), I can't believe I'm writing these words, but the fact is that I am almost glad the show is ending. Fans can thank the leftist liberals who took over the production of 24 after conservative Joel Surnow, one of the original creators of 24, quit a while back. When Joel Surnow was running the show, the basic plot had a much more conservative bent from week to week, with a heavy emphasis on fanatical Muslim terrorists whose purpose in living was to destroy America. There were liberal slips once in a while, but now the liberal slips have become fatal errors, and it is my belief that this is why 24 is no longer going to be seen on television after the show ends next week.
I am sad that Kiefer Sutherland agreed to the character change, especially since Kiefer Sutherland might have had a say about this, since he is one of the producers of 24. Perhaps my time can soon be spent more wisely in the reading of a good Jane Austen book on Monday nights. In reading the writings of Jane Austen, it is automatically a sure thing that I will learn something. At least I won't get a dose of "let's see how nauseated we can make our viewers before the show ends."
Am I still planning on watching the final two hours of 24 next week? Yes. I do want to know how the series ends, and, in spite of my bitter disappointment in Jack Bauer, I still hope for his redemption.
*This post was originally published on May 18, 2010 at 7:21 PM.