Does the end justify the means? It is an age old question haunting secret agents and covert operatives—at least the ones who take the time to think about it. Jack Bauer has thought about it and has tried to leave the life behind; unfortunately for him (but good for us) he will once again be dragged back in to service. This time for a new limited series 24: Live Another Day which will span 12 episodes beginning May 5th on FOX.
So, expect that debate to heat up again. As Wikipedia so succinctly put it “Bauer’s frequent use of torture to gather information has generated much controversy and discussion.” In the series look no further than the head-butting of 24’s Season 7: opening with the Senate Subcommittee hearing; mid-story with Senator Blaine Meyer; and closing with Renee Walker. And in the real world does the “ticking time bomb” scenario justify what Jack does; can we say 24 is just a TV show and the main character’s value judgements are not to be repeated by viewers or law enforcement who might find themselves in a somewhat “similar” situation?
Cut to the recent Super Bowl Sunday. Union Jack and explosions all around on a commercial break. I knew I was about to see a preview of 24’s Bauer since we last saw him on May 24, 2010. It was loud and tense. See for yourself
Plus here’s a little bonus of behind-the-scenes comments. The years don’t look like they’ve been happy ones for Chloe. And I hear she blames Jack. Just more to make it the longest hour of his life. Welcome back 24 and Jack Bauer.