I watched the last two hours last night (5:00 - 7:00 p.m.) in preparation for tonight’s episode. Have you seen them? What’d you think?
There’s a writing lesson to be learned from 24.
See, the past two hours have been sadly devoid of any opportunities to make fun of 24, and no gripping moments to admire. Its charm are the twists, layers, and preposterous acts of Jack Bauer. Aside from the moment when he dismissed his commanding officer's orders with a wave of his hand, he’s been pretty much doing what he planned to do and what we know he had to do.
Maybe he’s getting tired. It’s been a long day for him.
The thing about foreshadowing and plot is that even though what happens is usually a given, it must happen in an unexpected or surprising or original way. If you foreshadow such and such is going to happen, and then it happens exactly as planned, it’s boring.
So what do we expect from 7:00 p.m.? We know they’re going to track Gredenko. We know they’re going to fail in some way: we still have quite a few more hours to go.
I started to admire Lennox at 6:00 p.m., but he disappointed me at the end. We all know the vice-president was behind the assassination attempt. How long will it take for the plot to be uncovered? Because we know it’ll be uncovered. How and when?
And then there’s Jack. He’s supposedly going to have a "devastating setback." Therein lies our hope for 7:00 p.m.!