Last Night’s TV – 24: Day 8

by Lynn Connolly

So Jack’s back and as ever, there was stuff exploding, more double crosses than a reworked word search and of course, gun play, but isn’t it just a bit, over?

And isn’t it all a bit too boys-n-their-toys and really rather predictable now?

I can’t fault the execution of the whole 24 concept though; it must take some powerful editing to get it right, but really, once you’ve got over the novelty of that, is there much left to commend 24?

It’s all pretty corny in my opinion, though I must confess, I’ve only seen random episodes so perhaps I’d be more into it if I watched every episode from the get go, but I find it rather tiring.

It’s not so much action packed as over-packed; there’s barely a second goes by without something loud going on or someone being killed or making statements of the glaringly obvious, such as “We’re in trouble here” or that good old retainer, “They have someone on the inside.”

Someone On The Inside is always handy because it allows the writers to skip awkward plot questions such as, ‘how could anyone possibly know that?’ Because there’s Someone On The Inside of course.

Mind you, to be fair, there were some rather more tame moments, such as Jack in the role of grandpa, but they don’t last long and there aren’t many of them. And even when they’re on, you’re just waiting for the bullet or the explosion.

Then there’s the issue of Jack’s recovery from that supposedly deadly bug; he’s still alive so it wasn’t that deadly. However, when someone had been that ill, would they be up and running and taking the helm so soon after being so ill? I think not…

Overall, I have to say, I think Jack should insist that nobody force him out of his retirement again. He needs a break from the regular monotony of avoiding death and saving the universe. It’s hard work you know; it’s even knackering to watch so I won’t be mourning too long if the rumours of this being the last series are true.

How about you?

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.