Yes, I am one of the many Americans hooked on the TV series, "24," starring Keifer Sutherland. That show has quite literally perfected the suspense-drama cliff-hanger genre. You can't stop watching it - even when you have seen the same plot device used several times (eg. rogue moles at CTU). The premise of averting massive terrorist strikes within a 24-hour time period works amazingly well, and Keifer Sutherland plays his part to a tee.
Unfortunately, I have to rant about something before I lose it... While I have been thoroughly entertained so far, this season is off to a nauseatingly preachy beginning. The writers' tirades against racial profiling and trampling the Constitution for security's sake is anything but opaque. They villainize characters in the system (FBI Agents, Chief of Staff, Cabinet Members, Military Brass, etc.) who have a "do what works right now" attitude, but when it comes to Jack Bauer, anything (anything!) goes. Jack can torture at will on the basis of his instinct and he is a total stud. He can tear someone's jugular out with his teeth instead of waiting for a UN santioned negotiator to intervene on his behalf. But if someone in the administration advocates racial profiling, detainment, or using citizens for recognizance, woe be to that character! They must be evil! Jack is a hero for doing what it takes to "get 'er done," but everyone else with that philosophy sucks! The contradiction between what they are promoting through the hero and demonizing through character monologues disgusts me.
I know, I know. It is a TV show. Let's not get our panties in a bunch. My beef is that the writers are using this show as a platform to spew their thin ideology and pander to popular anti-Bush / Iraq war sentiment. The fact that their spew doesn't square with their main character's basic modus operandi doesn't matter. "Get 'er done," Jack, is the BMOC, but anyone else of that stripe must be corrupt.
Okay, I've said it. Now I can watch in peace... As long as President Palmer's sister shuts her yapper. Leave the preaching to Dr. Boneman.