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Question About Mythology

Chris, who is Aeneas? I am having trouble placing him in the Greek Mythology Club.


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*Tick! Tock! Tick! Tock!*

Ahhh, 24. The show of craziness. I have very limited experience with 24. I watched a bit of season 4 until I missed a show, and knew immediately that I would be completely lost for the rest of the season, and I watched the tail end of a 24 marathon over my Christmas vacation at Grandma’s house (does a true 24 marathon last 24 hours? Hmmmm). It was season 1, I think, in which President Allstate was still Senator Allstate (yes, <a href=”http://blogs.herald.com/dave_barrys_blog/24/index.html”>Dave Barry</a> has gotten to me, and I can only think of the first 24 president as President Allstate). I watched the last few hours, and loved it. Beware of spoilers down below, and at Mister Barry’s website.

Bauer has one Achilles heel (continuing with the mythology imagery), really, at least in the first few seasons: his family. He basically risks everything to save his daughter, and unexpectedly loses his wife. This crushes him (understandably). If his daughter is still alive, expect her to become involved at some point as standard blackmail. If Jack has no family, then he’s invincible, because he’s not going to care if they are hurt (and probably wants revenge). Chris may be better equipped to answer this question than I am. Also, watch Chloe – she’s just cool and surly. I’m surprised she doesn’t get fired, but then again, they always need the inside person to give Jack info when he’s at odds with CTU, the US Government, and various other entities.

The best part of all of this is that I get to enjoy 24 without watching it – Chris gets to waste all the time for me. Thanks bro!

I leave you with this Dave Barry quote about the US government in 24 World:

UPDATE: Once again the United States government has no control whatsoever over the United States.

That pretty much sums it up. If it weren’t for Jack Bauer, there wouldn’t be anything left of this country.

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24 ate my life

So, after kicking off this blog with a serious post, I’ve decided to drop the seriousness for a second. First off, Brando, how do I add a catagory to this…I’m not exactly sure (but I think I should have a category called “24” because I’ll probably mention it occcansionally.

So now you know where this topic is going. Up until last night, I had only watched the pilot of season 1 and 10 minutes of some random other season. Last night Kiera went to hang out with some friends and watch the season 6 (it is season 6…right?) 2-hour premeire. I was bored at home, so I decided to watch it. Then Kiera and I watched the next 2 hours tonight.

I can officially say that 24 (or, at least, this season) will most likely eat my life. And you know what? I don’t feel bad about that. I honestly haven’t watched almost any tv in a long time (including tv shows). I used to watch 3 shows regularly, but eventually I lost interest and quit. I must admit that this show is one of the most intriguing shows I have ever watched. Yes, it has insane plot twists ripped straight out of today’s headlines. And yes, it is realistic in the sense that all the things that happen could theoretically happen.

But then there’s Jack Bauer, who is basically Achillies, Oddesseus, and Aeneas all crammed into one character. He’s smarter than Oddesseus, who could practically outsmart the gods, yet more invulnerable than Achillies. In the first hour he’ll be tortured almost to death, and then he changes shirts and viola! He’s all better.

This type of seemingly obvious flaw only really makes it more compelling, in a weird way. We know that Jack has to save the day, because he has all 5 other days, and of course will do so again. If he were not almots mythical in his prowess, then the show would become meaningless.

I was surprised with tonight’s ending, though. SPOILER WARNING: They were trying to stop a nuclear bomb in a suitcase…and they got there before the guys could detonate it. There was this scene of uncertainty where one character watches as the terrorist reaches for the swich, and then the screen goes white. The bomb goes off, and thousands of imaginary people died.

The show ended, and the room was silent (except of course for the loud, obnoxious commercials) for at least 2 minutes. Finally I looked at Kiera, and we both burst out laughing at the absurdity of us almost mourning the thousands of people on a tv show that were just depicted as dying. This especially struck me when I realized that people were dying all over the world–many by injustice–yet I feel no grief for them, no mourning, because I am not there. Leave it to 24, the show of insane impossibility coupled with stark reality to make me sad for characters that have no existence outside of a box and my mind!

That’s all I have today



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