TV Club: 24: Legacy strains plausibility as it sets up a new mission

One of the most fascinating (and uncomfortable) aspects of 24 has always been trying to figure out an ideological throughline for the series. You could argue there isn’t one, at least not one that remains consistent over the entire run, and that could be true. I don’t know as anyone working behind the scenes is trying to make a point beyond basics like “Systems will fail you” and “Heroism is requires sacrifice.” Yet there are certain assumptions made that are so at odds with my own perspective that I’m sometimes at a loss as to what’s actually being communicated. In a way, that’s one of the reasons I’ve been willing to follow the series as long as I have: it feels like I’m getting a glimpse of a different perspective than we usually see on television, however unpleasant that perspective may be.

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