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Wednesday, August 30, 2006


"24" cleaned house at the Emmies. The counter terrorism drama earned four Emmy nominations and won two awards, including best drama and best actor for Kiefer Sutherland. I must admit, I love the show. Yes it can be a little violent. Yes it crosses moral boundaries (the occasional torturing of a suspected terrorist for example). Yes the characters often have to break the rules, but they are trying to save the world. Ultimately, Jack Bauer, the show's heroic counter-terrorist badass, will do whatever it takes to save lives. Jen Kendall explains one example of Jack's principles. But he pays for his choices and sometimes gets a taste of his own medicine. It is good to see a hero who is willing to risk his life hour after hour to save others.

I must also admit a guilty preference for Chloe O'Brien (pictured above). She is the brilliant, yet socially challenged, computer geek who is Jack Bauer's equivalent in cyber-space. She can hack into any system and snoop out any cyber terrorist on the net without cracking a smile. She is not afraid to express her annoyance to just about everyone around her and can shoot condescending looks like no one else on the show. None of them like her, but she is so good at her job that they respect her. I think she's great.

For much better reasons to watch "24" check out LIFE TEEN's top ten reasons why Jack Bauer Rules.


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