The Last season of 24 for myself

Call in Richards, its time for torture!

Spoiler alert! I have watched up to episode 19 of the show 24, if you are watching on TV in the UK and do not want to know whats happening in 24. Please do not read this entry.

OK I'm putting my hands up! This is the last season of I will be watching unless a U-Turn is done in the last 5 episodes. Sarah wrote a entry about this exact issue but I got my own unique way of covering this area. But first let me explain why me and Sarah are so pissed off with 24

This season of has highlighted torture in ways which previous seasons have never done. Yes they had torture but in season 4 they have gone too far. I mean they are torture everyone who is supected of being a terrorist. But in episode 18 they went a step too far, a suspect which was captured with a supected terrorist was pulled into CTU (counter terrorism unit) and was about to be torture when Amnesty Global steped in and stopped them. Yes thats right Amnesty Global and they were called by the head terrorist when the suspect was captured as a way of stalling CTU from getting information out of him. (I mean this is so wrong on so many levels). Then this lawyer was poirtrayed as smug and getting in the way of the justice process. (yeah and some people actually believe this?). According to Sarah, this lawyer played a similar smug role to the one he played on Sex in the City (Evan Handler). (this could be pure chance or more likely a thought in the producers when hiring him). Anyhow, most of the CTU staff saw Amnesty international sorry, global (yes its so obvious that you cant help but accidentally say it – more on this later) getting in the way. Then the camera turns to Jack, who is the star of the show who just came in from one of his mini missions and I thought for one moment Jack would put them all right. But I was so wrong, yep so wrong! Jack turns round and can not believe this smug lawyer is getting in the way. He actually at one point questions the lawyer and comes to the conclusion that with the 10mins of capturing the suspect and this lawyer turning up, Amnesty international global must have had there strings pulled by the terrorist (make of the link what you will).
Anyhow, they never quite finished the issue as Jack came to the idea that letting the suspect go and leaving his job would be enough to allow him to torture the suspect without a link back to CTU. So when the suspect finally left CTU (yeah even he spelt the trap and wanted to stick around CTU) without the lawyer, Jack was waiting and broke his fingers till he told him the information he wanted to hear. In which sidestepping the political mess they had got themselves into earlier in the episode. Clever but in which opening up a can of worms about taking the law into your own hands.

Anyway, this certainly isn't where it ends. Me and Sarah are going to edit 24 and put it online for people to see and decide for themselves. If all goes well, we may also start going back through previous episodes and start pulling out previous tortures. This is all very timely when you have the tortures of Abu Ghraib. And lets also not forget the mass beating in our jails and prisons everyday. Yep as Sarah says, 24 has made its final steps over the line and into strictly Government Propaganda. There free to do what they like, but I do not need to watch no more.

Some reaction to 18th Hour/episode of 24.

Only 6 more hours…

Some things I learned from last night's 24:
1) It's okay for the government to torture maybe-terrorists to gain information
2) Amnesty International is able to help protect said maybe-terrorists
3) Keifer is total badass. Okay, this isn't new. I already knew this. But I think I heard about 12 fingers breaking when he was torturing Joe Prado. Is that possible?

Ryan wrote Why I hate Fox, Fox has ruined 24. He sounds honestly more pissed off that even me and Sarah.

Aside from the very, very obvious dig at Amnesty International, a well-respected NGO that works to stop persecution and torture around the world, Fox is clearly pushing the agenda that American agents should be free to use torture whenever and wherever they see fit.

He goes on and talks about Abu Ghraib and extreme situations. But then turns his attention to something which me and Sarah noticed but didnt get around to talking about because we so outraged with the torturing.

If this wasn't enough, the new President is essentially a poorly-done caricature of John Kerry. I think the only way they could've painted him as a weaker, more indecisive character would be if they had him begging the terrorists not to hurt him. It was brutal. Oh, and of course he agreed with “Amnesty Global”, so he's clearly the enemy of freedom.

Robert puts it bluntly, 24 – a right winger's wet dream.

Since the beginning of this season, I've noticed Jack Bauer's increasing bloodlust when it comes to torturing possible terrorist suspects.

Last night, the right-wing, fascistic neocon agenda was crystallized as never before.

Air Force One has been shot down, and the president is in critical condition. The 25th amendment has been invoked and the VP sworn in. The new president is portrayed as weak, fearful and indecisive — and his worst crime seems to be that he wants to check the legality of the issue before allowing Jack to torture an American citizen who hasn't been charged with anything. Why, that weasel! I was waiting for them to reveal that he's also gay.

But the first of the two really evil characters in last night's episode was the slimy “Amnesty Global” lawyer (read: ACLU) who wants to protect the terrorist; after all, it's clear that the ACLU hates America and loves terrorists.

Oh, and don't think we didn't catch the plot point that it was the terrorist leader who called in the ACLU, I mean, the “Amnesty Global” lawyer in the first place, because we all know that the ACLU is controlled by terrorists.

The other evil character was the unnamed and unseen “two-bit judge” who issued a restraining order that the American citizen who hasn't been charged with anything should not be tortured or have his Constitutional rights violated. Because we all know, after all, that judges love terrorists and hate America, that's why we simply MUST do away with an independent judiciary.

Malvolio joins in the kicking of Fox. Okay, 24 just jumped the shark.

But even more so, this is an obvious dig at all lily-livered liberal wimps who would rather protect evil people's rights than destroy terrorism. Except in Fox's fevered wingnut paranoid view of the universe, this could never happen. No judge would issue such an order without a hearing. Most judges, actually, defer to government (and then there's that secret Federal Intelligence Court that almost never turns down any requests for wiretaps or search warrants). This is complete bullshit, except on Fox.

Others talk about some of the other mistakes made in the previous 24. Some random 24 Thoughts

Jefferson City Iowa? There is no Jefferson City Iowa.
So they send in 15 agents to arrest one potential terrorist, but they send in only Jack to pick up the nuclear codes?
The Secretary of State /images/emoticons/laugh.gifick Cheney look-a-like) stated that the convoy was struck in mountain area….in Iowa? Really?

. He also highlights the fact the liberal lawyer gets into a Mazda Miata, which indicates he could be gay too? Sarah also shouted at the TV when they suggested an area between Illinois and Iowa which has mountainous terrain.

Anaxila Babbles outlines the plot of the last 20mins better that I did.

1. the good guys caught the bad guy down “by the pier” and
2. transported him back to their field office in the middle of LA, where
3. they prepared a nice menu of torture but were
4. interrupted by the arrival of a pesky Amnesty International (excuse me, “Amnesty Global”) lawyer* – in person – who was
5. waving a court order from a Federal judge requiring that the lawyer be present for any conversations with said prisoner.

And leaving the best to last, found through my search in Blogdigger. television without pity's take on hour 18.

Hey, you! Yeah, you. Are you opposed to your government using torture to get information on terrorists? Do you think that organizations like Amnesty International actually do important work? Do you believe in the rule of law, due process, civil rights, and the Constitution? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the writers and producers of 24 would like you to know that you're a fucking pussy.

I like Monkeys and Typewriters thought there could be some wicked twist to the whole thing going on in 24, but like him/her episode 18 pretty much blew that out of the water. 24 is turning lame, its lost its edge. From the mistakes there making about mountains in Iowa (even I have been there and witness how flat that state is) to the stupid hyper time its taking people to get from one place to another, its getting silly! But if it was only that I could dump it and fill my time with something far better. bring in Richards is being used far too much and the politics is getting crazy now! The fine people at Amnesty International must be dumb struck at this lame attempt of American Government Propaganda. I dread to think whats going to happen next week, but I'm sure John Kerry, vice…, chicken…, damm it! Presendant pussy will do something very unpopular and maybe be overruled by Dick Cheney, I mean his look-a-likey….

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