Tonight would have seen the exciting two hour opening episode of 24. on Fox. Alas, the writers strike has delayed and possibly killed the season altogether with no guarantee that they will ever be able to get everyone back together and pretend to save America, vanquish her enemies, and not go to the bathroom for 24 hours.
To quote that famous philosopher and American hero Bugs Bunny, “What a revoltin’ development.” For the last three years I have immersed myself in the doings of Jack and Co. as few have, all to bring you, my loyal readers a summary of their adventures delivered with my signature snark and original allusions to history and literature. For three years, I took this show way too seriously, committing myself to late nights and very early mornings just so I could satisfy the appetite of many of you for reliving the episode and most importantly, speculating on what was to come next.
For a brief time, I gave very serious consideration to writing my own season of 24 and putting it on the blog as if each episode had been broadcast the night before. But the amount of work that I would have to put into the project would have been prohibitive. After all, the show itself has a half dozen senior writers with a dozen or so assistants. I would be trying to duplicate the effort of all those people plus write summaries of the episodes as I have in the past.
I have worked without a net on this site several times – witness my “Live blogging Gettysburg” and “Live blogging the Continental Congress.” I didn’t have a clue how those projects would turn out when I began them. Judging by comments and my own honest appraisal, they weren’t a total disaster.
However, writing and commenting on an entire fictitious season of 24 would just be too much work. I’m afraid I would get tired of it after a while and put in an inferior effort – the product of other, more pressing commitments for which I am paid cash money and cannot allow to slide.
I also was tempted to follow the new Fox show “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” but would hate to get stuck following a show that I didn’t like.
I will miss my weekly dose of Jack. I will miss Chloe’s bitchiness. I will miss seeing Jack violate the Constitution with impunity thus driving liberals insane. I will miss wondering when they are going to put Jack out of his misery and kill him off – his death being the only thing he has left that is truly his own. I will miss the broken plot threads, the insanely unlikely plot twists, the politically correct characters, the gee-whiz tech stuff at CTU, and the mayhem.
So tonight, when you hit your knees, pray that the producers relent a little and the writers give a little so that we can once again be thrilled, awed, and frustrated by Jack and his heroic cohorts who battle terrorism the way we wish it would be confronted – with a moral certitude that we are in the right and they are in the wrong.