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By John McCullough

For 8 seasons among 2001 and 2010, Fox’s 24 garnered severe accolades and have become essentially the most watched and mentioned exhibits in primetime. In an leading edge premise, the show’s hour-long episodes have been intended to symbolize a real-time hour of the tale, in order that each one twenty-four-episode season depicts a unmarried day within the lifetime of its characters. Influential as a favored hit, 24 used to be additionally heavily associated with the “culture of worry” that ruled the post-9/11 interval. during this insightful research, writer John McCullough demonstrates that the sequence used to be not just designated and trendsetting, but additionally a fancy inventive reaction to its old context.

In 3 chapters, McCullough appears to be like at 24’s shape, kind, and overarching topics and meanings. He argues that even though the sequence is pushed through the political and cultural shifts attributable to the warfare on Terror, it truly is sometimes out of step with actual heritage. utilizing Linda Williams’s contrast among the melodramatic mode and melodrama as a style, McCullough explores 24’s use of the action-adventure and secret agent mystery kinds with specific consciousness paid to the sequence’ hero, Jack Bauer, who's depicted as a sad hero endlessly looking for a go back to innocence. eventually, McCullough reveals that the sequence’ contrast lies much less in its trustworthy new version of the historical past of the WOT than in its evocation of the experience of crises and paranoia that outlined the interval. McCullough additionally analyzes 24 as a reaction to tv tradition within the “post-network” age, characterised through fact TV’s populist attraction and visceral content material, at the one hand, and complicated boutique cable programming (“quality TV”), at the different.

McCullough demonstrates that 24 engaged not just with the main urgent problems with global historical past and the geopolitics of its time, together with terrrorism, neoliberalism, and the kingdom of exception, yet, at the energy of its shape and elegance, additionally represents major international developments in tv tradition. lovers of the express and media historical past students will have fun with this thorough study.

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