24 (TV Milestones Series) by John McCullough

By John McCullough

For 8 seasons among 2001 and 2010, Fox’s 24 garnered severe accolades and have become probably the most watched and mentioned indicates 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 well-liked hit, 24 was once additionally heavily associated with the “culture of worry” that ruled the post-9/11 interval. during this insightful learn, writer John McCullough demonstrates that the sequence was once not just distinct and trendsetting, but additionally a posh artistic reaction to its historic context.

In 3 chapters, McCullough seems at 24’s shape, type, and overarching subject matters and meanings. He argues that even if the sequence is pushed through the political and cultural shifts because of the struggle on Terror, it really is often 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 types with specific recognition paid to the sequence’ hero, Jack Bauer, who's depicted as a sad hero endlessly looking for a go back to innocence. finally, McCullough unearths that the sequence’ contrast lies much less in its devoted new edition of the background of the WOT than in its evocation of the feel of crises and paranoia that outlined the interval. McCullough additionally analyzes 24 as a reaction to tv tradition within the “post-network” age, characterised by way of fact TV’s populist allure 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 country of exception, yet, at the energy of its shape and magnificence, additionally represents major worldwide traits in tv tradition. enthusiasts of the express and media heritage students will enjoy this thorough study.

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