By John McCullough

For 8 seasons among 2001 and 2010, Fox’s 24 garnered severe accolades and have become some of the most watched and mentioned indicates in primetime. In an cutting 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 learn, writer John McCullough demonstrates that the sequence was once not just particular and trendsetting, but in addition a posh artistic reaction to its historic context.

In 3 chapters, McCullough seems to be at 24’s shape, variety, and overarching subject matters and meanings. He argues that even if the sequence is pushed by means of the political and cultural shifts attributable to the conflict on Terror, it's frequently out of step with actual historical past. utilizing Linda Williams’s contrast among the melodramatic mode and melodrama as a style, McCullough explores 24’s use of the action-adventure and undercover agent mystery varieties with specific recognition paid to the sequence’ hero, Jack Bauer, who's depicted as a sad hero forever looking for a go back to innocence. finally, McCullough unearths that the sequence’ contrast lies much less in its devoted new edition 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 by way of truth 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 background and the geopolitics of its time, together with terrrorism, neoliberalism, and the country of exception, yet, at the energy of its shape and elegance, additionally represents major international developments in tv tradition. enthusiasts of the convey and media historical past students will savour this thorough study.

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