Recently I was lent the first season of 24 Hours on DVD. It is an interesting idea to portray a story in real time, though an unrealistic amount of action, trauma and politics is packed into 24 hours - that starts at the END of most characters working day - and no-one falls asleep at their desk, or while driving their car!
It's a shame there has to be so much violence and suspicion, and every known Hollywood cliche of extra-marital affairs, political fixers and double-crossing, but the errors of judgement of fellow Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) workers, and troubled peronal relationships eventually raises a very interesting question. At the end of the day, how will they respond to their mistakes and damaged relationships - both personal and working?
Why did Jack and TeriBauer's marriage temporarily fail? Is family life incompatible with a very dangerous and secretive career? How will the staff at CTU patch up their working relationships and mutual trust? How will the CTU clarify it's levels of command and 'need to know' to avoid future catastrophes?
The end of the film arrived - and nothing happened! No discussions, no tears, no resignations, no reassesment of career choices.
The four minute gaps throughout the film are the clue to what's really going on. The immense wealth of talent, hard work, acting, script-writing, technical photography, film editing, and so on serve commerce. To keep as many viewers as possible hooked to increase the advertising revenue for the broadcasters.
This very topic - creativity being a slave of commerce - would make a really good '24 Hours'. Don't hold your breath ...
For the fans of the series, all 8 seasons are available in one package from Amazon, and very highly rated (as action thrillers!).