Regurgitating a TV plot for you…
Blog Guy, I was a HUGE fan of the hit television series “24.” You know, where Kiefer Sutherland played Jack Bauer, a super-macho counter-terrorism agent. Each season, 24 new episodes covered a full day with gripping real-time action.
Anyway, I thought it ended with season eight, last May, but I just saw something today about Sutherland promoting a so-called “final season” over in Japan. Naturally, I’m very curious.
Yes, he’s promoting a new season that frankly was below quality standards for a U.S. audience, so it’s gone straight to Japanese television.
Sub-standard? I’ll be the judge of that. What’s it about?
In the first five minutes, Agent Jack Bauer comes down with a 24-hour stomach flu, so he has to stay close to the bathroom in every episode.
For most of the season he’s behind the door in a toilet stall, and you just hear Jack’s voice between disgusting sounds of barfing. And sometimes worse.
That does seem a strange direction for the series. But you do get to see Jack in action, right?
Sort of. He has 36 minutes of screen time over the whole 24 episodes, mostly bursting out of the stall to get more toilet paper. Naturally, sometimes he has to torture people to get it from them.
Tell me more.
Well, of course the U.S. President also has the flu and is in the next stall, and on the other side there’s a ticking nuclear weapon that only Jack can disarm. In a typical series twist, the men’s room attendant is an agency mole that we saw die in Season Two, and…
Wait! This is sounding pretty good. I’m off to Japan. Don’t give me any more spoilers!
Note from me to Hollywood. I have registered this entire plot, so don’t try any funny business.
Cast member of “24” Kiefer Sutherland greets fans and the media during a promotional event in Tokyo November 16, 2010. REUTERS/Toru Hanai