If each episode of 24 is an hour in Jack Bauers’ life, then what happened previously was only an hour ago. Why would they have to remind us? That’s the trouble with time travel, too much irony. That’s why humans don’t do it. It is absolutely impossible that virtually every hour of Jack Bauers’ life is crammed with fighting terrorist plots. He can’t possibly be doing that every day. Every now and then, why isn’t there an episode where we see Jack plunging his toilet for 45 minutes and then cleaning up the mess? Where is the episode with Jack walking his dog? When will we see his wife nagging him for not taking out the garbage? How about an episode that begins with Jack walking down the hall in his boxers and a wife beater tank top carrying the newspaper into the bathroom. The next 45 minutes could just be the camera pointed at the closed bathroom door. That would be reality television.
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