Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"24" and the silent clock of doom

The following post contains a MAJOR spoiler about last night's episode of "24." If you haven't seen the episode yet, please avert your eyes.
I guess you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone.
Last night, the time clock on "24," which is always silent following the death of a major character, went quiet yet again. This time, its victim was none other that Bill Buchanan (James Morrison), former CTU director and leader of this season's rag tag band of disgraced former government employees. Poor Bill threw himself in the line of some explosives to help derail a terrorist attack -- and to keep Jack Bauer from plunging into the dynamite himself.
You know, I've been pretty hard on old Bill, mocking how, despite constant reassurances from everyone in his life that he's great at his job, he is ALWAYS getting people killed. And yeah, I've poked a little fun at his newly suave look this season, with the stubble, and the long-ish hair and the cat burglar turtleneck. But you know, I'll miss him. I'm not sure why, but this is the magic of "24." We can rail against it, say it's right-wing propaganda, say that its plots are ridiculous and its characters are cardboard cutouts -- yet, on the last score at least, we're wrong. I'm surprised by how much I care about many of the characters on "24." And, while Bill's death isn't up there with Teri's or Michelle's or even poor Edgar's, it was sad nonetheless. So goodbye, Bill Buchanan. "24" fans will mourn your death -- even as we hope it allows us a chance to find out just what happened to your wife, Karen Hayes, who hasn't been mentioned at all this season.
Seriously, where is she?

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