Choices from Netflix to combat boredom
By Aidan Mouellic, Staff Writer
24, US, 2001
24 is on Netflix, but I’d recommend waiting until after your midterms are over before diving in—you won’t be able to get much done after you start.
The show’s general tone is of a constant paranoia that the world is constantly on the brink of collapse. But that’s okay because (spoiler alert) Jack Bauer, a super spy played by Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland, always saves the world.
This show is a riveting dramatic spy series that is set in real-time: each episode is one hour in a day, and each season contains 24 episodes, which make up a day in the life of Jack Bauer and his team of counter-terrorism agents.
The show is a non-stop thrill, and you quickly get lost in the twisting plots and explosive action sequences.
Though it does contain some rather controversial views towards how awesome torture is and also paints Muslims with broad strokes, you have to keep in mind that the show is American and debuted on Fox less than two months after 9/11.
With that aside, another talented Canadian actor, Elisha Cuthbert, makes regular appearances on the show as Jack Bauer’s daughter who is prone to being kidnapped.
24 is excellent television and, if you can get past the politically incorrect undertones within the series, you will have a good time watching eight seasons (and another on the way!) of Jack Bauer killing terrorists.