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The Constitution: A List of Suggestions

If you missed last night’s two-hour premiere of 24: Season Six on Fox then you better get your act together and catch up tonight for the next two hours of the most explosive show on television (if you like this kind of stuff).

Hailed as the conservatives' answer to everything else in Hollywood, 24 marches on in its sixth season, and once again delves into the issue of terrorism. Our hero, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), returns and isn't afraid to hurt the feelings of a few ACLU lawyers to get out a confession from the worst of them.

Season six takes place 20 months after we last saw Jack who was captured by the Chinese government and just recently released in exchange for the whereabouts of a Muslim terrorist. Wayne Palmer (D.B. Woodside), the brother of the late president, is now the Commander in Chief and is witnessing the breakdown of America as terrorist attacks have already taken place in 11 cities throughout the country by the second hour of the season.

Palmer's oily top-adviser, Tom Lennox (Peter MacNicol), thinks he has the solution: round up every Muslim we can find and detain them in internment camps throughout the country. It’s not like we've ever done something like that before, right?

Palmer gives consideration to the plan all well as to the wisdom of his sister, Sandra (Regina King), a civil rights attorney who balks at the orders of the FBI to hand over all the personnel files of the Muslim-American organization she consults.

She is no fan of Tom, and reminds her brother that he "treats the Constitution like a list of suggestions." Homeland Security Chief Karen Hayes (Jayne Atkinson) tells him Tom believes a terrorist is anyone "who prays toward Mecca."

But he isn't the only one harboring ill feelings toward the feared race. In another segment, a Muslim kid (Harold & Kumar's Kumar) is assaulted by a white neighbor after witnessing his father being carted off by the FBI for his alleged involvement in terrorist activities. Turns out the father is innocent; the kid is working for the bad guys.

Expect this season to get sticky. While the real war on terrorism is still being fought abroad, 24 shows us what it might be like politically if it were to ever reach our shores. Is racial-profiling necessary? Will internment camps once again become the official policy of the government? This libertarian certainly hopes not, but the show certainly entertains the idea to an uncomfortable level which doesn't necessarily give conservatives a reason to call it their show.

The first terrorist attack of the season (that we see) is committed on a bus in Los Angeles by an Asian man seconds after the driver refused to accept a Muslim passenger because he might, well - blow up the bus with his iPod.

In 24 the bad guy can be anybody, whether Tom Lennox realizes it or not. No, this show is not for conservatives. It's for everyone who likes fast-paced action and a political storyline that isn't too far from reality. But more importantly, 24 is a vehicle for a dialogue we should all be having.

The next two-hours airs tonight on Fox.

Posted by Scottie at January 15, 2007 4:15 PM
Comments
Comment #203389

O.K. I’ve got to do it….Beam me up, Scottie!

Posted by: gergle at January 15, 2007 5:21 PM
Comment #203393

Hey, I missed last night’s Simpsons. What happened?

This is the right place to ask, right? This is http://televisionwithoutpity.com/, right?

Posted by: LawnBoy at January 15, 2007 5:43 PM
Comment #203413
But more importantly, 24 is a vehicle for a dialogue we should all be having.
Yep … it should be. When terrorist get WMD, there will be nothing to stop them (with wide-open borders and ports). Posted by: d.a.n at January 15, 2007 7:06 PM
Comment #203432

Anybody know how to contact the watchblog manager? Particularly for the Republican column? Or anyone?

Thanks.

Posted by: womanmarine at January 15, 2007 8:41 PM
Comment #203437

I think it is: editor@watchblog.com

Posted by: d.a.n at January 15, 2007 9:23 PM
Comment #203443

Scottie, I’ve enjoyed the episodes through … well 8:36 CST. My wife sat and watched it with me, first time she ever watched the show.

She was uncomfortable with the blood, and some of the scenes involving the terrorists acts they were depicting in malls around the USA. She was upset that Jack was working with a known terrorist.

From my point of view I thought it was interesting to put the show through the paces of having to work with a known terrorist. That Jack would have to befriend and sponsor someone that was known to have helped kill.

The dialog you are perhaps eluding to is (or a piece of it) what if through our stronger dialog and negotiations we have to compromise with those that we have known to committ such heineous acts?

Some would be appalled, others would could be supportive so long as it led to peace and less bloodshed.

OK, so this is not a moview critics page, I do see you point in the themese and discussions we should be having as a nation.

Posted by: Honest at January 15, 2007 9:42 PM
Comment #203452

d.a.n.:

Thanks, but that got returned to me. Oh, well. If the editor sees this, please email me.

Thanks.

Posted by: womanmarine at January 15, 2007 10:12 PM
Comment #203470

Another great terrorist-related “what if…” is The Siege. The crackdown on civil liberties is almost spooky when you consider it was made a couple years befor 9/11.

Posted by: American Pundit at January 15, 2007 11:23 PM
Comment #203473

And don’t forget A Scanner Darkly… Oh wait, that’s the War on Drugs, not Terrorism… Sorry!

Posted by: Rhinehold at January 15, 2007 11:29 PM
Comment #203487

womanmarine,

managing-editor@watchblog.com

;)

Posted by: Bryan AJ Kennedy at January 16, 2007 2:03 AM
Comment #203488

Sounds like the show’s theme is “Be afraid, be very, very afraid”. And give the government what it needs, what all governments crave, what all heads of government dream of, unlimited power! All power to the Government! All Power to the Government’s Leaders! They will protect us from ourselves. We are our own worst enemies. We need leaders, we are sheep, we are lost without our leaders, our heroes, our brave protectors, for without them we are defeated, enslaved, raped, murdered, and our children sold into sex slave camps of the heathens.

It’s a familiar plot, going all the way back to Ancient Greece, and likely, long before then, certainly in Chinese literature. I believe I will pass on watching it. I thank you though Scottie, for the heads up.

Posted by: David R. Remer at January 16, 2007 2:05 AM
Comment #203613

David, do you look at sitcoms the same way? They have the same tried and true plot? Plots that promote global warming, gay rights, secular agendas, etc. Of course all things that the average American deals with.

Posted by: Honest at January 16, 2007 9:17 PM
Comment #203616

I haven’t watched sitcoms or soaps, ever. They are a waste of life for me. I much prefer living my life than watching actors portray how fictionalized folks live theirs.

That’s not to say, I don’t need to know about how others live their lives. I do. But, to acquire that information I studied psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, etc. in depth to get facts and historical context and research on these matters. That’s what I call living. Learning, growing, and mastering myself.

Sitcoms are a waste of my life.

Posted by: David R. Remer at January 16, 2007 9:35 PM
Comment #203629

Thank you David, you set a good example. Relative to the dialog on blogs which tends to be about populations and national issues, do you have an opinion on the impact agenda driven television has on the public. Most are not making time for real research and reading. I for one am trapped between my reading list, my favorite TV shows, my bycycle, and my undying love of Spanish food. I have yet to find a public library within 25 miles of home and is next to a Malaga like Tapas bar.

Posted by: Honest at January 16, 2007 10:24 PM
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