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Mistakes & Apologies : Hour 5 of 24 : Live Another Day

Since the two-hour premiere (and earlier for those who heard in advance which characters were returning for this season), we’ve been waiting for the drama this episode delivers. Jack finally reunites with both Audrey and her dad, President Heller. Unfolding in the midst of the storm surrounding the Al-Harazi’s hijacking of six drones, these powerful […]

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“I Believe You!” : The Politics of Trust in Hour 4 of 24: Live Another Day

Early in this episode, Jack Bauer seeks the help of Chris Tanner in locating the flight key from the drone which the terrorists hacked. Because no one else has believed him, Chris naturally wonders whether he can believe Jack’s intel about a terrorist attack. Jack responds, “Son, the point is, I believe you,” and then […]

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Writing Is Immersion!

We are all babies in the water…. As I’ve been wrestling with myself to get words in my computer to finish my novel, and as I’ve been reading comments from fellow writers on Twitter, I’ve been reflecting on this game of fiction writing. I’ve noted how other writers are having difficulty “focusing” and still others […]

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“What Must Be Done” : Ethical Reflection in Hour 3 of 24: Live Another Day

Although I favored titling this meditation, “It’s the Only Way Forward,” after Jack’s poignant comment to Chloe, I decided upon further reflection this episode seemed more a portrait of the twisted reasoning of this season’s terrorists, the Al-Harazis. Despite important scenes with Jack, Chloe, Audrey, Mark, and President Heller, what felt most important were Margot’s […]

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“I Don’t Have Any Friends” : A Review of the Premiere of 24: Live Another Day

“I don’t have any friends,” or so says Jack Bauer to his Serbian associate Belcheck, just after breaking Chloe out of a CIA black site, near the end of the first hour of 24‘s new season (which breaks with the past and only shows 12 hours out of the pivotal day). Chloe later upbraids Jack, […]

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Anyone Can Write!

Pixar’s animated movieĀ Ratatouille tosses around the slogan, “Anyone can cook!” The story dramatically plays with this slogan, putting a rat inside one of the most prestigious restaurants in Paris. For our quick reflection, I would like to modify the slogan so that it says, “Anyone can write!” Certainly many people feel that way. If we […]