Shane Cory reviews 24 Season 3, and like many, he’s not a fan of Kim Bauer’s antics.
For those not familiar with the Fox prime-time drama, 24, you’re missing out. Each season can easiest be explained as a day in the life of Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland), a former Special Forces officer who works for the government to counter terrorism and other catastrophic events. Each episode represents one hour of the day and a season is, of course, 24 episodes.
Previous seasons included a plot to overthrow the president and the prevention of a nuclear attack on L.A. Throughout the seasons, Bauer has shot, bludgeoned, tortured and decapitated those who stood in his way . . . literally. From time to time he’s even had the courtesy to do the same to their family members.
This season started dryly, lacking the shock and pace of the previous seasons. Each hour that goes by the plot, excitement, and violence increases. Last week’s airing included a shocking act that no one could have possibly imagined.
The only criticism of the show comes from the silly plot lines of Jack Bauer’s daughter, Kim Bauer, played by Elisha Cuthbert. This character has been abducted, beaten, involved in 7-Eleven stick-ups, nearly raped, held hostage by a crazed survivalist, and even attacked by a cougar. Possibly next season she can be abducted by aliens. It was my hope that they would kill her off this season as they did her mother in the first season. Unfortunately for viewers, it looks like it won’t happen anytime soon.