Friday, 1 January 2010

Jack and the real heroes

What makes a TV series a successful TV series? How the production can keep on filming, without being axed due to poor ratings?
Well, as "24" is concerned, the core idea is a winning one: 24 episodes, each episode runs for 60 minutes and depicts the events of exactly 60 minutes, the whole series is about one single day in the life of governemnte Jack Bauer, a government agent.

Then there are the usual elements that we, the people, seem to adore: treacheries and tortures, brutal murders and massive, devastating explosions. And here comes the hero, Jack Bauer.
Jack is a bit of a J.B. Fletcher of the secret intelligence: wherever he goes, whatever he busies himself with, be sure that a deadly terroristic plot masterminded by the evilest wrong-doers known to human kind will ensue. Some times you just get the feeling this sort of attacks is plotted just in time to ruin his long awaited day-off. But it doesn't matter as he's an hero and will manage to do anything.
Casting Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, moreover, was a spot of genius as he fits the role. Moreover, I bet the production saved some money for his double, as I seem to remember he just needs to be a bit tipsy to jump at a Christmas tree.

I don't remember how many series have been made so far, I think 6 or 7. Yet, not so many months ago I found a much better 24 hours series. 
It's called "24h Berlin" and it's a documentary (that can be watched for free, if you got an account at The Auteurs): different crews follow some of the people forming the population of Berlin over a day, starting at 6 a.m. of September 5th 2008 to finish at 6 a.m. of the day after.

There are no explosions. No torture, no murders.
There's just life: people waking up, going to sleep, working and studying, partying and loving. Babies are born, old lives are getting one day closer to the natural end, some people are destroyed, some are cared and saved.
The young single mother and the middle-age unemployed one, the young teacher and the fisherman, the homeless junkie and the old lady with Parkinson: everybody lives a normal, in many ways uneventful day and the simplicity of it looks so hard and tiring, yet so appealing and fascinating. 

"A simple life, a great life", that's comment about the day of 80 year-old Margarete: now find something more heroic than that, Jack, if you can.


  1. Another post in English! YAY. My lucky week. xx

  2. 2010's good resolution: try to have more posts in English on the blog, so let's see if I can keep up with that :-)