New PDF release: 24 (TV Milestones Series)

By John McCullough

ISBN-10: 0814338674

ISBN-13: 9780814338674

For 8 seasons among 2001 and 2010, Fox’s 24 garnered severe accolades and have become the most watched and mentioned exhibits in primetime. In an leading edge premise, the show’s hour-long episodes have been intended to symbolize a real-time hour of the tale, in order that every one twenty-four-episode season depicts a unmarried day within the lifetime of its characters. Influential as a favored hit, 24 used to be additionally heavily associated with the “culture of worry” that ruled the post-9/11 interval. during this insightful examine, writer John McCullough demonstrates that the sequence was once not just special and trendsetting, but in addition a fancy artistic reaction to its old context.

In 3 chapters, McCullough appears at 24’s shape, type, and overarching issues and meanings. He argues that even supposing the sequence is pushed by way of the political and cultural shifts attributable to the warfare on Terror, it truly is repeatedly out of step with genuine heritage. utilizing Linda Williams’s contrast among the melodramatic mode and melodrama as a style, McCullough explores 24’s use of the action-adventure and undercover agent mystery kinds with specific recognition paid to the sequence’ hero, Jack Bauer, who's depicted as a sad hero endlessly looking for a go back to innocence. eventually, McCullough reveals that the sequence’ contrast lies much less in its devoted new edition of the heritage of the WOT than in its evocation of the feel of crises and paranoia that outlined the interval. McCullough additionally analyzes 24 as a reaction to tv tradition within the “post-network” age, characterised by way of truth TV’s populist attraction and visceral content material, at the one hand, and complicated boutique cable programming (“quality TV”), at the different.

McCullough demonstrates that 24 engaged not just with the main urgent problems with global background and the geopolitics of its time, together with terrrorism, neoliberalism, and the country of exception, yet, at the energy of its shape and elegance, additionally represents major international developments in tv tradition. enthusiasts of the express and media background students will have fun with this thorough study.

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