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 serious 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 each one twenty-four-episode season depicts a unmarried day within the lifetime of its characters. Influential as a well-liked hit, 24 used to be additionally heavily associated with the “culture of worry” that ruled the post-9/11 interval. during this insightful research, writer John McCullough demonstrates that the sequence was once not just specified and trendsetting, but additionally a posh inventive reaction to its historic context.

In 3 chapters, McCullough seems at 24’s shape, sort, and overarching topics and meanings. He argues that even if the sequence is pushed by means of the political and cultural shifts caused by the struggle on Terror, it really is sometimes out of step with actual background. utilizing Linda Williams’s contrast among the melodramatic mode and melodrama as a style, McCullough explores 24’s use of the action-adventure and secret agent mystery varieties with specific realization paid to the sequence’ hero, Jack Bauer, who's depicted as a sad hero ceaselessly looking for a go back to innocence. eventually, McCullough reveals that the sequence’ contrast lies much less in its devoted new edition of the background of the WOT than in its evocation of the experience 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 means of truth TV’s populist charm and visceral content material, at the one hand, and complex boutique cable programming (“quality TV”), at the different.

McCullough demonstrates that 24 engaged not just with the main urgent problems with global historical past 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 worldwide developments in tv tradition. lovers of the exhibit and media historical past students will savour this thorough study.

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