24 (2001) IMDb

Extent

This reviews refers to the first season only.

Categorization

Concept drama.

Subject

Each season is a 24-hour period in the life of the same man, told roughly in linear time.

Commentary

The premiere power fantasy of post-9/11 USA. The first season is quite well crafted, though the experiment with linearity is unimpressive, being used mainly as an opportunity to amplify the cliffhangers and weave a myopic nuclear-family drama into the terrorist plot, instead of varying the pacing by adding reflective temps mort in the manner of Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995). As implemented, the premise demands a decline in quality with each new season: It requires an intradiegetic constraint that can only get flimsier and less convincing. For this reason, I don’t want to keep watching, hence the low rating.

fiction moving picture series