I think if there’s one show we can all say had definitely run it’s course – it’s 24. Say what you will about the show, it was definitely good entertainment – for a while at least. The typical ’24 formula’ was getting a little stale after about season five, but still we got all the way to eight before they gracefully packed it in… or at least that’s what we thought.
Most shows tend to outstay their welcome as to make as much money as they can before we start to feel sorry for them. It’s all about the money, at the end of the day – and that is just something that we have to accept.
This kind of move from FOX has a really interesting effect of separating die hard fans into two separate groups; The Naysayers, and the Believers. The Naysayers (as characterized by their name) say nay to the idea of a new season, as they know it will likely be the season that ‘jumps the shark‘ (that is if you believe that show hadn’t already jumped the shark.) The Believers (also characterized by their name) believe that the project will be a a great success, for executives and fans alike – either that or they just want to see Jack Bauer shoot at terrorists some more.
I’m honestly with the naysayers on this one (surprise, surprise.) Shows being brought back is very rarely a good thing, particularly with shows that have been running for so long (and been on such a rapid decline of quality.) I’m a pessimist, and have to try really hard to see this as anything other than a last-minute cash grab before the series truly bites the bullet. Or who knows, maybe this is going to be a breakthrough series, bringing all of the loose ends together and setting a new bar in televisual storytelling.
I’ve got to say, trawling through the IMDb message board for 24, I’m surprised at just how positive the reaction is. There are surprisingly few naysayers, so I suppose my title is a little untrue. Still, I like to believe that there are at least some other sensible people at there who are screaming “WAT” as loudly as I am.
Disclaimer: If it turns out to be good, then I wrote this on opposite day.
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