Tuesday, January 16, 2007
The 411 on "24"
I love to watch “24” on DVD's, one episode after another. The action keeps my brain whirring, although I admit I sometimes focus in on the smaller things. Like the sets and locations (and the fact that Jack Bauer can get anywhere in L.A. at any time of day in less than fifteen minutes--uh-huh), the occasional plot inconsistencies, and the idiosyncrasies of the characters. (Anyone else notice how often Audrey Raines says Jack's name per episode???)
But in particular, there is one character who grabs me. Love her or hate her, it’s computer analyst Chloe O’Brian. She’s socially immature, often rude, and her face seems frozen in a pout. But in a crisis, she’s focused, reliable, your go-to person. And what IS “24” if not an ongoing crisis?
Chloe makes me think of the people in my life I’ve been forced to deal with. The ones who have grated on my nerves, made me want to scream, “Grow Up!” or “Get a life!” or something cruder. They’ve been school project partners, teachers, bosses and co-workers, and at times, I’ve had to struggle to be civil. But in most cases, ultimately I've ended up seeing the good in the person, sometimes gone on to consider him or her a friend.
My hat is off to the “24” writers (and to actress, Mary Lynn Rajskub) for creating Chloe and getting such a rise out of me.
So...any “24” fans out there? If so, how do you feel about Chloe? Or is there another character on the show who gets a strong reaction out of you?
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