We've been patiently waiting for this day since the end of May. We've wondered whether this might be the last such day. Whether it is or not, it's here. 24 has its season premiere tonight.
Gentle readers, there will be no blogging between 8 and 10 p.m. EST. Please do not phone during those hours either.
Fox has teased its addicted public relentlessly about this event. We refer gentle readers to the Fox Video site (on the site, click the link at left for 24) for a clip from episode one of season five, some shallow showbiz interviews with cast members, footage of Kiefer Sutherland cutting a cake to celebrate the filming of the 100th episode, but most especially the last video, a promotion depicting "an obsessed 24 fan preparing for the premiere."
Regarding this last video, we have contemplated suing Fox for developing a promo so obviously based on SWNID. But in the spirit of 1 Corinthians 6:1-8, while not equating the Fox Network with the people of God, we will refrain.
One additional note: part of us hopes that this will indeed be the last season of 24, and we are disturbed by cast members suggesting that the show has inexhaustible potential, an assertion that lacks historical perspective. We fear that one day in a season to come, Jack will be surfing in a leather jacket and will deftly jump the shark poised to attack him. Let's keep it the experience pure, savoring memories and DVDs, with a tastefully limited run.
Please, Fox: don't do to 24 what you've done to the Simpsons.