The following entry takes place between 3pm and 3.15pm

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 by

Just back from the Sky One launch for 24, series five. It’s a shame the way the show just kind of fell out of the spotlight when it moved to satellite, as it remains fantastically entertaining viewing. It’s audacious, a little bit silly and – best of all – makes up the rules as it goes along.

The opening salvo (which hits our screens on 12 February) was perhaps the most exciting yet – it’s all up for grabs this time around. But that’s all I’m really going to say about it because, rather irritatingly, the screening I was at was introduced by a Sky PR bod who basically signposted the most notable moment in the episode, even to the point of telling us when it would occur.

Obviously, programmes have to be publicised, but with something as plot-heavy as 24, specific storyline details should surely remain undiscussed – not even alluded to. Thus, if anyone else in the world apart from me is intent on actually watching the thing come February (and to be fair, it did notch up 17 million viewers in the US) keep away from Sky One until then. Cripes, even the continuity announcer could blow it all.

Er, actually, here’s one small plot detail I am going to reveal: There’s a lovely moment when Jack Bauer is (inevitably) dragooned back into action again. The whole thing is undercut with our hero producing a pair of dark glasses from within his hither-to hidden stash of weapons. Cheesy and trite, yet, but amusingly self-aware.

Tick-tock-tick-tock …


Comments are closed.