Tuesday, 13 January 2009

24 Rant

I've been a devoted follower of 24 since the beginning. Each season has improbable plot turns, impossible technologies or events and simple characters. So picking out a flaw in a particular season's story is like criticizing Air Canada. Despite all that, I continue to enjoy the show.

But this season. Argggghhhhh!!

The story revolves around domestic terrorists having a device that can hack every single government firewall (and therefore the network behind it) in existence. Never mind how improbable or ludicrous this setup is, there's a simple solution to the problem....

Disconnect each network from the firewall. If it ain't connected it can't be connected to. Each network would operate in isolation treating water, managing the power grid, directing air traffic and all they lose is Internet access. Small price to pay when someone can take over every single network in the country.

You think it would end there, but it doesn't. The terrorists are using this access to blackmail the President. If she doesn't withdraw her troops form the evil tyrant's boarders he'll unleash Armageddon in the US and kill tens of thousands of Americans.

Then a solution is proposed, they can fix the firewall in 6 days.

To a logical person, you would then back off, withdraw the troops. Fix the network in 6 days, and then move the troops back into position. All you lose is 6 days!

But oh no, she can't wait 6 days. We don't why. Well we do, the show is called 24, for a reason. It all has to take place in a 24 hour period.

Oh well. I'll watch it anyway. Its entertaining television.

There were originally five horsemen of the apocalypse. Jack Bauer said he would travel by foot.

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