24 and Philosophy: The World According to Jack (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

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About Jennifer Hart Weed. Other books in the series. Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture 1 - 10 of 39 books. Trivia About 24 and Philosophy In the end King lays out a plan of twenty defined principles Both Jack Bauer and Margot Al-Harazi are committed to their causes to the point that they each make serious, violent sacrifices to achieve their goals, but their causes come into radical conflict with one another, producing the drama of Live Another Day.

As they both go along breaking the rules that govern behavior in Great Britain the season is set in London , we must ask ourselves how much difference is there between them? Is Jack living by a higher standard than Margot is, and how do we know that, particularly when they are both using similar logic to justify their actions. We, of course, have a longer track record with Jack. There are many instances when Jack has had to do terrible things; from the first seasons, we have seen him wrestling through many difficult, sometimes impossible, choices for the sake of his commitment to his country.

In the past Jack has worked for a counterterrorism unit in Los Angeles and for the Department of Defense; he has served the American government many years and shown much admiration for those who hold up American ideals, particularly President Palmer—and in Live Another Day , President Heller. In these terrible situations, Jack, though, sees his action as reactionary ; he responds in kind.

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Jack believes he is to respond in kind against those who threaten the United States and here Great Britain , but he also believes he should set a limit. He momentarily suspends human rights in a quest ultimately to preserve them. When someone else is pointing a gun at him, Jack feels justified in shooting to kill, but if the other person is restrained and not an imminent threat, the line blurs as to how much violence Jack can employ.

As the seasons progress, Jack spends less and less time deliberating, though. In earlier seasons he has broken suspects out of jail, held up convenience stores, and invaded consulates Chinese and Russian , while this season he has shot two protestors to start a riot, shot at U.

Many around him balk at his tactics, for his breaking the rules, but Jack says he is willing to face the consequences as long as he can say he has stopped the terrorist plot and saved thousands of innocent lives. Season Eight, however, changed the rules: It is this jaded Jack who enters Live Another Day. Are these actions moral? Margot seems to live by a similar code. At the time she was a widow with two young children Simone and Ian. President Heller, three years before the day portrayed in this season, authorized a drone attack in Yemen, which killed Mohammed and severely wounded Margot, who did survive.

So Margot, like Jack, is working off the premise she is responding in kind to the way her family and their cause were treated. When Margot Al-Harazi sends her video request to President Heller, she declares her actions are based off of this drone attack, which happened also to kill the lives of some 22 innocents, including six children. She has a reason for doing what she is doing, and does not look like the insane terrorist. But what does Margot do in her quest for retributive justice? We primarily see her playing domineering mother, keeping her family in line to carry through with her plan.

Naveed continues to be a problem for Margot: When Naveed seeks to sabotage the drone attack, Margot kills Naveed and forces Simone to watch. Margot would see these moments as sacrifices she is making for her cause. Iain King asks us to locate the essence of right and wrong in the virtues of empathy and obligation and in the principle of helping others.

He argues a moral life must encompass these elements. Some who support Margot might ask us to consider the moment Margot comes to Simone to apologize for taking her finger.

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The writing and directing do not suggest this interpretation; instead, we see Margot trying to prevent her daughter from becoming too alienated. She is trying to soften the blow of the wound, so that her daughter will not go rogue. Not when they elect murderers. Margot, like Jack Bauer, has a fierce sense of loyalty.

It is this sense of obligation that President Heller acknowledges and seeks to exploit in his private negotiation with her. He asks her if she will scrap all the drones if he hands himself over to her.


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When she agrees, he hatches his plan to resign and travel to Wembley Stadium to hand himself over to her. When she thinks she has killed Heller, she orders the drones to be downed. Jack Bauer moves in this direction, the darker he gets, but his vision includes empathy and at least starts with a desire to help others. One of the telling conversations in Live Another Day gives us a clue to this if we had not already seen it in other seasons.

When Chloe apologizes to Jack for letting Simone slip by her, she says she was distracted by someone, who reminded her of Morris and Prescott.

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Here Chloe finally informs him of their deaths in a car wreck, which she suspects was a failed hit on her since she knows what happened on the day Jack disappeared, at the end of Season Eight. He emphasizes it is the only way forward for them, to protect the innocent lives that would be lost if they abandoned their pursuit. I believe these motivations are what make Jack Bauer the noble character he is, despite the body count around him.

If we pause for a moment to ask why it had to be done, we remember again the scenario, the terrorist Stephen Saunders was about to release a virus which would have claimed the lives of thousands or tens of thousands.

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One of the most memorable scenes in every season of 24 is the command room discussion which offers projections on how many lives could be lost if the terrorist of the season is able to deliver on the threat. Live Another Day is no different in this regard. Jack claims it is the image of these people that drives him through the horrible ticking-bomb scenarios. In addition, Jack also seems to have deeper relationships than what we see with Margot. In the first seasons of the show, Jack tries to balance commitments made to his family with ones made to his country and to his obsession with outmaneuvering the terrorists.

Many story lines hinge on Jack having to make an impossible choice, such as whether to assassinate Senator Palmer or let the terrorists kill his wife and daughter in the first season. Live Another Day deviates from that some, presenting Jack as an alienated man, but friendships with Chloe, President Heller, and especially Audrey show this element is not entirely missing.