Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: 24: Jack Bower Talks Exposition

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

24: Jack Bower Talks Exposition

It used to be that the character of M in Bond films was the most hilariously one-dimensional source of plot exposition in film. What was going on and why? M would tell us.

Last night on 24, Jack Bower thankfully explained to a curious public just how it came to be that Tony was left by Michelle after he got out of prison. And he did it in the most blatant way possible.

Tony is 10 feet away looking for some "software" and then...

AUDREY: Tony went to prison because he saved Michelle's life, and she paid him back by leaving him?

JACK: That's how Tony sees it too. It didn't happen exactly like that. Tony got out of prison and he was angry. He couldn't get a job, and personally I don't think he wanted one. He started drinking. He pushed her away.

And there you have it. Classic 24. They'll spend half of each episode on the regular "personal crisis story" (Kim Bower's kidnapping, Mason's son, Chase and Kim, Driscoll's daughter), but will then condense character information down to the most formulaic and anecdotal way possible.