A seemingly ridiculous way to spend a sun drenched saturday is to get up at 6:30am and go to watch an entire season of the TV series "24". Without adverts this takes up about 18 hours but no, it's worth it, well worth it. Eye strain, dead butt-cheeks and DVT are a small price to pay to witness Jack Bauer, the anti-terrorist, come up with lines like, "the only reason you're conscious right now is because I don't want to carry you."

For the uninitiated but intrigued (admit it), the official site has an archive of every hour's action for the last five seasons. Wikipedia also has a good section explaining past plots and character profiles, reminding fans who's dead and who's still alive. It's hard to keep track as Jack Bauer is probably the leading cause of death in middle-eastern men. He's supported by a government agency called CTU (Counter Terrorism Unit aka Criminal Torture Unit), the members of which solve problems and decode stuff by looking up one or two random technical terms in a dictionary and then say them together in a confident way. One time for example, saying "I used a machine-coded matrix" magically yielded some much needed result.

Will we do this again for Day 6? Of course we will. Maybe if everyone on "24" followed Jack Bauer's instructions, it would be called "12" and it'll be less of an endurance test. Somehow I don't think that's going to happen...

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