As we reach season 8 of 24 on DVD it seems an appropriate time to look back at Jack Bauer and dig a little into his murky past to see what he’s got up to over the last seven twenty four hour marathons…
So dig out your 24 DVD box set collection and cherish the memory of the mayhem, carnage, collateral damage, ‘stupid Kim’ and ever-lasting phone batteries.
1. Jack Bauer can get a bit scary, here’s a favourite quotation
“You probably don’t think I could force this towel down your throat, but trust me I can. All the way. Except that I’d hold onto this little bit at the end. When your stomach starts to digest the towel, I pull it out. Taking your stomach lining with it. Most people probably take about a week to die. It’s very painful
2. Jack is a very impatient man, every second counts:
George Mason: “You have no idea what you’re getting yourself into”
Jack Bauer: “Why don’t you explain it to me? You’ve got five seconds.
3. Jack can save the world on an empty stomach…
…apart from in Japan where he likes high energy calorie bars
4. Random Jack Bauer jokes
Jack Bauer does not get taken prisoner. He puts himself in a disadvantageous position so as to make his next several killings more dramatic.
Jack Bauer once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing himself until he gave up the location of the keys.
5. Jack Bauer has killed 198 people by series six of the show.
Day Six, during which he dispatched 50 “hostiles”, was his busiest so far and also included his most imaginative killing when he bit the neck of a terrorist, ripping out his jugular. In the first season he was slightly more relaxed and only managed a distinctly tame 11 deaths. The 12 rebel soldiers he shot and strangled with his thighs in 24: Redemption makes those two hours his fastest killing spree. (Day One: 11, Day Two: 29, Day Three: 14, Day Four: 43, Day Five: 39, Day Six: 50, Redemption: 12)
6. The unluckiest hour in 24
….When terrorists on Day Four and Day Six attacked a bus, shopping mall and hotel – is between 7am and 8am.
7. Jack Bauer has come back from the dead several times.
In Day Two he was tortured, burned and Tasered to death before defying science by coming round. In season four he was shot dead; but CTU pal Tony Almeida injected him with epinephrine and he recovered.
8. You can’t choose your family……
A cougar threatened the life of Jack’s daughter, Kim, when she found herself trapped in a snare after escaping from kidnappers in Day Two. In all she has been abducted eight times. Stupid Kim.
So all hail Jack Bauer action hero extra-ordinaire…..what’s your favourite Jack moment?