Addicted ’24’ hours

Chris Notaro

Like the rest of my fellow Villanova students, I am just looking for the next party to pass the time until basketball season starts. Luckily for me, I found the party, and it is right here in my dorm room.

Whilst living it up here in my infamous smiley-faced pajama pants (known to most as simply “the smiley pants”), I have become addicted to the show, “24.” My father has been obsessed with the show since it began, and I’ve had friends along the way who have always raved about how awesome the show was.

Let me let you all in on a little secret: I absolutely cannot enter a Best Buy without purchasing a gross amount of their merchandise. A few weeks ago, part of the contraband I took with me was season one of “24.”

“The city of Los Angeles once named a street after Jack Bauer in gratitude for his saving the city several times. They had to rename it after people kept dying when they tried to cross the street. No one crosses Jack Bauer and lives.”

It took me all of five days to finish the season, which consists of 24 episodes each around 40 minutes in length. Upon completion of the first season, I immediately subscribed to NetFlix so I could continue watching the show without spending a small fortune on the remaining seasons. I made it my goal to try to catch up before the sixth season starts in January.

In my personal tree of importance, things run like so: God, country, family and Jack Bauer.

The show defines the word “awesome.” I came into this semester with my heart set on a 4.0 GPA, but it looks like “24” is going to get in the way of that.

I’m halfway done with season two, meaning that I have three and a half seasons left to finish by January. Three and a half seasons are equal to 86 episodes. That means I will spend roughly 57 hours and 20 minutes over the next four months catching myself up to the show’s regular progression.

I do not see this task as daunting or tedious, but rather totally sweet. I just hope I can fit it in before the blue and white scrimmage, which officially starts the basketball season in my book.

“Once, someone tried to tell Jack Bauer a ‘knock knock’ joke. Jack Bauer found out who was there, who they worked for and where the damned bomb was.”

So one might ask what my recommendation would be.

Well, I would have to say that if you like action mixed up into a big ball of total awesomeness, you should watch “24.”

However, beware that this will put added strain on your workload, as “24” is much more important than any classes you or I may be taking.

Remember this Villanovans… “Life doesn’t give Jack Bauer lemons. Life asks him which fruit he wants.”