In a few short minutes, the new season of 24 will begin. We celebrated today by reviving the 24 Death Pool.
This year we decided to start the pool without watching even a single episode of the show, or even knowing anything about the characters. We got the list of the characters from the wikipedia and imdb websites and know only their names. We don’t have any idea whether those websites even know what they are talking about when it comes to characters. But, because it’s 24, we know that deaths will occur — inevitably and in droves. Along with mayhem, torture, conspiracies, moles, Jack Bauer screaming, evil and clueless Presidents, and the failure of American intelligence agencies to maintain a “hard perimeter.”
When you don’t know anything about the characters you are drafting as likely future corpses, you can only fall back on tried and true 24 plotlines. It therefore is not surprising that the first three people drafted were identified as “Agent” X, Y and Z. If 24 teaches us anything, it’s that otherwise nondescript “agents” are as likely to be promptly knocked off as the red-shirted security guys on the original Star Trek. Because I drafted last, all the “agents” were gone when I made my selection — so I chose “Pete,” a member of a hacking group. I’m speculating that we know his name only because another character yells “Pete, look out!” before a bomb goes off and “Pete” is blown to kingdom come.
I’m ready, baby! Bring on the deaths!