24 – Season 5

Okay, so now that season 5 of 24 is out I am working my way through it, and I have to say that while I like the show, there is one huge ginormous flaw in the show: There is no way that all of this stuff could take place in 24 hours.

The stories always take place in Los Angeles, and there is no freaking way you could cover that much ground in 24 hours with the traffic here (and here, here, here, here, and here). It is impossible even for the redoubtable Jack Bauer.

I can understand why they skip over this problem at the cost of reality. After all, who wants to watch an hour of this:


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Steve Verdon
About Steve Verdon
Steve has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and attended graduate school at The George Washington University, leaving school shortly before staring work on his dissertation when his first child was born. He works in the energy industry and prior to that worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Division of Price Index and Number Research. He joined the staff at OTB in November 2004.


  1. The Man says:

    Jack Bauer drinks Red Bull. Red Bull gives him wing. Duh.