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Jack Bauer/24 finale similarities to the Dark Tower (Spoilers included)

Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by Hall Monitor, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. Hall Monitor

    Hall Monitor All bars serve the Beam.

    Watching the season finale of 24: Live Another Day this week, I couldn't help thinking about the similarities between Jack's overall journey from Day 1 - 9 and Roland's journey to the Tower. Basically, Jack fits in rather well as a gunslinger obviously, but it goes deeper than that. Much like Roland keeps repeating his day, basically until he gets it right, Jack is forced to deal with similar issues on a regular basis, until the final minutes in the series when he goes peacefully to pay for his crimes and the clock ticks down silently. In previous seasons, Jack tended to go underground (or be forcibly captured) when given that same choice, dooming him to have to repeat his actions again and again while just about everyone he loves was destroyed. Just like Roland.

    I don't think the similarities are intentional, but once I saw them, I just can un-see them : )
  2. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Interesting concept....will have to give that some thought.
  3. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member


    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...well, he IS a modern day slinger of the gun....
  5. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Having never watched the show, I really can't comment on the similarities, but I will say there are really only so many stories to be told. Certain myths and legends are told over and over again but by different people and in different ways without even consciously knowing it. I would not be surprised at all if the similarites you see are there, but just not intentional as you stated already.
  6. Hall Monitor

    Hall Monitor All bars serve the Beam.

    I do agree with that . . . and if you get a chance, try out season 1 . . . IMHO, I put the final two hours of that season up with the best TV I have ever seen, and it is by far my favorite show, right there with the X-Files.
  7. Traschan- Man

    Traschan- Man Member

    Ms. Mod, any idea if Stephen watched 24: LAD?
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  8. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Yes, he did. We were discussing some of the plot points--this was right after the episode where Bauer
    threw Margot Al-Harazi out the window
  9. Traschan- Man

    Traschan- Man Member

    Did he like it?
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  10. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    He did. ;-D
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  11. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    I'm more interested in all these heroes action heroes. Jack Bauer, Jason Bourne, James Bond. What is it with JB. Don't they think their character can stand on its own legs? And i'm sure i forgot someone in my hasty way...
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  12. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Lee Child broke ranks--halfway at least--with Jack Reacher. ;-D
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  13. Jojo87

    Jojo87 Prolific member

    24 is my favorite series and Jack Bauer is the best. I must have missed the show somehow. I think they show this in Finland now. If it ever
    comes on DVD I'll buy it and watch it.
  14. Hall Monitor

    Hall Monitor All bars serve the Beam.

    I'm not sure how it works internationally, but it is available for download in the US from Amazon Prime, and you can also watch it on the FoxNow app for free ... I'm not sure which version of Amazon you use, but it seems to be available in the UK site, so it might be available for you.
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  15. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    They are available in DVD. Bought three seasons for 12 USdollar. That, in swedish terms at least, are very cheap.
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