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message 1: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11549 comments I'm still watching "24" but I'm not sure why. It seems to be the same thing from one season to the next. Jack Bauer is the only one who can save people; people he trusts turn against him; someone at CTU has a secret; Jack gets censured; Jack gets injured; we're teased with a possible romance for Jack; romance dies; people die; Jack saves the day and swears to live a normal life.

This season is following right along with the formula. Has it jumped the shark?

Bonus Points: Explain why you think the phrase "jumped the shark" has, or has not, itself jumped the shark.


message 2: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I never watched it. I never watched Lost, either. Once these serial shows get a couple episodes in I never catch up.


message 3: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Welcome to TC, Safia!


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I second RA's welcome, gratuitous fruit basket to follow.

I have never watched 24 or Lost so yet again I won't be any help.



message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Here you go Safia.

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message 6: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6001 comments Well, I almost picked up Season 1 at the library last week, but put it back in favor of "Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series."

I've not seen minute one of "24." Give me some guidance. What say you?


message 7: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Were Lindsay Weir from Freaks and Geeks in my high school I would have followed her around like a puppy.


message 8: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments i have never (eva) seen 24 but i love the phrase "jumped the shark". that is all


message 9: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
What exactly does it mean?


message 10: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments it is a reference from Happy Days when the Fonz jumped over a shark on water ski's. just means things have gotten surreal or over the top dumb


message 11: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
On the water ski's what? On water ski's back?


message 12: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) The phrase "jump the shark" does refer to that Happy Days episode where the Fonz jumped over a shark on water skis; it refers more to when a TV show, or anything pop culture-related, undergoes some kind of plot or story-line shift that makes it all suddenly become unwatchable or unbearable. For example, when Laura Palmer's killer was revealed early in Season Two of Twin Peaks, naturally the show should have ended there, but it went straight into Weirdoville without any logical tangent.

Ergo, "jumping the shark."


message 13: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11549 comments Gus wrote: "For example, when Laura Palmer's killer was revealed early in Season Two of Twin Peaks, naturally the show should have ended there, but it went straight into Weirdoville without any logical tangent."

Gus, if you're hungry, stop by this spot in North Bend, WA. We used to live a mile or so from the cafe, which is the one featured in Twin Peaks for its cherry pie. A word of warning, though. We only went once, because the food was horrible.


message 14: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments man i wanna be able to use the word ergo correctly. dangit gus


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I've been to that diner, Phil. It was called the MarT back then.
I only got pie, though, which was okay. Not "damn fine" but okay. I'm picky about pie, though.


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