The April 9th episode of 24 on the Fox network featured
several extended scenes of graphic violence that would certainly have earned the
episode an “R” rating if it were a motion picture. At 9 p.m. viewers were
assaulted by furious gunfire, torture, and barbaric killings which made this
episode the undisputed Worst of the Week.
included a scene in which a government transport vehicle flips over and Muslim
radicals unload heavy gunfire on the truck. Federal agents are shot and a vile
terrorist escapes. Jack Bauer later tracks down the terrorist and engages in an
extremely unrealistic one-man attack on a cell of terrorists. Using only a
handgun, Jack single-handedly kills several terrorists who fire machine guns at
him. Once out of ammunition, Jack simply walks up to one terrorist, who can’t
seem to hit him. Jack and the terrorist engage in a long fist-fight which
concludes with Jack strangling the terrorist by suspending him from the ground
by a chain wrapped around his neck. The scene presents a truly gruesome
This type of
extended graphic violent content should have no place in prime-time television.
In light of the tragic events at Virginia Tech, it is deplorable that young
people with impressionable minds could view such programming and fantasize about
the use of weaponry in such a violent manner. For this reason 24 is our
pick for Worst of the Week.