is set in LA for the same reason that most action movies (Die Hard, Terminator, T:2, Crocodile Dundee 3
) are set there: directors, writers and producers live in LA and it' easier to imagine stories about the town in which you live than a town all the way across the country. Furthermore, people like to imagine that their hometown is important enough to get bombed by terrorists. It' why residents of Columbia, MO buy out Wal-Mart when the terror alert level goes from yellow to orange. Fortunately for residents of LA and unfortunately for the writers of
, we're pretty sure Al-Qaeda doesn't give a shit about your beach house in Malibu.
With Die Hard
we'll play ball once or twice. But five straight terror plots focussed on LA?
Imagine for a moment that they had decided to set this season' 24
in Manhattan, with subway chases and Jack Bauer repelling down skyscrapers and saving the Brooklyn Bridge from destruction. It could have completely reinvigorated the franchise. Instead, we're stuck once again with highways, airports and the desert.
And while we're on LA, 24
also asks you to believe that"Â¦
Every corner of LA can be reached in the time it takes to return from a commercial break:
|The only action Shawn |
Bradley's seen in years
Now granted this observation is a little warmed over, sort of like, "If the show is set in real time, why don't we ever see Jack Bauer take a dump?" But it does represent yet another reason not to set the show in LA for five straight seasons. LA is an enormous, sprawling tangle of clogged expressways and turnpikes.