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Character of the Week: Jack Bauer

Who is Jack Bauer?

Character of the Week: Jack Bauer

by Mattias

Every week we present the "Character of the Week" - a character from a television series which we find interesting, funny, strange or just cool.

This week, we focus on Agent Jack Bauer from FOX's action drama "24", portrayed by Kiefer Sutherland.

Jack Bauer was born in Santa Monica, California, on February 18, 1966, son to Philip Bauer. The name of his mother is unknown. Jack had one brother, Graem Bauer. Philip and Graem was indirectly connected to a nuclear attack in season 6. After an interrogation by Jack, his father kills Graem to prevent him from releasing infomation.

Jack has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Litterature and Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Science degree in Criminology and Law from the University of California, Berkley.

He entered the U.S. Army and eventually joined the elite Delta Force; among the decorations accumulated during his service are the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and the Legion of Merit. Jack left the army with the rank of Captain and later worked for both the LAPD's S.W.A.T. unit and for the CIA as a case officer in the clandestine service. He was recruited into the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) by Cristopher Henderson - who later assisted terrorist in a nerve gas attack.

Jack speaks and understand German, Russian and Spanish and is capable of flying planes (season 2) and helicopters (season 3).

He was married to Teri and has a daughter named Kim. His wife and daughter was kidnapped by Victor Drazen in Season 1. Jack kills Drazen, but his wife is killed by Nina Meyers. In the same season, Jack prevents the assasination of Senator David Palmer.

Jack also prevent a nuclear bomb from exploding in Los Angeles city (season 2), ends up with a heroine addiction (season 3), fakes his own death (season 4), stops a nerve gas attack (season 5), is captured by the Chinese (season 5), spends time in Africa (24: Redemption), has a relationship with FBI Agent Renee Walker (season 7) and is currently trying to stop weapon-grade uranium from ending up in the wrongs hands (season Cool.

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Post on Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:59 pm by kane


Two words: Jack Bauer. That's it. End of discussion.

"24" is the best show on television because it has the best lead character on television. Jack Bauer is a cultural phenomenon. He has transcended the show, and even television itself, and now stands independently as an icon of American pop culture. He's dethroned Chuck Norris as the king of internet lists. He makes all incarnations of James Bond look like pansies.

In all seriousness, Jack Bauer is the best character on television because there's a depth to him that's rare in action hero types. Jack Bauer does not just face terrorist threats in each season of "24," he faces distinct psychological trauma as well. Whether he's dealing with the death of a good friend, recovering from a prolonged imprisonment, or coming to terms with his own mortality, Jack Bauer evolves as a character while he goes on saving the world. And each time he evolves, his relationship with his job becomes more conflicted. He continues to do it, and you get the feeling that he always will, but it's obvious that it keeps getting harder and harder.

Though Jack Bauer is the best part of "24," its plot structure is also strong. There are never less than four storylines happening simultaneously, which is impressive when you consider that everything happens in real time. While it is true that certain plot devices have been used and re-used, there are only so many ways that terrorists can attack a nation, blow something up, or infiltrate a government agency. Things are going to overlap. Deal with it.

The greatness of "24" is perhaps summed up best by a scene that took place on the show a few weeks ago: Jack Bauer get stabbed in the gut by his own undercover partner. Approximately five seconds later, he picks up his gun and kills three Russians. And that makes Jack Bauer the baddest-ass character on the baddest-ass television show in the world.


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