I’m on leave for about 2 weeks, and my wife is on a trip to Italy with some frinds. So since the weather here in Oberammergua is crappy and I have plenty of time on my hands I’ve been watching my 24 DVDs to pass the time.
Why is it that every almost every CTU director sucks? I mean, yeah, the plot demands that “Jack is always right”, but sometimes these people seem to go out of their way to be assholes. Its like whoever oversees CTU’s assignments says “Who is the absolute dumbest person we can send to CTU Los Angeles to be in charge?”.
So who do you think is the worst/ most ineffectual leader of CTU? My vote is season four’s Erin Driscoll. I understand why she might have fired Jack between seasons 3 and 4. (over his heroin addiction that he acquired while undercover (as told in season 3) ), but after that every time she dealt with him she seemed to make her command decisions on the fact that she just didn’t like Jack. She went out of her way to thwart him constantly and to me it didn’t make sense. (well, except to add drama to the show of course) She didn’t even hesitate to torture Sarah who was framed as a traitor by someone else, but she was appalled that Jack wounded a known terrorist in interrogation to make him give up information of an imminent terror attack.
Seriously when her daughter committed suicide on the show I had a hard time feeling anything for her. I was like “Well the daughter was annoying at best, and Driscoll is a vindictive bitch, I’m glad she’s leaving”. She was an awful leader. I wouldn’t want to work for her. If I were Curtis, Chloe or even Edgar I’d have been looking for another job. (its not like they couldn’t find one, I’m sure, considering the qualifications they must have had…hell, Jack was on Heroin and got a job working for the Secretary of Defense!)
I thought that Season 3’s Ryan Chappellewas a jerk, but I could understand his position. He was a good man, just not likable. And he didn’t make decisions on whether or not he got along with people. He was just a by the book asshole, but not a vindictive power mad jerk. So I really felt for him when Jack was forced to kill him.
You can go further back to George Mason. He was a weaslly kind of guy, he wasn’t a bad person. He was heroic at the end of his time on the show, actually.
The only person close to as bad as Driscoll was Lynn McGill. He coompletely melted down when he was in charge, and he lost his access card in a robbery and didn’t report it. Here’s a clue Lynn…if you have a card that allows you into important gov’t facilities and someone steals it, you report it immediately. A normal military ID card from a buck private is dangerous in the wrong hands. Yours give you access to a top level facility. What a moron. At least he did something brave at the end of his time on the show. Driscoll just seemed like the wrong person overall for the job. (Though one would think McGill had serious emotional problems by the way he acted…which I guess is why he was relieved eventually)
Sure, 24 pretty much jumped the shark in season six (President Wayne Palmer? I can’t buy it. Nah-ah. Its an awful thing to say, and hell, I’m black myself, but every time I saw Wayne as the CiC I thought “Why’d they elect a drug dealer as president?”. Yes, I know thats a horrible attitude, and I’ll probably get flamed for it, but its what I thought. Not to mention as a character Wayne didn’t seem presidential at all in any of his appearances on the show.)