Monday, October 19, 2020

Believe Care Invest: 24

Why Jack might be hard to identify with: 
  • Not much reason yet. We can’t guess yet that he’s a torture-crazy psychopath (as opposed to the second season opener, which puts that front and center.)
  • It’s fascinating how soft Jack is in these opening minutes. He seems about to lose chess to his daughter and lets himself be emotionally manipulated by her, admits that to his wife and agrees to change, gets humiliated by Kim’s disappearance, doesn’t really want to go into work... It’s the most emotionally vulnerable he’ll be in the series, his last chance to really seem human.
  • His daughter disappears at five minutes in. He then gets called into work, upsetting his wife. His employees are more interested in playing politics than getting the work done.
  • Treating kids like adults is always likeable and we start with him playing chess with his teen daughter.
  • He calls and threatens Kim’s ex-boyfriend in a bad-ass way.
  • When he gets to work, he starts to become the take-charge guy we know and love. “I don’t care how it’s interpreted, I just gave you an order and I want you to follow it.”
Five Es
  • Eat: Jack will soon become famous for his ability to never eat, but he does have a pudding here. Hope that’ll last you for 24 hours, Jack!
  • Exercise: There’s a weight-lifting set-up in the room with him, but he’s playing chess instead. He’ll get plenty of exercise eventually, of course.
  • Economic Activity: He gets called in to work at midnight and reluctantly goes.
  • Enjoy: He’s kind of enjoying chess, I guess.
  • Emulate: He says he’ll try to parent in the way his wife wants, then tries to be the sort of work supervisor his boss would want.
Rise above
  • By halfway in, he will shoot a senior officer in the interest of justice.
High five a black guy
  • The show is about him trying to stop the assassination of a black presidential candidate, seemingly targeted by racists within Jack’s agency.
  • He’s sensitive to his wife’s needs.

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