A taut, action-packed season of television that takes place over twenty-four hours sounds like a great idea, and it is, until you have to execute on that premise eight times. Even the most ardent fans of Jack Bauer's (Keifer Sutherland) exploits felt that after a while, there were just too many terrorists, Bauer was too good at his job, and too much was happening in one day to be even remotely credible.

Films a similar approach to time, like High Noon and Glengarry Glen Ross, work well, a television show with such a premise will ultimately wear thin, no matter how action-packed that show may be.