Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 29, 2002 · Page 19
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 19

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, October 29, 2002
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Tuesday, October 29,2002 ENTERTAINMENT Page 19 Kiefer Sutherland stars as Jack Bauer in the dramatic series "24," which premieres tonight at 9 on Fox. Series back to save world again By DAVID KRONKE Los Angeles Daily News When we last checked in with Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), he had won the war, preventing Serbian terrorists from killing presidential candidate David Palmer (David Haysbert). Tragically, however, he lost the last battle, as his former lover Nina (Sarah Clarke), who was proved to be a moie in his agency, the Counter Terrorist Unit, murdered Jack's wife, Teri (Leslie Hope). As the Emmy-winning "24" begins its second season, Jack's in a bad way. He's left CTU to lick his wounds in private; his daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), has left him to serve as an au pair to a seemingly perfect family that quickly reveals dangerous rifts. And all that will soon prove to be the least of his worries. Credit "24" with flirting, literally, with disaster — this season will boast all sorts of provocative •hot-button themes, such as terrorists plotting the imminent detonation of a nuclear device in Los Angeles. The terrorist group hails from an unnamed Middle Eastern country and is named, ominously enough, Second Wave. There was much speculation last season that "24's" then far-less-urgent connections to real- life tragedies soured'a sizable number of Viewers '24' Overall rating: 4 stars What: Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) has 24 hours and one TV season to prevent Middle Eastern terrorists from detonating a nuclear weapon in Los Angeles. Where: Fox. When: 9 tonight. In a nutshell: Another long day for Jack, another long season for impatient fans, provided the series doesn't get too prophetic. on watching. This season almost defies ripped- from-the-headlines events to disturb viewers. Palmer, now president (and divorced from his harridan of a wife), coaxes Jack back into his country's service. And right off the bat, Jack isn't interested in playing nice to save the day. A passel of new characters and red herrings has been added to "24's" cast this season. Wormy Mason (Xander Berkeley) now heads up CTU, which has a new tech person (played by Sarah Gilbert) whose introduction will immediately arouse viewer suspicions. Palmer's staff includes an aide who seems more interested in beating war drums than in averting cataclysm. And Sarah Wynter joins the cast as a young woman who discovers on the day of her sister's wedding that the groom-to-be may have ties to terrorists. The series seems to be cheating a bit more in terms of transporting characters to sundry locations and other interstitial stuff. And it also looks to amp up the darkness quotient. One hopes the producers, contrary to what they've suggested, will keep tighter reins on the plotting to avoid some of the more dubious pot-boiler aspects that bedeviled the series at points last season. "24" walks a mean tightrope: It insists that audiences eschew normal viewing patterns — that is, tune in and watch religiously rather than casually— a demand that might be unrealistic in an age of seemingly boundless viewing choices. On the basis of two episodes available for preview, it looks to reward that devotion. Still, one wonders at how fervently we'll be addicted to this dark fantasy if real life manages to tramp its imaginary horrors. Palmer warns the head of that unnamed Middle Eastern country that if the nuclear device does go off, "It will hurt us, but it will destroy you." As it premieres amid warnings that Al-Qaida is plotting atrocities anew, let's hope nothing happens that at the very least would result in that becoming "24's" own epitaph. 'Demon' a scary look at smallpox By TERESA WEAVER Cox News Service ATLANTA — It seems appropriate to read something scary near Halloween. But I'm not sure I was ready for Richard Preston's nonfiction thriller "The Demon in the Freezer." Preston first frightened readers with 1994's "The Hot Zone," a breathless journey on the trail of the Ebola virus. With "The Demon in the Freezer" (Random House, $24.95), he does for smallpox — and to a much lesser extent, anthrax — what he did for Ebola: He makes it real and graphic and undeniable. Our appetite for such books has changed a bit since 1994. Reading about Ebola wasn't fun, by any means, but there still was enough of Book review an "Andromeda Strain" air about it to leaven the gruesome facts. Now we're a little edgier, a little wiser. And the specter of bioiogical warfare comes up not only in news reports but in casual chats around the coffee machine at work. "Demon" begins with an autopsy of an anthrax victim that would make Hannibal Lecter queasy, and ends with the horrific, haunting image of a child's arm, covered with smallpox pustules and pickled for research. Nothing in between those two scenes Is easy to read. "Each person infected with smallpox might give it to between three and twenty more people," Preston writes. "The outbreak grows not in a straight line but in an exponential rise, expanding at a faster and faster rate. ... It is a biological chain reaction." Smallpox was wiped from nature 25 years ago. Humankind couldn't quite bring itself to kill the virus altogether, though, and two specimens were stored in a deep freeze, one in what was then die Soviet Union and one at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. In the 1980s, the Russians reportedly thawed at least part of their stash and produced tons of weapons- grade smallpox. The possibility of even a smidgen falling into homicidal hands — or even reckless hands — is what's keeping a lot of people awake at night. Many of the researchers who were called in on last year's anthrax attacks — which left five people dead, many sick and thousands more scared of their mail — had years earlier worked on the eradication of smallpox. Preston deftly interweaves all the threads of both viruses, relying on a few better-than-fiction characters to move the story along. "Where else can you work with monkeypox in the morning and Ebola in the afternoon?" gushes a particularly enthusiastic researcher. The author is skilled at making science fairly understandable, and there is a gee-whiz urgency in his delivery that is largely effective. At one point Preston visits a medical school where scientists were trying to replicate an experiment on a "superpox," a genetically modified version of smallpox. "I wanted to hold an engineered superpox in my hands," Preston writes, "and get a feel for where the tide of modern biology was taking us." Preston had terrific access to people and facilities typically off-limits. "Sherif Zaki inhabits a tiny office on the second Door of Building 1 at the CDC," he writes. "The hallway is made of white cinder block, and the floor is linoleum. .. . Building 1 is a brick oblong with aluminum-framed windows. It was built in the nineteen fifties, and the windows look as if they haven't been cleaned since- then." OK, not all the insights are riveting. But they nicely humanize: the agencies, the scientists, the survivors and the victims. Preston's weakness is an apparently unbearable urge to overdramatize moments that need no alarmist embellishment. A section subtitled "Chaos in Level 4," for instance, was actually about a Lysoi backup in a decontamination shower drain. "The Demon in the Freezer" raises all sorts of questions: Shouldn't all the smallpox specimens really have been destroyed back when we knew where they all were? Should animals be infected with smallpox in an effort to develop new vaccines? And what kind of monster would even consider using a deadly virus as a weapon of mass destruction? "We could eradicate smallpox from nature," Preston concludes somberly, "but we could not uproot the virus from the human heart." Elvis-mobile makes rounds COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Call it Elvis on wheels. A 53-foot-long trailer filled with Elvis Presley memorabilia made a weekend stop in Council Bluffs. The display includes Presley's elementary school report cards, his favorite guitar and clothing he wore in movies and onstage. Tour promoters said many items hadn't been seen outside of Graceland, Presley's home in Memphis, Tenn. This year marks die 25th anniversary of Presley's death. The king of rock 'n' roll died at Graceland at age 42. 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