Interesting Article on 24
Could computers be the key to who is good and evil on FOX's "24?" Yes, says Wired News, who reports that the show's good guys use Macs, while the bad ones use PCs running Microsoft Windows.
While the connection may sound far-fetched, a similar situation occurred in the film "Mission Impossible," where the bad guys used Windows notebook and Tom Cruise and his fellow good guys used Apple PowerBooks.
"24," which is told in real time, uses a number of plot twists to keep viewers glued to the show -- one being who is good and who is bad. But if viewers pay close attention, the use of a PC by a character, has so far been a big clue as to who doesn't have good intentions, discovered Mac enthusiast Dean Browell.
Leading man Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) uses an Apple Cube and a titanium PowerBook, while his agents all use PowerBooks, iBooks and PowerMacs. One exception was CIA agent Jamey Farrell, who used a Dell, but Browell's theory held true when Farrell was recently revealed to be a traitor.
Interestingly, one of Bauer's most trusted colleagues, Nina Myers (Sarah Clarke) just started using a Dell laptop on the series. Browell suspects she will soon turn bad.
"It is really odd," he says. "It almost seems like a visual clue that was there from the beginning. It would be a really big coincidence if they didn't put that in there intentionally."
The producers of "24" say there is no connection between evil and PCs.
"Very clever of you to figure this out," says show writer Michael Loceff. "But your powers of observation could have carried you a little further."
"For instance, the bad guys use Nokia and the good guys, Ericsson. The good guys play chess and the bad guys play Go. The good guys eat popcorn and reconstituted soy protein and the bad guys eat red meat. The good guys are on the quarter system and the bad guys on semesters. However -- both the good guys and the bad guys read Wired."