After catching up on my “24” viewing this last weekend, I sat pondering the meaning of life. And why there are 70 calories in just 4 measly Whole Grain Club Crackers.
Fiddledaddy walks up to me and asks, “So, do you think that “24” has jumped the shark?”
Sensing my confusion, he offered, “Jumped the shark,” speaking slowly as if to a moron.
“What does that mean?”
“You don’t know what ‘jumped the shark’ means?” he asked incredulously.
It was at this point that I considered lying, saying that I really do, and going on with my life not caring what ‘jumped the shark’ actually means. And googling it later when he was asleep.
But I thought better of it, since sometimes he just makes stuff up to mess with me. And to see if I’ll act like I know what he’s talking about when I really don’t.
“Please tell me what ‘jump the shark’ means?”
Deep breath. And I’m paraphrasing here, because I’m sure he went into a much longer explanation before my eyes glazed over. “Remember when Happy Days was on and was really good the first few years but then after 15 or so years they ran out of ideas, and then they wrote an episode in which the Fonze jumped a shark?”
I must have missed that episode. And don’t even start with me about “Joannie Loves Chachi.”
So, thereafter, any show which has gone on too long and really should consider putting itself out of our misery is termed having “jumped the shark.”
And then he sent me this article written by Ben Shapiro, which outlines an awfully good argument as to why “24” has jumped the shark.
It pains me to say this, but I might have to agree. However, I will continue watching “24” in the hopes that they will prove me wrong. And that Jack Bauer will turn Ben Shapiro into a pretzel and eat him for breakfast.
What do you think? Has “24” jumped the shark?