City of Roses
It's a television show. Fiction.
I find it humorous, however, that you're prickling over some incorrect reactions, when the entire basis of the show (Superman Jack) is completely unbelievable.
It is indeed fiction, and I myself acknowledged in the second sentence of my opening response that "the show is designed more as entertainment than anything."
I'm arguing, even by fiction's standards, the writing is beyond embarrassing. The show isn't based on a true story, but it's not a cartoon either. "24" is a thriller designed to run in "real-time" that's centered around a government agent who tries to safeguard the nation, particularly his home community of Los Angeles, against terrorists.
So Jack Bauer (or this particular Jack Bauer anyway) is a fictional character, but many of the themes of the show are the same themes that we constantly hear about via the news cycle and our elected officials. Terrorism is a real issue. Torture is a real issue. Racial profiling is a real issue. How we effectively fight terrorism while safeguarding our civil liberties is a real issue, all of which are frequently depicted on "24".
Indeed, there are experienced agents who have been shot and recovered, who endured torture but perservered in spite of it, agents whose families have been threatened and vowed to do everything they could to protect their loved ones as Jack Bauer did in Season One. It can without a doubt be argued how silly it is Bauer has went on this long, or at least went on this long without receiving some sort of physical disability, but all in all I've found Bauer to be believable enough as a central character of the program.
What's absolutely NOT believable to me is how President Wayne Palmer, the victim in an attempted assassination by dissenters of his foreign policy within his administration, fell into a coma from it, and barely later he automatically resurrects from that coma, has enough energy to speak and work, and then, despite already being injected with adrenaline before, it didn't affect his decision-making before but after being injected with a second dose he suddenly has that Freaky Friday moment and decides to enact that nuclear strike that he had protested staunchly from the beginning.
Even by fiction's standards it's terrible writing!
By the way, I don't think I'll continue to watch "24" when Bauer is killed off. It just won't feel natural to me anyomore as a program, where the show was designed to be centered around Bauer to begin with, and how he has become the determined counter-terrorism agent he is, what previous events and military service in his life spawned some of the very villians he has went after, what, essentially, makes Bauer tick. Whereas, if you put a whole new agent at the helm, it's simply not nearly as engaging.
My opinion is once Bauer is killed, they should add a sub-title to the title of "24" to indicate that it remains this thriller situated in "real-time", but it's a whole different protagonist and his/her story. Perhaps, for example, "24: Slick Ricky"?
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"