Nobody likes to be called a dummy by a dummy.

Pointless observation: Jack -- generic hero name...

Jack Bauer, 24; Jack O'Neil, Stargate; Jack, Lost; Jack Carver, FarCry (which, incidentally, seems to have had an unreasonable amount of influence on Lost so far); Jack Burton, Big Trouble in Little China; Jack Colton, Jewel of the Nile/Romancing the Stone; and probably many more -- I wouldn't be surprised if MacGyver's first name turned out to be Jack...
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 26th, 2005
No, MacGyver's name was Angus.

Jack Ryan is a big Tom Clancy hero.
Permalink Tayssir John Gabbour 
August 26th, 2005
Angus MacGyver? Man, that's a shit name...
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 26th, 2005
Yeah, he thought so too.

But you were really close, as Jack Dalton was his ne'er do well friend.

MacGyver was really a show that could've been so much better than it was. Many scripts descended into lunacy. (At least so I remember, watching it a couple years ago.)
Permalink Tayssir John Gabbour 
August 26th, 2005
Most shows of that era descended into lunacy.
Permalink Almost H. Anonymous 
August 26th, 2005
Mat you are so in love with Jack Bauer.

It's okay, I think he's cool too. I can't wait for next season. I wonder if Chase will come back.
Permalink Jeff Barton 
August 26th, 2005
You forgot

Jack & The Beanstalk
Jack & Jill
Captian Jack

http://www.imdb.com/Find?select=Characters&for=jack
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 26th, 2005
I'm beginning to go off Jack Bauer, and in fact the whole 24 thing. You just know that anyone who becomes the "only suspect" is going to be dead within an hour or so, shortly after giving the identity of the next "only suspect"; there's always going to be at least one person who gets in trouble for assisting Jack while he's breaking rules, and you also know for certain that it's going to turn out to have been the right thing to do; someone's going to authorise an "if you get caught, we know nothing about it and you're on your own" crazy mission; and there's going to be a mole within CTU. At least season 4 has abandoned the oh-so-tedious "Jack's daughter in trouble every five minutes" ploy, but even so it's wearing a little thin.
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 26th, 2005
Blimey. This guy played five different Jacks in his career:

http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0010134/
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 26th, 2005
Are you still watching season four over on that side?

If so, I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say that it doesn't break formula, so don't get your hopes up. For some reason though, I just know when next season comes around, and the stupid hype is saying "best season ever", I'm gonna get hooked all over again.

Go Tony!
Permalink Jeff Barton 
August 26th, 2005
I am Jack's raging bile duct.
Permalink  
August 26th, 2005
Jack is the hero. Tim or Timmy is the sick little boy. Kevin is gay. Over, and over, and over.
Permalink XYZZY 
August 26th, 2005
Jack? Who's Jack? The hero in Spooks was called Tom:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/spooks/
Permalink trollop 
August 27th, 2005
Of course if you go back far enough you get Jack Falstaff - which is where it all breaks down of course.
Permalink a cynic writes... 
August 27th, 2005
Jumpin Jack Flash
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 27th, 2005
"Are you still watching season four over on that side?"

It finished on satellite a few months ago, and came out on DVD a few weeks back (which is how I'm watching it), and probably won't hit terrestrial TV for a long time. (The BBC are re-running season 1 at the moment.)

I have two episodes of season 4 left to watch, and I gave up hope long ago of it being significantly different from the previous 3. Given that there are two hours left and there's a "stealth" cruise missile in the air heading in an unknown direction, the ending is probably going to be very lame and contrived and I'm going to be annoyed. :)
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 27th, 2005
24 sort of rides on Kiefer Sutherlands acting. The writing is ok, but becomes repetative pretty soon. They just stack obstacles. The first two or three seasons had an air of realism that also made it pretty cool, but I feel like they are loosing that and drifting more and more towards a generic action tv show.
Permalink Eric Debois 
August 27th, 2005
Jack Aubrey, Jack Shaftoe, Jack the Giantkiller.
Permalink Matt Conrad 
August 27th, 2005
Jack Ruby
Permalink Geert-Jan Thomas 
August 29th, 2005
Jack ?Off.
Permalink  
August 29th, 2005
Yea for Jack Shaftoe!

Oh, and there's Jack Bristow...
Permalink John Haren 
August 29th, 2005
And "You don't know Jack."
Permalink AllanL5 
August 29th, 2005
Yes, I think it all came from Jack and the Beanstalk, Giant Killer, etc.

Also, isn't "Lucky Jack" Aubrey actually John Aubrey?
Permalink AllanL5 
August 29th, 2005
Yes, but nobody called him anything but Jack. Well, Goldilocks. :)
Permalink Matt Conrad 
August 30th, 2005

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