24’s debt to those old Republic serials

Don’t believe that 24 is essentially Buck Rogers or King of the Rocket Man, given a new twist for television?

Well, in an effort to summarise 24 in a single sentence, I hit on this line, paraphrased from the glorious movie Flash Gordon. Tell me that it doesn’t hit the nail on the head exactly:

“Jack, I love you, but we only have 24 hours to save the Earth!”