Meedogenloze martelingen voor het landsbelang’ Een onderzoek naar moraal en emotie in Jesper Kies 16 augustus 2010

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Master Thesis

Media & Cultuur

Meedogenloze martelingen voor het landsbelang’

Een onderzoek naar moraal en emotie in

Jesper Kies

16 augustus 2010

Hoe komen morele keuzes van de personages in seizoen vier van de populaire dramaserie 24 tot stand en in hoeverre speelt emotie binnen deze keuzes een rol?

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Faculteit der Historische Kunstwetenschappen

Master Media & Cultuur

Begeleidend docente dr. Tonny Krijnen

Tweede lezer dr. E. Hitters

Naam student Jesper Kies

Studentnummer 291295

Datum 16 augustus 2010

Na ruim een half jaar is het dan eindelijk zo ver. Met trots presenteer ik u mijn definitieve onderzoeksverslag. Na een wat langzame start, kan ik tevreden terugkijken op mijn vorderingen. Ik hoop dan ook dat u met veel plezier het door mij uitgevoerde onderzoek zult doorlezen.

Ik wil de mensen die mij hebben bijgestaan tijdens het traject ontzettend bedanken. Allereerst wil ik dr. Tonny Krijnen van harte bedanken voor haar uitgebreide ondersteuning, advies en commentaar. Ik kan wel stellen dat ik door u enorm goed ben bijgestaan en dat u mij op verschillende punten de goede richting heeft opgestuurd. Bovendien heeft u mij op verschillende punten de waardering gegeven die mij motiveerde om de vereiste prestaties te leveren. Daarom een mooi dankwoord voor alle moeite die u heeft gestoken in dit project.

Alle anderen die mij hebben bijgestaan tijdens mijn thesis wil ik ten slotte ook nog bedanken. Vooral familie, vrienden en partner die mij voorzien hebben van de nodige ontspanning en waardering tijdens het traject, zijn mij een dankwoord schuldig.

Rotterdam, 16 augustus 2010

Jesper Kies


Jesper Kies 4

Inhoud 5

1. Introductie 441

2. Theoretisch raamwerk 448

2.1. Televisiedrama 449

2.4. Emotie 466

4. Resultaten 477

5. Conclusie 510

6. Literatuur 517

Bijlage 2: Transcripten 523

24 523

The following takes place between 7:00 A.M. and 8:00 A.M.

Woman: Help me. I can’t move. I can’t move. Oh, my God.


Chloe: Sarah, save what you’re doing and log out. I need you on something now.

Sarah: What is it?

Chloe: I just heard from one of our sources. There’s a high probability that someone from our FBI watch list was spotted in Los Angeles yesterday.

Sarah: Tomas Sherak. Who is he?

Chloe: He’s done work with several terrorist cells outside Istanbul. Suspected of coordinating several suicide bombers last summer.

Sarah: Istanbul? There was some chatter this morning about a possible attack by a group out of Turkey. Here it is, from Ankara.

Chloe: What was the target?

Sarah: East coast. New York or D.C. But the time window passed.

Chloe: Passed?

Sarah: The targeted time is for 8:00 A.M. It’s already past 10 on the east coast.

Chloe: What if they got the target wrong and it’s west coast time?

Sarah: I’d say it’ll go down within the hour.

Chloe: Tell Curtis. I’ll take this to Driscoll.

Sarah: I can take it to her.

Chloe: Why?

Sarah: I thought you wanted to keep working it up.

Chloe: You know, you’re really transparent, Sarah. Stop trying to be Driscoll’s pet. She doesn’t like it.

Driscoll: Have you had voice confirmation from anyone on the train?

Guy: No. The signal’s just confirmed the bomb. We’re trying to get in contact now. It’s in a remote area but local police are heading to the scene.

Driscoll: All right. We have discretionary authority out at Point Mugu. Have them direct one of their patrol aircraft over the area. Put the pilot in contact with our people.

Guy: Should we monitor emergency services?

Driscoll: No. County will cover that. A truck loaded with C4 just reeled a train in Santa Clarita. Free up some of your people. Division’s gonna send over data.

Chloe: That could be related to what we just found downstairs.

Driscoll: What’d you find?

Chloe: Two things. First, there was intelligence indicating the possibility of an attack at eight O’clock this morning.

Driscoll: The bombing was at 7:00. That’s in an hour of your Intel. What’s the second thing?

Chloe: A Turkish national on the FBI watch list by the name of Tomas Sherak was last seen in the city. He could be related to the bombing.

Driscoll: OK. Open up channels with Division, start investigating this bombing. And work up what you have on Sherak. We’ll brief you in a few minutes.

Chloe: What about the Defense Department meeting that’s in a half hour?

Driscoll: Who’s Secretary Heller sending?

Chloe: Jack Bauer.

Driscoll: Jack? Are you sure?

Chloe: Yeah, he hasn’t been back… well, since you fired him.


Audrey: Is it gonna be uncomfortable?

Jack: What?

Audrey: Going back to CTU. Seeing Driscoll again.

Jack: I don’t blame her for her decision.

Audrey: How can that be? She forced you out of CTU.

Jack: She didn’t want an ex-junkie on her staff. It’s not unreasonable.

Audrey: You weren’t a junkie. You were doing your job.

Jack: I was addicted to heroin. It didn’t matter why.

Audrey: Do you miss your old job?

Jack: I could have joined other agencies if I still wanted to do field work. But I didn’t. I wanted something different from my life. It might not seem like a lot to you, but for me, to be able to have this kind of a connection with somebody… I couldn’t do that before.

Audrey: I’m glad you can now. We better go.

Jack: Yeah.

Audrey: Secretary Heller’s gonna be at the lobby in five minutes.

Jack: Secretary Heller?

Audrey: Yeah. I called him ‘Dad’ once in a press conference, so I decided then and there to use his title all the time.

Jack: Audrey. Your father’s a very perceptive man. I would like to tell him about us before he finds out on his own.

Audrey: Look, my dad is kinda old fashioned. Even though Paul and I are separated, he… he still considers us married.

Jack: I understand that. And I don’t want your father to draw the wrong conclusion and think that I had anything to do with the breakup between you and Paul.

Audrey: Yeah, but you didn’t. Please, Jack. Let’s just give it a little more time. I’m gonna tell you something. I don’t want you to panic. I’m falling in love with you. Look, I don’t want you to say anything. And I don’t need you to feel the same way. I just wanted you to know.

Jack: I will see you downstairs.

Audrey: Yes.


Curtis: All right. This is what we have: a known terrorist named Tomas Sherak. Made assurance into the country undetected. We believe there’s a likelihood Sherak helped organized a train attack in Santa Clarita. If he did, he’s gonna get out of the country as fast as he can.

Driscoll: Which means we have a small window of opportunity here. Who’s covering airports and costumes?

Edgar: I am. I missioned a mandate to LAX, Long Beach and Ontario.

Chloe: As usual, Edgar, we can’t hear you. Also, where’s your laptop in case you need to pull data?

Edgar: I’m sorry, I’ll speak up. And I don’t need my laptop. I have everything memorized. What I was saying is that I’ve contacted all the airports and added extra layers of security.

Driscoll: Do we have any local contacts for Sherak?

Sarah: We’re looking into those now.

Driscoll: All right. Promote everything we receive up to Division. Let’s find Sherak before he leaves the city. Let’s go.

Chloe: Excuse me Ms. Driscoll; don’t you think it’s a mistake to assume that Sherak is on his way out of Los Angeles?

Driscoll: No.

Chloe: But the timing and the Intel doesn’t quite match. It said 8:00 A.M. and the train bombing happened around 7:00.

Driscoll: Just focus on finding Sherak.


Navi: Yes?

Sherak: It’s Tomas.

Navi: Did Dar get the briefcase?

Sherak: Yes. He’s on his way to you now.

Navi: Good. You did well, Tomas.

Sherak: What about Maurice?

Navi: He’s waiting for you. He has everything you need.

Dina: Behrooz, are you eating with us?

Behrooz: I’ll be right down, Mom.

Navi: I’m concerned about him.

Dina: Concerned? Why?

Navi: I think he’s still seeing this American girl, Debbie.

Dina: You said you’d talk to him.

Navi: I did. I told him he was no longer allowed to have contact with her.

Dina: And he agreed, right?

Navi: Yes. But I think he’s still seeing her behind our backs.

Dina: I’ll speak to him.

Navi: No. I’ll take care of it.

Dina: Behrooz, we’re seating down to eat. Behrooz?

Behrooz: I’m on the phone!

Dina: Get off and come down now.

Navi: Who is he talking to?

Dina: I don’t know.

Behrooz: Sorry.

Navi: Who were you on the phone with?

Behrooz: My friend Scott.

Navi: You were talking to that American girl.

Behrooz: No, I told you. I don’t see her anymore.

Navi: Don’t lie to me, Behrooz! I hear your phone calls at night. I read your e-mails.

Behrooz: You read my e-mails? That’s my business!

Dina: Don’t you raise your voice to your father.

Navi: While you live under my roof, there is no such thing as your business. No more communications with that girl, do you understand me? Don’t look at her, you’re talking to me.

Behrooz: Yes, Sir.

News reporter on TV: …where a horrible tragedy struck just a short time ago. An early morning commuter train collided with a pickup truck that was apparently crossing the tracks. Reports are coming in that most of the passengers were severely injured. Casualty estimates is high as 30. NTSP agents have arrived on the scene and are investigating the cause. At this time the authorities are not saying whether this was an accident or a targeted attack. But as you can see, there has been…

Navi: So far, everything is on schedule.

Dina: Have you spoken to Tomas?

Navi: Yes. The briefcase is on its way to us now. When he gets here, you’ll take it to the warehouse.

Behrooz: Why doesn’t Dar take it there directly?

Navi: He doesn’t need to know where our people are working. That’s the safest way.

Dina: Behrooz, if your father seems severe, it’s because our job here is a difficult one. If we are to succeed, it’s important that we are of a single mind.

Behrooz: I understand.

Navi: What we will accomplish today will change the world. We’re fortunate that our family has been chosen to do this. We cannot fail.

Behrooz: Yes, father.


Melanie: Good morning, Jennifer. What are you doing here so early?

Andrew: I’m not here early.

Melanie: You’ve been here all night?

Andrew: Yeah.

Melanie: What are you working on?

Andrew: Nothing right now. I’m just stealing some software from a domain in Microsoft.

Melanie: You’re gonna get caught one of these days.

Andrew: Hey, Melanie. Don’t tell anybody, or I’ll have to kill you. What the hell is this? Whoa. Melanie, come look at this.

Melanie: Looks like someone’s trying to corrupt the internet.

Andrew: Yeah. But it hasn’t started propagating yet. They’re just placing the nodes. Look at this. This thing can take every system in the world.

Melanie: You’ve gotta tell somebody.

Andrew: If I call the Feds from here they’ll trace the call. They’ll know I was stealing code.

Melanie: Do it from a payphone.

Andrew: Yeah.


Heller: No, I’m up to speed on the train bombing. How many confirmed dead?

Al: 32.

Heller: I didn’t know that.

Al: Call Carl.

Heller: I will. Thanks, Al. 32 dead.

Jack: What’s the initial assessment?

Heller: An act of terrorism. When you get to CTU, I want you to find out all the details and call me.

Jack: Yes, Sir.

Heller: And listen, I don’t want anyone except the two of you to know about this meeting with Richard.

Audrey: Of course.

Heller: I tried to get a hold of you last night. Where were you?

Audrey: I had dinner with a friend.

Heller: Oh. Anyone I know?

Audrey: No.

Heller: Jack.

Jack: Sir. I’ll call you when I get to CTU.


Edgar: Yeah. I’ll get her. Hold on.

Chloe: O’Brien.

Edgar: Chloe, it’s Edgar Stiles.

Chloe: Edgar, you don’t need to use your last name, you’ve been here over a month. What is it?

Edgar: OK, uh… I got someone on the line who says he’s a friend of yours and needs to talk to you.

Chloe: Who, Edgar?

Edgar: His name’s Andrew Paige.

Chloe: Fine, put him through.

Edgar: OK.

Andrew: Hello?

Chloe: Andrew, you know I can’t take personal calls here.

Andrew: It’s not personal. I found something on the net I think you should know about.

Chloe: What?

Andrew: There’s a fake net table in several large purport matters that was loaded this morning.

Chloe: How would you know that?

Andrew: I was trying to download some software and I noticed it.

Chloe: And by ‘download’ I assume you mean ‘steal’, otherwise you wouldn’t have even seen the net table.

Andrew: OK, fine. But I hacked deeper and I found all kinds of stuff.

Chloe: What kind of stuff?

Andrew: I think someone’s positioning codes for a major internet attack. The thing is that not all the code remarks are in English.

Chloe: What language were they in?

Andrew: I don’t know. Looked Middle-Eastern. Like Arabic or Turkish, maybe.

Driscoll: You found something?

Curtis: Yeah. Sarah was working on the list of known contacts for Sherak.

Sarah: This is in Flanksenone. Maurice Landstrass. He has a dry cleaners in Studio city. We dug into the records and found his business is owned by a holding company based out of Ankara, Turkey.

Driscoll: All right. Give this to Ronnie. Tell him to get over there and see what he can find.

Chloe: Excuse me, Ms. Driscoll.

Driscoll: What is it, Chloe?

Chloe: I just got a call from an old classmate, Andrew Paige. He noticed that a number of high profile internet nodes had been compromised. I think this could be related to our present threat.

Driscoll: What makes you say that?

Chloe: A computer network virus was launched this morning from a server somewhere in Turkey. That’s where Sherak is from. Should I start working it up?

Driscoll: No. The bombing and Sherak are all we should be dealing with now. Go pass it to the FBI.


Sarah: Excuse me, Sir. Can I help you?

Jack: Yes. I have a scheduled meeting with Erin Driscoll.

Chloe: Jack. It’s OK, Sarah. This is Jack Bauer.

Sarah: Oh, Mr. Bauer. I’m sorry.

Jack: No, it’s fine. Chloe, how have you been?

Chloe: Not perfect, but OK, I guess. How are Kim and Chase?

Jack: Good. They just got a house in Valencia. Kim’s taking care of Angela and Chase is working for a private security company.

Chloe: That’s interesting. I mean, I’m interested; I just have to set up a protocol.

Jack: Yeah.

Curtis: Jack.

Jack: Curtis. Is everything ready for our meeting?

Curtis: Almost. But I should tell you, it’ll probably get cut short today.

Jack: The train bombing at Santa Clarita?

Curtis: Among other things.

Jack: What other things?

Curtis: I don’t wanna bore you with it.

Ronnie: We’re out.

Curtis: OK, we’ll have you in voice 3, data 4. Alright, Ronnie, this is Jack Bauer. Jack, Ronnie Lobell.

Jack: Nice to meet you.

Ronnie: Hey, Jack.

Curtis: Ronnie’s got your old job, Head of Field Ops.

Jack: Yeah, I know. How’s it going?

Ronnie: It’s busy. Nice meeting you.

Jack: Look, would you rather reschedule this?

Curtis: No, that won’t be necessary. Erin’ll be freed up in a couple of minutes. I’ll tell you what, why don’t you use this station making your calls? It won’t be long.

Jack: OK.

Curtis: OK.

Jack: Thank you.


Audrey: I don’t know, Max. Let me find out. One of the representatives from Van Hamburg. He wants to know how long you will push back today.

Heller: Don’t change anything with Van Hamburg.

Audrey: We’ll stick to the original schedule. OK, Max, yeah. We’ll see you then.

Heller: Have you spoken with your brother?

Audrey: No. I don’t think he even knows I’m coming with you today.

Heller: That’s probably best that he doesn’t.

Audrey: Alright. I’ll stay in the car. Dad, look, even if Richard does go to that protest in Lockheed, it’s not the end of the world. It’s not a page one story.

Heller: That’s not the point. It’s an embarrassment to me, and to the President.

Audrey: What are you gonna say to him?

Heller: I have no idea.

Audrey: The thing that gets to me is he doesn’t even know the first thing about the politics of all this. He’s just doing it to rebel against you.

Heller: When did I become the enemy? What did I do?

Audrey: Nothing. Richard’s acting like a spoilt child. He’s gonna have to grow up someday.

[Audrey’s phone rings. She answers it.]

Audrey: Audrey Raines.

Woman: The President calling for Secretary Heller.

Audrey: Yeah. It’s the President’s office.

Heller: Heller here.

Woman: Please hold for the President.

Keeler: James.

Heller: Yes, Mr. President?

Keeler: James, I’m thinking of raising the terror alert.

Heller: Because of the train bombing out here?

Keeler: No, not just that. Langley’s picked up some chatter. We also have Intel on some watch listed individuals who’ve gotten into the country.

Heller: Well, my instinct is to wait until the NTSP ways in on the bombing. In the meantime, we can increase our state of readiness.

Keeler: All right. I’ll take that into consideration. I’m meeting with the Secretary of State, the Director Shaye in a few minutes. I’ll see if they feel the same about it.

Heller: Yes, Mr. President.


Jack: Thank you. Hello, Erin.

Driscoll: Hello, Jack.

Jack: I’m sorry Secretary Heller couldn’t be here today.

Driscoll: It’s just as well. As I’m sure you were told, we have a protocol in progress. So, why don’t we just go over the items and get it over with?

Jack: It’s fine with me.

Driscoll: I’ll be direct with you, Jack. I didn’t like the budget your boss proposed.

Jack: What’s the problem?

Driscoll: Well, as Department of Defense, he’s asking for 85 percent of all interagency moneys, which leaves very little for CTU.

Jack: If you want a bigger piece of the pie, you’re gonna have to justify it.

Driscoll: I have a proposal for you.

Jack: You wanna use satellite surveillance for all the traffic at the harbor?

Driscoll: Yes. Problem?

Jack: Yes. It’s insufficient. You need to maintain bodies on the ground.

Driscoll: Too expensive.

Jack: Not if you utilize intelligence from the other agencies. Look, I am not gonna have Secretary Heller sign off on a budget that doesn’t make sense.

Driscoll: I’ll talk to Heller about it myself.

Jack: No, you’ll talk to me. We’re not doing this twice.

[Intercom rings]

Guy: Erin, Ronnie’s just arrived at Landstrass’ cleaners.

Driscoll: Where is the feed?

Guy: It’ll be on channel one as soon as he sets the hidden camera.

Driscoll: Excuse me, Jack.

Ronnie: So, here we go. Stand down until I give the order. Aaron, go around the back. Sean, you go take the side. Hello?

Landstrass: May I help you?

Ronnie: Are you Mr. Landstrass?

Landstrass: Do I know you?

Ronnie: My name’s Ronnie Lobell. I’m with Los Angeles CTU. I need to ask you a few questions. What do you know about a man named Tomas Sherak?

Landstrass: I don’t know this name.

Ronnie: Really? ‘Cause we have records of you contacting him in the last two days.

Landstrass: It wasn’t me. I run a legitimate business here.

Ronnie: I never said your business wasn’t legitimate, Sir.

Landstrass: Look, you just can’t walk in here and harass me.

Jack: He’s hiding something.

Ronnie: Sir, I’m not harassing you. I need to ask you a few questions.

Driscoll: It’s being handled, Jack.

Jack: Erin, listen to me, the store is open for business but the blinds are closed, there’s no other employees, this guy is way too nervous. Trust me, he’s hiding something.

Driscoll: Ronnie, turn your back on Landstrass for a moment, please.

Ronnie: It says here you open at 6:00 A.M. Have you been here the entire time?

Landstrass: Yes. What’s this about?

Jack: Right there. Did you see that?

Driscoll: Yeah.

Jack: Tell him to look for something on his right.

Driscoll: Ronnie, on Landstrass’ right. See if there’s anywhere Sherak can be hiding.

Ronnie: Do you mind if I take a look behind that counter?

Landstrass: Yes, I do mind. Look, this is my store and I want you to walk out now.

Ronnie: Sir, I’m not walking out of here until I take a look at that counter.

Landstrass: Look, you just can’t walk in here…

Ronnie: Back door! It’s Sherak. We’ve got him.

Driscoll: Great job.


Audrey: Remember dad, we’re on tight schedule today.

Heller: Richard?

Richard: Dad.

[Audrey’s phone rings]

Audrey: Hello?

Jack: Hey, it’s me.

Audrey: Hey. Aren’t you supposed to be in your meeting with Driscoll?

Jack: Yeah, she had to step away. Listen, CTU’s just picked up a prime suspect in the train bombing. They’re bringing him in for questioning now.

Audrey: Yeah. My father’s dealing with Richard.

Jack: That’s all right. I’ll brief him later. I just wanted to let you know.

Audrey: All right. That’s… that’s good news.

Jack: Yeah. Yeah, I think so.

Audrey: All right. Umm… I’ll talk to you later.

Jack: Wait, wait.

Audrey: What is it?

Jack: Look, about earlier… I don’t want you to think that that made me uncomfortable. It’s just that since Teri died, I never thought I…

Audrey: Jack, it’s all right. I understand.

Jack: No. No, you don’t. I just want you to know that… I’m falling in love with you too.

Audrey: Wow, umm… You caught me off-guard.

Jack: Yeah, I’m sorry about that. Look, Driscoll’s coming back. I gotta go.

Audrey: Then go.

Jack: OK. I’ll talk to you when I get a break.

Audrey: All right.

Jack: What’s happening with the suspect?

Driscoll: Ronnie’s bringing him in.

Jack: Who is he?

Driscoll: Fortunately for you, Jack, it’s our problem, not yours.

Jack: Right.


Richard: I’m going, dad. And there’s nothing you can do to stop me. How many cars do you need to get places?

Heller: I didn’t come here to argue about the environment, Richard.

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