It would be wrong to say that my guardian angel or the Holy Spirit really cares whether I watch the TV show “24”. Yet, I will happily thank the Lord for small gifts of unimportant things.
I’m the happy owner of a Tivo—a device which ensures that I actually watch less TV and that the TV doesn’t manage my time, but instead I manage it—and among the shows on the “season pass” is “24”, the action-packed thrilling adventures of federal counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer. Unfortunately, the way the season pass feature of the Tivo works, you must rank your shows such that when two shows are on at the same time on different channels, the Tivo knows which one to record. That’s been fine all season—until the Sci-Fi Channel decided to move “Stargate Atlantis” reruns to Monday night. For some reason, SG:A was listed higher than 24 and thus ... you guessed it, no 24.
For most shows, I’d shrug and wait for the rerun. However, 24 is a real-time show, i.e. the season depicts 24 hours over 24 episodes. Miss one hour and that episode is a loss. Grrr. Now if this had been “Lost” or one like it, I would have gone to the iTunes Music Store and paid $1.99 to legally download a copy of the missing episode. But the Fox network has been obstinate lately in declaring it would not offer shows for download ... until now.
Yep, that’s right. As of today, Fox is selling episodes of the current season of “24” on the iTunes Music Store, along with a bunch of their other shows.
Okay, it’s not a big deal, at least not of the “Pope Benedict declares a universal indult!” variety, but it’s still kind of cool, and it makes me happy. And that’s good because if you ask Melanie, I was not happy last night when I realized the Tivo had not recorded “24”. It’s not a big deal, but still God is good even in the little, unimportant things.