November 05, 2008 at 10:24 PM EST

Assuming you’re still following the antics of Federal Agent Jack Bauer et al, it’ll take SIX hours of viewing to bone up for 24‘s upcoming seventh season. As an appetizer, there’s the two-hour prequel movie, 24: Redemption, airing Sunday, Nov. 23, ostensibly to bridge the sizable gapbetween 24‘s sixth and seventh seasons. Then, nearly two months later, the four-hour season premiere will finally be served as a two-day feast, on Sunday, Jan. 11 and Monday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. This begs two questions:

1. With the ubiquity of DVRs, the ease of renting DVDs and streaming shows online, are we accustomed to consuming bigger blocks of shows in single sittings?

2. Thanks to the writers’ strike, 24 has been off the air for nearly two years. Do we care enough to devote six hours to it, as the writers play catch-up with viewers?  I’m not sure I do, but feel free to convince me otherwise below.

More on 24:
24 postpones season 7 due to strike
EW rates four of 24‘s season pilots
24 shuts down production for rewrites

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