Yeah, Torture always works in the show, and there were even bits where they were acting like the suspects getting Lawyers couldn't be allowed because THE CLOCK IS TICKING. And of course the clock was always ticking, because nothing happens over days and weeks in the show, it's always a manner of hours and minutes, which was one of general problems with the formula(along with there had to be 24 hour long episodes). They wanted to keep the tension up but at the same time, they were also writing by the seat of their pants so shit happens way too fast often times but at the same time, one season had them finish the main plot 7 hours early, so they had to shoehorn in a plot about the Chinese because, of course they did. A sane writer would have just ended the season there but it's not called 17 so they had to fill the remaining 7 hours somehow.Exactly why I did not get sucked in. I remember watching that 90 minute TV movie special once, and after viewing, I said "Nope, fuck this show. I'm out!". I remember the show did gain controversy for a good while on positively enforcing, or saying "it's okay" to torture as long as that person or people are super evil. With the show's writing and portrayal of it, I can't blame people for thinking otherwise. Everything just rubbed me the wrong way.