A volcanologist arrives at a countryside named Dante's Peak after a long dormant volcano, which has recently been named the second most desirable place to live in America, and discovers that Dante's Peak, may wake up at any moment. I like movies like this. I've seen this one many times over the years!
The most ingenious solutions are often the simplest ones. 24 found a way to get around the "Nowhere Man" problem that The Fugitive-type shows had always faced: Simply end the main story arc at the end of the season! No matter how far-fetched the subplots might get, working towards an ending prevents your characters from looking as silly as the ones in Lost!