24: Season 4, Episode 1

Day 4: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. (9 Jan. 2005)

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A train collides with a truck filled with explosives. A man is shot. Over the phone, Jack Bauer hears the screams of his kidnapped sweetheart.



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Curtis Manning (as Roger Cross)


18 months after being fired Jack Bauer returns to CTU as an Assistant to Secretary of Defense James Heller. CTU nabs a suspect who bombed a train but is unaware that the bombing is part of a larger plot. A computer programmer named Andrew Paige discovers a strange code in Turkish on the Internet and believes it's part of a terrorist plot. Written by Derfel85

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As of this episode, William Devane (James Heller), Kim Raver (Audrey Raines) and Alberta Watson (Erin Driscoll) join the regular cast. See more »


Ronnie goes into the dry cleaner and sets down the two-direction camera. He's clearly behind the camera and should appear in its "rear view," but back at CTU the rear view monitor shows no sign of him. See more »


James Heller: Oh, spare me your sixth grade Michael Moore logic.
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A New Season & A Lot Of New Faces
6 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Eighteen months have elapsed since we last saw Jack Bauer, the gang at C.T.U. and various terrorists. We learn through watching the first half hour or so a number of things that have transpired since then, and is happening now as we join the show. (note - I never saw any "prequel" bridging seasons three and four.) The following paragraph, taken from "Wiki 2" sums it up better than I could. My personal comments follow it.

"Jack is now working for Secretary of Defense James Heller after being fired by Erin Driscoll, Special Agent In Charge of CTU. She, like a lot of people in this year's show, was not part of the CTU team last season (season 3), at least not that I remember. Jack, as we see in this first episode, gets back into the ballgame, so to speak, when he is called to CTU for some budget talks with Driscoll. The new ballgame involves a terrorist plot which begins with a train being blown up and then, an hour later, the bigger mission of Heller and his daughter Audrey being abducted. Audrey is her dad's , chief policy assistant and, to really complicate matters, Jack's new lover. She is separated-but not divorced from her husband."

So, it looks like Jack will be back with CTU once again. Driscoll had fired him because of his drug addiction, which he had used to become accepted by the last terrorists. Anyway, she doesn't look like much of an ally to Jack but it's only the first show. I learned from watching Season 3 - my first year watching this - that nothing is for certain as the writers love to put in a ton of twists to each episode. I guess I can expect that again, with all kinds of surprises. It is odd, however, to see a whole new staff, except for Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub). The latter is pictured in this first episode as even more irritating, rude, tactless and frowning, than in the previous season!

We also have a new President of the United States: President John Keeler, played by Geoffrey Pierson. He replaces the popular Dennis Haysbert, who is now fighting military battles on "The Unit."

Anyway, what we do know it that these terrorists are from Turkey and that key players are a family: husband, wife and 20-ish son temporarily residing in the Los Angeles area. They, and their cohorts, apparently from Ankara, Turkey, are the villains.

We also have a side story with a computer hacker named "Andrew Paige," who accidentally gets wind of some Internet attack. He knows Chloe and tries to warn here. The bad guys find out about him and wipe out his friends. Paige narrowly escapes. He is played by Lukas Haas, who will forever be remembered by me as the little Amish boy in the great '80s film "Witness."

Veteran film actor William Devane plays Heller and Shohreh Aghdashloo, who I remember the movie, "House Of Sand and Fog," plays the wife in the terrorist family mentioned earlier.

It looks like another complicated, hectic, frustrating (Jack seems to know more than the new entire CTU put together), emotional, violent, etc., etc., season!

Once again, I am fortunate to see these episodes on DVD and my reviews will be written as I watch each one of them. This "Season Three" of "24" was originally aired three years ago as of this review in late 2007.

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