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It has been quite a while since we've seen 24 on television and finally
after a year it is back to bring us and hour of of a thrill ride in
2009. And as usual Fox airs a two parter on Sunday and a two parter on
Monday when a new season starts. Originally these episodes where shot
before 2008, but because of the writer's strike and Keifer Sutherland's
DUI the show was put on halt for a while, but now things seem to be A
OK with the cast and crew and now the thrill ride has begun...
Now tonight was the annual Godlen Globes awards and though I don't really care if a movie wins any awards, I do check them out anyway for sportsmanship, but missed a good chunk of it tonight, was it worth it you ask? Well, I'd have to say after watching this 2 hour season starter, this was 2 hours well spent.
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m./9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.- It's a nice morning in Washington D.C. but not so much for the Lathan family. Technical Enginer Mr Lathan argues with his daughter over her Cell phone, sadly the situation gets worse and actually it's well above a typical Cell phone argument between father and daughter. Within an instant their van is crashed by another, masked men with guns come out and grab Lathan and take him with them. Meanwhile after going through heck in Africa Jack Bauer is put on trial in the state senate and questioned if he sued extreme interrogation methods just to save a group of children. After explaining that he had no choice and wasn't acting above the law FBI agent Renee Walker arrives asks for Bauer to come with her, the judge allows it but says Bauer must be back tomorrow. Jack is taken to the FBI where he is informed by Agent Malice informs Jack that there have been six recorded technology thefts in the recent weeks, the threat levels are anything but low as national security is at hand. Jack is told that a person from his past is behind it, the thought-to-be-dead Tony. Jack is in disbelief, utter, but after being shown some evidence, it feels like he's seen a ghost but Jack knows his objectives as an agent of the united states, he won't back down. They find a connection to Tony, another familiar face, Scheckter. They travel to his destination and have a Q&A, naturally he doesn't say anything till Jack interrogates him, but before he can speak he is shot by a sniper form above a close building. With a call to Malice a lock down is ordered for the building and SWAT teams pull up and take control of the area. With the help from a rogue agent secretly working for Tony the shooter is helped out of the are.a Jack notices and has him and Renee follow him, but to do so they disobey and lie to Malice, curious Malica has Janis Gold track them. Tony has a partner in this, Emmerson, have been for three years now. They use Lathan to work on their new device which they put to the test on a few planes and to deliver a message to the CIA. Both are working for Gen. Manjuma who is causing problems for President Taylor, she wants to start an invasion now and strip him of his dictatorship. She has debates regarding the decision, but is also informed of the technological terrorist threats recently, including the planes. Meanwhile her husband Henry Taylor goes to meet Samantha, the former love of his late son, and asks her about the money she has and if she was involved in Roger's death.
The story structures for both are very fit, the characters introductions for these new cast of characters are well done, the suspense levels the development and the intensity are not at there low points here. The acting is all top notch.
Overall a good start for this season, can't wait for tomorrow night.
...And so the clock begins to tick...
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I only can say: OH MY GOD!
24 is back... and better than ever. For me this is the best season premiere ever!. And i'm gonna to say my reasons:
1: It's storyline: Not too much explosive either dramatic and without deaths in family. Only with a superb opening sequence and with nerve and emotion all the episode.
2: It's ultimate changes: New place: Washington DC. New characters: Renne Walker (who is the best Bauer girl for me), President Allison Taylor (stunning Madame President) and her husband and his team (the best of her team in The White House is Bob Gunton as Ethan Kanin), The FBI Headquarters commanded by Larry Moss (he looks like a great character despite his dislikement with Bauer) and all the FBI team... Yeah, it looks like it appears... This year, all the characters are too much good!.
3: It's villain: Tony Almeida. The best performance of Carlos Bernard so far and a totally unexpected way to resurrect the character.
4: It's Bauer: A brand new day must have a brand new Bauer. This could be his best introduction in a new threat in the series: being judge due to his past violent actions. One more time, I must pray the perfect performance from Kiefer Sutherland on his Jack Bauer.
Am i gonna to say anything more?. Yes: YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS SEASON START!. Season 7 Begins on a high.
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Four years after Abu Fayed's reign of terror, CTU has been disbanded by
the government. Jack Bauer is being questioned in a Senate hearing led
by Senator Blaine Mayer regarding his illegal use of torture to prevent
terrorist attacks. The FBI discovers a plot to infiltrate the nation's
computer infrastructure when they learn that security expert Michael
Latham has been kidnapped. Jack is enlisted to help the investigation
because of his personal history with the believed-deceased Tony
Almeida, who is very much alive and is believed to be one of the
terrorists. While Latham is forced to repair a "CIP device" for the
terrorists, Bauer and Renee Walker question a broker with connections
to Almeida. However, the suspect is killed by a sniper during the
In summary,here the events that happened during that hour:
1.President Allison Taylor prepares to invade Sangala to stop the mass- murders by Benjamin Juma.
2.Henry Taylor investigates the apparent suicide of his son, Roger. FBI agent Renee Walker pulls Jack Bauer out of a Senate hearing to help with the CIP firewall crisis and inform him of the return of Tony Almeida.
3.Jack Bauer tracks down Gabriel Schector, a former contact of his and Tony's, but Schector is killed before he can say anything.
4.Tony Almeida calls Jack and tells him to give up as he will not find anything. He then breaches air traffic control with the help of Michael Latham, taking over control of a commercial flight.
Day 7 begins with a shocker.Tony Almeida,who was presumed to be dead,is alive and the new villain.This sets things to be interesting in the new season of 24 after having a disappointing Day 6.I hope that 24 fans won't be denied of the fun and excitement that they are used to experiencing to when watching this TV series.
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The seventh season premiere of "24" is an odd little anecdote and
artifact during the later years of the series. The creative team
produced the premiere about six months following the broadcast of the
previous season's finale (they had several unprecedented false starts
in their planning prior to this season that caused this delay), yet
"Redemption," they produced almost a year later, while they were only
about halfway through shooting the seventh season.
I'll give you a moment to wrap your head around that.
With "Redemption" being made so long after that abysmal proceeding season, it allowed a year's worth of hindsight to inform its production, as well as the handful of episodes made before the 2007 Writers Strike to guide them. Admittedly, "Day 7: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m." isn't the best produced hour that the show had made. It's full of clunky plotting that cursed much of the sixth season and a writing staff gaining their confidence back after a disastrous run of episodes.
Picking up a few months after the prequel, the show gets back on the right track merely by the end of the first act. Everything is presented there without the benefit of breathing room, which is good for jaded fans, and even better for newbies.
The show needs to establish where Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) was in the interim four years since the previous season, and what's happening to him when he's answering for his torture of terrorism suspects. It needs to shut down CTU and establish that the vastly different (and more bureaucratic) FBI that will be taking point in the thwarting of terrorists this season. We've switched locations (for the better) from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C, even if it's just CGI and blue tints. ...and oh yeah, Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) faked his death for non-wholesome reasons...
Yet...it works. Any show that introduces meta-commetary as a way of answering critics, by principle stands upon shakier ground than when they started. Just look at the "Trial of a Time Lord" arc of the original Doctor Who run for proof. In this particular case, it benefits the show that they're raising the issue that our main hero might be a "thug with a badge," to quote Paul Raines (James Frain) from season four, without really making such bold statements yet.
At this early juncture, it's better they tease this premise than simply diving right in, to give them room to add and subtract elements as they go. Even if FBI Director Larry Moss (Jeffrey Nordling) leers dangerously close to being the stereotypical spineless pencil- pushing bureaucrat loves to portray, he's far from being a boring obstructionist. The same goes for Renee Walker (Annie Wersching), who clearly has boundaries regarding torture, yet knows when to help and not hinder when Jack's questioning a opulent hacker (Tommy Flanagan).
Season six hit a wall early for laying it's cards out to early. "Unlawful detention and racism aren't really good, even if we're being continually attacked." "Jack Bauer is psychologically scarred from torture." "The leader of the terrorism cell that's attacking us wants to call a ceasefire." It helps the premiere immensely that credited writers Howard Gordon, Joel Surnow and Michael Loceff write with such a feverous pace as to not linger upon them for long. Within the universe, it's been four years since the end of the last season, and no one seems bothered how much has changed, so why should we?
Also, Tony Almeida is our big villain now, directing his gang into kidnapping a government engineer (John Billingsley) at the start of the hour to press him to manufacture an override devise that can hack air traffic control and other public utilities. By the end of the hour, him and his crew, with the aid of Billingsley's device, hijack the communications between a commercial airliner and air traffic control.
Bernard brings back his familiar cadence and body language to Tony Almeida, but other than that they might as well be two different people. That compassionate, yet easily reactive personality he found before in the character he replaces with a cold, blank hostile stare. Originally, the writers meant Jack Bauer to be in Tony's position, yet the idea stretched credulity for the amount of time we've known the character.
As silly as they envisioned his inexplicable survival of taking a needle to the chest, his adverse transformation likely seemed irresistible to the writers after that initial spark came. "What would have happened to Tony after he said his dying words, 'She's gone, Jack,' hypothetically if he survived?" was probably something similar to what was said in the writers room.
At the moment, all this works better on paper than what's on screen, Tony's plot line notwithstanding. When they created President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) and the First Husband (Colm Feore), they were still fine-tuning what makes her president unique from the five proceeding fictional Commander-In-Chiefs, beside a reticent National Security Council and a dead First Son. Likewise, all the personal squabbling at the FBI feels perfunctory at its most benign and banal at worst. Even if the creative did themselves a solid and hired Janeane Garofalo, someone with a Honest-To-God earthshaking personality.
Everyone is doing an admirable job here, even if it's not very memorable, they're far from a lost cause. Then again, that's roughly where the last season started too... Either way, a promising start...
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