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"24" Day 7: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. (2009)

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24 out of 32 people found the following review useful:

A great ending to a truly phenomenal season

10/10
Author: squirtsquirt7 from United States
20 May 2009

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Where do I start? After waiting for season 7 to grace our television screens for 20 months, it is gone by already. I enjoyed this season so much and I believe it was one of the greatest seasons 24 has ever had. The plot lines were great, and the acting was outstanding, Kiefer really showed us everything he had this year, Carlos Bernard showed us new acting depths when Tony turned evil, he played it so awesome, Annie Wersching was fantastic(and hot I might add) and I can't wait to see what they do with Renee next season. Cherry Jones really made the female President work. The finale was great going with more drama then action, any scene between Jack and Tony was amazing and has been all year, the scene where Tony confronts Alan Wilson was the best scene of the entire episode. And the end where Kim comes in to save a dying Jack, just great stuff, the only complaint I have is that I have to wait until January for Day 8. I hope this show and it's actors get some recognition at the Emmys this year!!

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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Season 7: A strong and entertaining season that excises the memory of season 6 despite some problems of its own (MASSIVE SPOILERS)

Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom
6 June 2009

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Can we all now just agree that season 6 was poor? I struggled to finish it and it did worry me because when successful shows start to fade it can be hard to get them back on the rails of what made them successful in the first place – many resort to endless guest stars, adding characters or other temporary fixes that are meant to make an old fish smell fresh simply by coating it in perfume. Credit to 24 then because season 7 is a massive improvement that recaptures what made the show good and manages to undo a lot of the excesses and aspects that damaged season 6 so badly. Of course I am not saying that the show has become perfect, because it never was a serious drama with lots of character development or logic, only that it has returned to what it does well. It is of course still a big, dumb drama that relies heavily on pace, with frequent race-against-time scenarios and anyone who has disliked it before will probably continue to do so. However for those that love the formula the good news is that everything is pretty much back in place and is made to work. We have lots of running, lots of immediate dramas, lots of big threats and a bigger picture that is overblown perhaps but is built to in a way that feels logical (at least by way of the show's internal logic).

Things start well as the most immediately ridiculous aspect (Tony being alive) is moved past well without it doing much damage as a plot device. From here the plot moves consistently with almost no weak or dull episodes but, at the same time, none that feel like they were forced to be bigger or louder than they should be simply to make something happen (as was frequently the case in season 6). It is all daft of course but it delivers with such pace and force that it is hard not to be held by the internal logic and the thrill of it all. The final five or so episodes are a bit of a backwards step though. The twists with Tony don't work and I agree that such a popular character should have been treated better – it sort of resolves itself a little but it is a big reveal to come essentially from nowhere and make very little sense when you think back over the previous 18-odd episodes. Similarly, bringing Kim back into the mix again just didn't work for me and again her predicament, while exciting, felt like the writers doing the obvious thing – be honest, everyone watching thought to themselves "here comes a kidnapping/hostage situation" as soon as she appeared on screen. However the plot does work apart from this and for all its unlikeliness it keeps things moving well.

As before we get the writers trying to do a bit of character development and thematic discussion – something that was terribly clunky in S6 with Jack declaring "I can't do this anymore" in one scene and then torturing someone without pause the next! S7 has not become thoughtful but it is better in this regard as at least the damage done to Jack is clear and the writers use Renee as another way of showing how hard it is. Of course on the torture issue the show is still very much a right-wing affair and for all the discussions and challenges made to Jack's methods, he is still more or less allowed to be "right" in what he does and the viewer is left with little opinion but to agree (although I stress that this is within the internal logic of the show – and yes it is a shame that some viewers will not be able to split that from a real-world opinion) and at times this "justification" is crass and badly done (particularly the Muslim cleric drafted in to befriend Jack at the end – as if to suggest that he represents that community!) The cast are stronger than season 6. Sutherland delivers his usual shouting/whispering combos well but also benefits from having more of a consistent character and doesn't have to be "broken" one minute and "superman" the next. Wersching is good alongside him and aids him by way of how her character admires him. Nordling is perhaps a bit too much of the ineffectual boss and is used as a point-prover but his performance is still good. Rajskub, Morrison, Rota and a few others are welcome returns while the Whitehouse are stronger than last season with Jones, Gunton and others being impressive – not so sure about Grayden but more because of her character than her performance. Garofalo was not as good as I would have liked her to be (and also undermines her own politics by being in 24 in my opinion – but its money I guess) but she does produce some nice geek-off moments with Rajskub.

Season 7 of 24 has not transformed it into something that will win over those that haven't liked it so far because the "problems" of lack of reality, overblown plots, tonnes of twists etc are all still in place. For fans though it is a merciful return to form with the mess of season 6 put to the back of the mind. The writing is better, the plots flow better, the excitement is constant and it mostly stays within its own logic. It is not without its own problems but they are less evident than before and, while the final 4 or 5 episodes don't quite work that well it is still a strong and entertaining season that excises the memory of season 6.

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Day 7: A Season Review

10/10
Author: Desertman84 from United States
8 September 2012

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This is the final episode of Season 7 of 24.Let's make a summary of the events that transpired for the last 24 hours.

Season Seven takes place 42 months after Season Six and begins with Jack Bauer on trial for alleged crimes he committed while working for CTU. Senator Blaine Mayer has disbanded CTU and strengthened the policies of Allison Taylor's administration against torture. Bauer is brought into another counter-terrorist operation when FBI agent Renee Walker interrupts the hearing to tell him about an imminent threat.

Day 7 is divided into small acts which portray the villains as having an ever-changing agenda.

1.Warlord Ike Dubaku breaches a government firewall and attempts to cause massive damage. Dubaku subsequently tries to manipulate President Taylor by kidnapping her husband.

2.A unit of soldiers from Sangala invades the White House and takes President Taylor hostage.

3.Mercenaries from Starkwood acquire a prion weapon and threaten to deploy it on major American cities.

4.Tony betrays Jack and the FBI by stealing the last canister of the pathogen and attempting to use it against civilians.

The creators of 24 have rebounded from their heavily criticized and previous disappointing Day 6 or sixth season.One big reason is having Jon Voight as part of the cast as Jonas Hodges.He simply played his character as someone creative and will stop at nothing at succeeding.He was simply one of the strongest villains that Jack Bauer has ever encountered.

Another is the re-introduction of fan favorite 24 characters such as Chloe O'Brian,Bill Buchanan,Aaron Pierce and the previously assumed dead Tony Almeida.Also included in that line-up is Jack's daughter,Kim Bauer,who had an emotional reunion with her father and at the same time,she played a heroine in one of the action sequences.

But one thing that stood out in this season is the politics of torture.It played out a big factor in the story which was somewhat controversial to the series since many reviewers have been critical about it.Nevertheless,it the season was a big success and a lot better than the previous one - season 6.

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A Shocking Stuff!! It Could Be The Perfect End To The Whole Series (after viewing the eight season, yeah)

10/10
Author: jigsaw-91 from Spain
1 November 2013

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I have left this site two years ago and I left incomplete this near perfect season of this amazing show. Now that I came back, I wanted to end my job despite too much time have past and my view of the things have changed drastically.

If in the previous review I claimed that this season was turning off in a spectacular note, this final episode climbed up to the perfection and added more drama and more caracther development in order to complete the circle and the story arc of the main stars.

Jack is about to die and he recaps almost every decision that he had to do in his life. He gives Renee advices and a final goodbye. The menace is over. Tony arrested and Renee is in a dangerous mode which is the logical next step in her role after all her experiences in this day.

Season 7 gives the best ending it could. Truly perfect!. Without the (at sometimes) disappointing eight and final season, this could be the perfect end to the series. Drama, action and emotion collide nicely.

One of the best seasons of the show EVER! AND REALLY UNDERRATED!! 10/10.

(MY NEXT REVIEW WILL BE IN LIVE ANOTHER DAY... SEE YOU NEXT MAY).

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