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24 - Redemption (DVD)
Member Name: benjo81
24 - Redemption (DVD)
Advantages: Jack's back in your life!
Disadvantages: Not jack's best hour or two!
Ok first things first, Jack's backs! Hooray. It's been a long time but we can all breath a collected sign of relief!
I am a big 24 fan and have been since the start, back in the BBC days. The first series is by far and away the best series, but the rest is still good and better then 99% of the shows on TV. Back to Redemption, I haven't seen the DVD, I am commenting on the episode from Sky1. I think to the surprise of others I enjoyed the 2-hour format and it was good not to have to wait until next week for the conclusion as would be normal.
So Jack Bauer (Keither Sutherland) is in Africa, in a fictional country called Sangala, Jack is staying with his old friend Carl Benton (Robert Carlyle) who runs a school for young boys. Jack is planning to move onto his next destination, but nothing every runs smoothly for this man! A military coup is nearby and has their eyes on the schools boys to become child soldiers. This predictable results in the generals men coming to take the children, however Jack and Carl have something to say about this!
In a sub plot we see the run up to the inauguration of the next president of the USA in Washington, of Alison Taylor (Cherry Jones), this part also features some characters who have featured in previous series, the out going President Noah Daniels (Powers Boothe) and advisor Tom Lennox (Peter MacNichol) and introducing a hoard of potential new characters including the president elects family and Jonas Hodges (Jon Voght) who seems a particular nasty piece of work!
This double episode or film, call it what you will, leaves more questions than those that have been answered. As an introduction to the new series it is a good taster but if you have never seen 24 I wouldn't recommend it, go out and buy season 1 and sit back and enjoy. For all you 24 fans it is a must watch, which might leave you feeling a bit disappointed but sets you up for the next series, which is back on 12th January!
Unfortunately I haven't ad the pleasure to watch the extras but Im sure they are great!
- First look at the opening 17 minutes of series 7
- Making of 24 - Redemption
- "Blood never dry: child soldiers in Africa"
- Commentary by producer/director John Cassar, Howard Gordon and Kiefer Sutherland
- Season 6 summarised in four minutes
Summary: Not classic 24, but still better than most!