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      26.08.2013 18:38
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      A brilliant show that you should 100% watch if you have any interest in action or drama

      24 was an American Drama/Action series that originally ran from November 6, 2001, up until May 24, 2011. After plenty of rumours surfacing about a potential film being made after the show ended, it was finally decided that 24 would be returning to our TV screens for 2014.

      The show centers on a character named Jack Bauer, who is played by British-born Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland (also known for The Lost Boys, Stand By Me, Touch, Phone Booth, and many more). Other main cast members include Dennis Haysbert as Senator David Palmer, Elisha Cuthbert as Kim Bauer, Jack's daughter, Carlos Bernard as Counter Terrorist Unit analyst Tony Almeida, and Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brien. Over the course of the show there were many famous faces that appeared as guest stars, including Dennis Hopper, Jon Voight, Robert Carlyle (in the TV-Movie '24: Redemption'), and Peter Weller.

      24 is very unique in the fact that the show takes place in real time. Each episode takes place over 1 hour of a 24 hour day, with each season containing 24 episodes and therefore taking place over one full day, which gives us the opportunity to see characters react to many situations, and also makes it very interesting to see how the writers handle this possible restriction on things that can happen per episode - which they somehow pull off and come out shining.

      The things I enjoy most about 24 are the fantastic storylines, the top of the range acting, and the overall production of the show. Kiefer Sutherland was sublime in the lead role and really embodied the character, so much so that I find it difficult to watch him in any other show/film without picturing him as Jack Bauer. My mother and father also enjoyed 24 a lot during its original run which shows that appeals to many age ranges as well as different genders.

      There are currently 8 seasons of the show and 1 TV Movie, all of which focus on Jack Bauer as the central part of the story. The first season is based around the kidnapping of Jack's wife and daughter, Teri (Leslie Hope) and Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert), aswell as an assassination attempt on a US Senator. The following seasons contain threats such as: Nuclear weapons, a deadly virus, the meltdown of nuclear power plants, and a possible assassination attempt on a peace treaty between the United States and a fictional Islamic Republic country. The first 6 seasons of the show take place in Los Angeles, the TV Movie marked a first for the show and was based in a fictional African Country named Sangala (although was filmed largely in Cape Town, South Africa). The 7th and 8th seasons were set in Washington DC and New York City.

      In my opinion this is one of the greatest TV shows ever made and it is a must-watch. I learned a lot of things from this top of the range production as I was growing up and I'm sure you will too!

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        27.03.2010 12:41
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        Most gripping, exciting programme I have ever seen

        This has got to be the most exciting show ever made. From the very first episode of Day 1 I was well and truly hooked. Now in its 8th series it still continues to surprise me and keep me on the edge of my seat. Jack Bauer, what a hero! He always manages to save the day, even though some of his methods are not exactly legal. There have been some very nasty torture scenes, Jack himself has suffered lots of torture but he seems invincible, no one else could carry on after going through what he does.

        If you have never seen 24 before it's never too late to start as all the series are available in box sets and are well worth watching. I would definitely start from series 1 though; as although each series has its own storyline, I think it's important to follow the characters from the beginning. Also, some of the characters make dramatic entrances in later series and you have to know their back story to understand the full implications of their return and get the shock factor.

        I love the format of the show, the real time idea. Those poor people at CTU have a very long hard day at work, 24 hours of non stop action. The shows have become a little bit predictable in the sense that you know that whatever the first threat is will be resolved within the first 6-8 hours then an even bigger threat is revealed. Jack should know by now that his days work doesn't end that quick.

        Over the years I have found myself being continuingly surprised by the twists and turns in the plot and finding out what side people are really on. I have learnt to suspect everyone and trust no-one in CTU (except Jack), I normally think I have it worked out but then I'm proved wrong and somebody else turns out to be the traitor. I'll not spoil the surprise by telling you who, but a new mole in CTU is revealed in this Sundays episode, very exciting stuff.

        Unfortunately, Fox announced yesterday that this will be the final series of 24. How will it end? Anything could happen but I'm sure it will go out with a bang. I can only hope that Jack survives so that some time in the future they might make some more.

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        22.03.2010 18:39
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        Great show that keeps you gripped.

        Now, before the current season of 24, I'll admit. I'd only actually seen 1 full series of 24 (The previous one). However, I had seen bits and bobs of previous series and have considered buying them on DVD once I have the money to buy them, and the time to watch them!

        I'll be commenting on what I've seen from the past two seasons. It does always seems to have a similar plot where there is a terrorist plot, and almost always a hostage situation with the family of Jack or one of his friends. Despite that, each series does seem to change ever so slightly, so it still keeps you guessing.

        With some episodes, the action can drag and you just want to skip forward to something exciting, however, when the series hits its first high (mid way) the action does seem to come at you thick and fast.

        The storylines in 24 are intelligent, yet easy to follow. That is, of course, until they throw a spanner into the working out in your head. Jack Bauer IS Mr. Undefeatable. It seems no matter how badly injured he is, he battles on and can take out a whole army with just his pistol.

        Yeah, it might be unrealistic, but it keeps me excited for each week and makes me want to watch the next episode straight away.

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          16.03.2010 14:47
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          An ok show

          After eight seasons and one feature length movie 24 has been on our screens (first BBC2 now Sky One) since 2001 and to date there has been 192 episodes (plus the 'movie' 24: Redemption). Each season has 24 episodes which in full makes up on one whole day, each episode representing one hour (and lasts for about 42 minutes each - because of adverts). The show it self focuses on CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) agent Jack Bauer as he fights against terrorists who want to bring down the mighty U.S of A as he fights with (and often against) the United States Government to stop some bomb plot or other.

          Bauer is played by Kiefer Sutherland (The Lost Boys) who 'is' Jack Bauer now, and plays the role very well although he's not so strong with the tender moments (he has had quite a few of love interests in these action packed days which are a big distraction and a bit stupid considering what's going on in the plots); just give him a gun and a time limit and he's great. Everyone else comes and goes as they usually turn traitor and get killed or just generally get killed in the line of duty (some are just written out without explanation)

          I remember the excitement (just about) on watching the first few episodes of season one after a friend told me about it, the 'real time' premise, even the split screens and definitely the ticking clock made the show very different and unique and very gripping (I watched the first season in a two day DVD marathon) but the show hasn't progressed one iota since season one, with the terrorist usually being middle Eastern (or Korean), Jack will end up pi**ing off some one higher up and be told to hand in his badge, he will then go against orders and continue with his lead (which is always right), elsewhere he will interrogate someone who no one else can get to talk (he will), some one at CTU will be a mole for the bad guys (or two or three will be), one of his CTU workmates will help Jack and lose their jobs. This seems to happen Every. Single. Season.

          The action will have a lot of fast cuts so you wont really know who's shooting at who or anything (usually quite dark in these scenes too). The show has way too much going on to the point that you'll forget what happened in the previous episode (luckily they realise this and show a recap at the beginning of each episode).

          It was a great show but each season just ruins what went before and makes a very unrealistic show in the first place a bit of a joke (perhaps its supposed to be). But worth a watch if you haven't seen any before just don't expect much more than some explosions and some double crossing or you'll be disappointed.

          Four stars for the first two or three season but two stars for what has been produced since, giving the show three stars overall.

          Tony

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            28.01.2010 20:06
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            Jack Bauer rocks!

            24 . .Jack Bauer! What an amazing show!

            24 is an American show and every series is based over 1 24hout period. Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer faces a number of challenges to protect the public from terrorist actions and to protect the President Of the United States aswell as his own family.
            It is a choice of who to trust and eliminating possible inside suspects to discover who is involved in the activities.

            So far there have been 7 seasons completed and a feature length film called Redemption. Season 8 has just commenced viewing on Sky tv but unfortuantely we do not have this so we will wait until it is released on dvd and can add it to our collection which includes all 7 seasons to date. To be honest, when my fiance first bought season 1 on dvd a few years ago i was sceptical of enjoying 24 as it wasnt my sort of thing but i have no regrets as it is a great show and well worth watching from start to finish.
            A great mix of cliffhangers and suprises await.

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              25.01.2010 14:36
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              A show that once you start watching, you'll struggle to pull yourself away from!

              24 is a long running American TV series produced by Fox. It was first broadcast on November 6th, 2001. It has recently entered it's 8th season which is currently showing on Sunday nights on Sky 1 & Sky 1 HD.

              All 8 season have focussed on one character. Jack Bauer. The best way to describe Jack in a way that won't ruin the programme for people who haven't seen it, is a Patriot. He has dedicated his life to protecting innocent American civilians & the American way of life both in the US & abroad. The show is a drama based around the world of Espionage & Terrorism.

              The main hook of the show is that events occur in real time. There are 24 Episodes in each series. Each episode features one hour in the day of Jack Bauer & each episode lasts for 1 hour with commercials.

              The shows are very entertaining & can be very explosive & action packed & also very moving & emotional. Many characters (including main ones) have died & nobody is really safe. I wouldn't be suprised if Jack is killed off eventually.

              Each series tends to feature between 1 - 3 major threats to either an important individual (usually in politics) or to the public at large. The show will then follow Jack trying to prevent the threat from actually taking place.

              I recommend that show highly. It is very entertaining. Will keep you interested from start to finish & will usuaully take you on an emotional journey along with Jack. If you haven't watched it before, I think you should give it a go. It really is a very good programme.

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                24.12.2009 17:20
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                A great show with universal appeal

                24 is a brilliantly innovative TV show that launched in 2002, and although it has become a bit formulaic and unoriginal now, it was at the height of its success pretty much the best and most unique show on TV. Its concept is unlike anything I've ever seen: it runs on real time, meaning that each of the 24 episodes represents one hour of a day in the life of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), a Federal Agent for the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU).

                Each season deals with Bauer trying to stop a different terrorist threat; Season 1 involved him trying to prevent a plot to assassinate President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), as well as retrieve his kidnapped wife Teri (Leslie Hope) and daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert). Season 2 upper the stakes considerably, with Bauer trying to prevent the launch of a nuclear strike on the U.S., with epic consequences, and Season 3 was about a lethal virus that terrorists had been intending to use for their own nefarious purposes.

                By the most recent seasons, every concievable terrorist threat has been thought of, and there are peristent rumours that the eighth season starting in a few weeks will be the last. I think it's about time because, while Sutherland is excellent in the lead role, every good thing has to come to an end, and while the seventh season made up for the disappointing sixth one, it's still clear that they've explored every possible avenue.

                Still, throughout it is very entertaining to watch this right-wing's wet dream run rampant, and it does deliver plenty of satisfying plot twists, absurd set pieces and even sometimes hilariously soapy dramatic interludes. It's one of my favourite shows even if the quality of the writing isn't as high as the output from HBO, partly because, as it airs on the FOX network, they can't swear, or show gratuitous nudity and violence.

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                  23.12.2009 21:34
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                  24 - Groundbreaking Television at its best!

                  A groundbreaking entertainment treat from the people from Fox. The story follows an FBI agent working for CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) Jack Bauer played by Keifer Sutherland. Each series is broken down into 24 episodes, each episode showing a real time hour of the day.

                  The real time story telling gives the watching a unique and brilliantly designed and crafted story to follow, each hour of the show gives the watcher something more, a little piece of information a new twist, more character development. You cannot watch just one episode in a row.

                  I started watching this back at Day one and was instantly hooked. The characters, the story telling the effects, all stepped up a notch from anything on TV at the time. Keifer's acting us sublime in every hour of every day. He plays the no nonsense FBI agent with all the enigmatic grace needed. With raw emotion on show the characters need to protect the United States of America. He would give up his own like to protect his country.

                  Since Day one, I have attempted to watch each season on TV. However with the stories and the predicaments improving from one day to the next I actually found this impossible to do. It got to the point where i would choose not to watch it because I couldnt not see another hour of the day. So I waited until they were on DVD and did some marathon viewing. I am now the owner of every released day to date.

                  The core team of characters progresses and grows from the start of the first day through out. The loss of key, and loved characters enhances the stories being told. Bringing out emotions in everyone. This is almost the perfect story.

                  I am currently waiting for the latest season out this January on Sky 1 I am going to attempt to watch the season on TV for the first time in many years. I do not know how this will go! But I cannot wait to see the next explosive Day in the life of Jack Bauer.

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                  17.07.2009 12:32
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                  Must see fantastic espesially the earlier ones

                  This show was a real revelation for TV with each episode being one hour real time of a 24 hour period a very clever concept. The main character is Jack Bauer a federal agent in the L.A counter terrorist Unit "C.T.U", played superbly by Kiefer Sutherland.

                  I really would love to try and tell you the whole plot but then I would have to kill you as you would know to much, not to mention if I tried I think I would go insane by seasons two or as the 24 team like to call it Day Two.
                  Basically the show focuses on a terrorist threat to the United States and Jack and his team are the only hope for stopping it, it also follows the actions of other CTU agents, government officials and terrorists associated with the plot.

                  The first six seasons "Days" of the show were all based in Los Angeles and nearby locations both real and fictional in California, although occasionally other locations have been shown as well most notably Washington D.C, as Jack and the team are constantly in contact with government officials and the President.
                  The seventh season is set primarily in Washington, D.C. Season 8 is to apparently going to take place in New York City.
                  As I suggested earlier the plots are very complicated and always have twists in them, generally involving a mole inside C.T.U (they really need to read the C.V's of would be staff a little more carefully).This and the real time concept make for the most nail biting and addictive TV show ever.
                  My wife bought me Day One on DVD for Christmas several years ago now as we missed it on TV, without exaggerating we watched the whole 24 episodes in three days as we just could not tare ourselves away.
                  We still love the show but have to say after so many seasons the excitement is wearing off a little. I realise it would be difficult to come up with new ideas but the story always follows a same path with, a bomb threat or similar followed by Jack tracking the terrorists down by catching and interrogating suspects, he or members of his team and family getting caught and interrogated who he then has to rescue.

                  I think the makers are trying to move forward with different locations and this will help, and we will definitely keep watching.

                  Make sure if you get the chance to watch from the start you do! You will not regret it however it may take over your social life.

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                  19.04.2009 20:16

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                  REALLY BRILLIANT

                  24 has to be one of the most addictive programme in the world. It is based in CTU, the counter terrorist unit in Los Angeles and follows agent Jack Bauer. It is filmed in realtime and each episode is 1 hour, with 24 episode in a series.
                  I was first introduced to it by a friend and they leant us series 4. We loved it so much we bought the the set of series 1-6.
                  Jack Bauer is a fantastic agent who battles against the many terrorist plots in LA and he always gets the job done. Each series has so many plot twists and turns you need to concentrate to keep up but the re-caps the beginning of each episode help.
                  This is incredibly gripping and always ends on a cliff hanger which keeps you guessing throughout the next week. Unless you by the boxset, then you can watch them one after the other!

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                  23.03.2009 13:25
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                  An exciting thriller that never fails to disappoint

                  Oh my goodness! 24 should come with some sort of warning about how addictive it is! I've only just discovered 24 and haven't been able to stop watching it. Due to the kindness of friends I've been able to secure DVD box sets for the last 6 seasons and I reckon this must be one of the best ways to watch it.

                  24 is a fast-paced thriller set in the fictional Counter-Terrorist Unit of LA, following Agent Jack Bauer as he fights to stay one step ahead of various terrorist plots (all conveniently organised in and around LA!) In order to keep the pace up for 24 hour-long (42 mins excluding ads) episodes there are numerous main plot twists and parallel sub-plots. At times it can be hard to keep up! Maintaining the addiction are the cliff-hangers which end each episode - and the fact that favourite cast members from earlier seasons often make a surprising reappearance.

                  Bauer is a great character and definitely the corner-stone of the show. Incredibly brave, quick-thinking and loyal to a fault and although quite clearly a metaphor for America as a whole, his human-ness makes him instantly likeable.

                  If you haven't watched this yet, grab a box set - I can't imagine the agony of waiting week by week for the next episode!

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                    24 is a novel idea which is well executed.

                    This show has a really interesting concept: each series consists of twenty four episodes of an hour each and each episode represents one real-time hour. Thats a grand total of twenty four hours. One day.

                    Series seven has just started. I've seen the first six. When I tell people that, their typical reaction is: 'You've wasted six days of your life wathcing that?'. My answer is no. I have not 'wasted' that time at all. Every second has been well spent. And anyway, once you remove the time allocated for adverts, each series is 18 hours long. So I feel a bit better about how I've spent my time.

                    24 is full of relentless action. The stories generally revolve around a terrorist threat against the United States and only one man is capable of dealing with it. That man is Jack Bauer. There are so many plot-twists, with double/triple/quadruple crossings going on, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track if you take your eyes off the screen for more than about ten seconds. Saying that, this is one of the best TV shows in years.

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                    24 - a great tv show

                    24 is an american action drama that focuses on terrorism and counter-terrorism. The idea of this show is that it is shown in real time. A season of 24 runs over 24 separate shows each of 1 hour each and each show is supposed to represent real time.
                    The idea is good and for the most part it makes for an exciting and exhilirating show, however sometimes you have to question whether what is shown is actually plausible or whether it is just a little too much adventure for one day.
                    The main character in the 24 television show is Jack Bauer, he is an anti terrorism agent and each season he has a different terrorist problem to solve.
                    24 is shown in England on sky tv but it is quite a bit behind when it is shown in the US. Occassionally sky have whole days of 24 where they show a complete season.
                    24 is also available on dvd.

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                      Jack Bauer fights to save America from terrorists

                      - Introduction -

                      24, or Twenty Four, is a popular US semi-political (though fictional!) drama show thats currently filming its seventh season, I believe.

                      I first read about it in the TV supplement of The Observer one Sunday morning in early 2002, where it mentioned the first episode of the first season would be shown that night on BBC2, so I decided to give it a shot and watch it that night. Little did I know that I would be hooked on this show and that it would still be around in 6 years time.


                      - What is 24 all about? -

                      24 is basically all about one man, Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland). In season (series) one, he's a CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) agent, who's teenage daughter, Kim (played by Elisha Cuthbert) is kidnapped and he has to thwart an assassination attempt against a presidential candidate, David Palmer (played by Dennis Haysbert) (who happens to be African American - hmm, did they know what may happen in 2008 when they wrote this back then, you might wonder?).

                      In subsequent seasons, he becomes more of a rogue agent, going against orders to get to the people behind different terrorist threats and attacks, indeed he gets threatened with legal action and is forced to go into hiding due to what he has to do to get the various terrorists to talk and to stop their many attacks from taking place. This varies from series to series, in terms of what the terrorist threat is, it can be anything from bombs to chemical gas attacks, to viruses and so on. Of course, those he cares about tend to get caught up in the action too, from his daughter Kim, who ends up working for CTU for a few seasons before that character disappeared in either season three or season four, to his wife Teri (played by Leslie Hope), to a later 'friend' called Audrey Raines (who is the daughter of the secretary of defence, played by Kim Raver) and so on.

                      There are other CTU agents who help him out, either 'in the field' (ie out and about while he's trying to chase the bad guys down), such as Tony Almeida (played by Carlos Bernard) and Chase Edmunds (played by James Badge Dale), or at CTU headquarters in Los Angeles, such as Michelle Dessler (played by Reiko Aylesworth) and Chloe O'Brian (played by Mary Lynn Rajskub).

                      CTU headquarters is a place where they have alot of technology to hand and the people working there will have access to all sorts of satellite/GPS feeds and can send Jack maps and so on direct to his cell phone, to help him track down locations and so on.

                      Another aspect of the show thats common is the theme of not being able to fully trust characters, certainly in the first few seasons anyway. There's usually a mole somewhere, someone who's managed to get 'into the inside' (ie someone who works in CTU) thats involved with the current terrorist plot, so we, as viewers, have to sort of work alongside Jack, to figure out who the good guys are and who the bad guys are and so on. Can we trust those who seem to be on Jacks side?.


                      - What makes 24 different from other shows? -

                      24 is known for a number of things but mainly the split screen (where you see four different windows that show whats going on in four places at the same time) and real time aspect of it. Each series and episode is in 'real time' in as much every season consists of 24 episodes and every episode shows what happens during one hour. A digital clock is shown at certain points in each episode, to remind the viewer of what time it is in the show.

                      When the clock is shown, quite a dramatic sort of strong 'thudding' beat is played, to add to the drama of the show. This sound is also played when each of the four windows appear on screen when the split screen is used (I hope this makes sense).

                      This show is quite popular and has entered pop culture in as much as that I've seen a few mock or spoof versions of the show, shown on some comedy shows, with the digital clock and split screen used.


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                      *Contains potential (though pretty mild/vague) spoilers*

                      As ive already mentioned, I've watched 24 since it was first aired on BBC2 with the first season, right back in 2002. The first season I felt was a breath of fresh air, with an interesting story that kept me hooked, it had a good number of twists in it and wasn't really all that predictable, it was fast paced, with some good action scenes and I hadn't really seen many other shows quite like it. I also felt that it was a very modern show, which was, to at least some extent, quite believeable and so that was it, I was hooked.

                      The second season was equally good, with more twists and turns, a good solid script and I still enjoyed it very much. The two main characters to be aware of in these first two seasons (their present in both of them) are Nina Myers (played by Sarah Clarke) and Sherry Palmer (played by Penny Johnson). These ladies are both pretty bitchy and scheming, even Sherry who is David Palmers wife. Some characters I feel add quite alot to the story, they are interesting and you never know for sure what they may do next, plus its nice to have some characters that aren't total stereotypes, so not all the bad guys are, well, guys, for a start, which is sort of nice. Having said that, I'd be lying if I said that there aren't stereotypes used in this show, there is, quite alot. Infact I believe Kiefer Sutherland actually recorded a PSA (Public Service Announcement) that was broadcast before the start of an episode of 24 in the US, to make it clear that they do not mean to incite or condone any kind of racial hate or anything to that effect, after minority groups in the US, if not elsewhere, voiced concern over the depiction of people of generally Eastern European as fundamental islamists, wanting to attack the US. I view this show as a, for the most part, pretty well made drama show which is modern and may have some kind of basis in real life but by no means do I believe that everyone from such countries, has such hatred of the west or anything like that. I know a few people from Eastern countries and their all very friendly and nice, I don't feel that this show has warped or otherwise badly affected my general opinion on how things are, as far as that goes.

                      Now ok, so like I say the first two seasons I felt were very good. However, its not all great. The following two seasons were, well, less good, to put it politely. This is where it seemed to lose its validity, to a certain extent. Others might well have enjoyed these seasons more than me, I can be a bit picky, for one I wasn't so keen on the character of Kim Bauer, who featured too heavily in these seasons, in my view. The script just wasn't AS good as it had been in the first two seasons and when Kim got lost in the mountains and is taken in by some slightly creepy woodsman type guy, that whole story just seemed like the writers couldn't think of anything better, like it was some filler story that didn't have much to do with what was going on with Jack and the others, so that bored me quite alot. I'm sure there are guys who enjoyed this story though, considering Kim is quite attractive to look at as a character (whereas for us ladies, Jack and Tony make for some pretty good eye candy! also watch out for Lou Diamond Phillips in season one).

                      The problem is, after a few seasons, you can't help but feel like the realistic nature of it suffers, simply due to the fact that, while other characters do die and thats believable, good ol' Jack always survives...and he survives a lot of things, many different tortures, being shot multiple times im sure and then in a later season, the Chinese get involved and its not too pretty.

                      This isn't to say that Jack isn't affected at all by what happens to him, however at times it seems like it only takes a couple of episodes or so and a good old 'heart to heart' with a character or two, before he's remarkably able to get back to what he does best - trying to save the country and chase down the bad guys. Not only does he seems pretty much indestructable (and lets face it, if this man actually existed and what happened in the six seasons that have been shown so far, actually happened, I don't think he would have survived much past the second or third season at the most!) but by the time the show reached the fourth or fifth season, you can't help but feel like you can guess what the premise of the season will be and you could even guess half the story itself, it becomes fairly formulaic.

                      If it didn't recover and the seasons following the third and fourth ones became only more unbelievable (in a 'yeah, right!' roll eyes, kind of a way) and such like, I would say not to bother with it, its had its day and all the rest. However, it did pick up again with season five, which I enjoyed alot more. This season revolves around President of the US Charles Logan (played by Gregory Itzin) and his wife aka the First Lady, Martha Logan (played by Jean Smart). The relationship between these two I thought was quite interesting, with Martha clearly having health issues and seeming to be quite a paranoid person, however Charles is clearly hiding something, he has that suspicious glint in his eye and you know there's something going on. Its almost quite painful viewing when you, the viewer, along with Martha discovers whats going on and watch as she's treated like a baby when she tries to alert people because of her health issues. I thought that the story in the fifth season was much more interesting and less predictable, enough to make me more interested anyway and again I think its more to do with there being more interesting characters present to really keep it going.

                      The latest full season thats been shown and thats available to buy on DVD, is season six. This season I wouldn't say is the worst, however its not the best either. Again, it suffers a little from the whole unbelievability (is that a word? you know what I mean, see the first line of the paragraph above lol) of it again, I felt and it was a bit predictable, although it wasn't overly boring either. I was annoyed when I lost access to Sky One, having watched the first few episodes on that channel before it was taken off Virgin Medias channel platform in March last year. I had to wait until this year when I finally bought the season six box set on DVD so I could catch up with the season and to be honest, I've only just got around to watching it all this summer.

                      Whats most notable in season six is the fact that you meet more of Jacks family, that is his dad, his brother (who you may recognise from another big US show) and his nephew Josh, which provides an insight into obviously his family and his background and so on.


                      - Whats next for 24? -

                      Normally the next season of the show would have been broadcast sometime around late January to February on Sky One. However, the main star of the show, Kiefer Sutherland was in prison over Christmas/New Year I believe due to being convicted for DUI (ie drink driving) and then the whole writers strike also affected the filming of this show. Season seven is apparently due to be premiered in the US next January (ie January 2009), so expect it to start sometime in January or February 2009 on Sky, the episodes tend to be shown here around about a week or two after their originally broadcast in the US. However before then, actually in a few days time the next installment of 24 is due to be broadcast, in the form of a two hour long TV movie called 24: Redemption. The movie is supposed to be set sometime between the end of season six and the start of season seven and it features Jack in Africa, thats about all I know. If you look up the Sky1 website, there's information about it there and its due to be premiered on Sky1 next Monday (November 24th, 2008) at 10pm, though im sure they will repeat it a good few times, considering they tend to repeat alot of their more popular shows.

                      The official trailer for season seven is online and can be viewed, if you go to Google and type in 24 season seven trailer, im sure you'll find links to view it. Those who have seen it will know that it seems to indicate things are quite different in this next season, so it makes sense for there to be a movie set between the end of season six and before the start of season seven, to help bridge the gap, so to speak. Also exciting for us ladies is a certain character apparently re-appears in a slightly different role according to the trailer, this looks like exciting stuff! the changes that are shown in the trailer make me want to see this season, so I'm still a fan for now, im intrigued to see what happens and I just hope that it lives up to expectations.


                      - Where/How can I watch 24? -

                      Originally the first two seasons were shown on BBC2, with next weeks episode being shown on BBC Three, where they used to also have a chat show, where they would discuss the episode that was just shown and they'd ask the audience and viewers to contact them with their opinion etc. its a shame this ended, as it was quite interesting.

                      Anyway, of course this stopped after the end of the second season and the show moved over to Sky. The following four seasons have been broadcast on the Sky1 channel. They tend to heavily advertise the show being on, as its pretty popular and one of the main prime time shows they show on that channel. You can find some info. on the show (which still seems to be talking about season six), info. on the cast, photo galleries and video clips on the Sky1 website too. 24 season six is going to be shown in its entirety on Sky2 tomorrow (November 22nd 2008), so you can catch up with the whole of the last series if you've missed it, though it will literally take all day to watch it all!

                      If you don't have access to Sky then you can always buy the DVDs. You can buy them second hand on sites like Ebay or Amazon Marketplace, their not entirely cheap but you can find some at a reasonable price. Also its worth looking into the DVDs as they come with bonus features, such as featurettes or episode commentaries, which can be quite interesting to fans of the show.


                      - Is it worth watching? -

                      Yes, I think it is worth watching. If you've never seen the show, I'd recommend that you buy the first two seasons on DVD, if you have the time and are particularly interested, I still think these are good seasons of a good show, thats worth seeing and you can then watch the episodes at your leisure.

                      One downside to the show is that its not like some sitcoms, where you can dip in and out of seasons and not need to have seen all the episodes to understand it. With this show, you really need to watch the episodes in order, otherwise I'd say skip seasons three and four and go from season two to season five but the stories are quite intricate and what happened in previous seasons plays a part in future seasons, so you do have to watch it all in order to get the most from the show really.

                      Also I feel I should point out that there are scenes of torture and violence in this show, the DVDs are rated 15, so if your particularly squeamish then it might be best to give this a miss
                      and I wouldn't recommend showing it to children obviously.


                      - Conclusions -

                      I think that you have to be aware that, while this is quite a modern drama that can seem in some senses (more politically, perhaps) somewhat realistic, it is clearly a fictional show. While in a sense its quite good that some characters come and go and don't last forever, which makes us as viewers question who to get attached to, you never know how long it might be until they may be killed off! which is perhaps more realistic of what might happen in such tense, terror driven situations but of course there's Jack, a guy that suffers, alot and just always seems to come back, to save the day once again and thwart thy evil terrorist scum etc etc yes, he may be shot and heavily tortured and will be emotionally unstable and will show symptoms of such things but evidently, after a few episodes, its back to good ol' Jack, able to run and chase and do all the usual stuff... like I've said already, is this really realistic? would such a person still be around by the end of season six, given what had happened since the start of the show? in a word, oh ok, two - no way! lol I seriously doubt that, plus with the oft perceived racist side of it, which is unfortunately present, the bad guys being of Russian or Eastern European descent normally (although I will say that there are also Americans as some of the bad guys at some points, in some seasons), you have to remember not to take this as some simulation on how America deals with terrorists or anything of that sort.

                      Overall, I've enjoyed this show. The character development in some of the seasons has been pretty good, when the show has a decent script, its very good and can be really gripping. I would encourage you to give this show a go, if you've never seen it before and if you don't have access to Sky and haven't seen the show, buy the DVD boxset, I think its worth catching up with, if only for the fact that season seven sounds like it'll be very interesting!.

                      This review is posted on both Ciao and DooYoo under my name IzzyS.

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                        A clever action show

                        -Plot-

                        It is the day of the California Presidential primary and Senator David Palmer is in danger, there are people trying to assinate him.
                        Jack Bauer, who works for CTU (Counter Terrorism Unit) is trying to protect him but Jack's family get kidnapped by those trying to kill Palmer.

                        -My Review-

                        I rented out this dvd after being recommended it by friends who said I just had to watch it. I wasn't expecting much. I tend to prefer more science fiction and fantasy to action but as it was so highly recommended I rented it out and was pleasantly surprised.
                        This isn't the kind of television show that I would be hooked on, I'm not anxiously waiting for the next season to arrive or anything like that simply because action isn't my preferred genre but this was still a very enjoyable watch. It was more the kind of television show that I have running in the background.

                        I thought the concept was really clever. Each episode is an hour in real time and an hour on the show. There are 24 episodes and the show takes place over 24 hours. I know that this is old news now as this show has been on for years but I still thought it was worth mentioning. Very original and clever concept.

                        I thought that characterisation was excellent. Throughout the series you really get to know the main characters, Jack Bauer, Senator Palmer and their families. The characters have a lot of depth and you see them really grow as people during the series which seems a bit odd as it was only 24 hours but a lot happens in that one day and you really see how the characters grow from it. There were some characters who really really annoyed me but they were supposed to be annoying so I took that as a good thing.

                        The plot was excellent. It was really well thought and really clever. There were so many twists and turns and some real surprises in there. I obviously don't want to give away what happens but trust me, you will not see what's coming!

                        In general I don't tend to go for action films because I don't like violence. This show was violent, in places extremely so but the violence was gratuitous, it was always there to move the plot along and was always necessary so I didn't mind it so much.

                        For those of you who like action I would certainly recommend this show. Personally I probably won't get the next series unless my to watch list dwindles significantly but if it's on teleivision or someone I know has the box sets I will probably watch it.

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