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      23.07.2014 12:35
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      • "twists and turns leaving you completely gobsmacked"
      • "Stellar cast"
      • "Thrilling and full of suspense from the very first second"

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      • "Expensive for such an old series"
      • "You cannot miss an episode"
      • " you have to invest in every second "
      • "Hard to follow"
      • "A little bit cliche at times"

      This is a truly excellent TV show! Every single second of every hour is thrilling

      24 Season 1

      *N.B. This Review May Contain Spoilers. DO NOT read if you do not wish to know what has happened.

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      24 is one of the first television pilots that it totally captivating and exciting from the very first second. Normally a TV show takes a few episodes to get into the swing of things and find its feet, but from the get go this series has direction and the characters are immediately established with depth and personality, a result of the show having a truly stellar cast.

      Below is a synopsis of the series, episode by episode.

      Episode 1: Midnight-1:00 AM (Pilot)
      The opening episode sees an FBI agent’s desperate challenge to halt an assassination attempt, ensuring drama from the offset.

      Episode 2: 1:00 AM-2:00 AM
      The follow-up episode sees a scandal that threatens to destroy the campaign of a Presidential contender, covered up, whilst key information about Palmer’s investigation is is divulged during a fraught phone call.

      Episode 3: 2:00 AM-3:00 AM
      Palmer meets with a confidant who assures him “I'll take care of it.”

      Episode 4: 3:00 AM-4:00 AM
      Jack is stumped by a mystery key card. Knowing that it could be a valuable piece of information he relies on the help and information of a former colleague.

      Episode 5: 4:00 AM-5:00 AM
      Kim finally comes face to face with the captors' behind her abduction in this episode, whilst elsewhere York uncovers his daughter’s whereabouts. As Jack attempts to question a killer, someone unwittingly gets in the way.

      Episode 6: 5:00 AM-6:00 AM
      As Janet continues to fight for her life in the hospital, Jack must identify a body.

      Episode 7: 6:00 AM-7:00 AM
      Jack is under strict instructions to breach major CTU security – but is this request worth the risk?
      Palmer goes public with Keith's secret, much to the disagreement and contention of those around him.

      Episode 8: 7:00 AM-8:00 AM
      As shocking information about Nina in uncovered early on in this investigation, Jack makes a shock discovery of his own, as he realises exactly what his role in Gaines’ plan involves.

      Episode 9: 8:00 AM-9:00 AM
      The CIA totally dismisses Jack’s account about the power Plant incident – but are they right to do so?

      Episode 10: 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
      A clue on a computer disk has massive consequences for Tony whilst Jack continues to avoid the police whilst on his quest to find the missing girls.

      Episode 11: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
      Jacks interrogation is at times unbearable to watch, there is nothing that he won’t do to uncover the location of his family.

      Episode 12: 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon
      In this episode, Jack finally locates his family's whereabouts. After unprecedented success, Palmer realises just how extreme his supporters are and what the consequences could be if they should fail. Can he back out or is it too late?

      Episode 13: 12:00 Noon-1:00 PM
      We have another interrogation this episode, this time Green grills Jamey's mother, but without Jack’s tenacity.

      Episode 14: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
      CTU advise Palmer of new information they have received. Fearing for his safety, he chooses to leave California for good. Once again Jack is separated from his family.

      Episode 15: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
      Palmer and Jack discover they share an acquaintance, but unfortunately he is also a target. Fearing they are still in danger, Teri and Kim are finally granted access to a safe house.

      Episode 16: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
      After an argument between the girls, Nina storms out of the safe house, leaving both girls vulnerable and in grave danger.

      Episode 17: 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
      The best lead of the series so far is finally uncovered. Could time finally be running out for the bad guys? And are the bad guys really who we think they are?

      Episode 18: 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
      Following on from the previous episode, Jack continues to chase this lead. Unfortunately the agent he must work with isn’t exactly his biggest fan. What are the real reasons for this hostility and bitterness?

      Episode 19: 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
      After’s Dan’s brother learns of his death, he will stop at nothing to ensure justice is done. Teri desperate to regain any memories at all, decides to retrace her footsteps, starting off by returning home. But does she really want to know the truth?

      Episode 20: 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
      As the nation gets to grips with Palmer's shocking press conference, Kim is coerced into lying to the police – but who is this ‘story’ protecting?

      Episode 21: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM
      This episode sees Drazen and Jack fighting over their respective responsibilities, and back up is required.

      Episode 22: 9:00 PM-10:00 PM
      This episode sees a lot of unexpected double crossing. Palmer reacts to the news that Victor is still alive by making a deal that will assist Jack in his pursuit; meanwhile Victor is in the process of propositioning the FBI.

      Episode 23: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM
      The twist in this episode is the discovery of a second very unexpected traitor, which leaves everyone wondering just who exactly they can trust.

      Episode 24: 11:00 PM-Midnight
      The season finale spells the end of the deception which has bought Jack the time and means to carry out with his plans. But will he get his way?





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        09.03.2014 04:07
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        Excellent first season.

        *DVD extras not reviewed - film only review*

        Plot:

        Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is called in as head of the Counter Terrorism Unit after a threat is made on Senator David Palmer's (Dennis Haysbert) life. Bauer also has to worry about his daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) who is missing after sneaking out of the house.

        Created by Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow (La Femme Nikita).

        Review:

        I'm probably the last person in the world to get into 24, prompted by the new season starting in the Spring I finally kick started my binge watching. The unique thing about 24 is that is plays out in real time, there are 24 episodes which show the events of a single (hectic) day. If done poorly the show could drag badly, but luckily the writers have enough threads to keep it exciting without it being too complex to follow. At times it seems like scenes are irrelevant but then something happens to make it matter to the plot.

        Kiefer Sutherland (The Lost Boys) is bad ass government agent Jack Bauer. In the early episodes I felt he was a little over the top but as I got more engrossed in the show, his acting matched the intensity of the events unfolding on screen. The script writing didn't help Sutherland early on but it got tighter as the season went on. Sutherland has shown time and time again that he is a quality actor and he is no different in 24 once it gets going.

        Bauer has a wife and daughter who both get dragged into the chaos of the day. Elisha Cuthbert (The Girl Next Door) is rather good at playing a terrified teenager; she is a lot better than Leslie Hope (The River) who is really annoying as Teri Bauer. Hope is a bit of a sap and never really shows any intensity, Cuthbert is much more likeable. I found it tough to root for Teri despite her troubles. Obviously the whole show is a little "out there" but some of the twists that occur in the Kim/Teri part of the show are a little far-fetched to say the least, you will roll your eyes.

        Dennis Haysbert (Heat) is well cast as Senator David Palmer; he has enough gravitas to be a believable presidential candidate but is also likeable. The people in his team are not as likeable but it gives the show some good drama. Penny Johnson Jerald (Castle) is brilliant as the conniving Sherry Palmer, David's wife. You won't like her but you'll like to hate her.

        Jack's main help in CTU comes from Nina Myers, played by Sarah Clarke (Twilight) and Tony Almeida, portrayed by Carlos Bernard (Dallas). There is a love triangle storyline between the three which is wisely left in the background rather than being front and centre as there is much more interesting stuff going on. Both are good in their roles and bounce off Sutherland well.

        Although there is quite a large regular cast with multiple storylines, the success of the show is down to Jack Bauer/Kiefer Sutherland. Without a charismatic lead, the show wouldn't be as addictive as it is. Sutherland dominates the show despite the strong supporting players, Jack Bauer is 24.

        One thing I do like about 24 is that they put twists and turns throughout the hour rather than just at the end of an episode. There is usually something happening at the end of an episode to get you to tune in next time but big plot points happen throughout the show, you always have to be alert to the action.

        As I said, some of the plot turns are a bit ridiculous but that is part of the show. A 24 hour terrorism hunt is going to have to get a little inventive along the way. It never gets Homeland-silly so I stayed glued to my television for the full 24 hours.

        Everyone's probably seen 24 by now but if you're slow to it like me then I encourage you to get involved. This is one box set that you need to own. Some of the twists I saw coming but there were plenty of surprises, something that not enough TV shows manage to achieve. Brilliant piece of television.

        Warning: the beeping clock may get on your nerves occasionally, beep...beep...beep. ARGH.

        Cast:

        Kiefer Sutherland - Jack Bauer
        Leslie Hope - Teri Bauer
        Elisha Cuthbert - Kim Bauer
        Sarah Clarke - Nina Myers
        Dennis Haysbert - Senator David Palmer
        Penny Johnson Jerald - Sherry Palmer
        Carlos Bernard - Tony Almeida
        Xander Berkeley - George Mason

        Also posted on ciao under the username shabbating.

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          30.05.2013 18:15
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          Phenomenal TV show - get into this now if you want something new and exciting to watch!

          I am currently rewatching this amazing show from start to finish, where to begin?

          24- Literally 24 1-hour episodes making the whole season take place over just the course of a day. Can that much really happen in a day to make a series that interesting? Surely not? Wrong - this is probably amongst my top 3 TV series of all time. I originally started watching as season 3 was on TV so had to go back to catch up on DVD. The show is groundbreaking, literally unique - nothing else is comparable to it.

          Start watching this and you will be drawn into a story you cannot escape until you finish watching. Your heart will pound due to the real-time tension, constant plot twists and your want and need to see those characters you will become attached to genuinely make it through the day. You'll cry - 24 became renound for its high emotional moments. You'll start to mimic characters! I and my friends and family started saying "yeah", "Dammit" and "What are you talking about?" at regular intervals!

          Story: there are 3 main plot threads which all eventually interlink over the course of the day. One is that the first black American President candidate (Senator Palmer) learns that someone will make an assassination attempt on his life at some time during the day. The second is Federal Agent Jack Bauer, works for the Counter Terrorist Unit in LA - he is called in to deal with the threat. The third is Jack's daughter and wife who are dragged into the plot also. Each thread joins over the course of the season and as the story unfolds it moves in very different directions leading to its conclusion. I won't give away any plot details here.

          Characters: Jack Bauer is amazing - a man who does whatever it takes to do the right thing. He breaks the rules when needed and when it is right, in ways that always make you side with him and feel frustrated when no one agrees with him!
          Senator Palmer is brilliant and would make a great President in real life! Jack's family can be sometimes annoying but do have their moments. CTU Staff are all great! Tony Almeida starts off a bit one dimensional but really comes into his own during the course of the season and later in the series.
          24 becomes quite famous for having great character guest roles - most recurr and come back in more than one episode and are very well written. Some come back over the course of 6 or 7 years in the show!

          Production itself is very good - the show does look a little dated now technology wise, but this was probably due to quite a limited budget early on - you can tell that during the second half of the season the budget increased as episodes became more action packed and more work was done on location.
          The music score is fantastic and really fits in well with the series - listen out for the epic score during the final episode.
          Writing and directing remains pretty consistent throughout the season helping to keep those plot threads carrying over from episode to episode - I imagine the writers room to be full of white boards with information written on and it all being strung together with thread literally!

          Extras - there are none worth mentioning, a couple of trailers and an alternate scene is all you get. But this doesnt take much away from the great show.

          Looking for a new show to watch? Well watch this one! You can pick up the boxset now very cheap considering and can also stream the show on Netflix and LoveFilm.

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          11.01.2012 17:48
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          Superlatives arent enough..

          Little did we know as thoose words blasted out of our television screens, the level of quality and sheer entertainment we were about to allow into a small figment of our lives, not only for the next 24 hours but 'in real time' the next decade. 24 Is a brillant series, perhaps the best thriller type series of its kind to have ever been maed. All too little do you see in the 21st century a long lasting series programme grip you with the such vigour as 24. Not only do the producers write a plot that only insiders could predict, the quality of acting throughout 99% of the product is sheer perfection.

          For thoose who aren't aware of the back drop to season 1, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is a father to Kim (Daughter, Elisha Cuthbert) and a husband to Terri (Leslie Hope). Jack is a federal agent for the Los Angeles 'Counter Terrorism Unit' better known in the drama as CTU. Jack is portrayed as a brillant agent, ferocious in the interview, well drilled as a result producer and whilst implimenting the same scale of love into his family as he does into his work.

          Kim Bauer (played by Elisha Cuthbert) is the typical late teen daughter. Partial towards her more leniant dad and as bitchy as possible with her mother Terri. There are reasons for the air of disagreement between the two though. Previous to season 1 Terri had split up with Jack for numerous reasons, citing work and general relationships issues as the reason for the split. This didnt go down well with Kim who blames her mother for the relationships failure and thinks her dad Jack had every right to be angry with Terri.

          Terri herself protrays as the kind and loving housewife, that just wants her family to get back to the 'old times'. She does however come across as a person that isn't very confident in herself or her own ability and at times she comes across as quite weak as a person. She's aware that Jack does love her, but still has second thoughts in her head as she suspects that Jack slept with someone else whilst they were on there 'break'.

          Day 1 also provides a deepening storyline outside of Bauer heaedquarters. Day 1 is based upon the 'Presidential election' in which budding president to be David Palmer attempts to make his way into office. Things are not clean cut however as a series of setbacks interupt the progress of the day. David Palmer is portrayed as a man of morales, a man that has passion and a man that is set on doing things 'right' in his life. As the season goes on we see a man become embroiled in a conspiracy storyline involving the death of the man who raped his daughter and his son trying to cover up the fact that he did it.

          Thats not all however, it turns out that the whole Palmer family have been keeping the secret from David, which only fuels the ever burning fire of dissapointment he feels at being kept in the black over such a big issue for such a long period of time. David Palmer decides, much to the dismay of son and meddling wife Sherri that it would be better to come clean to the press before the secret gets leaked to the press and effects the chance of Palmer becoming the president. Things are not easy for David though as his wife and son both turn against in him. David accuses his wife of trying to make things worse through lying. As the day goes on we see the storyline between the 4 un-ravel.

          The 3rd segment to the storyline, belongs in CTU itself. Jack is a man that finds it hard to trust the people around him. But he does put his trust in long time work partner 'Nina Myers' a college of which he as worked with on many projects and is the person that Jack had a fling with whilst his marriage was on hold. Nina comes across as very helpful and attempts to do everything possible in her power to help Jack, in some cases lying to her new boyfriend Tony Almeida. Nina and tony play a big part in virtually all of the storyline.

          I dont want to reveal too much too those who haven't seen the season before, so ill keep my summary brief. Jack goes through a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the day, protecting his runaway daughter and wife Terri from everything that's thrown at them, whilst being the courageous agent he is, trying his hardest to un-cover the details of a terrorist threat against the potential to be president David Palmer, saving lives and managing to keep himself alive despite seemingly looking like defecting the terrorist criminals.

          We see a truly up and down storyline with twists and a never ending catalogue of entertaining events throughout the 24 hour day. Watch out for the earth-shattering ending, with the biggest twist of all and the emotional downfall Jack has to go through in the series after season 1.

          24 season 1, is a truly epic piece of storyling portrayal, with some fabolous acting from all members of the 24 community. I once said 24 was like a bag of Malteasars, once you open it you just can't stop yourself from going back.....

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          Good start to arguably one of the greatest TV drama series of this century. Highly recommended.

          24 is the fantastic action-thriller TV show from Fox about a government department called CTU - the Counter Terrorist Unit. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), who is director of CTU finds himself in a catch-22 position when terrorists kidnap his daughter and threaten to harm her unless he kills Senator David Palmer, who's running in the election to become the first black president of the United States (this was written before Obama's time).

          Whilst a little slow in the opening episodes, 24 is a brilliant nail-biting ride, as twist follows twist follows even more unforeseeable twists. Kiefer Sutherland and co put on a spectacular performance of acting, and Scott Callery provides a chilling soundtrack.

          A great start to a long running series, with some great performances and enough drama to encapture the hearts of the audience right up to the adrenaline pumped finale. Can Jack save his family and the world in just 24 hours?

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          Go out and buy it!!

          24 is definately the best series that I have followed in a very long time! Every episode brings new plots which you never expected and the constant supply of surprises keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout.

          Each series has 24 episodes, each around 50 minutes long, which follow a course of events through 24 hours. Events occur in real time. This concept makes the series even more appealing as, apparently, this is the first time a TV series has been filmed in real time.
          I have heard people complaining that it is annoying that so much can happen in one day, or that you never see any of the characters eat/use the bathroom. But if you aren't as irritable as these people, it is very enjoyable.

          All of the series (so far there are 8) follow Jack Bauer, an agent at a secret government agency, CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit).

          In the first series, Jack must attempt to save Senetor David Palmer from an assassination attempt. Senator Palmer is running for president, to be the first black president, and a lot of people are against this. A group of terrorists have planned an attempt on his life, which CTU have gained intelligence on.

          As well as trying to save the Senator's life, Jack's wife and daughter have been kidnapped and he must find the location where they are being help and rescue them.

          keifer Sutherland gives an amazing performance as Jack Bauer, I couldn't imagine anyone else playing him! In fact, all of the cast are amazing and play their parts very well. Senator Palmer's wife, Sherry, really makes you hate her which shows her ability to play to the part.
          The only character in this series that will make you cringe is Terry Bauer, she really did drive me crazy and I sat through the whole series begging for someone to kill her off! Also, as I have just said, you will hate Sherry Palmer, but you cant help but love the actress for doing this to you!

          I don't want to give too much away, or there will be no point in you watching the series.

          24 will keep you gripped from the very beginning and will leave you wanting more at then end! After watching season 1 on DVD, I went out and brought the other 5 series and 24 Redemption which were out on DVD. I am currently watching them over for a second time and still find myself surprised!

          I would definately recommend this if you like a bit of action and enjoy trying to work out what is going on!

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            30.07.2010 20:46
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            A fabulous first series - I hope the rest are as good.

            "Right now, terrorists are planning to assassinate a presidential candidate. My wife and daughter have been targeted. The people that I work with may be involved in both. I'm Federal Agent Jack Bauer -and today is the longest day of my life."

            Jack Bauer is having a very, very, very long and hard day. He's recently moved back into the family home after a short separation from his wife, Teri, and is happy to be back at home with her and his teenage daughter, Kim. It has just gone midnight when he and his wife discover that their daughter has snuck out of her room (on a school night at that!) but before he can do anything about it he gets a call from work telling him to come in immediately. When he arrives he is informed that a serious threat has been made on African American presidential candidate David Palmer's life and that Jack is in charge of making sure this plan does not come to fruition. This should be all in a day's work for Counter Terrorism Unit Agent Bauer, but when the bad guys decide to make things personal, Jack finds out that he's in for the most difficult and tiring 24 hours of his life.

            So goes the basic plot for the first series of the extremely popular and well made American series: 24. The plot is exciting, the cast is well chosen and talented, and the special effects are as believable as they are impressive, but I shall get onto those later. Firstly I want to talk about what I feel make 24 the great success that it is: its format and its style. For those of you who are unaware of 24, the idea is that each series consists of the events of only one day, with each episode being devoted to each of these 24 hours. At first I was unsure how well this would work and thought that it would be quite difficult to do well, but that was because I wrongly assumed that the camera would constantly be following Jack Bauer through every minute of his day. I was therefore wondering what the audience would be left looking at when our hero went to the bathroom or was simply driving somewhere and thought that it would be difficult to have him doing something interesting and worth watching for every second of his day. The formula does work, however, as instead of just watching one character we end up seeing minutes in the lives of tens if not hundreds of characters over the series. We may be watching Jack for five minutes and then Senator Palmer for another three or four before seeing what's going on with Jack's colleagues back at the Counter Terrorism Unit (referred to often as CTU in the show). Having each episode being in real time works surprisingly well and really adds to the suspense and realism of what's happening, especially when a scene is accompanied by a loud, beeping digital clock which is a recognisable trademark of the series. Often (particularly at the start and end of the episode as well as near advert breaks) we see shots of what is happening to several characters simultaneously even though they may be miles apart, which serves well to remind us that this is all happening at once and in real time as well as what is happening to characters who we haven't seen for twenty minutes or so.

            I have to say that whoever thought up the idea of having a TV programme set in 'real time' was a genius, as it has undoubtedly made 24 so much more than it would have been under a normal format. It is, however, quite difficult to get your head around the fact that all of the events of the series happen over such a short space of time and I imagine it would have been even more difficult if you watched the series on TV over the space of 24 weeks. The good thing about watching it on DVD means that (as long as you have the time) you can watch four or so hours of 'Bauer time' in only four hours of 'real time', which is exactly what I did. The programme is so suspenseful and compulsive that it's hard to resist putting on the next episode as soon as the previous one has ended and I usually gave in to the temptation, watching 24 until half five in the morning some days. The fact that many of the episodes end with a cliff-hanger makes me even keener to watch the next episode to see what's going to happen. I often make the joke that Jack must be crapping himself every time he looks at his watch and sees that it's five to the hour, as that's usually when something bad is about to happen!

            Having said all that, such a series could not be as successful as this without having strong characters and a good plot, which 24 luckily has. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is a perfect character for this series: he's a no nonsense agent who takes his job very seriously as well as being very good at it, while simultaneously comes across as a man who cares deeply for his family and would do anything to protect them. He's highly intelligent and over the course of this day comes up with many clever tricks to fool the bad guys and get information, all while being very, very manly and taking care not to let any innocent people get hurt, if he can. Jack is without a doubt the protagonist of the series and he does this job well.

            That isn't to say that the rest of the cast isn't as interesting to watch as our main man. His wife, Teri (Leslie Hope) is perfect as the frantic mother when she discovers her daughter has gone missing, as well as being capable of being a very strong woman and making some tricky decisions herself when it comes to it, often making it clear that she is indeed the wife of a federal agent (though she did annoy me on occasion, I have to say). Their daughter, Kim (the stunning Elisha Cuthbert) doesn't seem to have fallen too far from the tree and despite arguably doing some fairly stupid things during the course of the day, she is a brave character and a loving daughter. David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) is a character whom I wasn't overly keen on at the beginning of the series, but I found that I really grew to respect him as the day drew on. As well as his life being in danger he's having difficulty dealing with a scandal emerging within his own family, staff and supporters as well as the problems that running for President of the United States will bring. It's important to remember that this series was filmed around ten years ago before anyone had even heard of Obama and the idea of a black man running for president was fairly new and potentially controversial. I was therefore quite impressed that the fact that Palmer was African American was almost incidental - his race was rarely commented upon and I think that his character and the series in general are stronger for this fact.

            There are tens of other characters which make appearances during the series (some very long and some very short), but there are too many for me to talk about each in detail and I don't want to hint to who will survive the day and who won't. Let me just say that the death toll is very, very high for what is only one day. Well - it is LA.

            The acting is as good as any despite there being no real big names in the cast list. Dennis Hopper makes an appearance but he is probably the most famous person to feature in the series. It did take me a few episodes, however, to get over the fact that Elisha Cuthbert was Jack's teenage daughter and not the porn star that she played in the film 'The Girl Next Door', but apart from the fact that Leslie Hope played a deranged homeless woman in one episode of House and a businessman who has a run in with Mr Bauer played a recurring character in the same medical drama, I recognised no one else. That said there wasn't a weak link among the cast, with particular praise going to Mr Sutherland as Bauer himself. His tone of voice, poise and facial expressions were all perfect and true to the character and I still find it bizarre to think that Jack Bauer is not a real yet very terrifying man. His subtle face changes when he was angry, frustrated or worried about his family were spot on and really added to character development and to the ambience of the whole series.

            As well as the format and the beeping clock which make the show so recognisable, that's one thing that 24 wouldn't be the same without: ambience. The whole series is wonderfully atmospheric and the feeling of danger and tension is often tangible in many of the scenes. The minutes where we know that someone's death is imminent or at least probable are perfectly filled with suspense and there is never a moment that I felt that I wasn't sucked into this scary, government agency world filled with often ridiculous rules and regulations and where you never really can trust anybody - even those closest to you.

            But I have to say that the main reason why I like 24 so much is how easy I found it to understand. I normally detest action packed films and programmes involving groups such as the CIA and MI5 as they're either just not very well made or I never really have any clue what's going on. I normally avoid watching similar things as I know that I will usually have no idea why a certain person is doing a certain thing and who's dead and why someone is suddenly covered in bees or being shot by clowns for no reason (for example), but I had none of these problems with 24. Without being overly simple or patronisingly telling the audience what is going on, 24 manages to be very clear and easy to follow. I was delighted that there was never a single moment that I felt that I had missed something important or at a loss about what was going on and the only point that I found myself feeling left in the dark was when something hadn't been revealed to the viewer yet. Full marks, 24, for being comprehensible without being overly simple or compromising on plot.

            Ok - praise-a-thon over. Time to ask myself if there's anything that I didn't particularly like about this series.... Well, yes, I suppose there were a few things. There was the odd thing that I found a bit far-fetched or unnecessary but since this only happened once or twice I feel that it's more than excusable as part of the series in general. The format was great, the acting and characters commendable, the direction excellent and the atmosphere downright atmospheric. Fans of thousands of hours of special features and extras, however, would probably find this DVD set disappointing, as in terms of extras it only includes an alternate ending (which I watched and found it to be obvious that it was never intended to be broadcasted) and a sneak preview of series 2 (which I didn't watch in case it gave away more than I wanted to see). The fact that the only language track available was English and subtitles were only on offer in this language won't bother most people, but since I often like watching things with Swedish subtitles it did disappoint me slightly (no, I'm not joking, as it happens).

            In conclusion, I would highly recommend this series to everyone who doesn't mind a bit of violence (it is only a 15 so it's not as bad as similar 18 certificate things) and as far as I remember, swearing and nudity are limited. I would say that the price of £17.99 (hmv.com) is more than worth it for this 1041 minute long entire first series, and only hope that the following seven series are as good as this one!

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              Arguably the best season so far

              24 is an action-thriller TV series featuring Kiefer Sutherland as counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer. Each season contains 24 episodes, with each episode reflecting one hour in Jack's day. At frequent points throughout each episode a clock appears at the bottom of the screen to indicate how much time has passed. The show also popularised the use of the split-screen, where the screen is split into different sections showing multiple events as they happen simultaneously.

              As is the case in all the seasons of the show so far, Jack must stop a terrorist group before they can carry out their evil plans. In the first season this plan is an attempted assassination on Senator David Palmer, a black senator hoping to become the next U.S. president. Events take a personal turn for Jack as the terrorists kidnap his daughter, Kim, in order to distract him from the investigation. Jack is aided in his quest by colleagues Nina Myers and Tony Almeida. However, with the revelation that there may be a mole in the counter-terrorist agency, suspicions run high as no-one may be who they seem.

              What makes this season one of my favourites is that the terrorist threat is fairly low-key and focuses on how both Jack and Senator Palmer are personally affected by this threat. This gives both actors some very meaty scenes, such as when Jack believes his daughter has been killed and the difficult decision Palmer has to make in deciding whether to pretend an assassination attempt on his life has succeeded or rather he should let people know he survived, which may cause the terrorists to kill Jack's daughter. Both Kiefer Sutherland and Dennis Haysbert (who plays Palmer) give powerhouse performances and provide added gravitas to every scene they are in.

              Special mention must also go to Penny Johnson who plays Palmer's wife, Sherry. At first she just seems like a minor character but quickly develops into a very complex, manipulative person and is brought to life brilliantly by Penny Johnson who seems to relish every line she delivers.

              What also makes this season so powerful is that it represents Jack as just an ordinary guy, unlike later seasons where he is almost a superhero able to take on dozens of terrorists single-handedly. In this season Jack briefly falls asleep as fatigue catches up with him, he is manipulated into stealing evidence and he often comes close to breaking down as the stresses of the day consume him. This representation of Jack as just an ordinary guy caught up in extra-ordinary circumstances gives the show some much needed grounding in reality and helps endear the character to the audience. You really do get caught up in Jack's struggle and root for him all the way. I have to say, it's been a long time since I have been so caught up in a TV show.

              Because of all the points I've mentioned, season one is in my view the best season of the show so far. It's not without its flaws; the writers seem to struggle to come up with interesting storylines for Kim during the second half of the season, and it could be argued that there are slightly too many plot twists. These are minor complaints however, and in no way distract from the edge-of-the seat viewing that is 24 season one.

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                A fresh and original show

                24 just began its eighth season yesterday in America, and has come quite a way since its first season. The show is one of my favourites, and yet the first and second seasons still remain the very best they've ever managed. Each season has 24 episodes, with each episode representing one hour (despite each episode only being 42 minutes long), and events purporting to unfold in "real time".

                The first season revolves around Federal CTU Agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), a family man and an honourable agent who is patriotic and believes in his country. He is called into work and informed by his boss, Richard Walsh, that there is a possible threat on Presidential candidate David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert)'s life, and that he is not to trust anyone, not even other CTU employees such as Nina Myers (Sarah Clarke) and Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard). Jack will have to investigate this while also attempting to keep his wife, Teri (Leslie Hope) and teenage daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) safe.

                The show's real-time gimmick works incredibly well and keeps the tension consistent. Also, the direction is excellent, for the screen sections itself off into three or four boxes during suspenseful moments, giving us multiple views and multiple events at the same time. The plotting keeps you guessing, and while the newer seasons have become rote and predictable as a result of the writers literally exhausting every avenue, these earlier seasons were surprising and very fresh.

                Sutherland adds a lot of gravitas as the steely protagonist, and the acting throughout is solid, especially as Dennis Hopper makes a surprise appearance near the end as a terrorist. The show was a huge ratings hit and justifiably so, because this is one of the best first seasons ever, delivering action, suspense, pathos, and a downright shocking final hour.

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                  28.09.2009 20:50
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                  Great TV show.

                  The first series of the critically acclaimed 24 is an absolute roller coaster ride to say the least. This first series is perhaps the best of the 7 season run of the show which is almost losing it's way. It is original, the format is excellent with all events taking place in real time and gives the programme it's unique selling point.

                  The plot is chalked full of numerous twists and turns throughout the 24 episodes ( 1 for each hour of Jack Bauer's bad day) and keeps the viewer interested very well. In comparison to the later series' the plot is not ridiculously outlandish as it often becomes in season 6 in particular. 24 manages also to get the action and character development just about right as our hero Jack Bauer has to become more and more ruthless to save his family and the life of the future President. This is balanced out with the gripping action sequences of gunplay.

                  The characters themselves are also very good, Keifer Sutherland puts in a stellar performance as the lead, while the characters of David Palmer and Kim are also standouts although I began to tire of Teri.

                  One criticism of 24 however is that while I appreciate the twists and turns near the end of the series they began to become irksome. I personally believe if 24 was only 16 episodes long it would be much better but that a personal opinion.

                  In Conclusion, 24 comes with my highest recommendations especially this 1st season.

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                  Brilliant first season

                  Federal agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is woken up with a call to get to CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) headquarters as there is an imminent threat within the next 24 hours to Senator Palmer, a candidate for the Presidency.
                  On the same day, his daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) is kidnapped and Jack must struggle between saving someone he loves and the person he has a patriotic duty towards.

                  The main selling point of this show is that it is run in real time, while each episode is the standard 43ish minutes long; the show is shown as each episode covers an hour of action happening in real time.

                  This show is absolutely enthralling and keeps you glued to the screen each minute. I chain watched this show and it took me around 4 days to complete the first season.

                  There are endless twists and turns that keep you intrigued, you are shown different real time points of view and desperately hope that the good guys play catch-up quick enough to save the day.
                  The audience begins to really care about the characters, drawn into their world as all the intense motions and thoughts they go through are displayed on screen.

                  The actors are amazing; I'm hard pressed to find any flaws in the presentation of the majority of the characters.
                  The script is hard hitting and brutal, the pressure of this day brings out elements of human nature that most people hide so well.

                  I promise you that this first season will get you hooked and entertain beyond expectations.

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                    This show will have you on the edge of your seat

                    The story follows Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) a government agent working with CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) trying to stop the assassination attempt of Senator David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) on the day of the California primary. He must also deal with the kidnapping of his Daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) and try to find out the moles in the agency.

                    The series are split in to 24 episodes each one of them is based on one hour of Jack Bauers day, each episode is an hour but that includes when there is adverts on the TV, this unique theme along with the various split screens made the series succesful and paved the way for more seasons to come.

                    Kiefer Sutherlands performance as Jack Bauer has made him type casted for life because he made the role his owns, we really saw Jacks emotions on everything that happened which made the character more realistic and more likeable. Sometimes you see Actors not showing enough desperation when there characters wife/children have been taken.

                    The story starts for Jack at home when he receives a call from CTU asking to come in past midnight for an urgent meeting, Jack has recently got back together with his wife Terri (Leslie Hope) and trying to be peacekeeper between his wife and daughter as Kim still blames her mum for them spliting up seperation. Jack is not by the book and often does behind his superiors back when following up on suspects. Jacks interogation techniques were over the top sometimes but in the end he finds out the information he needs.

                    Senator Palmer is a family man trying to get into the white house, his nononse attitude and firm beliefs make him a likeable character and as the day drags on you find more about his familys past and how he is trying to make amends.

                    The terrorists in this film are brilliant the only problem is when you think the person is dead you find out he happened to be working for a person higher up in the food chain so the attacks are not over.

                    The plot is consistent throughout the 24 episodes and each one is pure brilliance, The shows strong character development and gripping plots have made 24 one of the best TV shows. The ending of Series 1 is shocking but this show will keep you entertained all the way through. The music and sound effects are also perfect for the events that occur. This show is not to be missed!

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                    A fantastic, intelligent debut - not quite perfect yet, but dangerously addictive

                    The clock is ticking and events are running wild when a CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is thrown into a web of political conspiracies, assassination attempts, several deadly hostage situations, and the most frightening and annoying of all, the immense stupidity of his daughter. The life of U.S. Senator David Palmer is threatened when he is very close to being elected President. Bauer is called to handle this situation whilst the complications in his personal life are not exactly helping either. There are several "moles" present in the agency and like all good thrillers, there are the expected red-herrings to completely throw the audience in the wrong direction. The great thing about this season is that the plot twists are all believable and none of them are too far-fetched nor are they over-used. Apart from Kim Bauer who does absolutely nothing for the series, (except perhaps woo the male viewers) this show is packed full of fascinating characters. The writers also use some of these characters to create a range of fitting sub-plots to make the 24 hours so much more tense and exciting. Sutherland looks and acts perfectly for his part. He has a certain amount of rage and a genuinely bad-ass, rule-bending vibe that this show's protagonist needs. A round of applause also goes to the Palmer couple, (Dennis Haysbert and Penny Johnson) who provide so many engaging political and personal plots that give this show a real boost. The "real-time" method this show uses is hugely effective, preventing the events from overdosing on adrenaline, turning this into something much more believable and convincing. It's all very addictive, since every episode ends with a cliff-hanger, to which you are guaranteed a nice, comprehensible follow-up. The first time you watch this, there is nothing more compelling and it seems entirely possible to forgive everything about Kim Bauer. But it is true that when you're new to this, you decide to ignore the annoying, mind-bugging features because you're so desperate to get to the bottom of everything. It has to be said that what "24" lacks noticeably is consistency. There are some tedious sub-plots (inter-agency competition, administrative failures, various characters' dull personal quirks, they all sound so boring even on paper) that have only been put there to pass the time. The 24-hour time-frame we get is both strength and weakness of this show. But it can safely be said that "24" is a revolutionary phenomenon for American Television. It is made with much thought, skill and panache that it makes you look forward to the future seasons.

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                      08.06.2009 23:09
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                      Awesome

                      From my profile pic it is easy to tell that Prison Break is a show I love. However what really got me into the American shows was 24, and with the seventh season coming to an end, I think it is time for me to start reviewing this epic show.

                      So why's it called 24? For those of you that don't know basically the show takes place in real time. We view one day of Jack Bauer's life split into 24 episodes. With each episode representing one hour of his day. It really is a unique format, however a show is only as great as its plot and acting and 24 pulls out all the stops here.

                      Keifer Sutherland is the main man here and although his dad Donald is the famous one, Keifer has really come to the limelight here. He has made Jack Bauer a legend and this is due to his excellent acting. I could spend time talking about the great acting from other actors and actresses, however it really is pointless as this show and specifically this season revolves around Jack.

                      The storyline is excellent and it is really hard to explain the plot without ruining anything and I really don't want to ruin anything for anyone looking to start this show. I will simply say that Jack Bauer is a family man who works for CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) and within the first few minutes he is called into work and experiences the longest day of his life so far. 24 hours full of action packed thrill rides. Twists and turns at every corner. As soon as you are recovering from one twist, bang theres another and then your recovering again and theres another and so on. It really is non stop brilliance.

                      Of course a lot of it is realistic. No one can possibly go through all this in one day right. Well maybe, who knows, I don't. Ok it is unrealistic, but all shows are exagerated, and this show doesn't cross to far across the boundaries. It says a lot for this show that it is still going strong with an 8th season being confirmed and in fact most shows viewers decrease as the years go on, 24 is one of the only shows that viewers have increased season upon season so this is a very impressive stat.

                      I can't recommend this show highly enough. I know people that have watched like 10mins of it and then said it was boring, but they must have a very short attention span. Within a few episodes you will be hooked and become obssessed with 24. Incredible acting, incredible plot, incredible concept and an incredible show.

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                        08.06.2009 17:08
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                        Must see TV

                        This ground breaking series was released in 2002 and made way for 6 more seasons of Kiefer Sutherlands' most famous role of this generation.

                        Sutherland plays federal agent Jack Bauer - a member of the Los Angeles counter terrorist unit who's investigating a plot to kill senator David Palmer. Palmer is on the verge of becoming Americas' first black president and the series is set on the day of the California presidential primary.

                        This series is in my opinion excellent in every way. It is fast paced and events in the program occur in real time with different plot lines occuring simultaneously.

                        It is not perfect. The twists and turns can at times be a little unbelievable and it reeks of American patriotism but all in all the series is gripping and builds tension in almost every scene. I found that once i got past the second episode that i was unable to stop watching. It became an addiction!

                        You will not be disappointed.

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                        Such a simple idea--yet so fiendishly complex in the execution. 24, as surely everyone knows by now, is a thriller that takes place over 24 hours, midnight to midnight, in 24 one-hour episodes (well, 45-minute episodes if you extract the ad breaks). Everything to take place in real time--on-screen and off-screen time the same--which means no flash-backs, no flash-forwards, no nice handy time-dissolves. Every strand of the plot has to be dovetailed and interlocked to make sure that things happen just when they should, in the right amount of time. Not that easy. Creator Robert Cochran and his team of writers and directors have done a pretty impressive job in putting the jigsaw together and keeping the tension ratcheted up high, as Federal Agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) hares around LA trying to stall an assassination attempt on a black Presidential candidate and rescue his wife and daughter from the clutches of the Balkan baddies. Twists, turns, revelations and cliffhangers are tossed at us with satisfying regularity. It’s not perfect: we get some hokey plot devices (instant amnesia, anybody?) and the final twist, once you start thinking back, makes no sense whatsoever. There are altogether too many huggy family moments ("I love you, Dad." "I love you, son"); and as for überbaddie Dennis Hopper’s "Serbian" accent… Even so, this is undeniably mould-breaking TV. Sutherland, rescuing his career from the doldrums in one heroic leap, fully deserves his Golden Globe. Sets and locations are artfully deployed--we gain a real sense of LA’s splayed-out geography--and Sean Callery’s score is a powerful, brooding presence. Like Murder One and The Sopranos, 24 is one of those series future TV thrillers will have to measure themselves against. On the DVDs: 24 is released in a six-disc box set. On discs 1- 5 there are no extras, but disc 6 includes the "alternative" ending and a preview of Series 2, presented by an urbane Kiefer Sutherland, that tells us precisely nothing. The transfer, in 16x9 widescreen and 2.0 Dolby Digital sound, does the high production values of the original every justice.--Philip Kemp