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A year after the events of season one, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is out of CTU and estranged from his daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert). A threat of a nuclear attack on Los Angeles brings Jack back into the action to try and save the day once again.
Skipping forward a year in time is a good set up for the second season of 24, it leaves enough time for things to change but the effects of the first season can still be seen on the characters. Jack Bauer is clearly still suffering as he has a beard in the season opener, is there a clearer sign of heartache on a TV show than an overgrown beard? It doesn't take long for Jack to be brought back into the CTU fold, although he is still a little bit damaged. Bauer continues to be the best character in the show by quite a way and is seemingly 100% better than the next best federal agent.
Jack's daughter Kim is an au pair for the Matheson family, sounds like a safe enough job but nothing with the Bauer family is straightforward. I don't want to ruin what happens with her but there is a long side plot involving Kim which is rather drawn out and not that interesting for the first 5-6 hours. I really liked Cuthbert in the first season so it was a shame that her storyline in the second season wasn't quite as strong.
A year after the first season, David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) is now President of the USA. Palmer spends most of the season trying to work out who is working with him and who is working against him in his team. Michelle Forbes (The Killing) is Lynne Kresge, the biggest new addition to team Palmer. Forbes is strong in the role; she is tough to read but puts enough personality into it to be interesting. The David v Sherry dynamic is again the best part of the Palmer storyline.
The Warner family are new characters this season, with the focus being on a marriage between Marie Warner and Reza Naiyeer. They are linked to the nuclear attack on LA but it isn't clear to start with who exactly is involved. Kate Warner (Sarah Wynter) gets the most screen time out of the Warner family members, which is a shame as she is pretty awful. Wynter has the same expression on her face no matter what is happening, not a big fan of hers.
The CTU team of George Mason (Xander Berkeley), Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) and Michelle Dessler (Reiko Aylesworth) are strong. All three are good in their roles and manage to stop the show descending into melodrama despite some of the OTT dialogue.
The nuclear threat storyline is good and the twists and turns are (semi) believable, it becomes more and more complex but as it is built up slowly it doesn't become too hard to follow.
I like the visual style of 24; you get to see multiple views at once i.e. a camera on both parties in a conversation throughout, no switching between the two. It is something that isn't really done and gives the show its own unique style.
Overall, it is a good second season. Some of the side storylines aren't quite as tight as in the first season so it feels like the writers are treading water at times. The main nuclear bomb threat is interesting and it is as addictive as the first season. You will lose a lot of time watching this box set, but it will be worth it. 24 is must see television.
Kiefer Sutherland - Jack Bauer
Sarah Wynter - Kate Warner
Elisha Cuthbert - Kim Bauer
Xander Berkeley - George Mason
Carlos Bernard - Tony Almeida
Dennis Haysbert - President David Palmer
Penny Johnson Jerald - Sherry Palmer
Reiko Aylesworth - Michelle Dessler
Billy Burke - Gary Matheson
Michelle Forbes - Lynne Kresge
Laura Harris - Marie Warner
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Having tragically lost his wife at the hands of double-agent Nina Myers, Jack has retired from CTU and is in search of reconciliation with his daughter, who still is confused at the sudden loss of her mother. Suddenly, Jack gets a call from CTU who have discovered that terrorists on US soil have possession of a nuclear warhead and intend to use it before the end of the day. Back in his old job, Jack must struggle between his emotions to get revenge for his wife's murder and to save millions of lives from the imminent nuclear threat. Simultaneously, David Palmer, now President, faces a crisis of his own alongside the threat of the warhead, as members of his own administration set out to remove him from office.
A stunning second series, with every episode so full of twists each one feels like an M. Night Shyamalan film. Great performances all round. Elisha Cuthbert seems to drag her feet yet again however as Kim Bauer, but other than that, some great acting and heartfelt, tense storyline.
I love box sets of DVDs. Watching series on TV is a bit more difficult as sometimes I miss an episode and sometimes I just forget what the hell is going on by the time the following week comes round! For me buying box sets when they come out is ideal as I can just sit down on a lazy rainy Sunday afternoon and watch as many episodes in one go as I want!
I decided to see what all the fuss was about and buy 24 season one. I ended up really enjoying it and rushing to get series two afterwards. Unfortunately I started with high hopes and was soon disappointed, as I found the start quite slow and unappealing, and lost interest. I spoke to a friend who had watched the whole lot and they told me to just push through it. I went home after a break and picked it up again, only to become addicted and rushed through the rest of the series.
The series comes in 6 DVDs all with four episodes on each. They come in a cardboard box with plastic to hold them in and an extra cardboard sleeve.
The concept of 24 is that the story plays out in real time. Each minute, and each hour is shown as the same, for example, each hours episode is an hour in 24 time. A lot more happens in their hours though, sometimes it is quite hard to believe how much happens!
This series tells the story of a nuclear threat to Los Angeles. Jack Bauer and the CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) battle to save the president and the city, with highs and lows along the way. Jacks daughter gets dragged into it and almost every episode sees both of them in danger in one way or another with a 'will they, won't they' get out of it type of situation. You also question who you can trust as more about characters is revealed along the way. You just wouldn't be able to believe what twists and turns crop up at every corner.
The drama is gripping and addictive, but the downside is 24 episodes is a little too long and it goes on a bit too much and by the end you are just thinking all the deaths and enemies are a bit predictable. It could do with ending a little earlier, maybe after only 20 episodes. A little break, and I am desperate to get started on season 3...
After finally getting around to watching and adoring the first series of 24, it wasn't long before I was desperate to get my hands on the second series and my next Jack Bauer fix. Fortunately my parents, who are 24 mad, were happy to lend me the season two box set and I have spent the past two weeks watching it with rapt attention. If I hadn't had such a busy fortnight or so I would have gotten through it much more quickly, as it was so compelling that it was always very hard to drag myself away from the screen.
This series takes place roughly over a year after the very long and difficult day that made up the first season of 24, and the format for the show is essentially the same. Each episode spans the course of one hour with the twenty-four episodes of the series making up one complete day. While the first season took place from midnight to midnight, this one started and ended at 8am, so at least the characters presumably managed to have a good night's sleep before the day's difficult events began. Despite the very high death toll of the first series, several of the main characters from the first day are still here and remain instrumental in the second. The main ones, and my favourites, include federal agent Jack Bauer, his daughter Kim, David Palmer (the African American presidential candidate from the first series), as well as Tony Almeida and George Mason from the Counter Terrorist Unit in Los Angeles. There are also many brand new characters as well as smaller appearances from people we have seen before, and together they make up a very sizable cast. The standouts of the new characters include Kate Warner, who ends up caught up in the turmoil of the day in many ways she never could have imagined, as well as Michelle, who is new to CTU, and Lynne, an aide to David Palmer. That isn't to say that these were necessarily the most important characters of the series, but were ones who were focussed on a lot and who were my favourites.
The plot of this series revolves around the CTU and the American government discovering that there is a nuclear bomb somewhere in Los Angeles which is due to go off. Today. Thus starts another very long day for Jack Bauer and co., despite the fact that Jack hasn't worked as a federal agent since the first series ended. It appears, however, that he is the only person capable of stopping the bomb and potentially saving the lives of millions of people, as well as preventing war in the Middle East. Meanwhile Jack's daughter, Kim, is having a fairly stressful time herself, with her efforts to escape the city and the potential nuclear explosion being hindered by a variety of people, including the family she works for. The President and his cabinet, along with CTU, are making efforts to locate and deactivate the bomb as well as catching the perpetrators and investigating whether a group of Middle Eastern countries may be involved. Jack, once again, has a lot resting on his shoulders, with hoards of people seemingly working against him despite him constantly striving to do the necessary and the right thing.
As with the first series, the plot here is fantastically detailed and complicated without being confusing or incomprehensible to the viewer. Even with military and political decisions and actions I never found myself in the dark as to what they were talking about and found that the dialogue carried the viewer through the story without ever feeling condescending or as if they were saying things just for the sake of informing the viewer of something. We discover things as the characters do and often know more than they do, with the timing of events usually being impeccable. The suspense is almost tangible with many episodes ending on mini or large cliff-hangers, making me very glad that I can easily put on the next episode to see what will happen next instead of having to wait a whole week to see the next instalment on television. There is never a dull moment with at least one character up to something important and interesting at any one time, and looking back on all the events of the series seems impossible that it all could have happened over the space of a mere 24 hours, yet it seems totally realistic. The main issues and dangers change every few hours or so, undoubtedly to keep things interesting and the flow going, but these changes are done so naturally and fit in so well with the plot that it never feels as though they're adding in extra plot points for the sake of it. That is, with the possible exception of Kim, who seems to get into a lot of trouble down to her own misguided decisions and pretty stupid actions which have little to do with the storyline that all of the other characters are involved in. Still, I did like her as a character and cared about what happened to her, but couldn't say that her storyline interested me as much as Jack's and David Palmer's did, for example.
The acting in this series is again, of a high standard, with nobody standing out as being poorer than the others, though nobody was remarkably excellent either. I believed everybody as their characters, and particularly enjoyed Sarah Wynter as Kate Warner and Dennis Haysbert as David Palmer. Although the course of a day may not seem like a very long time over which to properly develop characters, the new appearances who featured a lot felt very three dimensional, with people who were only around for a couple of episodes being unsurprisingly not as well developed, but they seemed real enough for what the series required. We also get to see deeper sides of many of the familiar characters and find that many people are not as good or evil as they once seemed.
There's nothing I can really fault about the second series of 24, and enjoyed it every bit as much as I did the first. The storyline was compelling, the actors and characters were great, as well as the action scenes and special effects being very well done and realistic looking. The whole series was very atmospheric with an appropriate level of tension which varied throughout, and I often found myself crying with emotion while watching it. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who has already seen and enjoyed season one, but as with 24 it is essential that you start at the beginning to be able to understand fully what is happening, I would advise against watching this if you have yet to see the first season.
Bizarrely enough it seems to be difficult to get a hold of this series online unless preowned for a reasonable price, with Amazon only selling it as part of a box set including series 1-7 for £140, or pre-owned from £9.87 for this series alone. It's available new from HMV for £17.99 online, which is a reasonable price to pay for what is a fantastic series.
After the runaway success of 24: season one, a second season of the show was inevitable. The format of the show remains the same as the first season, with each episode portraying one hour in the day of counter-terrorist agent Jack Baeur.
Unlike season one's relatively low-key and intensely personal terrorist threat, this season features a more general "millions are going to die unless we stop the terrorists" kind of threat which has since become the norm for 24. In this season a group of terrorists have planted a nuclear bomb somewhere in Los Angeles and Jack and the rest of CTU must locate and disarm it before it explodes. Jack is aided in his quest by David Palmer, who has become president of the USA. This review isn't going to go into great detail on the plot as to mention any more would be to risk spoiling the multitude of twists and turns that have become so synonymous with the show. Instead, I am just going to give my opinions on the plot as a whole, and on the (mostly great) characterisation that occurs throughout the season.
As with season one, the first few episodes can be a bit slow as plot points are introduced and gradually built upon. But once the plot does get going the show suddenly changes gear and moves with an intensity unlike anything experienced in the entire first season. It really is edge of your seat stuff. However, once the situation with the bomb has been dealt with, the remainder of the season trundles along at a somewhat slower pace, which can be a bit jarring after the breakneck speed of previous episodes, but is still exciting nonetheless.
24 wouldn't be the same show without Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. I think that's a statement few would argue with. The role seems to have been written with Kiefer in mind, so much so that it seems impossible to picture Jack being played by anyone else now. In season two Kiefer really gets to flex his acting muscles as due to the harrowing events of last season's final, Jack has now become a much darker character and is more willing to cross the line to get the job done. I won't spoil any of the actions he chooses to take, but suffice it so say, some of them are truly shocking and completely unlike the Jack Bauer we knew in season one. While his grief-fuelled anger is understandable, I do find it makes Jack a less endearing character than in the first season.
Another character going through a difficult change is David Palmer. As the newly appointed president, Palmer faces some tough political decisions during the hunt for the nuke. One such decision provides the basis for arguably the best scene of the entire series. In this scene, Palmer has to make an impossible decision about whether to allow an enemy of the state to kill Jack so that in return the enemy will give information as to the whereabouts of the bomb. Throughout the show Dennis Haysbert has giving nothing but his best in every scene he's been in, but here he seems to tap into some hitherto undiscovered reserve of acting ability and gives an harrowingly beautiful portrayal of the anguish that Palmer is consumed with.
One character that isn't handled particularly well is Jack's daughter, Kim. The writer's just don't seem to know what to do with Kim, and instead of giving her a well-crafted plotline to take her through the season, they send her wandering aimlessly from one perilous situation to another. However, that's not to say that she doesn't get some juicy scenes. The episode where she believes her father to be dead is a particular highlight and mirrors perfectly the grief shown by Jack in last season's finale when he believed Kim had been killed. Scenes like this prove that Elisha Cuthbert can be a very competent actor when she has to be, so it is a bit of a shame that for most of the season she just has to run around looking scared a lot.
Overall, season two is one of 24's best seasons, but it is let down slightly by slow pacing at the start and the lack of a coherent storyline for Kim. If you have yet to see the show then I suggest starting with season one as it is the slightly better of the two seasons. If you've already seen the first season then you should deffinately watch season two. Just make sure you have plenty of free time because once you start watching it, you won't want to stop!
24 debuted in 2001 and was an immediate ratings hit, with its real time aspect being hailed as incredibly inventive and amazingly executed. After the first season ended with Jack saving the day but, shockingly, winding up with his wife dead in his arms, I couldn't wait to see how things continued.
Day two takes place some time later. Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) is retired from active duty and is now living alone in apartment with a huge beard. His daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) is still too distraught to talk to him about it, and spends her time babysitting with a local family, whose father (Billy Burke) is a bit of a psychopath. However, when a threat assembles where it appears that there is an imminent nuclear strike on the U.S., President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) wants Bauer to come on board, and so CTU make a desperate reach to get him in. Jack is eventually persuaded, and goes back to his action hero status, blowing away the bad guys, and even cutting a guy's head off early on!
This is my favourite season of 24 by a fair margin (although I do love 1 and 5 also), as the show hadn't yet become as clichéd or routine as it is these days. Jack returning to duty hadn't yet become a plot thread they'd exploited time and time again, and the plot was winding and constantly surprising. The best episode by far is 10-11pm, in which the...you know...hits the fan, with amazingly poignant results. There are a few dud moments, like Kim getting into numerous absurd scrapes, like getting chased by a cougar and then being stalked by a creepy survivalist, but the show ends with a bang that meant I couldn't wait for season three!
In the second season of 24, Jack Bauer is called back from being inactive by the President due to a serious threat to national security. A bomb will go off today in Los Angeles, unless he and his colleagues at CTU can find out who is responsible in time. Jack agrees to help on the condition that his daughter is taken somewhere safe outside of the possible blast radius.
This second season is grittier and more brutal than the first. We see Jack as a man haunted by the events in season 1 and more determined than ever to do the right thing and save his country, even if this may almost take him down a not so righteous path. This means he is once again doubted by those around him, and this lack of trust makes his job that much harder.
The plot twists are slightly more predictable in this season, not sure if the same writers are involved as the first season, but this was much easier to follow and guess the outcomes.
Kim's character seems to get a little stagnant in this season, she seems to have a run of bad luck even worse than her father and goes from one mishap to another with a series of calls to CTU and her father to try and get her out of trouble.
There are a lot more shoot-outs in this season and the same hazardous running around to save the day... but it still retains interest and entertains fully.
Jack's back for another 24 hours of pulse rating entertainment. The series is set 18 months after the first series, Jack Bauer is still grieving the loss of his wife Terri who was murdered by his CTU Colleague and ex lover Nina Myers who happened to be a mole. He has since then left CTU as he blames them for his wife's death. Meanwhile his daughter Kim has taken a job as an au pair in an attempt to forget her mums death.
David Palmer is now the president of the United States and trys to convince Jack to rejoin CTU after there is a serious Terrorist threat on Los Angeles. CTU believe Jack can help as he knows a few of the people suspected of the attack from his undercover days. Jack finally decides to help CTU in finding the bomb but suddenly finds himself drawn back into the job he loves.
This series is the by far the best in the series as every episode delivers pure entertainment. The plot in this series is well done and is equally good as the first series. This series does have so many twists you might get confused if you miss an episode. The show is still in real time but the sets and backgrounds get even more impressive.
Kiefer Sutherland is once again back to his best as Jack Bauer, he really gets the emotions right at the beginning of the series as a former agent still depressed of his murdered wife. This series we start to see the more ruthless Jack as the interrogation scenes get more extreme and are more torture then questioning.
The last episodes do drag a bit as they tried to fill the time slots but still keep you at the edge of your seat. Sarah Clarke who plays the Nina Myers the woman who killer Jacks wife, is brilliant as the cold double agent. She is perfect for the role as this cold emotionless human being who is only interested in money and not the lifes of the general public.
The special effects in this series are really good, every gun fight or explosion looks real and well made. Once again this is an amazing series that is not to be missed.
Well where to begin, season 2 picks up about a year after season 1 finished. Former CTU field agent Jack Bauer is struggling to cope with his wifes death and the betrayal of his friend and colleague Nina Myers. As a result of day 1, he and his daughter Kim are no longer in touch and Jack is a bit of a mess.
Just when Jack things he can wallow in his misery alone, CTU gets in touch because they need his help and Jack has to decide how much he is willing to risk again.
A Nuclear bomb has been planted in L.A. and it is up to Jack, Tony and CTU, to find and disable it before it explodes. David Palmer is now president and he can only think of one man to call on in the country's time of need - JACK BAUER!
Season 2 is just as gripping (if not more so) than season one, and with Kim getting in more trouble then you would believe humanly possible there is not a moment you aren't sat in the edge of your seat. I am going to try and not spoil anything in this review, so if you feel some areas are lacking my apologies, I just think that 24 is really at its best when you don't know what is going to happen next! It is quite hard to get across the intensity and brilliance that is 24 without spoiling all of the twists and turns in the plot.
This is an excellent season, although Kim Bauer does become a little annoying, even more so in later seasons the others are fantastic. The twists and turns are just as thrilling as the first. The growing relationship between Tony Almeida and new character Michelle Dessler added an additional side story and depth to the characters. I am a big Tony fan and loved the development of his character and the growing trust and friendship between him and Jack that lasts though many seasons.
David Palmer, his now ex-wife Sherry and their family continue to struggle through their problems and the betrayals and secrecy within the Government! Who can he trust?!
24 really is a must see! I would recommend getting the box set and setting aside at least a couple of hours each time your sit to watch it. Each episode ends with a twist and the temptation to just watch the next hour often wins when I am watching.
In short, 24 Season 2 is MUST SEE TV.
After the death of his wife, after his ungrateful bitch of a daughter pretty much abandons him even though he has saved her life however many times, Jack is called into action to take charge of an impending nuclear attack on Los Angeles. (hey, where else?) We get some of the familiar faces back, Tony Almeida is better than ever and the duplicitous Sherry Palmer (HURRAY!!!!) returns with an unpredictable agenda, David Palmer is the President of the United States with a firm, fair way of approaching problems and Nina Myers returns for a few episodes to confuse things all over again. The new faces we get are fantastic as well. There's the focused, intelligent Michelle Dessler, Jack's love interest Kate Warner and probably the most memorable of all the new supporting characters, the loyal, sharp-minded Lynn Kresge. (the brilliant Admiral Cain from Battlestar Galactica) This second season starts off with a much bigger scale. This time, we are not talking about an assassination attempt but an actually scary, evil plot of destroying an entire city. Excitement soon follows, but there is always that Kim Bauer sub-plot to drag the show down immensely. Ignoring her and her incomprehensible desire to do get involved in the most complicated situations possible, she can be so selfish but also at the same time, way too selfless. But having kept up with her during season 1, I seem to have grown some immunity against Kim. As usual, this season mixes politics, action, terrorist plot, romance and plenty of other materials that gave the first season its deserving success. The political struggle that occurs in The White House ties in nicely with the show's main plot which shows plenty of creativity and skill in writing. It is a shame that the main terrorist act sort of finishes with a few hours to spare. For the last few episodes, the main plot is undeniably frustrating, chasing after something that just refuses to end (and also a problem that has a very clear, obvious answer). But Kiefer Sutherland and his infinite charismatic acting talent holds the show together, along with other fantatsic actors.
Having just seen someone review Season 1 I have decided to follow on and do series 2.
This series is set 18 months after the first series. The presidential candidate of series on has now been elected to power.
CTU is advised that a nuclear bomb is due to go off somewhere in the city today. they are forced to call on the services of Jack , once again, who has now left CTU after the issues in series 1. Once again this series features Jack's daughter who agin gets caught up iin the days events.
I don't want to spoil too much of the plot but you can be assured that th ethe plot twists and turns as it progresses through the day. There are the usual casualties along the way and Jack is once agin forced to make some difficult decisions.
This series is a much faster pace that the previous series, howver you can see that they have realised what worked well with the previous series and there are now lots of time references - that someone will be available in half an hour etc - so that you are kept hanging on.
I liked the way that some of the charcters from the earlier series were re-introduced and it was done so quite realistically. However there are other moments when you have to disband belief - there is no way they could have got half way across LA in that space of time - and the bit with the cougar - well I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions.
The extras were not great - the deleted scenes were probably the most interesting but you could see why they were deleted!!
I would recommend this to any jack fan
24 stars movie turned tv actor, Kiefer sutherland as CTU as Jack Bauer. Son of legend Donald sutherland, 24 is his first break into television acting and a successful one at that - the show airs on FOX and is called ''24''. It's set in real time, and there are twenty four hours in a day obviously and this is twenty four hours in real time of a continuous plot. Mainly evolving around terroists threatning the US president and senate and causing havoc. Jack Bauer is the good guy who will use any means to stop them. Not all people who work with him are to be trusted. It's suprising,interesting and the plots are engrossing and the twists you dont see coming. Every minute is thrilling and edge of your seat action.
I thought the first season was very good and the mole reveal of Nina Myers was a twist i personally didnt see coming and i enjoyed the twists, turns, plot loops and shockers and i thought the entire cast was superb and the acting was emotional, believable and appropriate. I think the writing was stellar as well. After the first series,i said that they wouldn't ever have a better season and in many ways i am still right, there best season has always been season one but season two is definitely second best.
This series is similar to the other in that there is a terrorist attack that is being planned that could have a record number of causalities and we continue following the presidency of the first black afro-american president of the US (fictional) of David Palmer. We see the Palmers struggle through personal problems and we see the relationship between Palmer and Bauer strengthen and almost lose it's bond. There are more moles than those on a teenagers face and the plot lines are engrossing and intresting.
The visual effects are stunning and the impressive boxset folds out like a cereal box or a square cube with a six disks including one of special features which is in particular interest to those who are interested in seeing behind the scenes information about the show and creative process.
I would recommend anyone who loves a thriller watch this series but warning it is addictive and once i watched one episode i wanted to watch another, and then another and my worst going i watched three in a row and three again the next day. The stories are compelling and i found the threat to believable and real too which holds a candle to the actual real terrorism that is going on in the world today. Kiefer Sutherland's performance is as good, the supporting cast is stellar and you really believable that the White House is filled with these people and you see just how far CTU will go to protect the president, country and it's colleagues but workers within have been hired by the terroists and we don't know who and its the figuring out of that makes this story interesting.
I couldn't recommend it more and it's available £17.99 on Play.com right now,it's really worth trying!
24 is an action/thriller television series with the theme being on counter terrorism.
At the beginning of series 2 a terrorist threat to detonate a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles is discovered.
President Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) then calls on the main character Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland), former CTU (counter terrorist unit)
agent and the man who saved palmer's life in the first series. When we see Bauer again, he is clearly a broken man, still grieveing the
loss of his wife who was killed at the end of the first series, and trying to rebuild the relationship with his daughter Kim, (Elisha Cuthbert)
who at some level blames her father for failing to protect her mother. However, Jack soon agrees to track down the terrorists and stop them, and very soon
is using his characteristic unorthodox, sometimes illegal methods to find out what he wants to know. As the day progresses however, he will learn that this
is only a part of a larger plan...
24 is very fast paced, action packed and at times you can feel the tension and the urgency in the air. I was instantly hooked, with a gripping plot with seemed
to twist endlessly and strong performances from the entire cast of characters, I had to watch "just one more episode"! even the last few seconds of the series
left me eagerly awaiting series 3.
Also 24 is unique in the way it is filmed in the sense that a season consists of a single day in real time, which is then broken down to 24 individual episodes,
each 1 hour long, and always switching from the main plot to other characters particular story lines and back again without becoming even slighty confusing.
I would strongly reccomend this to any one with even a small interest in action/thrillers as it really is edge of your seat stuff.
Jack Bauer is having another one of his "very bad days" in the second series of the ground-breaking real-time thriller 24. Once again the hours are ticking by with more guaranteed cliffhangers than a convention of mountain climbers. Holed up in a Los Angeles condo and estranged from his daughter, Jack is no longer on the government payroll; unfortunately for him, this small fact doesn't seem to matter to President David Palmer and the NSA who call him back in to the CTU and give him 24 hours to infiltrate a terrorist organisation who are planning to detonate a dirty bomb in the city of angels. All Jack wants is to get his daughter out of the city, unfortunately Kim's new employer, the abusive father of the child she is nannying, has other ideas. Fans of the original won't be disappointed, as there are more than enough shock moments in the first few hours to hint at the climactic build-up to come, while newcomers can quickly get involved in the lives of Jack and his family. There are some new characters to bolster the veteran cast and, interestingly (although not surprisingly given the outcome of the first series), Jack's character has taken an altogether darker, more psychopathic turn. The danger the characters find themselves in also has a much more global impetus, grounded as it is in the war against terrorism. Although the territory is more familiar this time around, this second series is just as much a high-tension, taut, adrenaline-fuelled ride as the first series, and one that will have you glued to your TV for the next 24 hours. --Kristen Bowditch