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Three years have passed since season two of 24. CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) receive a threat that a Mexican drug lord will release a deadly virus unless his brother is released from prison. Meanwhile, President Palmer is attempting to get re-elected for a second term.
If you?ve read my reviews of the first two seasons of 24 then you?ll know what it is all about. For those of you who haven?t heard of 24 (anyone?), it is a spy thriller which plays out the actions of one day in real time. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is the lead agent in the field and risks his life to subvert acts of terrorism.
The biggest change for season three of 24 is the fact that Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert) is now a member of CTU. It is quite a good move in order to keep the character in the series, there are only so many times the writers can put Kim in danger as a private citizen without it getting a little tiresome. I?m not sure when Kim became a computer whizz but I?ll go with it.
There are some new faces in the CTU group. Star Trek?s Zachary Quinto puts in a good performance as Adam Kaufman. It is only a relatively small role but he puts some character into it and makes it more memorable. I am not such a big fan of Chloe, played by Mary Lynn Rajskub; the character has a bit of a ?personality disorder? and is very blunt. It seems like she is almost supposed to be the comic relief but she is just annoying. It is half down to the writing and half due to the actress; I just really don?t get the point in her. James Badge Dale is another new addition as Jack?s partner Chase, he is believable as an action man type but he?s not a great character. He is necessary for the plot but that is about it, I didn?t really care about what happened to him.
Carlos Bernard is as awesome as ever as Tony Almeida but I was not buying the chemistry between him and Reiko Aylesworth?s Michelle. Both are great individually but the simmering romance between the two is just not believable and could easily have been cut out.
President Palmer?s storyline isn?t thrilling to start with but it does get better as the season progresses. DB Woodside is a great addition as the President?s brother and chief of staff. He is brilliant in the role and plays off Dennis Haysbert well. Penny Johnson Jerald is as crazy as ever as Sherry Palmer; she is one of the best characters in the show. The President?s storyline is better this season than season two.
The bad guys are great in season three; Joaquim de Almeida steals many a scene as Ramon Salazar. He is totally believable as a drug lord, I don?t know if that is a compliment or not. Paul Blackthorne is also great opposition to Sutherland?s Jack Bauer. This season follows the pattern of prior seasons, one bad guy leads to CTU discovering another bad guy and repeat until it gets to the big bad. In that respect it is a little predictable but with the format, it has to follow a certain formula.
There were plenty of twists and turns that I didn?t see coming in season three, the writers definitely keep you on your toes. The style of the show remains the same, with multiple camera angles on show and of course the ticking clock, something that really makes the show distinctive. It doesn?t feel like your standard procedural, the season long arc is something that isn?t really done very often as it can alienate potential viewers but it really works for 24. I am a fan of shows that require you to see every episode, I like to commit to it and get kind of obsessed. I highly recommend season three of 24, there may be a few characters that I would change but overall it is a very strong season.
Kiefer Sutherland - Jack Bauer
Elisha Cuthbert - Kim Bauer
Carlos Bernard - Tony Almeida
Reiko Aylesworth - Michelle Dessler
James Badge Dale - Chase Edmunds
Dennis Haysbert - President David Palmer
D.B. Woodside - Wayne Palmer
Penny Johnson Jerald - Sherry Palmer
Joaquim de Almeida - Ramon Salazar
Vincent Laresca - Hector Salazar
Paul Blackthorne - Stephen Saunders
Zachary Quinto - Adam Kaufman
Mary Lynn Rajskub - Chloe O'Brian
Paul Schulze - Ryan Chappelle
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Jack is back for Day 3 - this time, the threat is biological. Jack worked undercover as a drug addict trying to bring down Ramone Salazar, one of the drug underworld's most dangerous criminals. Imprisoned and facing trial, Salazar has a way out - through his brother Hector. Jack must fight against his own drug addiction, which he is trying to kick and against the threat of a weaponised virus being unleashed in major US cities.
Kim is in a relationship with Jack's partner, Chase Edmonds, and is trying to convince him to tell Jack about the two of them. But he isn't sure he has the courage to do so, knowing how protective Jack is of his daughter.
Meanwhile, in Washington, President Palmer, recovered from an attempt on his life 3 years previously, is in a race to stay in power and faces a political crisis when his opponent gets personal with his girlfriend and also has to try and maintain the biological threat.
Season 3 is by far the best yet, with drama all round. Can CTU survive it's toughest day to date? Or will morale cave as Tony and Michelle fight to maintain their relationship, Jack fights against his habit and the President fights against political pressure. It's a race against time and only Jack Bauer can save the day.
I have just finished watching Season 3 of 24, and what a season it was. I purchased the 1st season on boxset a few months back, and since then have loved watching the 24 series.
In this season the usual faces re-appear, there's David Palmer, Kim Bauer, Michelle and Tony, and of course Jack. All of them once again doing a superb performance, and really creating a realism about the series.
In season 3 there is a biological weapon that terrorists are threatening to release in return for inmate Salazar to be released, and as always, the writers have a huge number of twists to keep us on our toes. I noticed a couple of really bad film mistakes in the first two seasons(Crew in frame), but I didn't notice any such things in this series, so they seem to have got out the all the kinks.
As always with 24, the time frame in which things are done are usually unrealistic in my opinion, and this is true in this one aswell, however it doesn't much affect the quality of the program.
Overall a decent, fast paced TV series, which always has you wondering whats going to happen next, and wanting to watch the next episode
The last time I saw 24 was on BBC2 at the end of season 2. By that time I was pretty hooked on the show, but then as what happens with things you like - they end up on Sky. We didn't have Sky, so I kind of lost touch with the programme. 24 has gone from strength to strength since then finally coming to an end this year with Season 8. I wanted to find out what happened to President Palmer, who at the end of season 2 had apparently been assassinated with a lethal dose of chemicals. I picked up this and the next season quite cheaply on Ebay to find out.
Season 3 is set three years after season 2 and revolves around the threat of biological terrorism - a deadly virus that will be launched on the unsuspecting American public. CTU (Counter Terrorism Unit) is an organisation that is out to stop the bad guys and is led by Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland). Bauer leads the investigation, but also in tandem to this story is that of President Palmer and his trying to deal with sleaze in and around his administration.
24 was unique because it appeared to happen in real-time, with each episode covering an hour of one day. It's an exciting show and is perfect ironing viewing (or is that just me?).
A couple of things did irritate me about the programme, for instance people seemed to be able to get about the city in nanoseconds. Jack Bauer would be in CTU one minute and then downtown the next and then he would be in Mexico, then in Hospital etc. I really enjoyed the fact paced action of this series and the way it changed and adapted over the twenty four episodes, but it did totally alter by the end.
I certainly preferred the storyline with President Palmer as opposed to the story about the virus. It seemed a much better and more interesting twisty-turny type story. I liked the backstabbing and corruption elements with his ex-wife Sherri and brother. Although the story about the virus was interesting, there were far too many strands and not enough of the danger element to keep me transfixed.
The other problem I had with the show was the constant changing of bad-guy. There was never one 'boss' character until the last few hours which could have been introduced a lot earlier I felt. There was a lot of messing about in Mexico and with Jack's previous encounter with drug-lords which never really came to a huge amount. I suppose to make a show mast for this length of time the story needed to be built up to a crescendo, but this seemed a little like a wild goose chase.
Sutherland's characterisation of Jack Bauer is a good one and while he has some decent support, it's his central character that keeps the show going. Here we see Bauer as a much more flawed personality than in the previous two seasons as he is revealed to be a heroin addict, something he had to do to infiltrate the drug-lords in Mexico. The cold turkey element of which seemed to just fade out towards the end of the season as well - something I hoped they would explain further or maybe explore.
The other central characters such as Ryan Chappelle (played by Paul Schulze) were also very effective. Chappelle comes across as a pretty hard-lined director of CTU but underneath is a big softy. Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) is another character who becomes embroiled in the day's events in a big way and is a clever creation.
In all the third season of 24 was exciting, but also a bit disappointing when looking at the entire season as a whole. It had some great moments of dramatic quality, but then some inexplicable parts that just didn't make sense. I look forward to season 4 which is sat on my sideboard now!
After President David Palmer fell to the ground at the end of season two, I couldn't wait to see the next season, and although it wasn't as good as the first two, it was still action packed and exciting. Also, it resolved one of the show's most important plots so far - the animosity between Jack Bauer and Nina Myers after Nina killed his wife, Teri.
This season takes place three years after season two, and Jack is now a heroine addict after working undercover in Mexico. He teams up with his new young partner Chase Edmunds (who is secretly dating Jack's daughter, Kim, who is herself now working for CCTU) to pursue a threat about a new virus, speaking to his former Mexican contact Ramon Salazar, who is now in jail. However, after Salazar kills his lawyer, things heat up and Jack must go to extreme lengths to save the world yet again.
This show follows in the tradition of 24 having numerous winding schemes and rarely having one villain from episode 1-24. The second half of the season is far better than the first, with the string of episodes 12-16 being the best, as we get the return of Jack's nemesis Nina, and there are some incredibly tense episodes once it appears that the virus may escape.
Once again, there are some cringey, soap opera-esque interludes, such as President David Palmer having trouble with his girlfriend and his brother, Wayne Palmer, clashing with them both. Still, for the most part this is another great series with memorable villains, even more loony set pieces (this time including harrier jets!), and a few familiar characters are done away with along the way.
For another satisfying series, this is the way to go.
24 series 3
Jack is back, and back with a bang. Series 3 takes places two years after the end of series 2. This series is no walk in the park for Jack, he must quickly re-infiltrate a Mexican drug gang, from which he has previous history, to buy a lethal virus to prevent it from being used as a weapon by terrorists. The goal is that once Jack and the gang have the virus, it can be seized by CTU, but of course it's never that easy! This series also focuses on Jack's struggle to overcome his herion addiction that he picked up when undercover on a previous mission.
Personally this is one of my favourite series, most of it takes place in los angeles, but you also get to see a few more different locations, which is definintly a good thing.
Very fast paced, as you would expect, so many twist's and turns it will keep you guessing for the whole show.
This series also contains one of my favourite ever episodes when Jack does his very own version prison break which is a truly great episode.
Overall, another cracking installment in the 24 series.
Jacks back for a third series this time he is back at CTU but everything has changed. The series follows Jack after he has just arrested Ramon Salazar (Joaquim de Almeida) who is a Mexican drug lord. Jack and CTU discover there are terrorists planning to use a deadly virus to wipe out Los Angeles.
Jack in this series teams up with Chase Edmunds (James Badge Dale) to try to track down the people planning this event. Jacks daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) is now working at CTU as one of the support team along with Chloe O'Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) whose character is rude and unhelpful but is the best at what she does. Jack in the meantime has a drug addiction which he received whilst undercover trying to capture Salazar.
President Palmer is back after surviving the attack on his life made by Mandy (Mia Kirshner) and has to prove that he is still fit to continue as president with the help of his brother Wayne (DB Woodside).
This series is not as the good as the previous series as it is less realistic. All the performances in this film are still good but Elisha Cuthbert doesn't seem the right choice as an agent, she worked perfectly as the teenager struggling to stay alive.
There are various character matches in this film as Tony Almeida & Michelle Dessler have got together, whilst Kim & Chase are seeing each other even though Jack has no knowledge as they think he will over react. Once Again Sarah Chalke is back as the traitor Nina Myers after failing to kill Jack in the previous film. She once again does a convincing job as Nina.
The twist in this film were still shocking but were not as good, the storyline is good but it loses the real time feature often, but overall it is not as good series 1 or 2 but is still very good and will keep you entertained throughout the 24 hours.
Jack is up for another unlucky day when a bunch of terrorists want to unleash a deadly contagious virus that can kill thousands in the matter of minutes. (or was it hours?) Kim Bauer is working at CTU (AAAARRGHHH!!! WTF??!!) and is dating an enthusiastic field agent Chase Edmonds. Michelle is married to Tony, President David Palmer is running for re-election following a recent bio-attack against him. There is yet another insanely annoying character who joined the cast - Chloe O'Brian. Well, she is a lot better than Kim Bauer, at least O'Brian manages to be incredibly helpful at times with her techy brain. With the third season, "24" sees its first decline - this happens. Good things cannot last forever. With American TV shows, this always happens - first there is a dip in the quality of the show, the writers get a howling and it starts improving from the next season. "24" season 3 is at that stage of the writers needing a good wake-up call. The very first problem this season faces is the unconvincing twist towards the beginning of the season. I won't give anything away now but the first plot-twist out of many during this season is simply outrageous. Jack Bauer's heroine addiction sub-plot is frustrating at best, and just exposes his weakness which is not what die-hard fans of the tough, angry, bad-ass federal agent is really looking for. This particular sub-plot also does not have a clear, satisfying conclusion which makes us question whether the writers actually thought this through until the end. Chase, the guy dating Kim Bauer, acts just as immensely stupid as his girlfriend. Jack goes undercover, and he naturally assumes that Bauer, the CTU agent who's saved however many people however many times, has betrayed the country. His passionate attitude towards doing what's right seems to work out for the best towards the beginning but when events get more and more complicated you just want him out of the picture as soon as possible. The familiar villain that returns doesn't have as much presence as he/she (not trying to give anything away!) sort of fades in and out of the picture. Towards the end when most of the events clear up, there is a supposedly romantic, touchy-feely sub-plot that goes on with Michelle and Tony but it works out to be a horrible mess that does not bode well for future seasons.
By now you have probably realised I do have a bit of a Jack addiction.
I love these when they are shown on TV and as soon as they are available on DVD I rush out and snap them up.
Once again this series has moved on again from the last series - 3 years to be precise - at this rate Jack will getting his pension by the end of series 10!!
This series needs jack to save the world from Drug dealers and deadly plague - perhaps they should have sent Jack into Mexico and then we wouldn't have had the problems we have now! Sorry I digress. Jack has been working undercover prior to the start of this series and this has left him with some addiction problems - but don't worry he manges to solve all these only a quarter of the series in.
Yes this series is starting to become a little far fetched in places - but I still love it. I really can't get enough of Jack. many of the previous charcters return, Tony, michelle, jacks daughter (who now works in CTU) and new charcters in the form of Jack's partner - Chase.
There are once agin a few cringe moments - a few tearful moments and loads of action packed moments.
The extras are naff as ever - moct of the deleted scenes are less than a minute long, and the featurettes are a bit boring - not soemthing I would want to watch again
It certainly is third time lucky for Jack
24 stars Kiefer sutherland as CTU as Jack Bauer. The show is about terrorists that plan to attack the United States of America. 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.
This third series of 24 is very different to the first and second series. After losing his wife and almost losing his daughter Jack Bauer is angry and gone undercover. The series starts rather confusingly and at first sight the series ain't at it's peak like in the first and second season. The story is set with the Salazar's and we Jack faking a cover with them to gain information on a potential terror threat that they are working on. His cover is almost blown as as part of this he is forced to take part in drugs activity which leads to a addiction that Jack struggles to control and gives in to it at the same time.
We see Jack's daughter Kim starting to work at CTU. We see a new IT tech Chloe Brian who has an interesting way of working, she gives some great comic relief and moments in the time of the series. The chemistry between Tony and Michelle is also of particular interest. We see a new leader at CTU and we see some great chemistry between the characters. The plots arent as good as the first two seasons and i really thought that for the first time the series had a dip.
Right up and till the hotel bomb plot and situation i was quite bored with the Hector and Romane Salazar characters. I thought that redeemed the badness and a great villain at the end is also present.
Please note i'm trying to keep spoilers to a bare minimum so i hope i didnt spoil anything for you! It's a great series and whilst it isn't as good as the first two series it's still far and beyond other series' of it's kind. It remains gripping and interesting although i think this season was more effective in character development in the long term rather than the atcual terror plots being the focus. Palmer continues as president and he is very good in the hands of Dennis Hasbyrth who makes it totally believable.
It's not as good as other series' although i think there are some great elements here and there. I was gripped from episodes ten onwards, the first ten episodes whilst contain some twists and turns they are slow to develop.
There's not one cougar to be found in 24's dynamic third season, and that's good news for everyone. After Jack Bauer's daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) survived hokey hazards in season 2, she's now a full-time staffer at CTU, the L.A.-based intelligence beehive that's abuzz once again--three years after the events of "Day Two"--when a vengeful terrorist threatens to release a lethal virus that could wipe out much of the country's population. Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) attempts to broker a deal for the virus involving drug kingpin Ramon Salazar (Joaquim de Almeida), whose operation Jack successfully infiltrated at high personal cost: to maintain his cover, he got hooked on heroin. That potentially deadly triangle--drug lords, addiction, and bioterrorism on a massive scale--sets the 24-hour clock ticking in a tight, action-packed plot involving a potential traitor in CTU's midst; the return of TV's greatest villainesses in Nina Meyers (Sarah Clarke) and former First Lady Sherry Palmer (Penny Johnson Jerald); a troubled romance between Kim and Jack's new partner Chase (James Badge Dale); and a scandalized reelection campaign by president David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), who monitors CTU as they struggle to (literally) save the day. The intricately woven subplots that are 24's greatest strength are masterfully developed here, and character arcs are equally strong, especially among CTU staffers Tony (Carlos Bernard) and his wife Michelle (Reiko Aylesworth); CTU director Ryan Chappelle (Paul Schulze), who is season 2's tragic bargaining chip; and the annoying but well-intentioned Chloe O'Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), who makes pivotal contributions with by-the-book efficiency. It's 24's superior casting that overcomes the series' occasional lapses in credibility, and season 3's twists make marathon viewing a nerve-wracking delight. By the time it's all over, with a high body count and the surgical reattachment of a main character's severed hand, 24 once again leaves you gratefully exhausted. As always, Sutherland anchors the series in the role he was born to play. When Jack takes a private moment to release 24 hours' worth of near-fatal tension and psychological anguish, Sutherland proves that 24's dramatic priorities are as important as its thriller momentum. DVD extras include behind-the-scenes featurettes (about the prison break sequence, climactic F-18 Hornet air-strike, and real-life bio-weaponry) that pay welcome tribute to the series' hard-working crew, who create Emmy-worthy television under pressures as intense as 24 itself. --Jeff Shannon