Where do you start with reviewing the action-thriller series that has defined a decade? With the main man himself, Jack Bauer. Kiefer Sutherland, in the role he was born to play, shines as America's most deadly counter-terrorist agent. Due to the nature of the show, the main cast changes frequently due to character death and betrayal, but no matter who is by his side, Sutherland gives Emmy-award winning displays throughout the eight seasons and film. Forget Jason Bourne and James Bond, and introduce yourself to the one-man assault force that is Jack Bauer.
How does 24 work? Each season is set in one 24 hour day. There are 24 episodes, each lasting one hour of "real time" in Jack Bauer's life. These aren't your average days however, they are filled to the brink with terrorism, explosions, conflict and action. The ideas come from real world fears, including threats of assassinations, nuclear bombs, pathogen outbreaks, suicide bombers and more. Although some of the latter seasons do recycle old ideas with a fresh twist, the writer's have always come up with new ways to shock the audiences. Even in the latter stages of the final season, I was constantly being kept on the edge of my seat. It's not just me either, viewers across the globe have lost days and weeks following the traumatising events in 24, with many intending to watch one episode and eventually turning off the TV after completing their 4th or 5th, it really is like a book you can't put down.
If you have enjoyed shows like Lost or Prison Break, then 24 is definitely for you, and what better way to experience the series than this complete set? Don't be put off by the price, there is more than enough packed into this box to keep you going in time for the film series, hitting cinemas in 2011-12. This is the finest action drama to ever appear on television, and it really is not to be missed. I am seriously jealous of each and every one of you who have all 190+ episodes to enjoy! Have fun :)