Fortunately, Jacks knack of attracting trouble hasnt deserted him either, and quickly, its business as usual. Starting the series with a fresh romance, a different job and one heck of an explosion, it doesnt take long before Jack is back in action, and hes soon joined by a mixture of new and familiar faces.
To talk about the plot would be unfair, as 24 is consistently a dish best served cold. Suffice to say that theres a heady mix of plotlines, twists and downright brilliant cliffhangers. Perhaps the cocktail isnt as fresh as it once was, and there are moments where you cant help but feel that plausibility is being stretched a little too far. But accepting that is part and parcel of the 24 experience, and arguably part of the fun.
Thats because even as it approaches its final stages, 24: Series 4 maintains a tremendous momentum and level of intrigue, and by the time the clock ticks for the last time at the end of the 24th episode, odds are youll be thirsting for more. Bluntly, in spite of its flaws, 24 remains one of the most essential shows currently on television--and this series offers ample evidence why.--Simon Brew
Season 4 was not my favourite season, but it was still fantastic. Unlike seasons 2 & 3, it gets going straight away, with a massive train explosion in the first minutes, and you immediately become gripped by the action. The pace is maintained for the first 12 or so episodes, but halfway through it does slow down and begins to drag slightly in comparison. However, even 24 at its slowest is still faster-paced than most shows, and the action soon picks up again with some cracking final episodes that had me actually biting my nails.
As usual the regular actors all do a great job - Jack is intense and sexy, Tony does a brilliant job of portraying a hurt and confused man on the edge of giving up, and Chloe is consistently hilarious in her own off-beat way. The new characters are a bit more hit and miss - Erin Driscoll and Edgar Stiles are both brilliantly portrayed, but Marianne is very cliched, Curtis is boring without any personality, and Audrey is a little annoying - she appears shocked every time Jack has to hit someone.
Overall though it's amazing television, and the sort of programme that once you've bought the boxset, you'll end up watching about 6 episodes in a row because it's so exciting.
The boxset itself is attractively presented - a plastic book-style design with a glossy cover and a cardboard slipcase. I also have to say a word about the special features - WOW!... Read more ›
The slight change to this series is the lack of "parallel plots" (e.g. Jack/ David/ Kim happening at the same time as in the other series) - but the sheer pace of whats happening means its not really noticable.
Roll on Series 5!
Anyone familiar with the 24 franchise will know what a blistering pace it goes at, usually the main story will be interspersed with 2 or 3 sub stories, and there will be no small amount of twists throughout. In this respect, the 4th series really doesn't fail to deliver, if anything it really ups the ante. The action hits harder and earlier than it ever has done before and Jack is in the middle of all of it.
The series starts off with Jack moved to a more sedate world, providing personal protection to Secretary of Defence Heller. This is all well and good until the events occur in California that draw Jack back to CTU. What is clear is that Jack is incredible comfortable in this role, what isn't clear is whether his seeming reluctance return to CTU is really a front as he feels this is where he belongs all along.
The ease with which Jack slips back into CTU is of concern to two people, firstly Jack's new love interest, Audrey Raines. Daughter of the Secretary of State and also a Department of Defence employee she is keen to keep her relationship quite, not least until the ink is dry on her divorce to Paul Raines. The second uncomfortable party is Erin Driscoll, the new head of CTU and the women responsible for removing Jack from active service after his brush with heroin in the previous series. She is excellently portrayed through out this series, if a little heavy handily so.... Read more ›
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