on 28 March 2006
After watching series one of 24 and falling madly in love with Kiefer Sutherland, I found that I could not wait to see series two. I reasoned if it was even half as good as season one it would be worth watching. Suffice to say series two exceeded all expectations and was twice as good as series one. Kiefer Sutherland is amazing as CTU agent Jack Bauer and Carlos Barnard plays a great part as new CTU director, Tony Almeda. The plot is fabulous as a group of international terrorists try to detonate a nuclear bomb in L.A and of course, Jack Bauer saves the day. I love 24 as it is full of unexpected turns and events that I didn't see coming and there are so many different things happening. I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen it so I wont go too deep into the story. The only plot line I got a little bored of is Kim Bauer's (Elisha Cuthbert) struggle to stay out of the city after escaping her employers attempt to kill her. Don't get me wrong Elisha Cuthbert is a good actor, it was the actual story line that let the show down.
Series two of 24 has everything. I laughed, cried, grimaced and sat on the edge of my seat until the final episode. Definitely worth watching.
I enjoyed season one of this inventive show. When I found out it had been picked up for another season, the only question left in my mind was "Will they be able to match the first season?" When this season started, I had my answer. They surpassed it with flying colors.
Season two picks up a year and a half after season one. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is estranged from his daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), who has moved out and is working as a nanny. Jack has also quite his job at the Los Angeles branch of the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU). That doesn't matter to now President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert). When the President gets news that there is a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles, he calls Jack to personally ask him to help prevent the disaster. Reluctantly, Jack agrees to go back to work for CTU to find the bomb before it goes off. But first, he calls Kim and warns her to get out of LA in case he can't find it in time. Meanwhile, Kate Warne (Sarah Wynter) is busy getting ready for her sister's wedding. But something about the groom to be doesn't feel right to her.
One idea discussed at the end of season one was going to more self-contained stories. Fortunately, the producers decided to keep their one day per season real time. I have seem some argue that the real time format isn't followed as closely this season, but if so, I found no evidence of it.
This show builds on the returning characters from season one and even manages to bring back villainesses Sherry Palmer (Penny Johnson Jerald) and Nina Myers (Sarah Clarke) in believable ways. The story is mostly self-contained, so you could jump in here is you wanted to, but watching season one will help explain all the relationships and increase your enjoyment of the show. The new characters help build the story of season two, although the Kate sub-plot seems out of place until at least a third of the way through the season when you begin to understand how it fits with everything else. Kim's sub-plot of trying to leave LA starts out believable, but grows increasingly ludicrous as the day goes by. The main storyline, however, moves quickly with lots of twists and turns. Each episode ends with a cliffhanger that will make you want to keep watching.
After the success of season one and the DVD release of that season, the producers had more time to plan this DVD set, and it shows. The twenty-four episodes are preserved on six discs. Each episode is shown in sharp wide screen and presented in surround sound. Removing my complaint from season one, the "Previously on 24" recap is included, although you can skip over it if you so desire. Chapter breaks and a play all feature are also included on these discs. Each disc includes one audio commentary with a member of the cast and crew as well as deleted scenes from the episodes.
If that's not enough to make you happy, check out the seventh disc. It includes all 44 deleted scenes in one place with optional commentary. In additional, there are two featurettes on the production and post-production of the show. A third featurette goes into behind the scenes detail on the bombing of CTU from early in the season.
Not only did the producers step up the plate with a better over all second season, but the DVD set is better as well. A few minor sub-plot complaints can't hamper the enjoyment of the thriller that is 24 season two.
on 1 September 2003
There are several points that are specific for TV shows, and in all of them 24 surpasses all other 'police/politics drama' TV shows:
PLOT: 1st series was, of course, a kind of introduction to the characters and to the discourse of the the show. The narrative is based on the 'real time' method of storytelling, meaning that all the events are depicted as they would happen in 'real life'.
This demands several paralel plots, so the dynamics needed for TV wouldnt be lost, ie. so the show is not boring. In series 1 the real time factor is much more obvious, since 95% of the story happens in Los Angeles, during the day od the presidental primary, and there is almost complete interdependance of all of the story elemnts: the main plot (assasination attempt, CTU insider traitor), abduction of Jack Bauer's family and Senator Palmer's campaign are all intevined in one complex story, and they are causal to one another. The most disappoining fact of series 2 is the fact that the story of Kim Bauer is completely independant from the main plot, and is not in anyway important for developing of the events. It only functions as characterisation tool for Jack Bauer.
On the other side, the main plot is really more exciting than in the 1st series: there is a nuclear bomb that is about to explode in Los Angeles, President Palmer is in the middle of a coup d'etat, betrayed by his closest aids, and there is a possibility of World War III happening - and it's all up to Jack Bauer to prevent these disasters.
THE CHARACTERS: I think that real efforts had been made by the writers of the series to further develop all characters: Jack Bauer as the ultimate middle-aged (yes, thats right, middle-aged) hero who is coming to terms with his responsabilties to his family and his country, Palmer as an uncompromising but still very skillful politician/president, Sherry Palmer as vindictive and highly intelligent woman, George Mason as an unwilling and weak hero who is faced with the worst possible motivation for determination. In my opinion, only the character of Kim Bauer and her boyfreind Miguel were a real let down: she is a spoiled brat, at times even very stupid and irrational, and I can only think that her role in the plot is to make the viewer even more nervous and jumpy.
DVD: It is really exciting to watch the whole series as close to real time as possible, it really pushes the element of time passing and hours/minutes to the surface - it is THE way to watch this. There is a bonus DVD with 45 deleted scenes, and a 1.5 hours of "making of" 24 feature.
This is well worth the money if you are willing to invest in an intelligent series that does not just demand your time but your brains as well.
on 4 August 2003
This series of 24 sees Jack Bauer, an American CTU agent, trying to single-handedly prevent World War 3.
OK, so the plot sounds a bit far-fetched, but the paradox of 24 is that although it is so implausible, it is also so watchable. Its originality and creativity are not marred by the irrelevent subplots and ridiculous action sequences due to the outstanding performances by the cast and the gripping production values. This is the only television show I have ever been addicted to - the desire to watch the next episode is almost unbearable for me.
To compare this show to soaps such as EastEnders or to other American dramas such as The West Wing or E.R. would be unjust - 24 is vastly more entertaining thatn anything else on TV.
To those of you who refuse to watch an episode because you think it is "unrealistic" or just "another piece of Hollywood garbage" or that you've missed the start - DON'T deprive yourselves! Reserve your judgements until you have actually seen it.
I cannot wait until Jack Bauer returns to our television screens with his third adventure. Worth the licence fee alone in my opinion!
on 22 August 2004
i watched this from start to finish when it was on TV a while back and they have inproved every part of the show from season 1.
the tension is allmost unbearible sometimes, and the script writers know just now to keep you coming back for the next part; something happens just before the clock ticks down to another hour and your left there shouting.
"nooooooo! i wont to know what happens!"
and thats the main 'hook' of the show. plus exellent characters and prodution values to die for. and the perfect use of silenced semi-automatics, ofcourse.
on 27 November 2003
After a mind-blowing and innovating first season, 24 is back.....and it just seems to get better and better. For fans of the first season, the second season has a different slant on it. The consequences are much more far reaching, what with going from preventing an assassination attempt on a Senator's life preventing a nuclear bomb from detonating in LA and then trying to stop World War III. This season is a lot more action based than the first one and the pace is certainly a lot quicker at the start, definitely helped by the 8.00am start. Season One seemed to be a lot more emotion (for lack of a better word) based, what with 2 men (Jack Bauer and David Palmer) trying to protect their families and fearful of the results. It's for that reason that Season 2 is a lot darker, given the devastating fallout of Season One (Teri's death and Jack's subsequent distancing from Kim, Nina being the mole, Palmer's marriage breaking up.) All the characters were adversely affected in the first season, which gives them a greater focus in this one. Fans of the show will understand this.
Given the current war on terror, this season is very realistic and scarily relevant, and it all builds up to a shocking conclusion which, in my opinion, was impossible to see coming.
Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer is brilliant as per usual and Dennis Haysbert convinces as the President,who given the events in this season, could only be described as tortured. Carlos Bernard (Tony Almeida) and Xander Berkeley (George Mason) get much larger roles in this season and all the more better for it! The only downside is Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert) - If you thought being held hostage 3 times in one day was bad enough, think again!
Definitely must-see TV! Can't wait for season 3!
on 27 July 2003
Wow!!!i am not the usual series watcher, at all. But this series caught my eye. I had heard a good reveiw about it from a friend in the states + my mum is a huge fan of Keifer Sutherland. But with the excellent cast, filming , script the dread of the end of each hour. And then the wait for a whole week to see what happens drives me insane. But i suppose a little insanity in life is good. I have never seen a televions series so brillant it is mind bggaling that they did not make a movie of it. EXCELLENT
on 9 July 2003
24 is compulsive viewing, which just drags you along with it. Far from being a soap opera, it is good drama. Yes, there are certain plot devices that stretch credulity, but we are not looking for deep and meaningful existential theatre here. Some of the messages of this series are quite timely and brave, given that it stands against the current US ethos of 'War War not Jaw Jaw!'
If you haven't seen it, and you like action and drama with a lethal dose of intrigue and double cross plot twists, get this. You won't be disapointed.
Actually, now I think of it, there is a link with soap opera. Alan Dale plays the vice president. He's an Aussie who played Jim Robinson many years ago in Neighbours. Not my main staple viewing diet, but I did (to my shame) recognise him. He's older, and trying to put on an american accent, but you can still detect his original voice.
on 7 October 2003
The second series of 24 had a high standard to live up to but it is as good as, if not better than the first series. the show again produces twists, shocks and cliffhangers at the end of each episode making this the most compulsive must-see show on television. The performances are first rate, particularly from Kiefer Sutherland and Xander Berkeley who plays a key role this series. The only problem with the show, as with the first series is that it occasionally stretches credibility, particulary with the increasingly ludicrous plot involving Kim as she blunders from one distasterous situation to another. But this is easily the most addictive show on television and if you havent seen it before, you will not be dissapointed.
on 30 May 2003
I've just finished watching this series and can confidently reccommend 24 as being (along with West Wing) the seminal American television event of the new millenium.
This series is altogetehr darker and more violent than it's predecessor, substituing Jack's struggle to save his family with a more disturbing portrayal of the lengths the characters go to to accomplish their goals. Althougth the old juxtaposition of the global and the personal is still nicely in place, Jack seems forever dancing on the knife age of being out of control, blackening his character with some morally questionable actions and brilliantly making him hard to pin down as the archtypical hero.
The acting is consistently strong on all fronts, the script intelligent enough to restrain itself from giving us too much information, and the writers brave enough to leave plot strands hanging in the wind. The deoument sets us nicely for Series 3, which, in my humble opinion, would be a wonderful finishing point - as you'll see when u finish watching this bad boy, the first two series defiantely point toward a finally, climatic series.