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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More amazing action with Jack Bauer...
24 must be one of the best TV shows around. Incredibly exciting, with complex plots, great special effects, and top-notch acting, this is literally edge-of-your-seat television.
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...
Published on 26 Mar 2006 by Miss

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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a tricky thing, rating season 4
24 Season 4 - is it either a) the greatest season yet or b) rubbish. Reviews on here seem to be split inbetween the two, which sounds rather confusing.
I just finished watching season four a few days ago. In my opinion it is the weakets of the seasons. The script had some horrible cliches in it, it was a lot more episodic (ideas/plots getting turned over very quickly...
Published on 28 Jun 2005 by Mr. T. COLEMAN


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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Great, but its all been done!, 4 July 2005
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Mr. G. Manuel (newcastle upon tyne, tyne & wear United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 24: Season Four DVD Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Alright, you know series 1 & 2 are 5 Stars, and series 3 was a bit soft really in comparison.
So what happens here is a rehash of series 2, in typical sequel mode, bigger, harder, brasher and bolder, pulling out all the stops all the way, with Jack Bauer in ace rimmer mode all the way as ever.
The script is the poorest of all of 4 series, yet still ample. The characters feel they have jumped out of a soap, Edgar, Cloe, President Logan?? would anyone ever behave or react in their manner??? The woman boss, who name escapes me ain't a patch on chappel, and her pyscho daughter. Seriously would anyone with a 100% ill daughter, has such a strenous job, don't think so!!!
The copy cats of this series are, the CTU double agent, hadn't that been done before??? There is more can't think but..
The beggars belief bits stealing a stealth fighter (which unless it has been modifieded is a bomber only, or at least it was in the gulf war and does not carry missiles), blowing up Air Force 1 with sidewinders missiles in the air, and getting the nuclear suitcase within 10 minutes, how long does it take the FFA to received the black box, hours days???
The final nail in the coffin, is why did Reagan wasted $40 billions on dollers on "Stars Wars" when, well I won't spoil the comedy ending.
However, it is still the jack bauer show, and as ever doesn't have it all his own way, but what can you say what a guy, what will season 5 do without him....I await Dr Evil & Big Boy in space.
Thats said its still a absolutely amazingly action thriller, and a millions time better than any steven segal film.
You still have to see it, its Jack Bauer
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9 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars He's behind yer!, 22 Aug 2006
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Steve Keen "therealus" (Herts, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 24: Season Four DVD Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Previously on 24...

...we've seen a lot of this stuff before. The Manichean worldview of creators Surnow and Cochrane, where the battle between good and evil plays out against the backdrop of Los Angeles, with the familiar mix of hapless and malignant foreigners, loyal and mercenary Americans, variously trying desperately to survive (except the ones trying to martyr themselves to some never-stated cause), blow everyone to smithereens, or prevent those trying to survive from being blown to smithereens.

All that varies is the death delivery mechanism, or in this case mechanisms, as the weapons of mass destruction in this series go from train to plane to nuclear power plant to nuclear warhead.

But whilst the formula is familiar and the storyline stretches credibility to a place somewhere on the far side of a Die Hard movie, it's all incredible fun, and well worth the 16 hours or so it takes to watch (plus all the time you have to spend watching the anti-piracy messages - do they really think we have such short memories?). In fact, the whole thing is more pantomime than thriller. Things happen so predictably that you find yourself groaning before they happen - here we go again - and advising Jack (or whoever) that what he's about to do really is not a good idea, because, er, well, that's why! And when Tony Almeida makes his first appearance in the place of the 7th Cav to rescue Jack and girlfriend from a coterie of baddies I found myself cheering out loud as if the principal boy had just swung on to the stage to sort out Captain Hook. Ripping!

In synopsis, Jack Bauer begins in the financial employ of the Secretary of Defence and in the romantic employ of Mr Secretary's daughter, Audrey Raines. A really, really bad man called Marwan conspires to destroy the world (represented as usual by the City of the Angels) via a confusion of deft feint moves. The way he keeps pulling nasty rabbits out of the hat must rank him as the most brilliant of evil geniuses since Dick Dastardly strutted his stuff in Wacky Races.

In the course of one of Marwan's stratagems, the President is rendered indisposed and is replaced by his fickle, spineless sleaze-ball VP, who you know is going to be bad news the moment you spot the resemblance to Richard Nixon. Jack naturally rejoins CTU to combat Marwan, and storms his way around LA killing and torturing bad guys (and one good guy as well, but accidentally, honest). But Marwan is as slippery as a bag of eels and evades Jack at every turn, always with an SUV-full of RPG-armed acolytes - Marwan's Muttlies, if you like, but without the sophisticated social commentary or sense of humour - close enough to pluck him from the jaws of captivity.

As with many baddies, Marwan has superpowers, one of which is to be able to travel from downtown LA to the desert in about five minutes, (again the Dick Dastardly resemblance) and then to locate and terrorise the two unfortunates who have possession of the stuff he wants. He returns to LA a bit quicker, probably because by now he knows the way, with the help, naturally, of one of the aforementioned set of acolytes.

Via a caper involving the Chinese consulate and the implication of Jack in said caper, the world (LA) is saved, stuff happens to the relationship with Audrey, and ...

Sorry, you need to see it for yourself.

It's risible, predictable, and incredible to the point that makes Buffy cinema verite. Some of the characters depicted as being responsible for US national security give serious cause for concern for the long-term prospects for the world's sole superpower. But it is also highly entertaining, at times ethically challenging - as when the dilemma arises regarding the torture of those suspected of having vital knowledge - but generally intellectually unchallenging, so you can take time off from most of your day-to-day duties as a world leader, kick back and relax. The West Wing this ain't.

As a final point though, is it just me, or is there anyone else out there who is irritated by this 12 am and 12 pm thing that 24 is propagating? 12 midnight may at a stretch be described as 12 am or 12 pm, because it is both ante and post meridian, but 12 noon is definitely neither ante nor post meridian: it is meridian. Sorry to be so pedantic, but this is a black is not white thing. There is no such thing as 12 am; ditto 12 pm.

Can't wait for series 5.

Oh yes you can!
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3 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 IS the most amazing thing you will ever see, 6 Jun 2005
This review is from: 24: Season Four DVD Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Well i have given season 4 of 24 5 stars but i personally think that isnt enough. I think that season 4 is the best series of 24 yet to date and i think that anyone who has the chance to see it should do so. Well i think that everyone should buy series 4 and i hope many more serieses are yet to be made! 24 ROCKS!!!! :D :D :D
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3 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS DVD SET, 8 Sep 2005
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Mr. V. Itzhak (London,UK,North,Stamford Hill) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 24: Season Four DVD Collection [DVD] (DVD)
24 is a great TV show. Do not buy this boxset ! I have had to take the boxset back 5 times, due to discs being scratched. I got a new one today and it is also scratched.
I am not returning the set as when i phoned up fox and HMV they told me it was a fault on the batch and it should be playable and they cannot give a refund
Fox UK sucks
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6 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars My favorite series is being killed in front of me, 20 Dec 2005
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M. JONES "mj1001" (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 24: Season Four DVD Collection [DVD] (DVD)
I know 24 was never about credibility, but about pushing the envelope. Unfortunately, the envelope is now on the floor and the creators are now scrounging around looking for it in desperation.
The first series had an edge, guts and minimal politics.
The second series had heart-stopping moments and too much politics.
The third series... what happened again...?
The fourth..?
How much longer can they flog this horse? Throwing every idea possible into the show does not help and somehow, characters are still being allowed to work at CTU after commiting more crimes than the terrorists. Please god, no more.
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