24: Live Another Day Premiere Review: Friends, Lovers, and Drones

24: Live Another Day S0901/02: "Day 9: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM"/"12:00 PM-01:00 PM"


It's true what they say: Absence does make the heart grow fonder. At the end of 24's run in May 2010, I (and based on the ratings, many other people) had had my fill of Jack Bauer's increasingly ridiculous/horrible "days." The near-immediate chatter about a feature film made me scoff, and I begrudgingly purchased Season 8 on DVD because I'm a completist (it might still have the shrink wrap on it). But after modulating my expectations for the series' return as a 12-hour summer special event and burning through these first two hours, I have to tell you that it's pretty tremendous to have Jack, Chloe, all-caps TERRORIST PLOTS, and the ticking clock back on TV again. 

The thing about 24 is that, for a few years, we sort of tricked ourselves into thinking it was a Great Drama. In 2006, it won the Emmy for Best Drama Series! Now, the mid-aughts were a weird time, don't get me wrong, but from basically the second season onward, the show was not even remotely tethered to the real world. Even in the big chunks of Season 4, Season 5, and Season 7 (the less said about Season 6 and Season 8, the better), when the show was rolling with its signature mix of brutal action and political thrills, 24 was still fighting off its worst traits—an over-reliance on moles, a lack of non-Jack and Chloe characters to care about, the pure farce happening in the White House. Not to be especially critical of the show, but it's pretty important to remember that 24 is best enjoyed as the television equivalent of a summer blockbuster; it's loud, it's broad, and it's often silly. But that's what makes this Live Another Day special event such a fantastic idea. The 12-hour running time should alleviate some pressure from having to craft such an extended story (long the show's biggest issue), and if the first two hours are any indication, taking a few years off gave everyone involved a much-needed breather. 


What was really wonderful about the opener was how quickly and effortlessly the show fell back into its typical rhythms. From the jump, it felt like vintage 24, with Jack as a fugitive, a moderately competent government agency who can't really compete with Jack, interoffice drama, extreme interrogation tactics, the interjection of contemporary politics (in this case, the power and danger of drones), unreliable politicians, terrorist plots, bad guys screwing over other bad guys, the random return of someone from Jack's past to whom he feels like he owes something, and innocent people being thrown into the middle of global conspiracies. What else could you even add to that list? I guess Jack didn't torture someone or bite anybody's ear off, but hey, it's a different political climate now, and there are still 10 more hours to go.

Even the supporting players here are perfectly cast. If you were to put their character types into a supercomputer and ask it to shoot out the perfect actors for the roles, it probably would've suggested Benjamin Bratt, Yvonne Strahovski, and Tate Donovan. In fact, it's sort of wild that Bratt and Donovan didn't make their way to 24 sometime during its original run. The slew of British actors, including Michelle Fairley, Joseph MillsonStephen Fry, and John Boyega (even though he's playing an American, which is random) add some great local flavor to the proceedings. Fairley was unsurprisingly great and menacing in her short time onscreen in the second half of the premiere. With fewer hours to mess with, I'm hopeful that the show won't even bother coming up with as many different villains as it used to. Fairley is awesome, and the more competent female villains, the better. 


With all the familiarity, it's unsurprising that the story beats played out almost exactly how they have in the show's other two-hour premieres. 24 loves to provide some kind of contemporary political backdrop, and drones are probably the hottest thing going in that department. If this season doesn't involve Jack personally battling with a drone, then I don't know what Fox was thinking in bringing this show back. 

Probably more interesting to you were the more personal stories on display. We learned that Chloe has joined a hacker collective interested in the freedom of information, complete with its own Julian Assange-like character Adrian Cross (played by Michael Wincott). She also apparently really got into Steig Larsson; I bet she didn't like David Fincher's Girl With the Dragon Tattoo adaptation. Nothing specific was said about Jack's professional affiliation here, but he's back in the game to stop a presidential assassination that he'll eventually be blamed for, because that's what Jack Bauer does. The 'twist' is that James Heller, Jack's old buddy (sorta) and father to his old, previously catatonic flame Audrey, is now the President of the United States. So this time, it's PERSONAL, you guys. Audrey's fine now, married to Tate Donovan's chief of staff Mark Boudreau, but President Heller's in bad shape with what I'm guessing is Alzheimer's. That's going to go well.


24 has a mixed record when it comes to Jack's involvement in big, dangerous terrorist plots that are also super-personal to him. By the end of the original run, there was no one left who we cared about, so the PERSONAL REVENGE stories were lacking. The Hellers haven't been truly involved in the show since Season 6; that's a long time ago. I don't know how many of you consider Jack and Audrey the OTP of 24 universe, but if you do, this might be the 12 hours of television you've been waiting. (However, if you look deep inside your hearts, you'll see that the OTP of this show is Jack and Tony.) I'm in wait-and-see mode on that front, especially with the inclusion of Strahovski's Kate Morgan, a character who seems destined to fall in love with Jack, even if it's from afar.

While these opening hours didn't quite take full advantage of the series' new London location, the dreary and drab look fits what is obviously a generally dark show. The sequence late in hour two where CIA tracked Jack down featured some solid visual work with that apartment-complex set. 24 tends to boil down to people shooting at each other, but the speed at which Jack got popped by the guy up on the platform and the subsequent shootout worked pretty well. And of course, the CIA HQ looked masterful. Returning to some multi-level building with tons of screens and see-through walls but apparently not enough cameras was like remembering a friend's crappy old apartment from college. It wasn't exactly like the old CTU headquarters, but it was just familiar enough—especially when it was almost immediately destroyed thanks to some kind of MISSLE. Good on the writers for including the patented post-destruction hysteria with people getting bandaged up while someone shouted "WHERE ARE WE ON THE BAUER HUNT?"


The biggest takeaway for me was that 24 managed to run through all its "opening episode" paces without immediately going for broke. At a certain point in the original run, the show clearly felt like it had to top itself season after season, and even week after week. But once you set a nuke off in Los Angeles, it's sort of hard to come back from that. Here, though, everything were kind of measured, at least as far as anything on 24 can be measured. The stakes are clear and big, but Live Another Day seems dedicated to ramping things as it goes along. That's a solid strategy, and one that I hope makes the insane stuff that's surely up ahead feel more effective. 

Apparently four years was exactly the right amount of time to go without our Jack Bauer fix. There was absolutely nothing new in these first two hours, but I don't think I'd have it any other way.



COMM & CLASSIFIED FILES

– Jack didn't say a word until after the 30-minute mark in the first hour. That was an effective strategy.

– I've never been so happy to see bad Sprint product placement. They really thought of everything! Talk about fan service.

– Okay, so who's the mole? Better start thinking about it early, because there are probably four of them. Before I watched, I just assumed it'd be Tate Donovan's character, but he seems generally normal. Maybe it's his second in command, played by Ross McCall?

– I'm going to be doing some important work here in the notes section each week. First up, the DAMMIT TRACKER. We're currently at one. Also: the KILL TRACKER: I think we're at zero, right? Jack cut the one guy's neck, but he survived. I considered keeping track of every time someone said "comm" or "files," but I don't want to drive myself mad for the future. I'll need your help with these. Heads on a swivel, people!


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May 14, 2014
series 5 is the absolute best 24 ever got in it's original run.
I've got hope with this series so far though. the signs look good.
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May 14, 2014
I counted 2 damnits, the second one was very subtle
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May 11, 2014
Im pretty sure he killed those 2 guys with guns, before he stabbed the heroin boss.
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May 08, 2014
So Chloe got thrown in the clink after that tear jerking goodbye in New York? What did President Taylor get, a library? I wonder if that thing Yates built called the CIP device 2.0. Funny exchange when Chloe asked Jack what he was doing for the last 4 years. The unedited version had Jack replying with some profanities about Touch.
LA, DC, NY, London where to next. Gotta be Chiraq right?
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May 08, 2014
If we're to be brutally honest, 24 parted ways with reality in the latter half of season 1. By season 4 it'd made peace with what it was, and season 5 allowed any viewers who hadn't already to do the same.

Pluses and minuses for this season so far. They're all about characters, I guess because the plot hasn't had much of a chance to unfold.

+ James Heller. If this season does nothing else, it'll rectify the problem of not having sufficiently exploited the Jack/Heller dynamic. I'm hoping there will be some scenes between the two that hold their own against Heller punching Jack in the throat over a tactical disagreement, the subsequent scene in which he admitted he was wrong and drove his car into a lake to avoid being used against Jack, and the amazing ten minute coda to season 6 that was unlike anything the show had done before or has done since. I'm guessing what Jack means by owing Heller is that Heller made a valid point during that conversation.

+ Jack. Heller's point being that people tend to pay a huge price for being in Jack's orbit; Teri, Kim, Hector Salazar's wife, David Palmer, Tony, Renee and of course Audrey, and through her, Heller. Jack's only lasting punishment is having to live with what has happened to those people. Not to diminish his having to fake his death ("having you think I was dead was worse than losing your mother") and his torture by the Chinese, but those things didn't prove permanent. He's a poisonous Energizer Bunny who just keeps going and going while so many others end up dead or traumatised, and that's his punishment. His fugitive status may also be undone; we'll see. In any case, Jack is a compelling character at best, and watchable at worst even when the rest of the show isn't. The fact that he's employing a Serbian mercenary who has probably shot children tells me we'll see him make some decisions that'll make us feel uncomfortable in a great way.

+ Audrey. She was at the centre of the falling out of Jack and Heller. Bring back one and you have to bring back the other.

+ Chloe. Because duh, she had Jack's back for all those years. Only now, however, has she ever had to pay a price anything like Jack's other friends, and only now is she starting to think about whether or not it's worth it. I just hope the show makes me believe she was right to abandon her husband and son.

+ Prime Minister Alastair Davies. Because Stephen Fry.

+ MIchelle Fairley's character. Because Michelle Fairley.


- Erik Ritter. I'm just not feeling his character so far.

- Weird casting decisions and not enough English people. We're in London and yet we've mostly seen a bunch of Americans talking to each other. Not only that, but they've got John Boyega and Colin Salmon playing Americans and Canadian Michael Wincott playing an English hacker.
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May 08, 2014

This review reminded me of when i talk to someone im not that fond of......ill be nice to their face...then talk behind their back!!!!...EEK
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May 08, 2014
The cast changes are all very solid this season: Tate Donovan seems well suited for his role and very reliable for what's expected of his character. I'm really feeling William Devane's character, especially with the disease they've given him.
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May 08, 2014
Liked. Crazy. A mix of Mad Max (Jack's new look and behavior) with Girl with Dragon Tatoo (Chloe)..
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May 07, 2014
They've had the President Heller card on the table for quite awhile now. It's surprising that they're just now pulling it. But I think it works well.
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May 07, 2014
Jack and Chloe working together again and the return of Heller, now as president. Also Audrey, I'm expecting to see the reunion, hope a closure for her but not with Jack. SImilar colleage issues in the CIA as in the CTU before, sure the blonde girl will join Jack in some point. Good to hear a mention about Kim Bauer to let us know she is ok and with another son.

The show is great as it was before,
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May 07, 2014
"The thing about 24 is that, for a few years, we sort of tricked ourselves into thinking it was a Great Drama. In 2006, it won the Emmy for Best Drama Series! Now, the mid-aughts were a weird time, don't get me wrong"

Not really you definitively forgot what was airing back then . And most of all , how actually dumb and badly written are some of our current shows , some event hits , and some posturing and pretending to be deep and intellectual . Or did you guys forgot shows like Surface , Invasion , and how in love you were with the likes of Heroes ? Or how you later tried to find and hype the next Lost , only to end up with duds like the horrible horrible Flash Forward and crap like The Event ? Then how frickin "According to Jim" outlived everything ?

It's the same crap we get from people snobbing a few CW shows like The originals or Vampire diaries , as if everything they watch was Game of thrones or Breaking Bad level .

24 was loud , innovative with its cinematography back then , and in its early season had decently written plots in a counter terrorism thriller . It had flaws , but so did most classics we know .

It's obvious a show of this caliber with it's brand of blockbuster thrill , was missed , and its return very welcome .
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May 08, 2014
I couldn't agree more. As soon as i read the paragraph about 24 not being good drama because it was unrealistic i knew Cory is just another pretentious douche who thinks Breaking Bad and Game Of Thrones are the best things since sliced bread.
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May 07, 2014
Great premiere I missed 24 shame the movie did'nt happen but this makes up for it I am glad they showed london for what it was gritty and miserable. Jack up to his old tricks rescuing fellow comrades even though he has no allies , CIA sorry CTU blown up as usaual they really need to have a bigger bunker. I also like the political angle as well with heller compromised and family troubles, Long list of Jack kills and lots of enemies!
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May 07, 2014
Loved the premiere! It felt like classic 24. I am in it for the ride.

I have never thought that Audrey and Jack were right for each other. I felt like Renee was by far the best pairing he had on the show. Unfortunately the writers completely screwed that up in season 8. It feels pretty obvious to me, just in these first two episodes that Kate is meant to be a Renee 2.0.
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Jun 25, 2014
OTP - Jack and Nina, way back in season 1. They were both badasses. So what if they turned out to be on opposite sides?
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May 07, 2014
JACKS BACK.
Chloe is now a badass..Loved the look jack gave her when she said she stole the car. Their relationship single handedly kept the show alive during its slow albeit still entertaining decline.
Knew the rest of the season was gonna be a hit the moment jack headbutted that blonde cia chick.
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May 07, 2014
Just happy to have Jack Bauer back on my screen - Kiefer still commands the role.

The break definitely helped, as I doubt I would miss the show that much otherwise. Nostalgy is a powerful thing. But what's more, it seems like taking all this time off has helped reinvigorate the crew. I don't mind a lower number of episodes if it allows for a proper compact story. 24's seasons often liked to drag out.
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May 07, 2014
Did not realize how much I had missed this series until last night. On the edge of my seat. If there is a better show on TV than I would love to know what it is.
Jack is back, bigger and better. WoooHooo
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May 07, 2014
East London is 20km (12 miles) from central London? Get a map. It's 5 miles. and we don't have "blocks" in England or use Km. Nor do people ignore men with guns running around.
The did film in London. Didn't they think to ask anyone?
Picky? Maybe, but if they said Washington DC was 10 miles from New York or had characters spending Euros in the USA, you'd question the sanity of the script writers....
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May 11, 2014
Who ws talking about km's?
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May 07, 2014
AWESOME. That is all.
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May 07, 2014
Loved both episodes! A lot of "Damn it" (those always crack me up LOL) and great action! So nice to have Jack Bauer back! I hope we get to watch the return of other characters of previous days (so far there's only been Chloe, Audrey and her father) but if they don't it'd be OK. The new additions to the cast were great. I thought I was gonna hate Tate Donovan's character (since he obviously hates Jack to the death for what he thinks he did to Audrey and Heller) but I didn't and I actually agreed with the way he treated Heller asking him those very hard questions after the drone incident. Also I loved Yvonne Strahovski as a CIA agent again! (Chuck's Sarah's back! LOL) and finally I really enjoyed seeing Catelyn Tully Stark working again :v. Now I can't wait till next week's episode! DAMN IT!!!! :D
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May 07, 2014
I didn't realize he hadn't spoken until 45 minutes into the show!!! His expressions and movements said so much, Sutherland is an awesome actor with the right material.
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May 07, 2014
How do they make it into 12 episodes run? The 2 hours is exactly 2 hours...
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May 07, 2014
That's confused me too... I'm thinking maybe they will get real this time round and between 11pm and 7am it will be "sleepy time" and everyone but the hackers have gone to sleep?
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May 06, 2014
So good to have this show back!
Please bring back Tony....please!

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May 06, 2014
Well Whoopty Doo! That was one heck of a season premier! When I said "goodbye" to Jack 4 years ago I knew it was time we broke up. However there was a hole in my heart. I would try to watch other shows but nothing ever filled it. Sure I always had Netflix or my DVD's to binge watch the seasons but it just wasn't the same. Last night was an action packed return! Jack was Jack.
Chloe was Chloe. 24 was 24. Just outstanding stuff!
I'm pretty sure Jack sliced and stabbed one of the goons in the apartment (awesome). So KILL COUNT : 1?
Chloe has always been rough a and edgy but there is a sadness. Can't believe she actually did time! Sad.
Glad to see Heller upgraded to President. I've always liked him! The possible onset of Alzheimer's is an interesting development.
Yvonne's character (Kate) is the mole. Yes I wrote it. Seriously, if you're a super field agent how do you miss your husband selling secrets to the Chinese?Hhmmmm? Oh and since it was the Chinese will they be playing a part again? 24 is already spinning many story lines that will weave in and out of each other. Can't wait to see where this season goes and who will pop up in London.
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May 06, 2014
Of cause the 12 hours running time means the show title no longer makes sense.

Hope we see some British agents involve, shoot out in London would be all over the news. I'm sure gangs would love to know where 24(should be 12) British gang got all their guns from.

I do hope we get a parliament scene and let our MPs do what they do best, rip fellow politicians to shreds, heckle, shout, boo.

I got the feeling the mole isn't in the CIA this time, it inside Chloe organisation, after all that other hacker found yates pretty quickly. Force Yates to vacate his safe house by sending in Jack. Then have their inside women kill the hacker and receive the technology.

It could be Chloe herself, she wants revenge on the US government, she made that pretty clear, she been doing small time hacks against the US leaking secrets, training up her own team, laying the foundations for her big plan. she lure in Jack to distract the CIA and be the guy that will do the stuff she can't do by arranging her own capture and arranging for Jack to be given the intelligence so he could come to London and rescue her, because he just that predictable.

Chloe isn't stupid enough to not think Jack wasn't tracking the phone, after all she gave him the intelligence about a bit of her plan, he gave to her or that the CIA wouldn't use Jack phone, which leds him straight to her hideout, where she will manipulate Jack into doing her bidding for the rest of the season, where her betrayal will be reveal in the last couple of episodes.
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May 06, 2014
This outing is definitely shot with a more Eurocentric feel to it - and not due just to location. Chloe's turned into a slightly saner Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Jack's doing more of the staring shots (but then so is the Chlo'ster) and I swore I heard him mumble Line once or twice! Audrey is, well, Audrey again. Tate Donovan appears to be playing a self-interested and scheming character for a change. Why didn't his Right Hand challenge him on his reasons for pursuing Jack out of self-interested love and not to protect the President and/or others? As I expected, Strahovski thinks she's Jack Bauer and got a Glasgow Kiss as a reminder she's clearly not. YES!
Why didn't the Major move when he was told missile was about to enter his arse space? Michelle Fairly's voice has turned this into a creepy Game of Drones.
The story is a bit of the same old Yanks bossing English about because they know best and never are a substantive cause of friendly fire. Heller's lines over it where bit of a sick joke. But great to see William Devane.
Thank fuck, though, that Jack isn't shooting people in the legs. And I trust the story will move speedily away from the dippy Benetton computer rat pack
I wonder if the writers saw Nova's Rise of the Drones documentary? Truly disturbing stuff. The ending shows multi-camera designs for drones which write a new chapter for Big Brother.
Just goes to show you what can happen when you fail to update your anti-virus regularly.
It has always had enough good bits though to outweigh the necessary suspension of belief.
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May 06, 2014
Hardly, especially in the recent years - when, widely available (cable) channels like Discovery show what everything looks like and how it's done: weapons, technology.. Then, they film this presumably insanely-expensive show and throw in a bunch of bull**** in the mix - and we're supposed to.. Like it, not laugh at it? I'm really not sure.
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May 06, 2014
Just to clarify, although I'm pretty sure nobody cares:

Scene in Jack Reacher (which a lot of people laughed at and/or didn't like) where a bunch paper-filled boxes in the Benz driven in reverse by Cruise are stopping incoming fire: perhaps possible.

Scene in 24 where a hand-held grenade launcher punches a hole in the street, as if a depleted uranium 1000-pound bomb just hit there, not very likely (read: what a stupid idea).

Those kinds of things, combined with frequent ridiculous self-serving dialogs + the Parkinson's cam.. Takes away too much from the show, imo.
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May 06, 2014
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May 06, 2014
Oh yeah, just loved it and I'm hooked again for this (mini)season.
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May 06, 2014
Just like that it's back!

To me, 24 has always been the kind of show where you just switch off your sense of reality and get lost in what's going on. It honestly didn't feel like it had been 4 years since my last Bauer fix and now I can't wait for more.

Long may it continue!
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May 06, 2014
I was thinking it MS, which fits the description more accurately. fatigue, memory lapses, accelerates when the person is in a stressful situations.
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May 06, 2014
Could well be. Hadn't thought of anything like that.
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May 06, 2014
PS. Thinking dementia with Heller :(
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May 06, 2014
Loved it! Nothing particularly new, but nothing seemed worse off either.
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May 06, 2014
when I saw Chloe strapped to the gurney, I knew a bunch of pepole were in for a serious ass-kicking,,,,,,, BUT
Chloe looked like a girl I'd run from on the street - bad case of the Crazies.
"You were my friend. If you wanted my help, you should have just asked.”

and why did Jack look surprised that Chloe could hotwire a car? Chloe could probably hotwire a 747 Jumbo Jet.
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May 06, 2014
Lots of comments on the net, about what she looked like.. but, someone missed the part where she was chemically-tortured?
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May 06, 2014
I stopped watching 24 after season one and recently just caught season eight. To a newbie, it was very exciting 2 hours. I am always happy to see Yvonne Strahovski and Michelle Fairley on screen.

Now I almost wished the network would show 2 episodes every week so we can finished it in Six. I think the show is still more suitable for binge watching which I did with Season Eight.
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May 06, 2014
I Binged watched most of the seasons but when doing so, it showed how procedural they are compared to each other and what other problems they have. This all notwithstanding it was usually fun to watch.
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May 06, 2014
Great premier. Though I have to wonder what Jack has been doing. If he intercepted intel than that means he is still in the intel game. Certainly not in the employ of the US but for something or someone in order to have the resources to get that intel.

Also it is nice to see Yvonne Strahovski. She currently is kind of like the female Jack, betrayed by someone that she trusted implicitly like Jack did Nina and is the only one that can think past her nose at the CIA in London. If Fox was willing to do so, they could very well make this whole season a backdoor pilot for a show surrounding her character. I would watch that. But then again I would watch Yvonne do just about anything.
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May 06, 2014
Surely CIA London is where the CIA places it worst agents.
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May 06, 2014
There were actually four DAMNIT s, two of which were said by Jack (second and fourth).
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May 06, 2014
The three bips still launching 3 chills in my spine. Let s get a short blast from the past
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May 06, 2014
So Jack is up against Jill now. Looks like she's even got her own, male, version of Chloe.
Was Kiefer as handsome as Yvonne is beautiful when he started?
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May 06, 2014
So excited!!!!!!!!!!!!
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May 06, 2014
The return of an old friend. Glad to have you back Jack.
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May 06, 2014
Almost forgot! I just noticed Fox is rerunning last night's 24 this coming Friday. Think I'll watch again to see what I might have missed!

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May 06, 2014
So glad 24 is back - and apparently better than ever! The litmus test: I sat down to watch the show last night and the 2 hours disappeared like they were 2 minutes! Jack is back indeed! : )
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May 06, 2014
By then end of the two hours I had it with the skinny blond girl being the hero of the show. If I was the cop she tasered and stole the gun from, I would have her in jail, or I would beat the snot out of her.

The feminists are killing off the good shows which had strong male casts by insisting more females get added. Why can't they use male actors instead of the female in the part written as for a guy actor. This is just taking good parts for men and giving them to woman for some liberal social quota. Then you ask why are the strong action shows like NCIS and Grimm failing. Even Big Bang about social awkward geeks has turned into Friends.




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May 06, 2014
so Poppy Montgomery Sarah Michele Gellar, Anna Silk, Robin Tunney, Emily Deschanel etc etc should not get major roles or be on tv @CHEERSNORM you are wring and clueless and besides if you think that KATE was the hero u was not paying attention!!!
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May 06, 2014
what a load of crap - nothing so game-changing as that seemingly 'just-a-slut-along-for-the-ride" stabbing a stiletto into Hacker Homey's ear AND TWISTING IT!


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May 06, 2014
WTH! Who are these people that feel the need to share their evil vile perceptions of reality all over others' TV enjoyment? There have been women in major roles for this show since basically the beginning. Chloe has been Jack's right-hand chick for a while. There is no agenda here. It's just great show with kick butt, blow-y up fun. And it would still be that way if it were full of females or male.
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May 06, 2014
I'm actually glad for cheersnorm's (misguided?) post, because "those scenes with women" NEED to be filmed *realistically* and not in the way they're shown to us.. You know, like when in a King Fu movie - a woman uses some "special" kind of style to fight (men) which could actually work IRL; or River, on Serenity.

However, when way-too-often writers make women do funny stuff on-screen - like in a "vs. scene", where they guy could just back slap her into the previous week.. It creates confusion, resentment, whatever. Bad choices, needs to be stopped. =)
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May 06, 2014
I think that I understand what you mean, but that is not the direction in which he was going. Cheersnorm was making an all out misogynistic attack on actresses in general. And as far as realistic fighting scenes, 24 resides somewhere outside of "realistic" when it comes to its action scenes. Only fictional characters like Jack Bauer and John McLane can pull off those types of feats.
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May 06, 2014
^^ Err yea, offtopic; but, thought I'd take the opportunity.

:-D
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May 06, 2014
as for your Moles Corey don't second guess yourself Mark(Tate Donovan) is one of them IMO also Adrian Cross is one again IMO as for third this is a reach but Erik fourth I have no idea as for the premiere awesome as usual its going to interesting how Audrey,James find out about Jack!! now President James Heller having the early sighs of Alzheimer's is a bad writing decision (lets remember that Audrey went to China on her own to look for Jack) with only 10 episodes left its going to fast, very intense and fan your going to really pay attention hours will be skipped and key moments will flash by or we the fan might have to connect the dots ourselves either way IMO the response will be huge and don't be surprised if we get Day 10 a full day!!!
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May 06, 2014
Can't get use to the clock ! :( Jack Bauer lives forever !!!!

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May 06, 2014
I was SOOOO ready to hate this cash grab...err...reboot. Like the idea of a feature film after the series finale, I'd had just about enough Jack Bauer. Then the clock ticked, the screen split, Jack was scowling and kicking much CIA ass...and all my resentment washed away. 15 minutes in, I was talking trash to the characters on TV who though Jack wasn't so tough or were otherwise getting too big for their britches (I'm looking at you Erik).

Kim Raver's great. I've like her in pretty much everything she's done. But she is and will always be Kim Zambrano. And Audrey's relationship with Jack reminded me a little too much of Kim and Jimmy. So, I've always been #TeamRenee. And while the latter seasons of 24 left much to be desired, I really hoped things would work out for those two crazy kids. But this is Jack we're talking about, there are no happy endings. Already though, I'm #TeamKate, since like Renee, she's kinda badass on her own. She and Jack to pair up to form a terrorist fighting Voltron. Audrey's just a little too whiny...but sure is gonna be fun watching that reunion.

Side notes:

- Am I the only one who, when Michael Wincott shows up anywhere, feels compelled to yell, "Caw! Caw! Bang! F*ck! I'm dead!"?
- Erik's not gonna be "the dick" the entire series is he?
- I'm putting my money on there not actually being a mole and that this is just a well orchestrated bad guy plot...at least, that's my hope
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May 06, 2014
Felt like a little kid...having Bauer back on the screen is just awesome. Like a blast from the past, still can't believe we got a 9th season! Even better, it so worked, everything felt right. Great return and a great all-round cast this time around. I loved it!
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May 06, 2014
Michael Wincott is Canadian, not British. Nitpicking, but still.

I'm not crazy about the "Heller may have Alzheimer's" thread. How is that going to add anything to the rest of the story? Plus, shouldn't the President's doctors have been able to see this coming somehow? I feel like bringing Heller back - who was one of the greatest political characters in the entire series outside of Palmer - was a great idea, but I don't like the thought of him turning into a shell of himself. He deserves more dignity than that.

Overall, I loved the premiere, and I hope if this series gets good ratings Fox will bring it back for more event series in the future. The writers sure look like they took the last four years to recover from burnout, and now they're supercharged.
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May 06, 2014
OH YEAH, I forgot they hired a Canadian to play British.
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May 06, 2014
Works for Felix on Orphan Black.
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May 06, 2014
Does it.
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May 06, 2014
Reagan had alzheimers while he was president. Look it up.
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May 06, 2014
Not a bad way to start the season and I bet the mole is that tech guy Jordan.

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May 06, 2014
Strike Back stays the best show in this genre.
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May 06, 2014
I just started Season One of Strike Back based on a recommendation from someone on TV.com - excellent show
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May 06, 2014
Of Course you can't mess with Strike Back, but 24's been doing this waaay longer and you can't really compare it with 8 24-episode seasons, right?
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May 06, 2014
24 has never done a flashback I guess that is a tradeoff for having a real time concept lol

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May 06, 2014
Yes it has! At the end of season 1 Jack had flashbacks of Kim and Teri (in a split screen)
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May 06, 2014
I hope they show what happened to president hilary clinton at the end of season 8 .season 4 was the best season it was ruined after the writers strike so when the writers strike ended the just destroyed the mythology of the show damn rupert murdoch he is avaricous when it comes to profits
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May 06, 2014
season 5 is pretty much accepted to have been the best season of 24 - which it was.
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May 06, 2014
If by "best" you mean the most over-the-top, ludicrous nonsense that the series attempted...?
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May 06, 2014
If I could give you a million thumbs up I would:)
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May 06, 2014
Why is it the cia and not CTU I miss the ctu telephones and why do they have yvonnne so dressed down wtf damn sexism that computer guy is the mole working for tate donovan character the woman that killed the guy who created the device that manipulates drone technology her mom is the evil person why is audrey and her dad in the plot ugh what is the point of this dementia were probably going to get some kinda psycho vice president like when david palmer's brother was president oh gosh that guy had a little stick so chloe is in wikileaks haha
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May 06, 2014
+1 telephones, hehe
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May 06, 2014
Can I watch this season without watching the other seasons?
I´ve seen the first and second. But after that I got a bit tired of the whole idea.. (sorry guys!)

But now, I dont have anything to watch, sooo... :)
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May 06, 2014
I only watched the first season of 24 and nothing else after that. In order to prepare for this, I went back and watched season eight. However watching tonight's premiere, I was thinking I should have watch season four. The president in this current series appeared in the fourth season and Jack had a history with him and the daughter Audrey. Anyway I won't have time to run through that now so I did the next best thing, read wiki.

Season Four
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May 06, 2014
You don't need much background to jump right into this show.
Jack = Badass. That's really all you need to know.
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May 06, 2014
Haha, okey :P That's what I thought!

Thanks! :)
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May 06, 2014
I would say you have to allow (suspend that annoying ol' disbelief) for a few elements that always work their way into 24.
1 - The mole in the highest level of national security.
2 - The agent charged with preventing the destruction of the free world but who has a lover/friend/family member so stupid that they almost cause the extinction of the human race (and for some reason the agent gives this person the time of day during a national crisis.)
3 - The self-serving government official of high authority who is more concerned with his/her own career than the continuation of civilization as we know it.
4 - The ability to computer hack anything from anywhere.
5 - The 5-10 bad guys all pointing their guys at Jack but failing to realize they are about to die.

So, toss those little bits out the window and enjoy the ride.
(Humor aside, this really is the best start to 24 of any season except the 5th and the 12-episode schedule should rid us of the majority of any filler.)
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