Season 8 Episode 1

Day 8: 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 17, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Season Eight unfolds in New York City amidst the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. On this new day, CTU has been upgraded and is run by MBA-schooled and razor-sharp head honcho Brian Hastings.

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  • Beginning of the End

    The first episode of Season 8 is a mixed bag when compared to the likes of the Season 4 and 5 first episodes during the 4 night premiere. With each of those episodes we're propelled into a vortex of action, emotion and suspense whereas the opposite is true of this episode.

    Albeit it is still a good episode better than most stuff on TV then and today it just seemed a little slower than the rest of the series. I loved seeing Jack playing with Teri watching cartoons, it was nice diversion to see Jack happy again after so long but of course as we all know that won't be for long.

    The setup of the new characters is fleshing out nicely but at this point I can't say who is my favorite (although I've seen this season will save for later) it's a change of pace to see Dana (Katee Sackhoff) outpacing Chloe in this environment contrasted to last season with the competitive juices flowing between Janis and Chloe.

    I do like the fact with this season they are calling back to the good ole days of Season 1 with a more personal attack on President Hassan this time thus having Jack pulled back into a life he soon wants to forget.

  • Not too much action... but several surprises

    One thing I liked about the last season is that Kim Bauer was finally able to let her father in her life again and was also able to forgive him and overcome all that trauma that was overwhelming her. Now married, with a child, it was nice to see Jack hanging out with his granddaughter and being a father once again.

    I'm not still convinced about the idea of another season that begins with a plot to kill someone. The episode was very good actually, with action, not as much as we're used but still, I was expecting something else but this wasn't that bad.

    Poor Chloe didn't find her place. But I'm sure she was glad to listen to Jack's voice again.

    Can't wait for next week.moreless
  • A beginning too much far from the level and the expectatives of Season seven

    After saw a brutal and breathless season, like the seventh season was, the people expects another excellent season, with an stunning beginning that introduces you in the plot and don't let you go. And i have to say that this present season doesn´t have all that elements. After see this new episode i have the feeling that it was fairly disappointing, and the suspense and the strength of the last season it's too far. Despite the show repeats the details that the last season presented once, maybe with the hope to repeat the same success, this new beginning, this new characters and this new plot are not as perfect and intelligent as the last season or another one. But one thing is really truth: Jack Bauer still engaging us after seven seasons. And the new place, NY, looks like very cool at the moment.

    I enjoyed enough this episode and the last six minutes are so breathless and very good. For me, the best of whole episode. Well, also Jack Bauer is included.

    So, a good start, but not as terrific as you could expected.moreless
  • Strong beginning to the eighth season, although not so much surprises and action as the previous premieres.

    All of 24 season premieres always set up quite nicely the rest of a season, they always feature at least one action sequence and interesting character dynamics. Last year, we had the return of Tony Almeida, but in Day 8, apparently not coming back, it belongs to Jack and the new characters to carry the show. The episode begins showing a happy Jack for the first time since Season 4, and although it's brief and predictable that his happiness won't last long, nonetheless it's a refreshing change of pace. More than ever, Jack now has more reasons to resist coming back into his old world.

    The plot was generally interesting and we had good action in the last 5 minutes. However, I consider this to be the weakest of the season openers, although that doesn't mean this episode is bad. It's not, but I think it lacks a liitle bit some of the shock value or adrenaline rush of the previous seasons.moreless
  • Overall, we have a great presentation for a show were dong different and never seen before things is difficult.

    A new season and another situation that will put everyone in danger. Jack is back, with a normal life, 6 years passed and now Jack appears to be fine and not with a death sentence, thanks to the last season. Jack is living fine, but as everyone can guess, Jack can never have peace, even now after all this years, so it is easy to guess that he will return temporarily in action to help CTU.

    Another new CTU, with a great look and technology and some news character and the lovely Chloe, also Kim appears in this episode to give meaning to what Jack have been doing all this time, since the treatment could be dangerous (I don't know how) to her, nice to see she is fine.

    So, for 24 standards of 24, the presentation is very good, the complication phase seems to be interesting, nothing new, but nothing bad either. The climax was the best part of the episode, filled with the usual good and nice action that only 24 can deliver like this. The ending was unpredictable because I didn´t expected that they would reveal the agent supposed to assassin Hassan so soon, this is why I don´t believe that character is the one supposed to assassin Hassan, will we see. Didn´t notice filler, it is hard since this is the presentation, also didn´t notice plot holes either.

    Presentation Phase - » (9/10), Complication Phase - » (7/10). Climax Phase - » (9/10), Ending - » (8/10), Time and Scene Management - » (10/10), Plot Details/Holes- » (10/10), Suspense/Tension - » (7/10), Drama - » (8/10), Action - » (8/10), Predictability/Unpredictability » (7/10).

    Overall, we have a great presentation for a show were dong different and never seen before things is difficult.moreless
Daniel Kash (II)

Daniel Kash (II)

UN Security Officer

Guest Star

Doug Hutchison

Doug Hutchison


Guest Star

Benito Martinez

Benito Martinez

Victor Aruz

Guest Star

Bob Gunton

Bob Gunton

Ethan Kanin

Recurring Role

Nazneen Contractor

Nazneen Contractor

Kayla Hassan

Recurring Role

Akbar Kurtha

Akbar Kurtha

Farhad Hassan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This episode does not have any boxes at the end like there usually is.

    • After Victor Aruz flees the scene of the first attempt on his life, the shooters call 911 to report the car Aruz fled in as stolen, and they give the license plate number. However, in New York City, stolen cars can only be reported in person and with proof of ownership. This prevents pranksters or vengeful people, such as angry spouses, from falsely reporting a vehicle as stolen to cause problems for the real owner.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (4)

    • This is the first season premiere to not be directed by Jon Cassar since season 1.

    • This is the second season to start in the afternoon (Season 3 starts at 1:00 PM), and is the latest any season has started.

    • Bob Gunton (Ethan), Colm Feore (Henry) and Janeane Garofalo (Janis) are taken out of the main cast. Carlos Bernard (Tony) is also taken out of the main cast for a third and final time. Anil Kapoor (Kamistan President Omar Hassan), Chris Dimantopoulos (Rob), Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Cole), John Boyd (Arlo), Katee Sackhoff (Dana) and Mykelti Williamson (Brian) are added to the main cast.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: February 2, 2010 on 7TWO
      Latin America: February 22, 2010 on FOX
      Norway: March 7, 2010 on TV2 Zebra
      Finland: September 13, 2010 on MTV3