24

Season 8 Episode 2

Day 8: 5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

4
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 17, 2010 on FOX
8.8
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The death of the informant Jack Bauer was trying to bring in reveals that someone close to President Hassan will try to assassinate him. CTU New York are closing in on a suspect. Jack Bauer needs to delay his departure to Los Angeles, as he is taken to CTU to be debriefed by Chloe O'Brian. Chloe tries to convince Jack that CTU are closing in on the wrong suspect.moreless

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  • Jack's Back!

    7.0
    Another watchable episode during this 4 episode event although nothing terribly unexpected or exciting happens actually the opposite and I didn't realize it started this soon but the mind numbing subplot with Dana Walsh bleh!! Believe me I love Katee Sackhoff but I wish they hadn't given her this to work with.

    Not much else to speak of besides I love the partnership of Jack and Chloe sparking back to life as they are the only two characters we really know as of now. I'm also glad that Kim was able to let her dad go knowing it would eat at him if he didn't help stop this assassination.moreless
  • Jack is thrust back into the world of CTU after his informant is ambushed. Jack and Chloe continue to hit obstacles when Hastings refuses to listen to their theories. That forces Jack and Chloe to do what they do best.moreless

    7.0
    This episode, as well as the season opener, do a good job at establishing mood for the season. I am a bit concerned as I watched this episode that the eighth season will become too formulaic. I see that mostly in the character of Brian Hastings. Jack and Chloe try to get him to listen, but he refuses confident that he is on the right track. Then, after something major happens, Hastings begins to listen. I hope that is not a sign of things to come this season. It's always good to see Chloe, she is a very good character.moreless
  • Oh, oh... The level is going down...

    6.0
    As i said in the previous comment, this new season is not as great as you maybe expect, but is very entertaining.

    This conclusion of the return of the show is entertaining too, but also is worse than the first episode, althought this one contains the first twist of all season.



    The twist is very good and unexpected and the performances of the most of the cast are good. The rhythm is entertaining and the end of the episode, although is not at all as powerful as the first one, keeps you on the edge one more time.



    But i liked that the level will improve very fast and the new characters get better too.moreless
  • A slow start to a promising season.

    7.5
    Following an impressive act is hard to do. 24's seventh season has been largely revered as one of the better entries into the 24 canon, and, while it introduced so many radical changes and new characters, the core formula was still there and the show delivered on almost every front. Featuring a breakneck pace and a story that never slowed, season seven had more than its share of memorable moments, shocking twists and lovable villains, and it quickly became one of my favorites. It's been eight months now since the satisfying and emotional conclusion of season seven, and, after a finale such as that one, the show could have gone in any direction. Ambiguous though understandably predictable, it effectively closed the curtains on a stellar season, leaving fans hungry for more. In some ways, the premiere of 24's eight day is very similar to season seven's. New characters and sets abound, making for a fresh opening that gives the show a whole different 'feel' to it. And, just like last season, the writers have to explain and introduce a lot in just two hours; on show and in real time. Therefore, the premiere is mostly exposition, and that's understandable. There's a new locale, new CTU, new members of staff - heck, Jack's even a grandfather now! Just as we enter a new decade, 24 itself experiences many dramatic changes. Admittedly, things are pretty predictable, and, for the most part, serve primarily to get the audience familiarized and oriented with the story and new characters that dot each frame. By 24's standards, this is not surprising. However, since the writers have so many new devices this time around, it's going to take some time before the story can really kick into gear and find that quick pace 24 is all too well known for. And it seems that even Jack Bauer himself is taking things slowly. At least for a little while. For the first time in, well, ever, we find him happy – relaxed, on the couch while he spends the afternoon with his granddaughter, channel-surfing. It's an adorable and sharply written scene that works on so many levels, showing us that Jack Bauer finally has something to live for – a family. At the beginning of the episode, Jack even agrees to move back to Los Angeles with his daughter, Kim, and the rest of her company. But this is 24. A show where things never pan out correctly. Something has to happen to set things off, and, sure enough, a match is struck and a wild fire begins, with Jack reluctantly thrown into the midst of it all. In just two hours, we're taken on a mad dash through the streets of New York, watch Jack dodge bullets and narrowly escape death (naturally), and witness sloppy criminals at the United Nations. It's a typical start to a bad day and one that's destined to get worse. Along the way we see a few familiar faces mixed in with a sea of newcomers, though, for the most part, character interactions play off quite well. Teri and Kim Bauer are seen, along with her husband Stephen, who offers little, if anything to the episode. Jack's own family has the potential to become an interesting side device to be used later on, so long as Kim doesn't find herself captured or stalked by mountain lions (shudder). At the shiny and ultra-sleek CTU offices elsewhere, everything, save for one character, is new. Snide comments run amuck, and the banter seen throughout the employees is reminiscent of those who habited the CTU of the show's earlier seasons. The director Brian Hastings, played by Mykelti Williamson, is a gruff an impatient figure - a man of speed. And, oddly enough, it is Chloe O'Brian herself who can't keep up. Rough around the edges and not in tune with the quick ways of NY, she finds herself overwhelmed and unable to please Hastings. Dana Walsh, played by Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff, takes light in her troubles, donning the know-it-all persona that Chloe had held for some time, though is much more outward in her adoption of it. The two have some fun screen-time together and the contrast in expressions between the two actresses is well played. While it's predictable to a fault, 24's eighth day starts on a strong note. Sure, there's nothing out of the ordinary here, and it may take a while before the plot gets some legs, but that's to be expected with a show such as this one. A lot was covered in two hours, but, as mentioned, none of it was unexpected, and the whole thing needs more 'meat.' In the first two hours, the eighth season of 24 seemed to only get its shoes on. From here, however, it needs to start running.moreless
  • A predictable episode, which had some nice touches, but nothing more than this.

    6.3
    Ok, after a nice presentation 24 is starting to show is age, is easy to guess what will happen for a person like me or for the fans around the globe.



    The beginning wasn´t bad, but after the suspect was caught, and even before that, you can guess that things are going to easy for CTU. Also this thing with Jack (I don´t want to go back but I will back) is becoming old and repetitive, things like that should have been done in the first episode, not in this one.



    So the main problem for this episode is that it is predictable (even worse is when you know that woman is innocent), so even with good material for newbies in 24, only old fans that like the same thing over and over again, that can like a episode like this one. The episode is still watchable and can draw some attention. The writers also noticed that, so when Jack decide to go against CTU, something different (at least) happened.



    Presentation Phase - » (6/10), Complication Phase - » (6/10).Climax Phase - » (6/10), Ending - » (5/10), Time and Scene Management - » (6/10) that woman was the main filler, Plot Details/Holes- » (10/10), Surprises/Shocks/Twists - » (6/10) at minimum, you could guess who was the real traitor, Drama - » (6/10), Predictability / Unpredictability » (6/10)*2 one nice touch, rest is the same play, A predictable episode, which had some nice touches, but nothing more than this.moreless
Doug Hutchison

Doug Hutchison

Davros

Guest Star

Paul Wesley

Paul Wesley

Stephen

Guest Star

Sandra Purpuro

Sandra Purpuro

Maggie Koernig

Guest Star

Akbar Kurtha

Akbar Kurtha

Farhad Hassan

Recurring Role

Jennifer Westfeldt

Jennifer Westfeldt

Meredith Michelle Reed

Recurring Role

Necar Zadegan

Necar Zadegan

Dalia Hassan

Recurring Role

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