24

Season 7 Episode 0

Redemption

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 23, 2008 on FOX
8.8
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Redemption
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Set and shot on location in Africa, Bauer and former Special Forces colleague Carl Benton battle an international crisis, while here at home the nation prepares for a new President on inauguration day. Taking place just a few months before the new day dawns, U.S. State Department officer Frank Tramell and Jonas Hodges are pulling the strings that will set the stage and raise the stakes for Season Seven.moreless

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  • Cool set up for what looks like a great return!

    9.0
    After the disappointing season six, we needed some new or shocking enough to reapreciatte the show. And that´s here!. Jack Bauer is in Africa now, fighting in a war that involves child soldiers. Everything under the watch of a new President, female Allison Taylor, and a conspiracy surrounding her.

    That is the plot of 24 Redemption: a superb prologue to the new season, which is spectacular, cool, nerve cracking, suspenseful... and fresh. Truly new material never try or done before.

    If season seven works in the same way, i will gonna to enjoy a really great season... but not L. A.

    This time, in Washington D. C.moreless
  • 24play

    8.0
    I'm not sure why they thought "Redemption" would be anything more than a vaguely fitting title, but semantics is overrated anyway. As for the actual story, death and misery find Jack Bauer in the made-up Sangala, Africa, where he battles a tiny faction of the country's evil military uprising. And a bunch of characters in a different time zone have their own business to handle. A little torture here, a little political intrigue there. It all works just fine as a standalone venture, but it's even better as a prelude to S7, given the number of ends that are left loose and hanging.

    Say goodbye to Los Angeles, for this two-hour crazefest splits the action between Sangala and Washington, DC. In the latter, female President-elect Allison Taylor prepares to take the throne from Noah Daniels (Wayne Palmer's fate remains anyone's guess), as the creepy, shadowy, Voight-y Jonas Hodges takes measures to hide his secret transactions with General Benjamin Juma, the very guy who's behind the Sangalan coup. This sinister duo gets all of five minutes of screentime here; expect to see more of them in the eventful day to follow.

    Such is the case with many characters, but I suppose that's why they call this a prequel. Two hours (more like one and a half) isn't nearly enough to cover all of these people and stories sufficiently; the main purpose of "Redemption" is to whet our appetites for the season proper, so all whiny whiners should quit their whining. Who ever said this episode would be absolute perfection?

    Ironically, Jack's escapade probably has the least relevance to S7. His killing skills are in full display here, but in hindsight, one can only designate the whole thing as a fun lead-in for his return to the United States.

    One great prequel benefit is the sense of hopelessness in the final minutes. None of the major villains have gotten theirs, Sangala's about to become a dictatorship, and big trouble is brewing for the new occupants of the White House. Plus, we're left wondering about Hodges' motive for helping Juma, as well as Daniels' motive for refusing to assist Sangala. This episode efficiently does what it was meant to do: tease. We can only hope that the tease is building up to a most magnificent television spectacle, as opposed to receptacle (yay for wordplay!). In the meantime, enjoy the change of scenery.



    Bihourly Highlight:

    Taylor's inaugural address. Split screen makes anything better. Especially X-rated movies, but I digress.moreless
  • I was expecting more. I mean after waiting for like a year..

    7.5
    Uhm I felt this tv movie didn't have that punch 24 usually packs. you know, the suspense, the action and all. I found it..a little boring at times, sad to say. For example, the whole chunk with jack at the school.hmm i was happy when Jack got back to one man army mode but I felt oddly unsatisfied at the end of it all. I didn't feel for the children that much too but that may just have been me. Scenes I liked were the parting of ways of Jack and Carl and Jack's arrest. I also think this tv movie did a reasonably good job at introducing new characters. However it is not outstanding enough. I hope the episodes in season 7 will be better than this.moreless
  • A nice little 2 hour special..

    8.0
    I was looking forward to this, because 24 hasn't been on my screen for over a year! It's been tough, seriously. But, yeah, I tuned into this and it was a good watch. Set in Africa, it was a nice change from the usual typical 24 episode. I enjoyed it, it had plenty of action, adventure. You know, it was 24. The storyline wasn't bad either..I had first thought that this was meant to be a prequel, but obviously not. The characters were cool, I liked the Irish dude...mainly because I'm Irish. It was sad when he died, and when some of the kids died. Yeah, it was a good ol' watch. Bring on Day 7.moreless
  • It's an ok/average episode. Not really my favorite and I think it can be A LOT better. But this definitely got my hopes up for Season 7: this episode was exciting, pretty informative, and an 'ok' storyline.moreless

    8.0
    The Good: Just seeing Jack Bauer on my television screen again is good enough for me, but other than that were allot of things that made this movie great. The movie took place in "real time" just like 24 usual does with was good.The acting was good in this, Keefer Sutherland did great as usual and Robert Carlyle (Carl Benton) was good on screen. The story line and plot was great considering it was all within 2 hours. The action scenes in this were also very exciting. Another thing I enjoyed about this was how it was different from usual episodes of 24, by this I mean it did not involve CTU or another team backing up jack, this time jack was all on his own with nothing but his two backpacks and trusty side arm.



    The Bad: Hmm... not to much to say here. One of the only negative things I would have to say about this would be the sub story line in Washington was a little boring. There is something about The new president Allison Taylor that I just don't like, maybe its just me but something doesn't feel right about her. Also I was a little disappointed that other than Noah Daniels and brief appearance of Tom Lennox there were not any other characters from 24 in this movie though in a way that can also be a positive thing.moreless
Robert Carlyle

Robert Carlyle

Carl Benton

Guest Star

Siyabulela Ramba

Siyabulela Ramba

Willy

Guest Star

Kris Lemche

Kris Lemche

Chris Whitley

Guest Star

Gil Bellows

Gil Bellows

Frank Tramell

Recurring Role

Jon Voight

Jon Voight

Jonas Hodges

Recurring Role

Powers Boothe

Powers Boothe

Noah Daniels

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Willy takes Jack's knife and hides it under his shirt, the handle of the knife is facing toward his stomach. When Jack catches him and he lifts up his shirt, the knife handle is facing to the outside. At no time during the scene did Willy adjust the knife.

    • At around one hour and six minutes into the show, as Jack and the boys cross the river bed valley and advance into the adjacent tree line, there is a camera man and a photographer clearly seen for several seconds all dressed in black.

    • The clock is silent at the end of the film. While it is not done for a specific death, like usual, it is done for the death of all those in the film and for those who's fate is unknown, but is most likely death.

    • Continuity: Although Jack had been recently burned on the left side of his face by a searing hot machete, he had no marks on his face when his left profile was clearly in view as he was explaining to Willy what had happened to Carl Benton.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jack: I'm going alone.
      Willy: People who like to be alone are witches, my grandfather says.
      Jack: Well, there you go. Your grandfather wouldn't be happy if you left here with a witch, now would he?
      Willy: He would want me to go to America. His favorite was Elvis Presley.
      Jack: I'm not going to America.

    • Frank: (trying to convince Jack to surrender) The choice is yours.
      Jack: (looks at Willie) I don't have a choice, you son of a bitch! Open the gate!

    • Carl: (on the phone) Jack, don't let them take my kids, don't let them take the children.
      Jack: Carl, I won't.

    • (The French UN Worker quietly taunts Jack)
      Solenz: There he is, the mighty warrior who traded his gun for a wheelbarrow. Why are you here, hmm? To do penance for all your sins? You don't want to talk about it. I don't blame you.

    • (Hodges gets off the phone with Colonel Dubaku)
      Hodges: That's one hard-nosed son of a bitch.
      Nichols: It is his country.
      Hodges: But I'm paying for it … I don't want those transactions traceable, Mr. Nichols. Not by the SEC, the IRS, or any of my ex-wives. You understand me, don't you?

    • Taylor: Closing our embassy sends a signal to the world that we are willing to sell out a democratic ally to a war criminal.
      Daniels: I appreciate your idealism.
      Taylor: I can't say the same for your cynicism.
      Daniels: Let's talk … after you've been sitting in my chair for awhile.

    • (Juma's men arrive to take the children)
      Jack(to a frightened Solenz): Still want to talk to them? I didn't think so. Why don't you go hide in the shelter with the other children?

    • Daniels: Nothing about this job lends itself to simple answers, just, uh … jagged edges and moving parts. Most you won't even see coming till they've smacked you in the head. So … be careful, Madame President.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This is the first episode to say "events occur in real time" since the season 3 premiere.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: July 15, 2012 on FANDA

    • FOX released an extended creator's cut DVD of 24: Redemption on November 25, 2008. The DVD also includes the Season 7 trailer and the "First Act" of the seventh season, as well as a feature entitled "Season 6 in Four Minutes. (the feature runs closer to 4.5 minutes)

    • Filming of this movie took place from June 4-20, 2008. The majority was filmed on location in Cape Town, South Africa with the final scenes being shot in Los Angeles, California.

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