Articles for 24: Live Another Day Season 7

After a year and a half away, Jack Bauer and 24 proper have returned to our lives.  For many, this is a joyous occasion.  College students everywhere are dusting off some old shot glasses in preparation for the Jack Bauer Power Hour.  Tonight, FOX has thrust the first two hours of 24 season 7 onto our laps, and I think 24 fans will be happy with what they will receive.  Jack Bauer does Jack Bauer things in decidedly Jack Bauer ways.  Kiefer Sutherland is the best, man.  He‘s still bringing it, just as hard as he was in season one.  Below, you will find a written recap of tonight‘s events.  Enjoy.  Read more »
24 made its triumphant return to television screens last night, and the general consensus seems to be positive.  My friends who are 24 fans were all on board with the first two hours of season 7, and agreed that it was more than enough to keep watching.  However, if you thought last night was good, tonight‘s episodes will really impress you.  It felt like vintage 24 out there tonight.  Twists and turns aplenty, coupled with some great action.  We left yesterday off with Jack capturing old ally turned domestic terrorist Tony Almeida.  You will fidn a full recap of tonight‘s 24 episodes below.  Enjoy.  Read more »
The dirty secret in the world of television, one that very few viewers ever fully pick up on, is TV‘s reliance on formula.  With very few exceptions (Lost is a major one), almost every episode in a specific series is built like all the others.  The same amount of story beats, the same amount of story-lines, the same set-up, the same pay-off, etc.  Four hours in to season of 24, the formula is readily apparent to anyone paying close attention.  As redundant as it can seem, it is, unfortunately, a necessity.  24 basically produces twelve feature length films per season – the writers wouldn‘t be able to fill out a season if their wasn‘t a tried and true formula available.  However, as enjoyable as the first four episodes of 24 have been, it‘s a tad bit galling when new characters are introduced who encompass such similar roles to previous characters.  Read more »
Last week, we left 24 with Jack Bauer fruitlessly whacking a golf club into the side of a panic room.  He and Tony Almeida are in deep cover, working for a mysterious Englishman named Emerson, and attempting to kidnap the Prime Minister of Sangala.  It was great to see Tony and Jack back together again, though it‘s unclear how long the partnership is going to last.  I have a funny feeling about just where Tony‘s loyalties lie.  But, we shall see.  Below you will find the recap for tonight‘s episode of 24.  Please enjoy.  Maybe Jack will actually kill someone tonight.  It‘s been far too long, and we need to get our 24 Jack Bauer Kill Count started. Read more »
That “abandoned construction site” sure looked a lot like the San Fernando Valley, didn‘t it?  You can‘t fool me, 24.  Jack Bauer has survived five hours of his seventh day of sheer hell without killing a single person.  My wanton bloodlust is boiling up in ways I didn‘t anticipate.  After the episode last night, I felt so empty that I searched my house for a spider to step on (not true).  Although we all knew that Jack Bauer wasn‘t going preside over the gangland execution of Pretty FBI Lady, wouldn‘t it have been an absolutely stunning turn of events if Jack actually had blown Agent Walker‘s head off?  24 would have taken an immediately dark and sinister turn.  I suppose he did end up burying her alive (don‘t worry – I guarantee she‘ll Uma Thurman her way out of there), but it would have changed the game if he‘d have gone through with Emerson‘s orders.  Read more »
Jack Bauer is a pro at going undercover.  Deep, deep undercover.  In season 3 of 24, Jack got himself addicted to heroin to infiltrate the Salazar family.  That‘s commitment.  This season on 24, he has kidnapped the prime minister of a foreign country by smoking him out of a panic room, a decision that nearly killed the prime minister and his wife.  The last time we saw Jack, he was literally burying FBI Agent Renee Walker alive.  Needless to say, it takes a whole helluva lot for Jack to break cover.  Season 7 has been engrossing enough this season, though the potential for a season 6-style fall from glory remains a possibility.  However, the story is so far intriguing, and the way its set-up, there are myriad directions in which 24 could go.  Below you will find the multi-page recap of tonight‘s episode.  In honor of Jack Bauer, I injected myself with black tar heroin before the episode.  Read more »
After seven days, an extra two hours and a lot of things happening, we‘re probably thinking that Jack Bauer is going to be Jack Bauer forever.  Sure, he‘s lost quite a lot, too—his family‘s conked out, his personal life‘s conked out, heaven knows what else has conked out—but he‘s still at it.  I‘m okay with it, but sometimes you‘ve got to ask, too: when will it ever end?“My hope is to go after the eighth season,” Howard Gordon, 24 executive producer, said.  “[Kiefer Sutherland] and I have talked about it, and I think that‘s sort of what we‘re aiming for.”So, after day seven—which just finished its four-hour, two-night premiere on Fox—we‘ll have an eighth day, and that‘s it?  Well, there‘s also been serious talk of a 24 film, but… Read more »
That was more like it, sirs and misses.  Jack Bauer popped his season 7 kill cherry last night in ways impressive and tinged with much needed badassery.  Jack had gone nearly five and a half hours without murdering someone this season.  There were reasons for this, of course.  Jack was undercover, working with people who he couldn‘t kill, while working against people (the FBI) who it would be a really bad idea to kill.  But, that all changed in last night‘s episode of 24, in which The Bauer administered the death blow to Psychopath/Tony‘s friend Emerson by shooting him in the neck while on the ground.  And, for is encore, Jack saved Tony‘s life by picking off Almeida‘s would assassin with a completely, totally awesome, fist-pump inducing sniper rifle.  The build-up to Jack Bauer‘s long-in-the-coming quenching of bloodlust was well-earned by the writers, and it made for a more-complex-than-24-is-used-to moment after Emerson‘s death.  Tony was (and probably remains) conflicted about doing Emerson away, which could make for some interesting plot ramifications later in the season. Read more »
And we‘re still here, wondering about what could possibly happen to Jack Bauer when 24 finally ends.  Yes, we‘ve wondered about this before, and surely as we‘re watching the hours tick by on the latest season, we‘re still wondering about it.  One person cannot endure that much battering, obviously—much more one powered by a strong suspension of disbelief.  Anyway, we also have to remember that Kiefer Sutherland‘s contract with the show only has a year left, which basically means we have roughly one more season to go.  While some have already voiced their intentions to end 24 by season 8, we‘re still wondering: how exactly will Jack end?“I don‘t think about [the end of 24] a lot, but I did this year for the first time,” the star admitted in an interview with Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello.  “It was one of those weird moments where the stage was unusually quiet. It was like a ghost town.  I was looking around [thinking] about all the work that went into building this thing and it hit me: This will end one day, and I‘m going to be sad about it.” Read more »
Ideally, these two should be butting heads.  Chloe O‘Brian went rogue, and Janis Gold replaced her at the beginning of 24‘s current season.  Apparently, that will be the case—these two would really butt heads from the February 16 episode, when these two will first meet.  But, of course, things are different in between takes.  In fact, the complete opposite can be said about the friendship of Mary Lynn Rajskub and Janeane Garofalo.On screen, it‘s simple.  “We‘re under the impression that each are more talented hackers than the other, even though I know deep down she‘s better than me,” series newcomer Garofalo said.  But these two are very close together, having met 15 years ago in one of those parties in Los Angeles.  Both did stand-up comedy, and that‘s how they first met—and still do. In fact, Rajskub got her first television exposure thanks to Garofalo and her television series on Comedy Central. Read more »
Look out, rural Ohio - 24 is after you tonight.  The evil General Dubaku has had enough of President Allison Taylor‘s guff, and will use the magical CIP device to poison the water or the air or the plumbing of a small Ohio town called Kidron.  24 already has a pretty high death count this season, and I wouldn‘t be surprised to see it rise exponentially over the next few episodes.  This Dubaku character does not dick around.  Jack Bauer will probably face off with Dubaku tonight, and Jack is probably going to kill him, because that‘s how he rolls.  The old 24 gang is together tonight - Jack, Tony, Bill and Chloe, working together.  Feels like 2005 all over again.  Read more »
Watching the last few seasons of 24 prior to the current one, did you ever look at Bill Buchanan and think, “That guy‘s probably good with a machine gun?”  I didn‘t, and I doubt that the 24 writers suspected as much at the time.  Even last season, when he helped Jack from his home, Bill was wearing a damn sweater.  Bill Buchanan has turned into a different character than he was for purposes of the story, and that‘s just fine.  I‘m sure Bill was trained for field work at some point in the past (so says Wikipedia, at least), but this segues into a larger point: on 24, story comes before character, as much as the writers and producers and actors would like to convince you otherwise.  Because of 24‘s real-time format, the plot remains the number one concern for the writers, and you can look at the characters and the roles they‘ve played this season for examples how.  But, is it time for the writers to put character first? Read more »
Sure, torture is such an issue on 24.  It‘s pretty much everywhere.  It‘s attracted a lot of attention, mostly the unwanted one, but if you ask the folks behind the show, it‘s a matter of being as real as possible—although they probably meant the grisly details, rather than with the interrogation itself.  It‘s pretty weird, then, to see that life has somehow imitated art—before we knew it, torture has become a point of political conversation, and if the show did something, it was predict (somehow) what would soon become a convention of sorts.And it‘s attracted controversy to 24.  There‘s talk of members of the military liking the show very much, to the point that they‘re imitating the interrogation techniques shown on the show.  Sure, torture on the show may border on the extreme, but some argued that if torture is legally wrong, why can 24 get away with it?  Insert Kiefer Sutherland, on yet another interview about this bit, this time with British newspaper The Guardian. Read more »
Jack Bauer and company are about to be taken out of the underground and into the White House.  24 is embarking here on its second act, it seems, with the first major threat of season 7 more or less thwarted.  The CIP device has been destroyed, and the domestic terrorist threat is no more.  What will Madame Lady President Taylor think of Jack Bauer‘s upcoming White House appearance?  What will become of Henry Taylor?  How will Dubaku‘s girlfriend react to the lack of quality time with her evil terrorist paramour?  Questions abound.  Join me in this, the eighth hour of 24, and watch Jack Bauer probably kill some people, yell at some more, and gruff his way into the hearts and souls of America.  Read more »
So far, viewers of TNT‘s Trust Me will know what Erin Maguire (Sarah Clarke) is just that—a doting housewife, tending to her children with high-powered advertising executive Mason Maguire (Eric McCormack).  And, as with everything else, there‘s always something else to it—surely, as the show progresses, something is bound to pop up in future episodes.  In an interview with TVGuide.com, Clarke revealed these changes—which is pretty familiar, if you remember Nina Myers from 24……anyway, on with the details.  “[There] is a whole other side of her that is slowly starting to redevelop,” she revealed.  “When Erin stopped working—she used to work at [her husband‘s ad agency] RGM—to raise the kids and be a full-time mom and wife, everything else got put on hold. Now that the kids are more self-sufficient and Mason is a workaholic, she‘s spending a lot more time on her own and waking up to who she is again.” Read more »
Jack Bauer and Renee Walker covered a lot of ground on last night‘s episode of 24.  I don‘t pretend to know the geographical layout of Washington, D.C., but to go from the hideout to the White House to the FBI meet-up to Vossler/Vossler‘s house and finally to the Dubaku Mini-Mart hideout with enough time to gun down some terrorists seemed unreasonable.  But, it‘s best not to dwell on such things, 24 not a beacon of truth or a city travelogue.  No – 24 is a forum to explore the overly simplistic political views that allow Jack Bauer to make Tough Decisions and yell and murder evil-doers.  And, holy crap, Jack did work on last night‘s 24.  His man-handling of Vossler was a joy to watch (except for the horror on his wife‘s face) especially the wrong-way driving leading up to the collision with Vossler‘s car.    All in all, it was one of the best episodes of the season, which got me to thinking: What exactly are we looking for from 24 at this point? Read more »
This guy‘s resilient, isn‘t he?  Agent Aaron Pierce, that guy.  He‘s been on 24 since the beginning.  He‘s been on 24 from the second season, and the third, and the fourth, and the fifth, and the sixth.  And he‘s returning on the seventh—to be precise, in tonight‘s episode, which airs at 9pm on Fox.  Unlike most of the show‘s main characters—with the exception, of course, of Jack Bauer—he‘s been around for all of the seasons, just staying in the background, or at least that‘s how I see it.Glenn Morshower may have taken a role on the NBC drama Friday Night Lights, but he still takes the time to crop up on the acclaimed Fox drama.  It‘s a possibility that he didn‘t expect would happen, considering the fast-paced—and cut-throat—nature of the show.  “I read for the second episode in season one, and all I knew was it would be a two-episode guarantee,” he said.  “All they wanted me to do was be the guy that looks official enough to walk President Palmer someplace and protect him.” Read more »
On the last episode of 24, First Dude Henry Taylor was shot in the basement of a shoddy mini-mart.  Henry Taylor has had a very bad day so far.  And there‘s a good chance he might die.  Unfortunate stuff.  We‘re at hour nine of the seventh season of 24, and we‘re still toiling away with this Dubaku character.  I fear the writers are spinning their wheels a bit with the Dubaku saga, considering that he can‘t wreak much havoc anymore.  On the other hand, I suppose various facets of the government conspiracy could be unearthed during the pursuit for Dubaku.  We shall see.  What follows is a recap of tonight‘s 24.  Please enjoy. Read more »
I‘m writing this minutes after tonight‘s episode of 24 ended and, perhaps this is just a knee-jerk reaction to the hour, but that may have been one of the best episodes of 24 in years.  The plotting was splendid, rarely bogged down in the usually constant exposition, and the action was of the highest quality.  Could this be the episode that turns this, the seventh season of 24, from an OK season into a really good one?  For this first time all season, I‘m legitimately excited for next week. Previously on 24: Henry Taylor is in surgery, and remain there for a bunch of episodes.  Dubaku is on his way out of the country, Marika supposed to follow him.  Unfortunately, Marika‘s cooperation with Bauer was discovered, and Dubaku wants to take care of her himself.  Jack and Renee were road-blocked by the police thanks to Sean Hillinger, who turns out to be the mole. Read more »
I‘m trying to figure out Jack Bauer.  Simple, you‘d think, to analyze a man with few emotions and one simple goal.  Jack Bauer, despite his history, despite his current situation, still only wants to do his all to protect his country.  He does this at all costs, risking his life and others.  Jack Bauer, this unblinking, Machiavellian super-hero, is harder than hard, especially in 24‘s current seventh season.  He‘s toughened with age and hardship.  He has every reason to hate the United States, but he keeps putting his life on the line for it, almost a robot with no ability to resist the call of callous heroism.  While Jack‘s motivations are simple, his actions decisive and clear, what 24 is trying to tell us about ourselves and our country isn‘t.  What does Jack Bauer represent?  Has it changed on this season of 24?  What are the marks of the post-Bush Jack?  Read more »
FOX aired a very special two-hour episode of 24 tonight.  The second episode was one of the best hours in recent 24 history.  As we hit the midpoint in 24 season 7, the writers have basically rebooted the day.  What happens, what Jack Bauer does and the newest threat to America are all astonishing in their audacity.  Some might take offense to the outrageous lengths 24 has decided to go, but, you know, that‘s 24.  The threats have to keep escalating.  This is what happened:Previously on 24 :  Dubaku was caught by Jack Bauer, and they acquire a list of all the names involved in the government-wide conspiracy.  Sean Hillinger was caught and Marika died.  Renee and Jack got into a slap fight and we learned Ryan Burnett, chief of staff for Senator "Guy from That 70s Show" is part of the conspiracy.  Tony Almeida warned Jack of another terrorist attack. Read more »
You must‘ve seen the public service announcements during last night‘s two-hour 24 special.  Perhaps you‘ve watched with some caution—meh, another one joining the bandwagon!—or perhaps you‘re happy that they‘ve finally taken steps to take care of this planet.It‘s nothing new, really.  Last year, 24 vowed to reduce its carbon footprint—in other words, how much it contributes to global warming—by taking on several measures to make sure it reduces carbon emissions.  The PSAs you‘ve seen last night is just the tip of the iceberg; already, the production staff have calculated the amount of greenhouse gases they produce every episode, used hybrid cars and environmentally-friendly fuels for their shoots, taken on renewable energy for everything else, and let go of the need to print thousands of pages of scripts, schedules and promotions by sending them electronically. Read more »
“A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.” - Woody Allen in "Annie Hall"This is how I was starting to feel about 24.  There had been parts of season 7 that piqued my interest, some interesting plot lines, but there was a sinking, ominous feeling of been-there, done-that.  From season one through the fourth episode of season 6, 24 was on a clear escalating path.  Each new plot line was more extreme, more absurd than the previous.  The writers constantly attempted to outdo themselves and more or less succeeded, up until the nuke was detonated in Valencia at the end of season 6‘s fourth episode.  It‘s been downhill since then.  How can you top a nuclear bomb going off in the Greater Los Angeles area?  Last night, 24 finally topped itself.  For better or worse, the shark has been revived.  Read more »
How was 24 going to top last week‘s two-hour White House siege?  Could the writers possibly build on what was easily the best episode of the season?  Though season 7 of 24 started out a little shaky, after tonight‘s episode, I can safely say that 24 is back to pre-season 6 levels of badassery.  The first fifteen minutes of tonight‘s episode, marking the culmination of Juma‘s mission inside the White House, was as thrilling as anything we‘ve ever seen from 24, an emotional and beatifully constructed action set piece.  Jack Bauer continues to be put through the ringer in every way possible, and as the final moments of the episode segued into the trademark beeping clock, I found myself ready, excited for another Hour of Bauer, a feeling I haven‘t had since season 5.  What follows is a recap of tonight‘s events.  Read more »
If there‘s one thing that cast members of 24 should live with, it‘s death.  Lots of them.  You can either die by gunshot, or by nerve gas poisoning, or by explosion, or by a needle somewhere in your blood stream—and we very well know that didn‘t work.   Sure, we were shocked to see Bill Buchanan (James Morrison) die in last week‘s episode, and in just a snap: he throws himself to a bomb, it explodes, and he‘s dead along with a group of terrorists, if only to save President Taylor (Cherry Jones).   It was unexpected, it was unwarranted, and it was quick.   Collective gasps, please.But here‘s something 24 fans already know: death, and lots of them.  So feel free to skip this part… or maybe not.  “The moment you step aboard 24 you‘re taught to expect that you‘re going to bite it,” the 54-year-old actor said.  “In this solar system you have one sun.  The rest of us are just planets that are invited to orbit, and sometimes we‘re just yanked out of the sky.” Read more »
Tonight is the official beginning of the final, big overarching story of 24 in this, its seventh season.  Jack Bauer is now being held accountable for the murder and torture of Ryan Burnett.  He‘s a fugitive once more.  The whole "Jack has to simultaneously evade the authorities while unraveling the evil plot" tactic has been used without discretion throughout 24‘s history, and yet, I still don‘t mind it.  With 24, you‘re already suspending your disbelief in so many ways, I don‘t mind the writers relying on old tricks.  Especially, when the results are exciting as tonight‘s episode.  What follows is a recap of the latest episode of Jack Bauer Hour.  Please enjoy. Read more »
We already know this—there will be an eighth season to 24.  So, I figured, perhaps we should just get to it: they‘ll start shooting that this May. And the events of the past couple of seasons—the heavily-panned sixth, the writer‘s strike, and the shooting for the current one—have given them new things to play with, and new things to do once they start shooting.Bit number one: a longer shooting time.   “As much as the writer‘s strike I think was a difficult time for everybody, there were some benefits to us absolutely,” series star Kiefer Sutherland said during a press conference for his upcoming film, Monsters vs. Aliens.  “We had 15 months for us to shoot what we normally shoot with 10 … It‘s a three-act play for us, so each eight episodes kind of transitions into another story.   Some of those transition points have been really sticky for us and really difficult.  And because of the time we were afforded, the writers actually, we were in production and at about episode sixteen or seventeen [of season 6] they just shut down.  They were having a hard time with that transition and they just stopped and they took the three weeks and they figured something out.” Read more »
24 and Jack Bauer have enjoyed a welcomed renaissance over the last few weeks.  There are always going to be people who are forever skeptical of 24 after what we saw in season 6, but for the open-minded, season 7 has been a real treat as of late, and the set-up for what‘s to come has been more than enticing.  Tonight, Jack re-teamed with the king of gruffness himself, Tony Almeida, in an attempt to thwart the pick-up of a dangerous biological weapon.  Jon Voight‘s presence is becoming felt more and more as the season has progressed, and he makes for one awesome bad guy.  What follows is a recap of tonight‘s events on 24.  Read on and embrace your inner Bauer. Read more »
The introduction of biological weapons in recent episodes of 24 brings back memories of George Mason and the radiated body that he sacrificed for the good of the country.  Jack Bauer has now been similarly exposed to such radiation, though it is unlikely he will die, because he is Jack Bauer and Jack Bauer doesn‘t give a crap about your radiation poisoning.  He has a job to do.  Which makes me wonder about plotting and structure and other (possibly) boring developmental issues.  The 24 writing staff faces a more difficult task than almost any other group of television writers.  The constraints of the formula allow for no shortcuts.  Everything has to happen in the moment, hearsay and allusions not a viable option.  Though it may seem minute, the topic I‘m going to discuss is one example of the challenges facing the 24 writers when meticulously plotting out a season.  Why did Jack get exposed to the biological weapon, and what purpose will that serve in the coming episodes? 24: Episode 7.15 "10:00pm to 11:00pm" Recap Read more »
The way things stand, it‘s getting a little too tight for the government on 24.   Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is being framed for the murder of Senator Mayer, although they‘re finally getting to their senses by slowly realizing that someone else was in the scene of the crime.   Starkwood is getting slightly more comfortable by wheeling in that biological weapon, making Jonas Hodges (Jon Vought) a little more smug, or a stronger antagonist overall—well, if you got someone like him, make the most out of it, before the inevitable on-screen death.To make things worse—although it is to be expected at this stage of the season—the seemingly one-size-fits-all solution that was hatched to get things working failed.  The attempt to get the truck containing Starkwood‘s biological weapon away from implementation was stopped, and in a fairly dramatic fashion, Jack announces that they have proof of the weapon‘s existence: he‘s exposed.  He‘s exposed!  Then again, what exactly does he mean with exposure?  Or was he exposed to the actual deadly agent in the first place? Read more »
From the minute-by-minute snap-bang-boom nature of international terrorism to the pretty dignified nature of one of the most mythical families in American history—it‘s quite a jump for 24 co-creator Joel Surnow.   His next project is The Kennedys, a 10-hour miniseries chronicling the life of the former First Family—and promises to reveal secrets about them.“[It] takes an inside look behind the secret doors of the White House, [and] the soiled and crooked steps it took to get there,” a press release said.  “It also tells the historical stories that are associated with the Kennedy era— the Bay of Pigs, the Missile Crisis, the civil rights struggle, the mob connection—each one told in the context of personal, Kennedy-family dramas.” Read more »
24, for the first time in hours, kind of spun its wheels during tonight‘s episode.  There have to be housekeeping episodes that set up the subsequent action, and 24 succeeded in setting up what looks to be an exciting final third of the season.  A couple of major plot points were hit upon, and the greatness of Jon Voight was in full effect once again.  24 has had its share of great bad guys (Dennis Hopper, Tobin Bell, James Cromwell, to name a few), but when all is said and done, it‘s going to be tough to beat the man who fathered Angelina Jolie.  What follows is a recap of the night‘s events.  Do enjoy. Read more »
24, a show that plies its trade in plot twists, has become predictable for its unpredictability.  If you expect a plot twist to occur, is it really even a plot twist anymore?  Watching last night‘s episode of 24, in which Jack Bauer was given a very simple prognosis (Death!), I began to debate what the writers could possibly do to surprise its fans, seven seasons in.  And, what I came up with was simple – they could kill Jack Bauer.  I think we all have assumed that Jack Bauer would eventually die.  It‘s inevitable.  Jack is not the type of guy who lives happily ever after.  Read more »
The story of the hour on 24 is, still Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) being exposed to the biological weapon Starkwood is in possession of.  Last Monday we saw, in real time (but that’s a pun), the uncertainty about his future slowly sink in, him being quarantined by the folks at the CDC, him wanting to join the operation but being refused because he’s basically patient zero, us wondering how the writers intend to get him out of here.Now here’s a little reminder: Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert) is returning to 24 this year.  We already know a few things about her return, which is slated to happen in the middle of the month: she’s apparently not returning with season 5 squeeze Barry Landes (C. Thomas Howell), but she’s returning with a kid.  Earlier in the season it could’ve been just another reunion, with almost no plausible reason why—remember that Jack wanted her far away after the CTU was attacked in season 5, but why should we look for something believable?—but now, with Jack being infected, the reunion takes on a whole different meaning. Read more »
This episode preview is in appreciation of the calm before the storm.   That’s what last week’s 24 is, essentially—or, at least, for the first thirty minutes or so.  After getting all frantic with the White House invasion, a handful of deaths and a biological weapon making its way to Starkwood—whatever that does, I don’t really know—we get to contemplate a few things.  Will Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) die?  How many times have we asked this question?  Are you getting tired of these questions?   They’re not really the sort of queries you’ll make, but you get the idea.So Jack is in quarantine, President Taylor (Cherry Jones) considers her daughter (Sprague Grayden) to temporarily take over as her chief of staff, Tony (Carlos Bernard) gets beat up by Hodges’ (Jon Voight) men, and Jack is still in quarantine.  Sure, that sounds like a game of charades, or perhaps a coin was inserted in some rinky dinky ride outside your friendly supermarket, but here’s your chance at personal whatever.  The president is still distraught, Renee (Annie Wersching) is similarly distraught with the findings on Jack, and Jon Voight is scaring the hell out of us.   Or I exaggerate. Read more »
Maybe Jack Bauer isn‘t going to die after all.  I thought 24 would at least milk the suspense of Jack‘s failing health for a few more hours before blatantly diagramming his path to recovery.  Of course Kim Bauer is going to show up.  Of course the experimental stem cell procedure will be a success.  And, of course, Jack will get better in time to thwart Jonas Hodges and save the day.  What‘s remarkable is that they couldn‘t even wait an hour before giving Jack some hope.  Did you think we couldn‘t take it, 24?  We could have lasted another hour in purgatory, unsure of Jack‘s prognosis.  Or, maybe the writers realized that the stem cell procedure (or whatever) was kind of a lame cop out (“There is no cure.”  20 Minutes Later: “Oh, wait, there‘s actually a cure.”) and so they wanted to get it‘s lameness out of the way as soon as possible.  Besides that bit of convenience, the rest of the hour was in step with the recent episodes of 24 – fast-paced and exciting.  However, I have some questions. Read more »
You’re most definitely aware of the success of Slumdog Millionaire—yep, that film about an Indian boy from the slums who gets very close to winning the top prize in a quiz show, only to get flagged for allegations of cheating.  And yes, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  The film that almost didn’t make it to theaters ended up winning many honors during awards season over the past few months, culminating with eight wins during the Oscars—including Best Picture.Inevitably, the attention has led the film’s mostly obscure cast to bigger fame.  Dev Patel was only known for his role in the British television series Skins, but has since taken roles in the United States.  The same goes for Frieda Pinto, who was once a model but is now appearing in Woody Allen’s latest film.  So what does this have to do with 24, whose high-octane action stuff is miles away from the destiny-themes theatrics of Slumdog?  Another one of the film’s stars, Anil Kapoor, is set to join the cast of the next season of the acclaimed action drama. Read more »
And we are getting there.  On last week’s 24, Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) starts to fail, Tony (Carlos Bernard) becomes Jack for an hour, and Hodges (Jon Voight) starts making presidents paranoid.  I actually wonder whether that happens in real life, but who am I to go political all of a sudden?While last week’s episode was at par with what we’ve seen this season, I can’t help but feel half-blah about it.  Maybe we’re still all shaking off that sleeper feel we had with the episode that aired two weeks ago. We had an opening with Knowles, but just when we thought they’d be able to use it for an extra hour or so, he gets pushed off the balcony.  (I didn’t know Jon Voight can push someone off a balcony like that—or I just haven’t imagined it.)   We thought Jack would last for a few more hours or so, but he stumbles and starts shaking—patient zero has to resort to masking symptoms rather than making the cure work. Read more »
When all the fuss surrounding Washington, D.C. wraps up in six hours—err, in roughly six episodes on 24—expect everything to move slightly westward, and to the city that never sleeps.  Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello reports that the upcoming eighth season of the Emmy-winning action series will be set in New York, or at least, on screen.The show will still be mostly shot in Los Angeles, although Kiefer Sutherland, probably among others, will be shooting some scenes in New York.  It may be too early to speculate what exactly will happen, but the move in location may explain some major storylines next season—and the spoilers begin right below, so click with care! Read more »
Let’s see what we got right this week.  If the 24 episode a couple of days ago is to be judged, then the threat isn’t over yet (but duh), Hodges has been locked up (or, more in tune with the real-time premise, is in the process of being locked up), and Jack is still breaking apart.  Oh, and Tony’s flipped sides again.  Hoorah, what now?  But there’s something special—but that’s a little too, err, delicate a term to use—with the past hour, and that’s a flipping of sides.  One’s expected, and the other is, well, expected, but more because we’ve been hyping it for eons. Read more »
Nowadays on 24, the suspense doesn‘t fully lie on whether the world will melt thanks to a pathogen or not.  It‘s not on who‘s on whose side, or who flips to who--damn you, Tony!  It‘s not on who returns, who makes the tears, who proves everyone wrong, or right, or break everything down.  All of a sudden, everything lies on Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), and the magic question--what exactly is happening to him?Yep, he is very, very sick, but the least we know is that he won‘t die.  There‘s the experimental stem cell operation that he‘ll undergo, perhaps because he was forced against the wall by Agent Walker (Annie Wersching) and, to an extent, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert).  But we still have to know what exactly this pathogen will do.  You can see it in Jack‘s eyes, and it‘s quite scary--he suddenly loses his composure and falls, he suddenly gets spasms in the middle of an emotional moment, and for a few seconds you think flames will come out of his eyes and things will look supernaturally wrong. Read more »
At the end of Monday night‘s 24, I got a little more confused, although that could perhaps be the point.  If one thing‘s clear, it‘s this: Jack Bauer will have to face the wrath of that pathogen for longer, more so after he refused the stem cell treatment that Kim could‘ve helped in.  (Same goes for Kim.)  I could say Tony‘s motivations are clearer than the last hour, but that‘s where the complications come in--there‘s more to this than the government versus Starkwood.  So begin the questions.  Read more »
Judging from the stuff I got over the past week, I‘m still obviously confused about what‘s exactly going on in 24.  Yeah, I really have to brush up.  But I will try.So let‘s get to the nitty-gritty, then, of tonight‘s episodes, as we hit the last four-something hours of the seventh day.  We left with Tony (Carlos Bernard) still a traitor after all, Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) on the floor, and Hodges (Jon Voight) inducing a heart attack.  Tonight, things get in a tizzy--the government is still out to take things under control.  And Jack, as this preview‘s title suggests, gets an audience with Hodges.  (The next paragraphs could be spoilers.  You‘ve been warned.) Read more »
It seemed like one of those very big events, the sort that happens in movies right before the one last fight--everybody realizes things and decides to get their heads together, before setting off for that one last fight.  It felt that way when, on last week‘s 24, a returning Chloe turned on the supposedly impounded CTU servers and, suddenly, all of the monitors at FBI switched to, you guessed it, that slightly comforting CTU interface.  And then Jack starts screaming at Janis because of her "Big Brother" quip, invoking David Palmer and all that.  So that‘s where we begin. Read more »
So.  It does seem imminent at this point.  With roughly four hours remaining before Jack‘s seventh camera-documented and split-screened day ends--err, I meant the seventh season of 24--it‘s imminent that we‘re going to end with a bang, and then some.  Well, a biological attack isn‘t exactly a big, explosive bang like all those other things, but it‘s going to be nasty, and with the same degree of panic that we‘re somewhat seeing now, H1N1 virus and all.  (No, I‘m not suggesting anything.  I‘m just comparing the, uhh, reaction.)But now we‘re drawing to a close, I‘m growing a little more curious with the supposedly very emotional ending to this season.  We‘re setting that one up now--Jack‘s condition, Chloe‘s return, Tony‘s going rogue or something, Renee having that look on her face upon learning of Moss‘ death, Olivia fiercely contesting that agreement to virtually let Hodges off the hook... I think this season is when it finally hits home.  As if it didn‘t before--it did--but this time it really will.  I‘m just guessing. Read more »
That hour was... slow.  Or, at least, it felt like it.  Yes, I‘ve recently acquired an appreciation for these slow moments on 24, and since we have roughly three hours remaining, we need yet another breather just to set up what‘ll happen--which, in this case, is a biological attack on a train station in a yet undisclosed location.  That also means we‘re still playing the emotional card in this episode, and suddenly it dawns on you--everything is confusing.  And I mean everything.  I shall begin rambling from the next paragraph.  Besides, everything‘s quite fresh from the screen.  You‘ve been warned. Read more »
As if that alleged headbutting incident in New York early this week wasn‘t bad enough, what more if it catches up with what you did in the past?  24 star Kiefer Sutherland may face tougher sanctions back in Los Angeles because of an possible violation of his probation.Early Tuesday morning, fashion designer Jack McCollough alleged that Sutherland gave him a headbutt at a party.  Details are not yet clear, although some say it was provoked when the victim bumped into fellow party guest, actress Brooke Shields.  Representatives of the designer maintained, however, that the attack was "vicious, violent and unprovoked." Read more »
24 star Kiefer Sutherland has officially been charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly giving a headbutt to a fashion designer in New York early this week.  The actor appeared in a police station in lower Manhattan, accompanied by his lawyers, but did not issue a statement to reporters waiting outside.The actor was interviewed by investigators, given a ticket, and released on his own recognizance.  He was ordered to appear in court on June 22 for an arraignment.  However, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney, it has yet to be determined whether the latest run-in with the law could affect the terms of his probation, which he sustained after being convicted of drunk driving in Los Angeles. Read more »
Three more hours to go, and 24 wraps up for yet another day.  And while I still don‘t have any idea how things will exactly go within those three episodes--yeah, imminent attack, chasing after someone, yeah, yeah, that‘s a given--at least we‘ve laid our hands on some specifics, and some ideas, for the remaining episodes this season, and possibly the fate of the next season as well.  As always, it‘s sourced from Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello.Okay.  First up, Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) will go face to face with Tony (Carlos Bernard) once again in the episode coming this Monday.  Of course, the official press release from Fox wouldn‘t hit at anything--it only points to Jack facing an "unimaginable situation", and perhaps rightly so.  The word is, the scene between the two will be brutal--very brutal.  Perhaps a return to the torture tactics that‘s questioned at the very beginning of the season? Read more »
Three more hours (and, in normal speed, two more weeks) to go, and this day in 24 history is over.  I‘ve had enough time to think about last week‘s episode and, after seeing the possible spoilers about stuff that could happen in the three remaining episodes, I might take a few things back.  Like that cliffhanger theory I floated.But that‘s not the point, really.  With the end of the day drawing near, everything is becoming more and more imminent.  The biological attack is drawing near--and, as we figured out at the last seconds of that episode, it‘s in a subway station somewhere, guessing it‘s Washington, D.C.  Also drawing near?  An emotional breakdown within the FBI, or CTU-lite, or whatever, especially after Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) finally learned of Jack‘s (Kiefer Sutherland) condition.  Not to mention Jack‘s condition itself, although that didn‘t get that much of a focus last tine.  It could only go further up. Read more »
It‘s another one of those questions.  Was I just distracted, or did this hour of 24 feel a little flat?  Then again, the finale happens next week, and two hours of it at that, and before everything breaks down we need yet another breather.  Thing is, this breather felt somewhat ill-timed... but that‘s not exactly the point of the whole thing, isn‘t it?  Let the questions begin.  Read more »
Two hours remaining, and 24 is history for yet another season.  And a pretty crazy beginning, at that: as the clock hit six in the morning, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) is in danger yet again, and Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) is forced to threaten the government in an attempt to help Tony (Carlos Bernard) escape.  And then, of course, there are the many other questions.  What does the "big machine" have in mind?  Will tensions within the CTU, or whatever poses as it, continue?  Will Jack die?"It‘s going to get pretty close," said executive producer Jon Cassar.  "It will go down to that last scene."Well, of course, it has to, or else we‘d watch part of the finale, which airs this Monday on Fox, without Jack, and that‘d be very weird.  But what about the other parts of the finale?  We‘ve got some spoilers after the cut, for both the finale and the upcoming season.  That‘s another warning, yes. Read more »
If yesterday‘s 24 finale spoilers aren‘t enough, then take heart: there are more.  Cue evil laugh.  Okay.  Well, they aren‘t really as big as the last time, or at least that‘s how I see them, but nevertheless they won‘t hurt much, right?  Well, unless you‘re pretty averse to spoilers.  So, I‘ll just cut to the chase--unless you‘d rather find everything out when the finale airs this Monday on Fox, we‘ve got more details courtesy of Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello.  And, yes, here goes the obligatory spoiler warning.  They‘re after the cut.  Click if you must.  Read more »
Last week‘s 24 was, should I say, a little weird, and only because the big crisis--the imminent biological attack at a train station in the nation‘s capital--was ended there.  That was all there is to it: the one last canister that was supposed to kill thousands of people in the first two hours ended up exploding inside a hazmat van.  Halfway through, the questions start pouring in: what exactly do they intend to do in tonight‘s two-hour finale?And then they get answered: another chance for Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) to address Tony‘s (Carlos Bernard) betrayal, with Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) being in trouble in the background. Read more »
After the whatever-you-call-it that is the sixth season, the current 24 season wins.  Personally, it felt like a return to what they‘ve been doing in the early seasons, and then some, with all the emotional toll finally kicking in, after all that betrayal and all those deaths.  Oh, and the possibility of a dead Jack Bauer, too.  The two-hour season finale promised to wrap everything up with a bang and the usual "and then some", and for the first time in weeks, we‘re doing a recap of all that happened.  Because I finally got the go-signal, or something.  Ready? Read more »
We just wrapped up the last season of 24--never mind if reaction‘s been mixed regarding it‘s not-so-explosive final scene.  Of course, it‘s never too early to get ready for the show‘s eighth, and possibly final, season.  After all, they‘ve already announced the casting of Slumdog Millionaire star Anil Kapoor as the leader of a Middle Eastern peacekeeping group.You can add one more name to that pot, and it‘s for someone who‘ll spend a lot of time with President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones). Read more »
After all the coverage, it seems, all‘s well that ends well.  Kiefer Sutherland and the fashion designer he allegedly headbutted have, according to them, patched up, clearing the way for a possible dropping of the assault charges against the 24 star.  A statement released through the actor‘s representatives say that Sutherland regrets the incident, and that the victim, designer Jack McCollough, accepts the apology."I am sorry about what happened that night and sincerely regret that Mr. McCollough was injured," Sutherland said in a joint statement released by his lawyers over the weekend. Read more »
Kiefer Sutherland and Jack McCollough may have patched up after the headbutting incident between the two early this month, but apparently there was more at stake for the 24 star.  All that coverage about who did what and why--all those finger-pointing, in other words--allegedly almost cost the actor a role in an upcoming movie.A source told New York Daily News that the cast and crew of the upcoming Twelve were monitoring the progress of Sutherland‘s case very closely.  The film‘s director, Joel Schumacher, wasn‘t happy with all the negative press coverage surrounding the actor.  "For the entire week following [the incident], Kiefer‘s drama was the white elephant in the room," the source said.  "Joel did not want to talk about it and instructed his cast not to mention anything around him or to the press." Read more »
I‘ll just get over the surprise for a moment, if you may.  What?Okay.  Now that‘s done, I‘ll get to it: Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello reports that Freddie Prinze Jr. has taken a major role in the upcoming season of 24.  Yep, he who appeared in the Scooby-Doo films and lent his name to the quick-fizzle sitcom Freddie.  And yep, he who knows what you did last summer. Read more »
Throw in another name to the cast of the eighth season of 24--and, this time, they‘ve finally chosen a successor to Bill Buchanan.Mykelti Williamson is set to join the award-winning action series as Brian Hastings, the new boss of a revived CTU.  His character is described as being an MBA graduate with a razor-sharp intellect. Read more »
Make that one more name for the cast of the eighth season of 24: former Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff is jumping into the award-winning action series, which is headed to the Big Apple by January next year.Her character?  Sources told Entertainment Weekly that she‘ll play Dana Walsh, a highly respected yet down-to-earth data analyst at the revived CTU‘s New York branch.  The role also has a love interest tied to it--her character will be romantically involved with Davis Cole, CTU‘s field ops head and Jack Bauer wannabe which will be (still surprisingly) played by Freddie Prinze Jr. Read more »
A lot is made of the overwhelming number of great leading roles forwomen on cable, but if the official Emmy ballots are any indication,women are still a minority when it comes to starring TV roles.  On theofficial ballot sent to Emmy voters, there are 70 contenders forOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, but only 48 for the LeadActress category.But the numbers don‘t help the major networks.  Despite the fact thatmore than 60 percent of the potential nominees come from the five majornetworks, it‘s the cable guys and gals who take the lead at the Emmys.See More:Drama Series Predictions>> Read more »
I know you all have been dying to hear who will be at this year‘s Comic Con. I have some good news for all the Twilight and Supernatural fans out there. Although guest lists haven‘t been confirmed yet, both camps will be present for panels, which is no surprise. Other Comic Con essentials confirmed are Chuck, Lost, Fringe, True Blood, Smallville, Vampire Diaries, and the new Peter Jackson flick District 9. Check out our tentative TV panel schedule and our confirmed show list:  Read more »
And that‘s another one for the cast of the upcoming (and New York-bound) season of 24.  Actor Clayne Crawford has signed on to star as man who‘s played a significant part in the past of CTU analyst Dana Walsh, to be played by Katee Sackhoff.  The catch?  Dana‘s past has been played up quite a handful of times, as something that she‘s bent to hide. Read more »
Still in anticipation of 24‘s eighth season, and still counting down the new members of the series‘ cast, well, chalk up another one.  T.J. Ramini has taken a recurring slot on the show, appearing as Tarin Karoush, an associate of Omar Hassan, the Middle Eastern peacekeeper played by Slumdog Millionaire star Anil Kapoor. Read more »
Looks like Larry Moss isn‘t really dead, after all.  He was just, I dunno, smothered to death before being flicked to life to a totally different setting: Wisteria Lane.24‘s Jeffrey Nordling has joined the cast of ABC‘s Desperate Housewives, coming in as Drea DeMatteo joins the show as the newest housewife in town.  He is set to play DeMatteo‘s character‘s husband, a landscape designer from New York who moves in with his family. Read more »
First, let‘s get this out in the open: initial reports said that Supernatural and Smallville will have their panels on Sunday so don‘t freak out that the shows aren‘t included in the first two days.Other than that, Friday‘s schedule looks amazing. Although my TV favorites aren‘t on the list, my movie favorites are. There a a couple more timing conflicts and I‘m guessing that people are going to have to make some tough choices. When in doubt, stick with Whedon, Rodriguez, Cameron and Jackson.Below are my picks for Friday‘s schedule. Once again, it was hard to narrow down the list. Check out the full schedule here. Check out the other schedules: Thursday Saturday Sunday Read more »
And, it seems, all of that for nothing.The Manhattan District Attorney‘s office in New York City has officially dropped the misdemeanor assault charge against 24 star Kiefer Sutherland, which he incurred after he allegedly gave a headbutt to fashion designer Jack McCollough in a party there a few months back.  There have been multiple reports as to why, but it all amounts to one thing: it was nothing, really. Read more »
Today‘s Comic-Con panel for 24 revealed quite a few details about whatfans will see when the show returns in 2010 for the eighth longest dayin Jack Bauer‘s life.  There are new details on the characters, theterrorist plot, and gunplay.According to producers, the main plot for season 8 will tie directlyinto what happened during season 7, marking the first time two seasonshave had overlapping terrorist plots.  However, season 8 will deal witha new threat as there‘s a presidential assassination on the horizon.  Read more »
It‘s still six months away, but since 24 pretty much kicked ass in the seventh season--well, because it failed to in the sixth--suddenly the anticipation for the eighth is higher than it should be.  And it‘s a good thing.  If you have big names joining your show, and are coming off a resurgence of sorts, then you must be feeling comfortable--at least until the bombs start exploding.  Here, then, are some more details about what could happen on the upcoming season of the show, collected from a handful of places and put together... because we can.  Somehow.  If you don‘t want details, go skip this now, quick! Read more »
Wasn‘t it just yesterday when we found ourselves with a boatload of 24 spoilers, about who does (and doesn‘t do) what?  I return here and I find myself with a couple more, too.Well, not exactly spoilers, but it‘s still about the future of the series, and maybe the occasional detail about what the resuscitated CTU will end up doing.  We‘re still grappling with the idea of a spaceship-like headquarters--it‘s underground, Mary Lynn Rajskub told Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello, with a tunnel bringing cars to the new offices--but this time we‘re getting something more personal. Read more »
There‘s some sort of juxtaposition when you look at Mary Lynn Rajskub the actress, and Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O‘Brien on 24.  Slight, but it makes sense, right?  Anyway, I thought of that one up when I read about the details of her wedding over the weekend.  Yep, she‘s married. Read more »
We‘ve been adding so many names to the good side of the upcoming season of 24--new CTU members, new administration members, new people in distress (I think), you get the drill--but finally they‘ve named a name for the person who‘ll complicate things for everyone.  If last season we had Jon Voight and a returning Carlos Bernard--but he‘s more of a complicated character--this season we get Jürgen Prochnow. Read more »
Katee Sackhoff won‘t be alone, as it turns out.Another Battlestar Galactica star is set to join the eighth season of 24, but unlike Katee--who joins the show as a systems analyst for the revived CTU--this one appears on the other side of the fence.  Callum Keith Rennie, who played Cylon infiltrator Leoben Conoy, will play Russian syndicate mobster Vladimir Laitanan. Read more »
If 24 decides to call it a day at the end of the eighth season, it won‘t be because the producers wanted to put an end to it, or Kiefer Sutherland wanted out, or they‘ve run out of stories to tell.  It‘ll be, simply, a business decision."It‘s our last contractual season of 24," Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly told iF Magazine.  "There are a lot of moving parts, so we‘re not sure what will happen after that." Read more »
Looks like there really is good reason for 24 fans to think that next year‘s season 8 might be the last.  Count the "business decisions" bit, and what seems to be an effort to round up the whole story.  Oh, and the pretty high-caliber roster of stars.Throw in another name to that list: David Anders has ferried his way from Alias and Heroes to this season of 24 and, as his rep told E! Online, he‘ll be playing a recurring character on the upcoming season.  There‘s no revealing about who he‘ll play exactly, however; the only thing they‘re telling us is, "he will be in a handful of episodes."  Read more »
After a resurgence of sorts with the last season, 24 gets ready for season 8 this January.  In store: the CTU‘s actual return, a move to New York, and a lot of new faces.  Season 8 already promises major stars such as Katee Sackhoff, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Anil Kapoor, in addition to the old reliables and the newer-dying Jack Bauer--speaking of which, he was exposed to something last season, right?  So what happens to that, and to Kim‘s stem cell operation?24 season 8 is promised to be its most realistic yet, with international crime and Middle Eastern peacekeepers in the loop.  While the season‘s still months away, we‘ve compiled all that we can gather on the show here, so check back for the latest updates on the eighth season of 24. Read more »
The eighth season of 24 kicks off on January 17 with 24 more hours in the life of Jack Bauer, the revived CTU, and another crucial situation that needs to be solved, this time in New York.  With new cast members and a new dynamic, season 8 is set to be quite something.  It may be far away, but we‘ve collected a handful of 24 spoilers in case you want to get ahead, and we‘ll update this bit with more 24 spoilers as we get them.  Check back from time to time to see what‘s up with the eighth season. Read more »
Three more actors have snagged roles on the upcoming season of 24, and while their roles are relatively minor, you can expect that they‘ll play a pretty significant deal with how the show turns out. Read more »
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards are this Sunday at 8pm on CBS.  Hostedby Neil Patrick Harris, it looks like two shows will have astranglehold on the night: Mad Men for Drama and 30 Rock for Comedy,both coming in with an overwhelming lead in total nominations.But will they really prevail.  Check out the nominees for the majorEmmy Drama categories below and who I think will win, then make yourown picks and watch along with me Sunday night. Read More: Comedy Category Predictions>> Read more »

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