January 19th, 2010
09:27 AM ET

'24' premiere is exhausting

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Oh January... how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Christmas has come and gone, the new year is underway, and Fox's "24" has finished its season 8  premiere.

Each week, loyal fans of this show feel like slackers by the time the credits roll. Jack Bauer seems to do more in the 24 hours of the single day that unfolds in a season, than most of us do in our entire adult lives.

The series premiered in a two-night, four-hour flurry of bullets, espionage, government database hacks and kidnappings. This season, CTU (Counter Terrorism Unit) has a sleek, new "big apple" headquarters. Their new spot seems to be more sophisticated, more technologically advanced, and just a whole lot cooler.

There are also some new characters in the mix, but you and I both know everyone is completely expendable on this show, so don't get used to, or fall in love with, ANYONE.

New faces at CTU include Mykelti Williamson as the highly unlikeable Director Brian Hastings, who runs operations. Freddie Prinze, Jr. also joins the cast as Cole Ortiz, who seems to be a good agent with good instincts.

One other new face is Ortiz's fiance' Dana Walsh, played by Katee Sackhoff. Dana seems to be living some other life that the pesky "ex-boyfriend sleeping-in-the-van" is threatening to expose. I thought this storyline was a bit laughable, but I'm intrigued. Let me sort this one out for those keeping score at home:

Girl gets good government job fighting terror and meets boy. Girl gets engaged to boy, but then ex-boy/convict shows up making threats, sleeping in his van, and demanding girl put him up at her place or else he'll rat her out.

Huh? We'll see how this works out.

Of course, there are also more new government officials to be tampered with, and a bevy of new hate-able bad guys for Jack to take down. I thought the show started pretty intense, but cooled here and there to introduce us to the new characters, and give us some background on a few situations. I guess I can accept that for the season's debut.

Much of the formula for Jack Bauer's high jinx remains intact, but I wasn't getting too cozy with the notion of "Grandpa Jack." The brief appearance of his daughter's family seemed to be a new twist on all that pulls on him in the show, but I just didn't believe he would walk away from the latest threat to national security.

I was glad to see two other faces again this season: Chloe O'Brian and Renee Walker. Renee always seems to walk the fine line between sadistic and gentle in the field. Quite frankly, I dig that, and I believe it is an endearing quality. Wait, can there be a fine line between sadistic and gentle?

Meanwhile, who missed Chloe's complete disregard for a pleasant disposition and her patented snarl? Me, me, me! Even with her permanent frown, she's lovable and we can always count on Chloe to get exactly what Jack needs right when Jack needs it.

By the end of the show, (per the norm) I was spent. "24" is tiring in a good way, and this season looks promising based on a good pace set by these action-packed episodes. Be sure to check back each week for our weekly take on "24." Loved, kinda liked, or hated the show? Let us know!

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  1. Jason

    I believe this is my 4th season the on following Jack's fake death with the final Lou Ferigno "Incredible Hulk" walk away scene. I am wondering if I am the only person that notices several repeatable storylines.

    I mean this Dana Chick with the bad influence outside of office story anyone remember Sam wise gamgee actor with the loser drug addicted sister who helped the bad guys smuggle nerve gas into CTU. And how many times is Jack gonna get arrested/beat up by the good guys over and over again. Or the new appointed head guy thinking he is smart enough to ignore all counsel from the old regime agents/analyst. We have only seen this over and over again. And oh my lets remove the target from the most secured bldg in the world and place the target in the wide open outside as an easy target. Didn't see that coming from a country mile all the while with Chloe telling him the truth.

    I think these are all signs that the creative content for this show is running out and I would be impressed if they tried to spin-off the franchise with Freddy Prince Jr. myself and finally kill Jack off.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob S

    OK.. Lets all get over the fact that Dana would never have made it past the background check. Is there anything on this show that is truly believable? C'mon! I tear apart every episode..this is stupid, that's ridiculous... why doesn't Jack have even one bruise after that cop beat the living crapola out of him?!! But with all the problems, I still can't stop watchin it! What is wrong with me??

    January 20, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MAX

    I was also disappointed by the Dana story, in that there is absolutely no way she would have passed a background check for CTU if she does indeed have a dark past (I'm assuming that the former boyfriend took the heat and did the time for something they BOTH did, but that's just my guess). Especially a name change with no connection to the former identity. It is ludicrous to think that a high-level, anti-terrorist government agency would be so lax. BUT... I absolutely LOVE "24" and have been a huge fan from day one, so I am going to reserve judgement on that storyline and trust the writers to give a credible explanation in how she pulled off such a great deception in gaining employment with CTU. Otherwise, I am loving it yet again. GO JACK!

    January 20, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. L. Jay in Houston

    It WAS the thumb.

    Yes, this show is stupid and predictable and formulaic and every year I swear I am done. ANd every year, here I set, completely up with it and ready for more. I am a sucker for it every time.

    even if Jack never has a beat-down that has ANY residual effect. Takes toxic bio-materials to keep him down for 15 minutes!!!

    Suspension of disbelief is my blessing and my curse.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. kyle

    I've always enjoyed the '24' series but is it me or is the acting so far this season atrocious. Chloe' s acting has by far been the worse but Hasting as been a close second. Jack and Renee are solid but that's about it...losing interest fast with the repetitive plot lines too..'presumed bad guy gets killed only to realize there is a bigger bad guy pulling the strings'

    January 20, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tee

    I love 24. When the weekly episode is over I am exhausted!! Can't wait for next week.

    January 20, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. ChrisK

    People. Watch it again if you didn't catch it the first time. Renee cut only his thumb off. They even show it sitting on the floor. Not the whole hand. Just the thumb.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    This year started off perfectly!! Not to much, but just enough to wet the appetite of what's to come. I think that's what was missing in the last two seasons. Let's face it I don't think they can ever recreate the magical season 5, but you never know. One thing I'm surprised about is Brian Hastings, they have started him off arrogant and ignorant. Here's a guy that's supposed to come in and shake and bake CTU, but he doesn't have a clue. Mykelti Williamson is really going to make something of this character. I'm glad to see him back on TV.

    One thing we do know, it's time for the LAST season of 24. Hold on to your hats folks.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Christina

    I liked the show, but was disappointed they brought back the Renee character – I didn't believe the actress in that role, she seemed out of place.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tom in NJ

    It's always great to have Jack Bauer and "24" back, but the Dana Walsh storyline is truly pathetic. I have no problem looking past the fact that, as in every season, yet another "top governmental bureaucratic honcho" completely disregards Jack's advice despite Jack's relentless history of ALWAYS BEING RIGHT, but seriously: CTU has never heard of background checks?!?!?!?! Oy vey...

    January 20, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. el guapo

    I cant get past the fact that the "Middle Eastern" president and his assistant are played by Latino and Indian actors respectively. It reminds me of 50's era westerns where anyone with a black wig would be the "savage"
    Amazingly racist casting.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Donna Goodman

    Gave it up this year. TOO MUCH of everything all over again and way to intense...again. Have been a fan...not this year. Won;t invest 24 hours of my time to watch it.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. JD

    I loved Jack's outrage at Renee cutting that guy's hand off. Isn't this the same Jack Bauer that shot a child molester in CTU, cut off his head, and brought it to a crime boss to reestablish his undercover persona in season 2? Talk about double standards...

    January 20, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Irene

    Missed the first night of 24 – anyone know where I can catch up? I have Direct TV so I need to have a channel # so I can record it. I have the second night but don't want to watch until I see the first night.
    Help!!!!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ben

    Great opening 4 hours. Dana's plot is a little out there. No way she would have been hired with an alias and dark background. Also, Jack gets beaten up but looks fine a few minutes later.Details are important people. Renee's dark side is a good plot thread. She makes Jack look like a boy scout. Scary! but she's otherwise adorable! Jack's family now gives him even more vulnerability, much like season1. Who wants to bet that the little grand daughter gets kidnapped? Good start Fox! Keep it up!!!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  16. Gwendolyn Faulkner

    loved it.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  17. ChrisK

    I have been a huge fan of 24 for the last 3 seasons. I actually found myself bored for part of the premiere. The reason is that they need to do more than just add new characters. Within seconds Jack was screaming at someone, a few seconds later he was being beaten, then it was the usual "you have to believe me – I'm with CTU and it's a national security matter". Then the CTU head honcho doesn't put any stock in what Jack has to say. Considering his history it makes no sense that they guy wouldn't listen. After all Jack is in with the president and yet this guy doesn't pay him any heed. Once again we have nuclear material on the loose and in the wrong hands. Buyers, sellers, corruption....I just think they are following their own formula just a little too much already. Give me something completely new to chew on. The only reason I'm actually going to continue watching is because Renee went rogue at the very end. That I didn't expect and I thought it was brilliant! She is the most interesting character on this show. Everything else quite frankly feels regurgitated!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  18. Lisa

    The show was fabulous and Jack looks better than ever !!!!

    January 20, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  19. Shea

    HUGE fan of the show.!!! Have been watching seen the beginning....luvin me some JACK BAUER. Excited about the rest of the season.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  20. Gee

    I love me some 24! Renee is fierce to be kind! Send Jack to over get Bin Laden.:)

    January 20, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  21. Sandra

    Six years have supposedly passed since the last incident.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  22. YadaYada

    24 is the shiznit! Can't think of anything else on TV worth watching except for CNN. (smirk)

    January 20, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  23. Gary M

    Renee can cut my thumb off anytime!!! (well, let me think about that again.......)

    January 20, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  24. byrd1

    Sorry, gang. In past seasons the 24 plot line, the scene acting, the character development all meshed fairly well. This new 4-hour train wreck lacked any form of quality coherence. The side-plots distract without any evident logic. Jack's daughter contributes only poorly-acted mayhem. The overall plot has some promise. But it may be time for grandpa to find his rocking chair...... I really do not see what you folks see when you claim "best show on TV." It's not the worst. But most certainly it's not the best – by far.....

    January 20, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  25. smriti

    Why wasnt the Bollywood star Anil Kapoor not even mentioned in this article ? Dereyck Moore – go ahead and google this man. He is a talented actor from India and remember the movie 'Slumdog' ? Yea – he was in it too !!

    January 20, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  26. golf365

    As the writer worte "24" is tiring in a good way. Hold on its going to be a great ride. Maybe Jack and Renee Hummmmm

    January 20, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  27. Bob S

    Walking the fine line between sadistic and what? She cut the guy's thumb off! And, oh by the way... The former boyfriend met someone in prison (read: terrorist) who has convinced him to get at Walsh so that there can be an inside informer at CTU. Isn't there always?!

    January 20, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  28. mark popovic

    can't believe this show has been on for eight years and this was the first time i've watched it. can't believe what i have been missing. guess i have to buy the box set of dvd's.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  29. Lene

    i luv jack bauer!!
    24 olweis leaves us wid curiosity..
    no kiding!!
    cant w8 4 another episodee!!

    January 20, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  30. Unknown

    The show jumped the shark with "madam president" as they attempt to promote the extreme left-wing agenda. Turn the channel on those scenes and refuse to be indoctrinated...

    January 20, 2010 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  31. joanie

    Have watched 24 since the very beginning and got my husband and other family members interested. I LOVED THE PREMIERE!!! Didn't care for the newcomer, Dana Walsh – performance seemed like it was being read, she's definitely not an asset to the show. LOVE JACK, CHLOE, AND RENEE, and think Ortiz is going to be great in the show. So glad they brought back most of the last year's cast. Storyline is always exciting!!!!!!!!!! What a terrific show!! I miss Tony, too .......

    January 20, 2010 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  32. Kevin

    One'd think the government would have wised up by now and let J.B. run the show .... but, for the sake of theatrical excitements, our favorite CTU agent is back in the field, again and again. I thought I was tired of 24... but now I am hooked all over, again.

    January 20, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  33. PeterS

    Basically the same old story...Jack riding to the rescue. The CTU boss is dumb, Chloe is a pain, and some of the CTU staff have personal problems that would have been picked up in a simple vetting if that organization knew what it was doing. MInd you, even with all of these story flaws, I still watched both nights!! Go tell?

    January 20, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  34. ollie

    I miss Tony. I loved Chloe. Jack Ortiz rocks....

    January 20, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  35. Aaronh

    Hey Stephanie – I believe the elapsed time between last season and this season is about 6 weeks. I saw an interview with Kiefer Sutherland where he explained it was 6 weeks. There is not much time difference between last season and this – President Taylor is still the President – although now divorced and her daughter in prison; Jack has finished his treatments for his disease that we saw Kim come in at the last minute and save his life – and all of them are "returning" to LA;
    In general – I LOVED having Renee back – I HOPE she stays on for a while. A lot of people thought about having Chloe take over for Jack, but she's an analyst – doesn't have that much experience (she makes that abundantly clear in one of the seasons [6, I think]). Renee, however, is probably a young Jack – struggling to make the hard decisions, struggling with her conscience. When we are introduced to Jack in the first season, he struggles a little bit, but doesn't have any doubts.
    I realize that this is pure fantasy, but man – I would vote 100% for Jack Bauer for President!

    January 20, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  36. drrr

    started off slow with the plot, as usual. That was expected. new characters are alright, future plot is questionable. It was all about the 1 hour after the 4 hour brigade. Most importantly, Renee pretty much taking over the roll as Jack.. I mean, cutting off that Russian Terrorist's thumb, while only showing that she was in a much more desperate and delicate situation then Jack.

    January 20, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  37. Benji Smith

    As usual, the show was absolutely awesome! Jack was being Jack, as always. Dana needs to get some "common sense" and inform her new boyfriend about that "jerk" ex-boyfriend. As for "Renee"...she had my heart pumping during last season. She has me in love with her now!! Love her demeaner...sexy!!

    January 20, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  38. Mark

    I can't get enough of the show. I just can't wait to see when Tony's coming back. After all, he has to help Jack, doesn't he? Best show on TV.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jeff

    Jack Bauer as Head of CTU!? Hmmm...Season 9 here we come!

    January 19, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Randybidcaller

    I LOVED it. Jack Bauer for President. Now starts the longest 20 weeks of the year.

    By the way, to all 24 fans. According to everything I've read Keifer and the producers will start discussing a new contract for more 24 mid-February. Keifer says that if the fans want more he is all for it. Keifer, WE WANT MORE. Long live Jack Bauer.

    January 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Shannon

    Absolutely loved it; have been counting the days since last season. Always happy to see Chloe back; really liked Renee's character last season and glad to see more of her. I was not loving Jack as a grandpa in theory, but i like the fact that he has a stable emotional platform again after all these years. Early predicion Renee has an agenda but she is good; the King may appear good now, but i think it's a ploy...he is a bad man! We shall see...and love it love it! Jack is back. (BTW, Would it be too much to bring Nina back from the dead?)

    January 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Dede

    Absolutely LOVE 24!!! This is the best show out there and last night's beginning was great!

    January 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  43. drew

    I just want to tell you out of the 120 comments that have been posted about 115 of them were positive. To those who say 24 is dead, well I say this, if Kiefer Sutherland says it's not dead. Thank , the star of the show say's it's not dead by a long shot. 24 season 9, will happen.

    January 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  44. The Observer

    Chloe, look this up and cross check it with that and then again with another database while hacking Martha Stewart's website; then I need you to check all the surveillance cameras in the world to see where Waldo is and download the entire data stream to my PDA. Hurry, I'm in the middle of a gun battle and we only have 2 minutes before the President of Pretendistan is assassinated by crazed hippies with stolen nuclear jib jabs and all the planets crash into the sun and the treaty eliminating trans-fats from snack cakes will never be signed! Remember me for my impossible tasks and run on sentences!

    January 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Cranky

    So this is what passes as reporting and writing in the land of the tiny brained liberals. The world would be better off if you all had lived in Haiti....

    January 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  46. DC

    I'm definitely intrigued and will look forward to watching every week! The only thing I'm finding hard to buy is the Renee storyline. She was SO (believably) "by the book" and straight-laced in the last season...without a hint of having any kind of scars that MUST come with being a "tough" undercover agent with the Russian mob. The one thing I kept wondering was: "if she was so tough undercover, why did she have a breakdown after the "mild" (by comparison) duty she pulled with Jack last season?? That doesn't add up. It feels like a storyline they created after the fact just get her back in this season. Don't get me wrong! I like her alot but I'd prefer a more believable storyline. (Oh! And I can't stand the Dana storyline. I hate it when "they" (probably male writers) have (supposed) strong women turn completely stupid in the face of one violent person. I don't buy it and never will.)

    January 19, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  47. renee

    I seemed to have forgotten, can someone tell me what happened to Tony Almeida? Too much time has passed,did he end up being good or being bad?

    January 19, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Scott in Jax

    I love 24, but the writers need to ditch the CTU agent and crazy relative/boyfriend girlfriend deal. Season after season the do that and it really bothers me.

    January 19, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  49. bad man

    every time I look at Renee I just want to french kiss her and bend her over a table, she just oozes sex!

    January 19, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Chris M

    Wow, I was unaware this hasn't be cancelled yet! Shame....

    January 19, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  51. amanda

    I understand what you mean by spent by the end of the episode. You find yourself, all hunched over, totally engolfed in the show. but its like, how do you stop? you can't! And I know i won't until the show is done. Just love 24! Gives me a reason to watch tv besides the news!

    January 19, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Ken

    I need the commercials to calm down, catch my breath,
    and figure out all that's going on! My 6 yr old son is hooked
    since Freddie was on scooby-doo movie....but I did find myself
    telling him to be quiet or I'll get lost! If this was on during
    MNF I would just have to miss the game one night a week!

    January 19, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  53. George Sanghera

    Loved it. The Cast is great, and love Anil Kapoor's character

    January 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  54. bret

    I haven't seen too many comments about possibly the best actor (besides Jack) on the show – Omar Hassan. He was the TV show host in Slumdog Millionaire, and he is acting great. Besides the whole Dana Walsh situation, everything else is great!

    January 19, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  55. MARY

    Thanks brother for getting me hooked on "24" I absolutely love it. Action from beginning to end. Thanks everybody for giving away some stuff had to TIVO and haven't seen the 2nd night yet. Oh well no big deal looking forward to it. Not a Chloe fan though must be the sour puss look on her face all the time.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  56. chinoiserie

    Jack Bauer is addicting! "24" is THE best action show on TV! So glad it's not on NBC because it surely would have been canceled by now! Watched the 1st seven seasons over the last month or so-until 3:00. When they were over, I went into withdrawals. I hope Sutherland has the energy to do several more years! The stories are great. Love Chloe, like the idea that some old characters are still included. Gives the show continuity. ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE SHOW!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Ketki

    Cool premiere and aww the Slumdog dude's back.. Love ya Anil Kapoor..

    January 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Willee

    Big 24 fan here ...BUT, wish the writers would pay attention to some the the actions they want us to believe. Jack is beaten upon by some big cop for who knows how long – bloody nose, half out of it ..THEN suddenly 'comes to life' and beats the cop up ...AND, is left with not one mark on his handsome face! C'mon writers, directors – get real!!
    While we all know this is just a TV show and fantasy – give us a bit of credit and be a tad more authentic – if possible!!!!!!! Glad Jack is back though. Good to see Chloe; could do without Renee if need be; that new director of CTU has gotta go – he's a jerk!!! This Dana subplot is useless and takes up time that could be better utilized.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  59. goin' rogue

    Tatoo2, I think Chris X is right about it being just the thumb she cut off. But, it was so she could get the bracelet off, not to make a point.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  60. PaulS

    24 is just bad. I'll always like Jack, but that's the only good thing about 24 the last few seasons. The latest is no different. The writing is so bad, the plot a predictable rehash, and the acting is even worse. The actors must have a hard time watching themselves, although they probably know what the results are going to be when they read the script. Why can't they make things believable, like the BBC Spooks does so well. I sure hope this is the last season of 24...

    January 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Jerry Garcia

    Im a huge fan of 24 but the the new "minority report" looking CTU is extremely cheesy. It annoys me that everyone in there has a ridiculous headset, ALL THE TIME!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Van

    Glad to see 24 back. I have to agree the Dana/ex-con boyfriend angle is a bit lame but I'm willing to see where it goes. I don't mind the Director Hastings character but hopefully he'll learn from his mistakes and evolve as the day goes on. When I realized Freddie Prinze Jr. was on the show I kept thinking about the movie She's All That. Perhaps Sarah Michelle Gellar will make an appearance later. I'll give him a chance. Maybe he'll be okay in the role.

    About Renee Walker. I don't think she should be a romantic interest for Jack. That's too cliche. I'm glad she didn't take on a fake Russian accent with the mob. That would have been tough to hear in subsequent episodes. Since I hear the Russian mob is so ruthless, I really wouldn't be surprised if she's offed in a couple of hours. We'll have to see.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Tatoo2

    Hey Chris X ... Renee didn't cut the guy's thumb off - she cut his HAND off !!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Vinay

    Kudos to Indian actor Anil Kapoor (Slumdog fame) for a good start as the President of Kamistan. I am surprised there is no mention of him by Dereyck Moore. Well anyways, 24 as always is rocking!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Jenn

    I loved seeing "Grandpa Jack" at the beginning. After everything he's been through it was awesome to see him smile, which in turn made me smile. The entire 4 hours went by at such an incredible pace that when it was over, after catching your breath you were amazed how fast it went. I am loving Freddie Prinz Jr! He really is like Jack and I think they will play off of that. Renee?? all I have to say is DAYUMMMMM. She's quite the bad ass.

    I can't stand Dana and the head of CTU.. But maybe that's what the powers that be want!

    Looking forward to the roller coaster ride that is 24

    January 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  66. 24 is just bad...

    I'll always like Jack, but that's the only good thing about 24 the last few seasons. The latest is no different. The writing is so bad, the plot a predictable rehash, and the acting is even worse. The actors must have a hard time watching themselves, although they probably know what the results are going to be when they read the script. Why can't they make things believable, like the BBC Spooks does so well. I sure hope this is the last season of 24...

    January 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  67. JohnJakes

    24 is done, nothing new here same boring show. This season seems to be really weak on story and details. The writers are lazy the dialog inept. Do you really think you could get away with changing your name and the fictional CTU would not have caught that? The russians brought nuclear material to the US just to sell it to the Mid East?

    January 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Bob

    How does Dana Walsh able to pass a back ground check if she went by a different name in her past? This should make for a boring story line. As a government worker for CTU maybe she should just have this ex-boyfriend killed!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  69. dan

    RIP 24. It has all been done before repeatedly. Not to mention the acting is terrible this season. The new CTU director is not believable at all, as I am questioning if he is a terrorist...

    January 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Peter

    I LOVE 24 ! Have since the beginning!

    But someone needs to explain to me how CTU Senior Analyst Dana Walsh gets hired, and put in a key security role, with a fake identity and history only a few years back. CTU must be using the same vetting staff that worked for President Obama right after the election.

    SERIOUSLY............. do the writers not think about this kind of thing?

    January 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Dave

    I loved Jack's reaction to Renee cutting off that guys hand with the grinder. Jack's rreaction was great! He did not really what to do, he was so conflicted.

    But let's remember what Jack did back in season one or two: He shot a guy inside CTU and then told Bill " I need a duffle bag, a saw, and a helicopter" Just so he can get inside a group.

    I love seeing Jack so tormented over things, I think that is what makes his character so great.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  72. yomo kornegay

    first of all why is so many people saying thumb..am i blind it was the whole friggin hand she cut off! second love 24 ..i think renee is gonna turn before the day out cause she is starting to resent jack for not thinking she can handle it! he created her how can he be worried ..but he did say "i didnt say you couldnt handle it , i said im concerned" ...i think the undercover work compromised her similar to tony last season...also dont know why everyone likes the prince jr. guy he hasnt show much but the ability to follow orders dont know why people think he has ability to replace jack ...always thought after last season that renee was the replacement ...hope they are setting up for the movie...also would like to know futher how jack healed from last season....hate the girl with the boyfriend and i think chloe will be ctu director before its over and yeah that reporter is crooked some how just dont know yet ...who did she call to tell she couldnt get in til he reinstated her ...have a feeling there is a two-pronged attack going on ...one from the brother side and one from the reporter side! when i figure it out i'll let ya'll know ...thats the part i love trying to predict what will happen next its like a game!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Mary Sue

    I love it love it love it!!! Jack is back and I'm soooooo happy.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  74. chris

    jack is back, and I again have a reason to watch tv....

    January 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  75. KD

    Seriously, I cannot sit still to save my life. But, something happens when "24" is on, that I start to groan when the show is over, knowing that I have to wait until next week. Personally, I think the best thing is how Renee may be the new Jack. As for Dana Walsh, I hope they don't drag this out. Betting Chloe figures it out, that Dana is an ex (stripper, prostitute, drug-addict?

    January 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Roz in NC

    Are we really going to believe that Dana joined CTU without a million background checks. It better be a good plot line, because no one is going to believe it! BUT, Renee is bad, watch out NY

    January 19, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  77. silver greene

    CHLOE, CHLOE, CHLOE!

    January 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  78. T in ATL

    Love 24 but like so many of you, this Walsh/ex-con sub-plot is a snoozer. Not to mention irritating. They need to blow her up ASAP and have the Russian mob sit on the ex-con - or something. B.O.R.I.N.G.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Bill in Dallas

    Jack and Renee together again!!! Gottta love it!!! Love the new digs in NY...President Taylor is back and ditzy as ever!!!! Where would "24" be without Chloe!!!!! Love that girl!!! But who is this Dana Walsh chick and what is her past? Every time she talks to her scum of a boyfriend she gats shaken!!!! Didn't you just love the fight between Renee and the guy in the auto parts store!!!! She has totally lost her marbles but I love it!!!! A total female Rambo!!!! This is gonna be "24" best season I hope this year!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Bryan

    That's not a man purse Jack is running around with. It is a satchel. Like the kind Indiana Jones wears. I'm sure he gets many compliments on it.

    January 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  81. JaeBee

    Has anyone else noticed that Renee's behavior (in her second season) is so like Jack's was at the start of his season 2? She really is a female Jack, and we are watching the same evolution of behaviors. This time it is interesting to see Jack as the normal one, watching Renee with concern.

    January 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Amy, Connecticut

    Yeah, when Renee cut off the man's hand, I was like, "WHOOOAAA!!" – You go girl!!! Jack was like, "what, it's somebody here badder than I am?!!!

    Oh, what about the Russian mob guy watching his son die? Ruthless I tell ya! But, I'll be tuned in every week. HOLLA!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  83. daytripper

    This is the only "must see tv" show for me (56 year old woman), my 32-year-old son, and my 77-year-old mother (all living and watching in separate houses). We are rabid 24 fan-atics! How many other shows appeal to such a wide range of ages? Jack, you are the man, though I'm still having a hard time wiping out the image of you on Letterman wearing a DRESS! A few episodes of adrenaline-pumping action should take care of that. Kudos to you and the producers of this show - you help us all get through the dreary winter months.

    January 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  84. funnygirl

    Hastings bent over is more than i can watch. He makes my neck hurt!!!! Renee and Jack now wouldnt that be an interesting couple. Renee rocks.

    January 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  85. christina

    Jack Bauer for president

    January 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Half Breed

    Jack is big time back!! Renee was awsome as the butcher. And Madam President left her little brat in prison where she belongs.

    Freddie Prinze Jr has got what it takes and will help us forget Tony. Not bad for the new season start!! And as a bonus we get Chloie back as surly as ever and a kick butt new head of CTU.

    And what better than having the Russian mob as villians – you just can't do better than that ! All we need now is to get President Palmer back and have Jen Garner reprise her Alias role joining Jack and Renee as they kick some Euro Trash butt =:)

    January 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  87. David

    The best thing 24 has always had going for it – other than the non-stop action that keeps you from analyzing the plot too thoroughly – is the realism and having all events happen in real time. And of course there's Keifer too with those strange earlobes, but the writers need to stay close to the realism. If somebody bashes Jack's face in for 20 or 30 minutes, the least you can do is make his cheek puffy and give him a split lip. Jack looked better when he arrived at CTU after the beating than he did at the beginning of the show. And I'm all for character development, but the other 500 posters are right about the lame storyline of the ex-boyfriend and the hidden past of cute little Dana. And one thing you should never, NEVER do in a show like this is write out your most popular and well developed characters like Tony – your number 2 character behind Jack! LET'S GET REAL PEOPLE!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Debi

    So glad to see Jack back doing what he does so well, saving us from those evil doers! I've been watching "24" since day one and it just gets me fired up, can't wait until next week!

    January 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  89. beautykim

    I would love to see in "24" Jack would have a Partner who fight together in the show.. Not always fight alone for the country, no one believe him until the end of show. ??!! .

    January 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  90. beautykim

    I haven't missed the "24"' yet.. but couldn't understand why write always have Jack Bauer without loyal friend, NOT have a filed partner other than chole ? who has said 24" , Jack has to fight alone ? Can he have loyal partner who fight together for the country ?

    January 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Eve

    Ok...the thumb cut off...crazy! and the agent and his wife shot point blank...first in the leg 'missing the bone' ...man...good times ...The season is starting off with a bang...except for that random *side story* blond and her ex-con bfriend* What is up with that? oh well..I am glad Chloe is still around despite that permanent scowl on her face kinda cute actually...
    and we should all remember:
    "IF YOU WOKE UP THIS MORNING...ITS BECAUSE JACK BAUER SPARED YOUR LIFE"

    January 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Dustin

    I feel that Renee has gone from the straightlaced FBI agent we saw last year to someone who not only embraced Jack Bauer's tactics but has taken them to a new level. We also have the interesting premise of having Jack see someone act as he always has but with the perspective of someone who has been in that position and tried to leave "the life".

    Can we please have Jack and Renee get together when everything is over and help each other heal their respective wounds?

    January 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Shelley

    Loved it! Missed the end of last season...just caught up on netflix before the premiere! So glad to see Renee back this season! I was dreaming of shooting people all night last night!! Love it!

    January 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Badger

    Mykelti Williamson has to be the worst actor on TV right now...and no not because of the writing..he is just unbelievable in the part..please let him carry the nuclear rods in his pocket..
    Glad to see Jack back – in black – though ..look forward to the twists and turns..nice surprise in Jürgen Prochnow showing up...

    January 19, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Bobby

    I think MW is supposed to look like a bad actor.
    Yes, I saw the Cylon.
    Dana will be a great character, trust me.

    January 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  96. lila

    Steve68 you are so correct! Why would they take "The Unit" off air. Last night ending "Loved it" It's nothing like a professional crazy woman.

    I'm one (smile)

    January 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Eddie

    "Brian Hastings" is the star of this show.

    I don't know why people personally hate him or say he cant act, but I think he can act great. His slouching is annoying and he constantly makes the wrong decisions, but thats because the writers and producers told him to that. It makes him annoying and the character everyone loves to hate, which completes the show.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  98. wayne

    Mykelti Willamson has got to go. Very bad acting. I seen ever show that's been made of 24 and this one is a little lame. I hope the story line get's better.Jack is the best. Don't be knocking Grandpa.....

    January 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Dave

    Anyone think that the boyfriend met the Russian mobster in jail and is trying to find a way into CTU so he can cause problems, or blackmail Jenny/Dana into allowing a bomb or moving a camera?

    January 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  100. stoccata

    The return of 24 is just what I needed to get through January in Vermont. Thanks Jack. Loved most of the 4-hour kickoff but I gotta say the plot holes got awfully large in Hour 3. I was waiting for the terrorist frogmen with the waterproof laptop to reappear. At least the UN is next to a body of water, unlike the White House. Anyway, the new characters are great. We get to see them evolve until they get blown away. Renee is hotter than last season and I liked her then. She is definitely showing the "I've got nothing to lose" face and I believe her. Loved Katee Sackhoff as Starbuck but for the opening 4 hours, her role has been to be super efficient as a data analyst and totally lost in dealing with the guy from her past. From the vibes she's telegraphing so far, I'm guessing she used to be a male serial killer or an NBC Tonight Show executive...something totally slimy and disgusting. Kim with a husband and really cute kid assures us there will be no chance of a cougar incident this season. Whew. All in all, a good start with pyrotechnics, couple of beatings, cutting the Russian mob guy down to size and a fire-axe in the chest. Now that's entertainment.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Kenny

    I loved the premier. Just one flaw IMO. Brian Hastings! Seeing him walk around CTU without moving his arms like a normal person is freaking me out!! lol His arms are so stiff hahah Its not normal!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  102. suzan

    best show on TV,hope it will go on year after year.
    The storyline was very good.
    Did not like the new director, unless they want someone not so smart at that job.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Tom Granias

    wasn't Sackoff Jacks daughter in the first 24?

    January 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Beak

    Loved it...

    January 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Jim

    Where's Morris? Love Jackeline Bauer.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Laura

    So we all know the logistics in 24 are stretched (being able to move across NYC – or in the old days, LA – in less than 5 minutes at any time of day is pure fiction), the technology is fantasy especially for government facilities, the extras are all clueless ... but do you watch because it's true-to-life ? Or because it's the wildest ride you've ever been on via TV ?

    Me ? I'll take Jack & Renee & Chloe any day. If only President Palmer could be resurrected somehow & Tony hadn't gone bad ...

    January 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  107. D

    Boooooorrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnngggggggggg!!!!!!

    What a snoozer. Even that trainwreck from 2 seasons ago had a better opening episode. Love the show and I know I will get hooked again, but that was about as weak as it gets.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  108. steve

    What a start!! All of these fan comments are excellent. Chloe grew a pair. Renee learned a few interrogation tips from Jack. Even Jack's daughter seemed much more mature. Prince is a good addition as it the new CTU director. I think Dana needs a justifiable homicide acquittal earlier than later. Maybe it should be Chloe pulling the trigger on the bad guy and getting a promo to be the CTU leaders right hand strategy gal! Oh, bravo for the Asian NYPD cop! A lot of bravery to trust Jack under the circumstances. Good balance on Muslims.
    Can't we get a gay or lesbian in there to cover all bases. Also how about one good fat guy to replace the old CTU analyst!

    January 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Mike

    Hastings............."there's fried shrimp, grilled shrimp, shrimp cocktail, shrimp creole, shrimp scampi, garlic shrimp, shrimp gumbo.....and that's about it, Jack" :)

    January 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  110. 24HourBadger

    Patch me through to the data-link bypassing the secondary firewall using the x-pattern ecryption method. Sounds cool unless you actually work with computers.

    And, doesn't CTU do background checks on their employees? Dana Walsh has a secret past? How hokie is that? Other than that the first four hours are pretty good.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Jessica

    LOVE LOVE 24, I thought it was pretty good, and they have Anil Kapoor on it, I have had a crush on him since I was a little girl, you would have to watch indian movies for this. But as for his hair style, it hasn't changed, yes he needs a haircut, and funny how his character is playing president for the Middle East, and his brother on there and his wife, they have to go, not good to look at,. As for Jack and Chloe, they are great. And go RENEE, miss bad ass!

    January 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Volntyr

    I have been watching 24 since Day 1(a true fan refers to each as a Day) but the one thing that is really annoying me this season is Jack's insistance on doing stuff for CTU. It makes him looks like he is begging/whining to do something. "But I want to go legally kill somebody" is basically what Jack is conveying. He has had enough experience that something in his past could bring back into the game.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  113. PD

    24 is excellent. It's great to see Jack back and love to see the great Anil Kapoor who plays Prez Hassan on the show.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  114. J.Crobuzon

    The whole point of the show is that you can always torture reliable info out of someone by cutting off their thumb or shooting them in the thigh, and therefore we should be chopping thumbs at airports and malls, etc etc. Yawn. I don't watch it any more.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Age

    I loved it! Wanted to throw Hastings out the window, jumped when Ortiz got blasted from bomb, and love love love Chloe ... her character is just the right amount of sarcasm ;-) What can be said about Jack ... he's amazing, but Renee ... showing the dark side of when a woman needs to get down to business ... love it! This season looks to be very promising ;-)

    January 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  116. KMN

    Loved the season opener. Long but keeps you thinking.

    Jack... dude...............

    January 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  117. rip clark

    super....just thought it was Excellent....!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Steve-O

    *yawn!*

    Another 24 season?

    How many times has the words 'protocol' and 'perimeter' been uttered so far? We used to have drinking games based on this way back when 24 was good.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  119. yep

    loved it! I had to let a lot of reality go to enjoy it...accepting that its TV is a good start. Jack gettin mauled by that Bruiser cop with nary a scratch....Dana Walsh...ya, that tool tracks her down at CTU AND has her address. Convicts always have extensive resources upon release!! HA.
    o well, its exciting, even with Hunchback Hastings..I will stay tuned!

    January 19, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  120. pboz

    First, I'm a long-time 24 fan going all the way back to season 1. It seems to me that the writers for this season are over-doing the character development in terms of being way too touchy-feelly (feminine). The excitement of 24 has always come from the ruthless (macho) counter measures CTU employs to stop any threat and the double-crosses that come out of the blue. This season seems to be starting off too emotional and too personal problem focused (too soap opera-like). Not only that, but the first 3 hours are way too predictable so far. I'm sure everyone labeled the brother as a bad-guy 10 minutes into the first episode. I hope the writing gets better quickly so I will continue to look forward to Monday nights on Fox.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Dave

    If you couldnt see it coming that Renee was going to be some sort of badass then you really have no idea about the predictability of this show. If she turns into a double agent and then flips back to be a good guy I will start a boycott of the show. The first episodes had some promise but still pretty predictable following the same plot line of previous seasons

    January 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Claude

    Wow! Time flies when watching "24" and even after four hours in two nights I wanted more. I love the show. Well written and always on the seat of your pants. I kept looking at my watch hoping time would slow down.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  123. WTW

    Grandpa Jack can you imagine the time out he would give a kid.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Trapalon

    Good stuff! Jack is finally getting over over his dead wife after 7 seasons. He finally has a family and something to live for and look forward to. Then comes Renee, every bit the pragmatic, sadistic nut job Jack has been all these years. Altruistic Jack will feel responsible and try to help her, you just know it! I love the depth of most of the characters. Secret-life-fiancee isn't really doing it for me yet.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  125. David

    Too bad "23". Your comments are really in the minority. I sat through all 4 hours and only wanted more. Dana/Jenny's boyfriend Kevin is a bit much, although it will be interesting to see a) how it develops with him vs. Cole and also I hope someone explains how this woman got high security clearance. Although the way our government works, nothing would surpise me. People get fake ID's all the time. By the way, Kim was not pregnant at the end of last season. She already had the baby who was in LA with the father, I'm guessing there's about a 7-8 month gap if they really like to do things in real time. End of last May to now?

    to "mbal" did you not see the blood and the bruising on Jack's face? You'll never make CTU if you aren't more observant.

    And it just struck me, maybe they could put Conan O'Brien on as Chloe's long lost comedian brother (especially if he's jumping ship to FOX).

    "24" is the best. Wouldn't miss it for anything else.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Shane in Ohio

    Must....have.....MORE!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Tina

    Renata,
    You must be kidding! "24" is Jack Bauer. Renee with her own show, maybe. Take Jack Bauer's place, laughable.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Desigal

    Hastings is so dumb, inexperienced and so political (aka George W. and exFEMA Dir. Brown) it makes absolute sense that he would get appointed as head of CTU. Love Anil Kapoor. Very sexy cool accent.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  129. T

    SO how many episodes into this season will it take to find out the president terrorist?

    And did they hire freddy prince to drive Keifer around NYC when they are not rolling cameras? Prince's residuals from summer catch and she's all that have to be better pay than driving around a guy with 5 DUIs, right?

    January 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Tina

    If I were banished to an island (with t.v. reception) and told there was only one show I could watch, "24" would be it, hands down. Funny thing is that I almost decided not to watch it the first season. I had some paper work to do and turned the television on for background noise...I've been hooked ever since. I dread the day this series ends.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  131. H McGee

    I have all the seasons on DVD & loved the opening episodes. As long as Jack is there I am sold...Loved it..

    January 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Kathy

    So apparently Jack is not the only one to have "moments"...Renee is a bad ass!

    January 19, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Bill R in Oakland

    "I'm not gonna cut the bracelet".

    Classic line, destined for the annals of TV/movie trivia history, right up there with:

    "Do you feel lucky, punk?"

    "Is it safe?"

    etc.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Barton

    One of the things that I love most about 24 is as soon as you think you know the plotline and the real threat they solve it and go onto a bigger one. The threat on the Iranian presidents life seemed to be the story. After four episodes it is over and now we are embroiled in an even more sinister pending disaster. After all these years I have prepared myself for this. This year I knew that the plot would thicken. And just think it's only hour 5.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Aerial wizard

    I am surprised at all the negative comments on Brian Hastings (New CTU dir.). He admitted to Chloe that she totally saved him and was right and did it in a cool way. I think his character will develop nicely as the episodes continue.

    Also, Jack is not surprised by the nature of Renee's brutal act, but the fact that she had changed soo much since he last worked with her. He is mortified becuase he feels responsible for leading her down that path while he himself is so conflicted by what it has done to his own head. IOW, he went along to protect her and now he ses the monster he has created in her. Jack is by no means going soft.

    I do feel the beating Jack took by the cop was rediculous to have lef no marks on him. Anyone in real life would have had a face and lips swollen like a balloon, but this is Hollywood.

    I have always thought Renee was a bit overly dramatic and annoyed me in Season 7, however this developed character seems to allow that drama to come out better.

    To answer a previous poster, Jack is alive becuase his daughter gave him a bone marrow transplant in the dying minutes of Season 7 which obviously took, although they said it was a long shot cure.

    I'd love to see a top five list of characters we've all missed and wished were either alive or back on the show. Here's mine in order of likeability. Tony and President Palmer are, in my book equally number one but I'll list them as one and two anyway.

    1. President Palmer
    2. Tony Almeida
    3. Bill Buchanen (best CTU Director)
    4. Curtis Manning ( pointless to have killed him off)
    5. Chase Edmunds (season 3 agent / Kim Bauer's fiancee)

    Top Five hated characters to wish to never see again:

    1. Sherry Palmer (needs no intro. HATED)
    2. Milo Pressman (Homoland security slimy scumbag. Couldn't stand)
    3. Graem Bauer (scumbag brother of Jack)
    4. Navi Araz (scumbag trying to kill his son)
    5. Nina Myers and Gary Matheson tie for fifth (or better)

    January 19, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Paul

    So happy 24 is back, which only adds to the already stacked Monday night lineup for me..also is it me, or did Renee get even hotter looking now that she has an attitude

    January 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  137. JudyL

    Love 24, love Jack, love Chloe, love Renee.
    Don't like Dana – sick of her long gangly arms swinging back and forth when she walks. CTU would certainly have done a background check before hiring her, and she has enough power at CTU to get rid of the ex-boyfriend if she had to. This storyline so far is not believable, and frankly, I don't care what happens to Dana. I just find her to be unattractive and boring.
    Can't wait to see what else happens this year. Great show.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  138. The Dude

    HATE the Dana Walsh / ex-boyfriend storyline. Who cares?! An accomplished and gorgeous CTU analyst is going to hand over her keys to her convict ex? Not believable in the least.

    Rene Walker is the perfect woman...so glad they brought her back.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Bert

    Jack taking out two dudes w/ an axe. Awesome!

    January 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  140. David

    Jack Bauer is the best "go to" guy since Adam the Macho Lifeguard hit South Beach. Great show! The Iranian leader was such a sleaze on "Slumdog Millionaire" but quite an honorable, strong leader in "24". Who could have thunk it?

    January 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Greg in San Antonio

    I've seen every episode of every season 2 times, and I'm not a normal TV watcher. The thing that always amazes me most (besides the incredible time leaps that occur in every hour of every show - things that would take 3 days happen in 3 minutes) is the fact that every season the new head guy does not believe Jack on his insticts or even seem to know much about who he is. They frown when they first see him and seem not to care that Jack has a hunch about a new threat to US survival. Hello.... It's Jack Bauer talking, man. Why would Jack have to go rogue? No way. He would be King Jack. He has saved the US 7 times and the world at least once. He is always right. If this were even 5% real, he would be such a legend in the special ops, intel, or federal law enforcement world that everyone would bow down before him and shudder at his name. If Jack said, "Martians are attacking in 10 minutes and will destroy the Earth unless you sacrifice evey first born child in America", the new CTU Director would say, "Yes My Master - we will kill them all today to save the world." 24 is the best show, by far, on television. Who cares if his face healed in 10 seconds or it took him 23 seconds for a 2 hour car drive. Oh, and the only character who will not die a terrible death is Jack, and maybe Chloe, so don't get too comfortable with any of them.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  142. BB

    Loved the show. Can hardly wait until next week.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Mark

    What's the story with the hunched backed look of Director Brian Hastings ??? He can't seem to move his neck and his shoulders are higher than the top of his head....Does he have a bad case of whiplash???? It looked pretty funny as he walked as well and it was distracting to the dialogue.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  144. LS

    After watching every season of 24, my husband has given up on the show as of last night's episodes. Why? Regurgitated plot and ridiculous subplots. having never been much of a fan, I am very comfortable boiling the new season of 24 down to one word: Fail.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  145. D

    I don't buy the whole Grandpa Jack thing either, its weird and does not seem to fit very well. BUTTTT, the rest of the storyline is very good and is very intriguing! I can't wait for the next hour myself....bring it on!

    January 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Liz

    I love this beginning. Cannot wait to see what will happen.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Ron Waters

    No way does Chloe gets killed off. She is a must have from an information Technology perspective as well as Jacks biggest fan. Her quirky ways are so much a part of the information technology lore. I worked with one of the creaters of IBM's IMS database and this guy used to bring stuffed bears into work. He would set them up with their fake lunch pales and have lunch with them. She will catch up on the technology and that will be very satisfying for us older IT guys and gals. Maybe she could come out in the field one more time. The last time was classic when she used the AK47. All we have is Chole and Jacks family. We need those roots in my opinion to keep our own connection. I found the return of Bill and Tony a bit annoying. In my mind they carried Chloe's bags. But, the return of Aaron was very cool. We have to remember this is a soap opera. Maybe she's out of a few shows for some reason and comes back just in time to help Jack get it done?

    As far as Dana's exboyfriend plot, I just fast forward it. Every season there's a sub plot that just drags me to the ground. Time is of the essense and these side plots take up to much time.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Renata

    I love Jack Bauer but maybe it's time for Grandpa Jack to go to LA with his family. Loyal fans of the show want a happy ending for him. Next season, Renee could take Jack's place!!

    January 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Whorhay

    I loved it and my wife seems to be hooked on it now also.

    Renee was/is hilariously great, using a dremmel tool to cut off the guys thumb had me rolling. Chloe while not getting to physically abuse anyone is doing great as a foil to her worthless office mates.

    I am hating the Dana Walsh character, she seems to be a self serving tool or lackey for Hastings. And Hastings seems to be hell bent on bringing a whole new level to the political scumbaggery of an office manager.

    I like the co-worker that is always bugging Walsh but I have a suspicion that he is going to turn out to be a bad guy. He would have been the one in position to keep the drone from firing on the missle. He could have found out about Walsh's back ground and let the ex know in order to pressure her and possibly ruin her engagement.

    Walsh is concerned about her ex and his threats because presumably she has been granted a security clearance of a sufficiently high enough level that she would be fired and possibly imprisoned for lying to obtain that clearance.

    January 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Ryan

    Been watching since the beginning. I have to say, 24's writers have gone back to the same well too often – to me, everything is too predictable. My suspension of disbelief has become harder with each season. Might still be fun for new fans, though.

    January 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Noreen

    Love 24. Very exciting and fast paced. One problem. How does Jack get ......... beat out of him by a policeman and then has NO fat lip, black eye. Come on.... he is very handsome but nobody goes through that kind of beating without any marks.

    January 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Joebob

    Jack needs to start killing more people again...he's become too much of a sissy, his evolution as a character has slowed the show down too much. We need to get back to basics.

    January 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Fred L. Fraud

    Anyone else have the urge for Bubba Gump Shrimp? :)

    January 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Sandra in Texas

    Love Freddie Prinze Jr.!!

    January 19, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  155. ctheslayer

    @Stephanie RE: Timeline

    Kim was pregnant last season, and I assume that the baby is her daughter Terry (awww), who's about 3-4 years old?

    January 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Breezy

    Finally, something other than a reality show! LOVE 24! I'm happy Chloe's back but I was hoping her hubby would return...great chemistry! Normally with the new season comes a new President? The President's daughter was convicted for treason and she's still in office?

    January 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  157. MWPNCookeville

    Anyone else catch the hypocrisy:

    NYPD officer beating Jack Bauer=bad,

    Renee Walker wacks off finger of ex-con = OK- she's just gotta prove herself?!?

    What the heck?!?!

    January 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  158. watcher

    1st 2 hours were a bit laugable in terms of how predictable everything is. The sub-plot with Dana and ex-boyfriend is completely laughable. Having just spent the weekend in NYC, the logistics of Jack getting back and forth were complete fantasy and the bridge shot (going from Queens to Manhattan) showed them crossing on the GW Bridge which is no where near Queens. The President's brother's role is ridiculous and the Hasting's character is just plain awful (don't know if it is the writing/directing or the acting – probably both). I am not sure which is more unbelievable – Tony coming back last season or Renee being the highest placed Russian Mob infiltrator six years ago. All that being said, the last 15 – 20 minutes was entertaining. This will be a season to watch with other 24 vets to see who can predict the next plot turn the fastest. Ren

    January 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  159. BE

    Concerning the Jenny storyline, I think that the boyfriend took the rap for something that she did, and now has returned for his payback. If he took the rap for something, it wouldn't necessarily trigger a red flag on the CTU background checks.

    Also, I could see Jack/Renee doing a bit of a role reversal this season, with Jack being more level headed and Renee being the crazy one. I am quite a fan of the grandpa Jack storyline. It's time for Jack to mentor someone else to become as crazy as him so that 24 can either move in a different direction, or end on a high note.

    The show is predictable, yes. But compare it to so many other shows out there that are just plain stale, and 24 continues to please. Honestly, I think this is the season that Chloe should be killed off. I like her as a character, but if you want to throw something crazy into the mix, there's the way you do it.

    January 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Dave

    Oh yes. I needed my "24" fix. I have never missed an episode and I don't plan on missing any this year.

    How great was Renee and the "thumb cut"? I love the new headquarters of CTU but I can't wait until Director Brian bites the big one. Chloe rocks. Cole Ortiz is a great add. He really looks the part.

    This show alway pumps me up.

    January 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  161. KJ

    what's up with the heartbeat behind the 24 clock going into commercial?

    January 19, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  162. debbie

    I don't watch much TV, BUT i am a loyal 24 fan. Love, love......love it.

    At the end of the show Monday night, I said to my husband, she's turned into a female Jack Bauer, can't wait to find out what happened to Renee and the sneaky female agent hiding her past.

    Love Chloe! I can't wait for next Monday night!

    January 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Rick

    I'm afraid 24 is getting a little too formulaic. The CTU supervisor is always intransigent, even though Jack has saved the Union seven times so far. But then Jack must have been born on Krypton anyway since after that cop beat the tar out of him, his face didn't show any swelling at all, much less any abrasions or contusions. (By the way, did the NYPD change their insignia or did they refuse to let the show use the real one?) What they need is some bizarre plot twist, such as President Taylor and Renee turning out to be secretly married.

    January 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Chinchilla

    Love the show ...But

    I just keep frustrated that everytime they finally caught the "bad guy" there is another guy ABOVE that is more evil and has more power ...making the guy they just caught a little fish...then here comes the next season ...and so forth

    I will be bored son is they keep with this line !

    January 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Linda Clarke

    It's amazing how Jack can get his face smashed in and not have a mark on him an hour later. I do not care for the actor who plays Hastings. He talks too slow and comes off like an amatuer actor. His character comes off as a rookie AND assuming he came up thorugh the ranks, I would think that he would and should be open to everyone's thought instead of dismissing them? The other problem I had with the show was the fact that Jack couldn't put the wounded guy in a taxi instead of walking him through the streets of Manhattan. Who would do that?

    January 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Dinna Martinez

    I love the show that I look forward to it every week. The four hour premier puts me at the edge of my sit. CONGRATS to all at 24.

    January 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  167. dude24

    I liked how Bauer was shocked by Renee's thumb removal in this season. See the beginning of Season 2 for Jack's previous fun in that department! He's now the one concerned about a "loose cannon" in the ranks. Good turnaround.

    Of course the show is predictable but it's still the most fun on TV.

    Anyone else notice that, in addition to Starbuck, there's also Leoben from Battlestar Galactica in the 24 cast this season. It would be funny if the writers have him lusting (in a creepy way) after her in 24, too.

    January 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Sony

    Loved it! Bower delivered a powerful performance and a great story line!!

    January 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Joe

    Got to love ex FBI agent Renee Walker! Still hot as ever.

    January 19, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Becky

    I'm a huge fan and am so glad Chole's back and I love the unstable Renee. It should be interesting to watch Jack and Renee's relationship develope (both professional and personal).

    One thing I am often baffled by is the way the writers and actors can give the characters such dimension but the dialog is often really lame. How many times an episode to we need to hear "I understand" and "I'm doing my best"?

    January 19, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  171. IRIS

    YES 24 IS THE BEST.... I LOVE JACK HE'S THE BEST AND RENEE IS LEARNING SO MUCH FROM HIM SHE HAS SO MUCH HEART THAT'S RIGHT RENEE GET YOUR POINT ACROSS!!

    January 19, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Mike

    This show is getting ridiculous. Pulling up blueprints on some random house in a neighborhood, taking control of any camera anywhere, decrypting files in 45 mins or less, infrared sensors able to see terrorists inside of buildings, foiling terrorist plots within an hour, and on and on. Just goes to show you how ridulous the show is when we can't keep a teenage terrorist from blowing up a plane on Christmas day. Maybe some day our technology will advance as it has on 24.

    January 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Scott Denney

    As a fan of " 24" since day one I still find it one of the most exciting
    shows out there. Sure there are some slow spots in certain
    episodes but just be patiient someting will rip loose. Jack
    is the out version of '007. Renee has gone nuts which will keep
    us intrigued. Chloe didn't let us down the first 4 shows.
    So many show ( Law and Order, etc. just mirror current events.
    So much for creativety. I'll take " 24" over the other junk and news
    shows anytime.

    Go kick some butt Jack...

    January 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Mark4969

    I have been a fan since the start and this year is going to be awesome. Renee is one bad chick!

    January 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  175. kati

    Yeah! The Power of Baur is Back with Jack!!!! 24 is an amazing show!!! KS, the actress who portrays Chloe, FPJr...etc are phenonminal actors, actresses, crew, directors...etc!! This show rocks, when its on its the only thing I do watch 24. plus its website is amazing too!!! Thanks for keeping viewers interested!!

    January 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  176. JC

    I've watched "24" since the 1st episode, and like some shows your start out with, I have NEVER missed a season. And for those of you who love to point out the things you think are unreal, this would keep anyone except a corpse on the edge of their seat. It's ESCAPISM for gosh sake. When I watch this show, I don't think about all the crap in the world. I get involved in Jack's world and that is just how I like it!

    January 19, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  177. EDB

    Diasamax i am with you! DanaWalsh works for CTU. . . ummm have the Ex-axed. . . next storyline Just tell Renee whatsuppp with him! won't be his thumb under the grinder

    January 19, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Btu

    As a grandpa, I hope to have a hot girlfriend like Renee. Keeping my fingers cross.

    January 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  179. ajfour

    Since season one, this guy (Jack Bauer) sets the bar so high with regards to how a "regular" guy, can save the president (on more than one occasion-except for orginal President Palmer-a shame) and America, and the world! Great writing, great acting, all very, very believable. I was a fan of X-Files, which had a lot of the same elements, but 24, two thumbs up!! And as for season 8, they picked up where they left off in season 7 without missing a beat! Ths is really a great show!!

    January 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Sir Lord

    Give me 24 or take my television during prime time; it's that simple!

    Should you have a problem with that, I'll see if Jack Bauer and you can have a private conversation if you will!

    Do remember that it is the show that DOES help you burn calories like there is no tomorrow; you've got to feel hungry after watching it for one hour, let alone two. It's pure adrenalin!!

    It 's simply magnificient!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Mike

    I keep waiting for Hastings to start talking about shrimp. I still see him as Bubba in Forrest Gump, :).

    January 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  182. TV

    Who else thinks the President of the "Islamic Nation" looks like Wayne Newton?

    January 19, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Wydok

    The Dana/Jenni subplot is like out of a romance novel and highly annoying. This happens often in 24. See, for example, the existence of Sherry Palmer.

    Other than that, the season is good so far.

    Also, I don't like Freddie Prinze Jr. He's irritating. And his character seems too much so far like Season 1 Tony.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Steve R

    Kinda hope that Rene keeps the saw and cuts off Farhad's head, or at least that furry caterpillar under his chin that barely passes for a goatee. He looks like he's 12 years old with glued-on facial hair, so how can I take him seriously as a bad guy on 24?

    January 19, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Susan

    Been watching since Season 1. And 24 never disappoints!

    January 19, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  186. EDB

    Great start for "24"! Chloe annoying as ever (in a good way) LOL hope they keep Freddie Prinz on for the whole season, he is the best jack-like character since Chase in season "3' . Renee wowwww she is a nut job! lets keep this story line going as long as possible! The female Jack when it comes to torture Beautiful!

    January 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  187. TimP

    First season to watch and I'm hooked. To be "real time" some of it is unbelievable. A dead body is bagged, removed from the crime scene and on the autopsy table within the hour? Jack is beaten in a basement, but looks cleanly shaved and showered two scenes later? But, it is Hollywood and there are only 60 minutes in an hour! Doesn't matter, it is a great show and I'm a new follower!

    January 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  188. gina

    Agree with John on the new CTU director – terrible acting and the character is weak. I thought that CTU was disbanned two seasons ago so why is it now back? Love Freddie Prinze Jr and hope his character will last all season (girlfriend is annoying though). Welcome back Jack!

    January 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  189. hugo

    huge "24" fan.... my only dissapointment was CTU new director character.... I completely agreed with KathyR.... he tries so hard to do his job... im not buying it.... it is SAD.....

    January 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Ron Waters

    When Chloe begged Jack to help. I was crying like a baby. It's like, I never asked you for anything and I have always been there for you. They have a great feel for what we need in a male oriented soap opera. This show ranks right up there with David Jansen as the Fugutive. I DVR the shows so I don't have to wait for the commercials. I hate the fact we are going to the one hour a week format. I can't wait for the next show and it's always to short. They play on my loyalty emotions and they set a timing that is truly rare and satifiying. Being a guy from information technology since 1972, this show is everything and more.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Justin

    I saw every episode, except 1, for seasons 1-6. Season 7 became too predictable, so I stopped watching. Tried Season 8 premier, and was still very predictable & cliche...Jack is out, is forced back in...there's someone on the "inside" of the political issue who is corrupt...difficult CTU director...it's all be done before. RIP 24.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Al

    Love 24, however I also love catching some editing mistakes. C'mon, the cops beats Jack silly in the basement and then after being released 20 minutes later, there are no bruises or cuts on his face.

    Love the show though! Funny how the new, soon to be gone, Pontiac sedan was featured in the first episode.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Adam

    Jack's reaction to Renee's technique was so intense because he didn't know how to spawn a new hand on another man for him to cut off.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Katherine

    Huge plot holes, predictable story, atrocious acting (Freddie Prinze, Jr) and worst of all, TERRIBLE HAIR DECISIONS:
    Hassan's hair – Bad Elvis
    Hassan's brother's hair – Mary Tyler Moore
    Katee Sackhoff"s hair – who wears their hair over their shoulder like that? ridiculous – she can't even move her head for fear of flipping it out of position.
    At least Renee looks like she's been in a rumble when the scene calls for it.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Wendy

    Mykelti Williams also played Bubba in the movie "Forrest Gump". I agree he needs to stop slouching, it's very distracting.

    What type of vetting process does this CTU have for their agents if Dana can get pass them with a false name and convict ex-boyfriend? That would NEVER happen in real life!!! Also the four inch heels in the office just doesn't happen unless you work at Vogue.

    Other than that, I LOVED the season premier! Jack Bauer is the MAN!!

    January 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Lisa

    Anyone know how much time has supposedly passed between day 7 and day 8?

    January 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Diasamax

    This show gives a prime example of writing talent. The actors (who are awesome) work with the material given and make it shine every season. This premiere was a trip. When Renee cut that guys thumb off, I was floored. Did not see that one coming. It will be interesting to see if they disclose what has happened to Renee make her so raw. Anytime you can shock Jack Bauer, you are bad to the bone! Love it!

    As for the ex-boyfriend making threats to Dana Walsh, simple solution. Remember the ending of movie "Sleeping With The Enemy"? 'nuff said.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  198. mike

    is it me or is even 24 becoming somewhat predictable. I could tell that the President's brother was "bad" from the outset. I know its nit-picky but 24 has always had a high standard to live up to. Can't wait to see how the Russian angle plays out.

    I think Freddie Prinze Jr could be a Jack Jr and take Keifer's place once he's too old to play the part. Or potentially a spinoff.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  199. mike

    I completely skipped season 7 because season 6 was just plain stupid after the halfway point. But season 8 is looking pretty good so far.

    They need to wrap up the "evil stalker ex-con boyfriend" subplot, though. It's too distracting and these subplots have a history of being completely irrelevent (e.g. the silly Sean Astin druggy sister plotline in season 5). Even IF they tie it too the main plot somehow, it would seem a big reach. It just feels too much like a bad made-for-Lifetime film plot.

    They also need to resist any urge to kill off or otherwise permanently maim the Cole Ortiz (Freddie Prinze Jr.) character. It would just add to the predictability of the show to simply write yet another "next Jack Bauer" type character out of the show. These guys are turning into the "red shirts" from Star Trek. Keep him for the long haul...a Jack-as-mentor angle could be really cool.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  200. deb

    I am so glad Jeanane Garafalo is OFF 24. I hate her, I hate her politics. I sent numerous emails to 24 requesting they get rid of her and they did! I'm happy and so are my friends and family.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Tanvi Chadha

    there is another new face but of course no one mentions the indian guy Anil Kapoor joining the cast.

    come on people he is new too.. and hail india for their flexible actresses and actors that have started to slowy creep into hollywood world and do it in a amazing way!

    January 19, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Laura

    I'd say Dana Walsh's ex-boyfriend went to jail for something she was also involved in – thus her name change & the reason for her ex's angry demands. Love Cole Ortiz ! Wish Chloe was snarky & growling again ( but assume she's been beaten down by circumstances). Love Renee Walker, too – always wondered why she & Jack didn't become an item, but maybe it's because they are too much alike (the whatever-the-job-calls-for mentality)....

    Can't wait to see where the next 20 hours take us !

    January 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Leslie

    Fantastic, as usual. Wasn't happy with the actress who played Jack's daughter. Didn't get good chemistry.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Randy

    Does anyone else experience increased blood pressure by the time the episode ends? The writers are truly masters at bringing you to the edge of a cliff and leave you hanging.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Elendil

    So Renee is becoming the new Jack Bauer. You KNOW Jack would have probably grabbed the fire-axe and taken the whole hand back in his Heyday if he wanted that bracelet off!

    I’m waiting next week for a Darth Vader-Obi Wan moment between Renee and Jack:

    Jack, when I last saw you I was but the learner…Now, I am the Master!

    January 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Susan Mayes

    Can anybody explain how Jack recovered from his "almost dead" status at the end of last season? HELP!!

    January 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  207. I Love 24

    @ Doug

    I agree. His posture is sooo bad it's distracting. He walks around with his head held down like Bigfoot. Like his head weighs 50 pounds. Like it would be a burden for him to raise it above 30 degrees. His acting is OK but I can't get over him lumbering around everywhere. Can't wait till he bites the dust. Or at least receive some Jack justice.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  208. HAA

    Stephanie – I'd say between two and three years. That's the cover story for Renee ... in jail for the past two years. Plus, I don't remember Kim having a kid last season, yes? So there had to be time for that to happen.

    It's predictable (has been since the 3rd season), and there's plenty that's unrealistic (since the 1st season) ... but what a rush! Can't wait for next week.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  209. ES

    I was an extra on the show and it is fantastic.

    Things can go boom any time. Any time.

    I'd like to be back on it though, but not sure. It all happens in a day. Can't be in two different places in matter of hours, in a different role.

    You thought any one was safe on X-Files, not in 24, any one can die and go boom any time, any minute.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Andrew

    I thought the premeire was great. I liked how they wrapped up the first major plot point (assanation attempt) within the first three hours. Ortiz and Hastings are great additions to the show and it's good to see Chloe and Renee back on the show.

    The Dana subplot is a little meh but as long as it actually accomplishes something then I'll put up with it. As long as Jack continues to yell, shoot, and torture, then I'll continue to watch.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  211. John

    This new CTU director Hastings played Mykelti Williamson is a terrible actor. He makes Freddie Prinze Jr look like Robert Deniro!! I hope his character is killed off early. Overall, the first four episodes look promising.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  212. drsara

    Love it, but a little bit of a snooze fest UNTIL Renee came back to kick-ass. Now that's the girl we know & love.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Stefan in B-more

    I have seen every episode of 24 since it started up years ago. Having missed the first two days (seasons), I decided to rent the DVD's to Days 1 and 2 prior to the start of Day 3. I haven't missed an episode since. The adrenaline rush of watching the first two seasons within a couple of days was amazing, having never had experienced 24 before.

    As for Day 8, I am very happy with the way it has begun. I still believe that the reporter with whom the Middle Eastern president is having a fling with is crooked. Somehow, this will play out in a future episode. Also, I love Dana Walsh's character and I'm thrilled to see the sort of reversal of roles between her and Jack.

    For anyone who is reading this who hasn't yet seen the first couple of days, I dare you to go and pick up the DVD's. Dedicate a couple of days to watching them non-stop and prepare yourself for the ride of your life!

    January 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  214. otown viewer

    Grandpa Jack has gone soft. Proof is not limited to his reaction to the appendage removal, but he's also running around with a man purse!

    January 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Steve Herrera

    Whats up with the Dana Walsh/Scumbag EX? Yes, you would assume background checks would have weeded her out to even to be a receptionist at CTU. Renne was awesome! The GrandPa Jack angle is so adorable (GAG!!!). Whatever, love the show with all its warts.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Bobby

    The show is a great as ever. Yes, I hate that it trivializes violence and glorifies torture. Despite this, it is an excellent show, and the season is off to a wonderful start. I am especially delighted to see Katee Sackhoff as Dana. KS played Kara Thrace (aka Starbuck) on Battlestar Gallactica. If you like 24, you'll love BSG. (It's actualy one of the few shows that I think is better than 24.) Check out the DVD's or Blu-rays of the series. But I digress. 24 is off to a great start. We were on the edge of our seats for the entire four hours. You know that a show is truly great, when, while watching it, you just can't help saying, "This show is so great!"

    January 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Errick

    Over the past month, I have rented each season of 24 from seasons 1-4 so far in preparation to watch this seasons 24. I will progress thru each season as intended even though this season has started. Not sure if i am totally up for the new and improved CTU. it seems more like a club than CTU. Over the past 7 seasons we got to know the old CTU pretty well so this change is significant! Other than that good plot and twists so far and i'm excited for the season to progress.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Thomas

    Hoping dana walsh is the first to go... she's just odd. maybe that's how they tie the russians into CTU. She's got the shoulders of a russian hockey player..

    January 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  219. KathyR

    I am so hooked on '24'...wow.. I really miss, miss, miss, President Palmer. I wish he was working undercover and reappeared...Dennis Haysbert...wow. This new head of CTU...I am not buying him as a strong leader. His critical thinking skills are sad....He doesn't take command of his position. Constantly making 'Big Mistakes' sad.....

    January 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Valerie

    Love it, Love it, Love it.
    24's Season 8 Premiere did so not disappoint me at all. Just hate those commercials.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Bloop

    I am in love with Renee Walker.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Doug

    Oh, and I will be so happy when Kim actually gets on the plane and leaves NY. That means we won't have to listen to her whine and/or get kidnapped (really wish the cougar got her on season 1).

    January 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  223. HK

    Love the show- Love Anil Kapoor- he is toooo cool- love it

    January 19, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  224. 23

    We tried to watch it. We were HUGE 24 fans for the first 3-4 seasons. But, since then the show has turned to total crap. Yes, it is fantasy-fiction, but does it have to be so dumb and unbelievable? I don't think I will give any more seasons a try–it has gotten nearly unwatchable.

    January 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Doug

    What's the deal with Mykelti's posture? And the only time he moves his hands is to disconnect a call.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  226. lindaglenn

    Jack is back!! Love 24 bring it on!!

    January 19, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  227. LS

    Does the govt not do background checks? I know it's a tv show but how does CTU let Dana get as far as she has without know a little something about her backgroud. AAAHHH tv got to love it!

    January 19, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  228. Steve68

    Love the show, always have. The "Grandpa Jack" angle is kind of cool, it gives him more of a "human" side instead of the efficient killing machine that he is. Agent Walker's part is great, and I think Annie Wersching plays it perfectly. She saws off a guys' thumb, then nonchalantly tells Jack "better get something to cauterize the wound"? Awesome! Jack's influence, and the chain of events that made her leave the FBI have taken their toll, but I personally think she's got it in control and knows how to channel her anger and personal pain. I think Jack is simply thinking "Oh %&*$, I've created a monster!!" Can't wait to see how she and Jack work together this season.

    Now if some network would renew "The Unit", my TV viewing schedule would be complete.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  229. Marvelousmarv

    Mykelti Williamson/Brian Hastings is a very good actor who had a small but important part in the movie "Heat".
    Looking forward to Cloe taking Dana down a few pegs- or at least reducing her to befuddlement with her laser stare!

    January 19, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  230. monica

    The question here is where it tony, some people think he is still alive, is he??
    The past two nights were fantastic.. I am so glad Jack is back I cannot wait for next week

    January 19, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  231. Gary

    it wasn't a thumb... it was his whole hand so the 'bracelet' could come off... yea, totally didn't see that one coming! Can't wait to see what happens next!! Not really sold on the Jenny Scott plot line (my son and girlfriend's names btw, kinda weird)... we'll see where it goes though.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  232. Joanne

    Love the show. The fastest 4 hours in history. Dana Walsh works in this incredible government unit, CTU, and seemingly intelleigent, but yet she is threaten by that loser ex-boyfriend. The government has ways of making enemies disappear, legally. That situation is ridiculous to me ... get rid of him, you're a CTU agent. I love Freddy Prinze, Jr. ... keep him ... he's an excellent fit for the show. Loved Chloe; we know she stays. Mykelti Wiliamson, does not appear to be intelligent enough to run CTU. Come on, he missed so many seemingly obvious points; and his staff had better insight than he and they saved him behind on more than one occasion. Not thrilled with him.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  233. Laura

    Loved the new show and that Renee is back. I see her as Jack's alter ego in female form and am amused that Jack is horrified by Renee's behavior even though he would do the same. Could Jack be more complacent now that he's a grandpa?

    January 19, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  234. Christine

    Best season premier yet! Thanks to TIVO we recorded all four hours and then watched them back to back...talk about exhausting! Next Monday seems too far away.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  235. Tammy

    BTW..It wasn't Renee actually cutting the dude's hand off that was so intriguing..seen this before..but her REACTION afterwards when Jack confronted her was awesome! She isn't the same meek agent as when we first met her. She has thrown the book out along with Jack. I am not sure why he seemed so bent out of shape, as he has done much worse. I think the Hastings character is a good reflection of people who are put into leadership roles in agencies who have to make the touch call. He's all about his own power and pushing CTU to the front of the list, but that doesn't mean he is the best qualified for the position. Seems most of CTU's directors have always lacked the skill and knowledge that the lowly agents have. He's a standard director.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  236. Frank Udonn

    This show has consistently been an adrenal rush for me. They put more excitement into the production of each episode then some directors place in an entire motion picture. It never ceases to amaze me how they come back each season and raise the bar for 'edge of your seat' excitement and thrills. I love the way it develops the characters and then disposes of them, quite frequently, is always entertaining in a nail biting hour of television. I have never missed one episode since 24 started and I see no reason to change anything now.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  237. Gwennn

    What the #$%^ is up with Hastings being some slouched over idiot. How did he ever become head of CTU. He so far doesn't know Jack!?! literally... Tell the man to stand up straight. He looks like a hunchback

    January 19, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  238. mbal

    This show is hilarious. It's funny to see "grandpa" Jack Bauer get the absolute crap kicked out of him by a big, burly cop, but 10 minutes later he doesn't have a scratch or bruise or black eye or swollen lip on him. Silly.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  239. Tammy

    Love Love Love Jack!
    But, this deal with Dana Walsh is UNBELIEVABLE. CTU would NEVER hire an agent without an exhaustive background check, flushing out that ex-boyfriend/stalker. She would not have gotten past the fake name thingie..but otherwise..BRING IT ON BABY.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  240. virginia downs

    love 24 and jack
    and of course all the other "old" ones that are back
    cant wait for 24!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  241. BAJ

    Like I'm always telling my wife, "Jack Bauer kicks butt, bay-beeee!"

    January 19, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  242. Mike in NJ

    I liked the first 4 hours – for the most part.

    But this level of tech in a government office – even in a Homeland Security office – is laughable. These people don't have transparent monitors and clear walls in their offices (that right there is getting WAAY old on recent TV – I'm seeing law offices and secure buildings with clear walls... How is one supposed to keep confidentiality and secrecy with clear walls??!?)

    Best example of all – NCIS vs NCIS Los Angeles. In the former, government workers in govt. offices with some decent computer equipment. People going to work in shirt and ties. The latter – supermodel actors in crazy modern offices with super advanced hardware and software, coming to work in skinny jeans/evening wear and 4" heels, with a WARDROBE DEPARTMENT!!!

    Getting tired of the insane, people. Get back to good stories and real characters. See Psych/Burn Notice for starters.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  243. Pete

    I used to be a 24 fan but it seems that things are getting extremely redundant. We've seen this all before: Jack being drawn back in against his will, an unlikeable person in authority who doesn't trust Jack (even with all he's done in the past), an evil person "on the inside", an employee of CTU that has issue that make him/her exploitable, someone from Jack's past is back but they are completely changed, and the threat of something nuclear (or as Jack would say, "nuke-u-lar"). Give me something new.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  244. Ms. Dawn

    I am 24 fan, I knew Jack couldn't turn down another threat to national security....I think his granddaughter is cute.....I don't particularly like the new CTU director, but I guess he'll grow on me......I think Renee and Jack will get together this season......Can't wait till next week!!!!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  245. I Love 24

    I am already in 24 withdrawal. They should lump all the new shows into a three or four day telethon because that's how long I would sit there to watch it. Series started off great except the ex-convict boyfriend (but then every season of 24 has a stupid side plot). I can't wait for the ex-con and stupid girlfriend to bite the dust. LOVE Chloe. She's Batgirl to Jack's Batman, always showing up in the nick of time. Love Freddie Prinz. Love the good guys/bad guys. This season is going to be great. (hate the granddaughter though) :-( Cute but unnecessary. Love sadistic Renee.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  246. Bonnie

    Wow the season opening was fantastic. Chloe is great so glad she's back and takes no crap. Renee's turned into a female Jack Bauer. Can't wait for the next show.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  247. Jack

    I am amzed at how incredible 24 is and how exciting each and every episode is. I was extremely eager for the season premiere on Sunday and let's just say that I was not disappointed.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  248. Janine

    I loved Jack's reaction to Renee cutting off the guy's hand. He's seen everything over the years but he truly looked stunned! Can't wait till next week!

    January 19, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  249. cathy

    Best show on TV!!! I love Jack Bauer!!! Another season of excitement and tension is on the way I can already tell.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  250. Joe

    I really enjoy watching this show......we don't know what to expect and that's what make this show the best.....

    January 19, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  251. Stephanie

    So much to take in; I missed what the [time] span between last
    season and this season is supposed to be. A year, a few months;
    anyone out there catch that ? Help....

    So far, loving it !

    January 19, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  252. Karen McCausland

    24 is line a non-stop roller coaster ride. We all know that everyone thinks they can relax once they think the initial threat is over but that things are just getting started. I miss Tony & Bill. My one hope is that they have better security in this CTS than they had in the last one. All the bad guys kept getting in (but I guess there wouldn't have been much of a story if they hadn't)!.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  253. Loren

    Seems like their not just going to match the body count, but also up the mayhem, I was not prepared [spolier alert] for Renee to actually cut off the mobster's thumb, let alone show it. Clearly, they've established Renee as a loose cannon, and while the four hours took breaks periodically to introduce the new characters and establish the current mental states of the returning characters, it is good that Jack's returned just as conflicted about what he has to do as he has been in the past and, while it seems to be telegraphed, Jack and Renee are going to have a very interesting interplay over the season. Looking forward to the madness and mayhem.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  254. Kelvin Rucker

    Each new year I look forward to the premiere of 24...Renee's character brings a new feel of mistery and danger to the show. I like it!
    The new HQ's is high tech and cool looking--Can't wait for the next 24hrs.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  255. Avril

    I am a huge "24" fan. Love it, Love it, Love it. I like the new characters...I suspect something is building where the character Dana Walsh is concern. Can't wiat fo rhte next episode which will be too short after I was teased for (4) four hours.

    January 19, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  256. amyinoaktown

    Loved the 24 premiere...who doesn't find Renee's drop off the deep end compelling when she saws off the hand of the Russian mobster? Can't wait to see how the next 20 hours plays out...hopefully with Grandpa Jack sitting in First Class heading to LAX. But alas, that would be TOO easy.

    January 19, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  257. Ms. Frieda

    Thanks Dereyck! I'm a huge 24 fan and appreciate your insight. I loved the premiere and am anxiously awaiting the next hour!

    January 19, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  258. RichP the Pocono's

    New watcher, enjoyed the premier and the show last nite. Kept me up past my normal bedtime. Going to have to work on time shifting this one I'm thinking.

    January 19, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  259. ChrisX

    That premiere was something serious!! And I can't believe Renee cut that mofo's thumb off just to make a point.....YEAH!!

    January 19, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |

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