Day 8, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Last week, many of the "Bauerites" on this blog mentioned the addition of "Mr. India" himself, Anil Kapoor. Kapoor is well known as one of the biggest names in Bollywood and across the globe after his award-winning performance in "Slumdog Millionaire."
After last night's episode, I am here to make amends for any prior blog (OK, one) that was sans kudos for Mr. Kapoor. President Omar Hassan has become one of this season's most intriguing characters, and Kapoor delivers an endearing, believable performance as the troubled President of Kamistan.
I thought the show did a great job setting up Hassan's character in the first four hours, and then added layer upon layer of his thick dilemmas in last night's episode. So far, Hassan faces a country in turmoil, a failing marriage and his brother's plot to have him killed all in the five hours elapsed thus far.
Good grief, do you think President Hassan's got a full plate? I do, but if we know the show's creators, we know that no character is safe as the day goes on. Pretty soon, I can see a new subplot coming with Hassan's daughter getting mixed up in something else for him to worry about. Mark it down.
Meanwhile, sadistic/gentle (now just "sadistic") Agent Renee Walker seems to be speeding down a path to insanity. While she doesn't appear to be a loose cannon, she just doesn't seem to be "all there." I thought the background info on Renee's undercover work helped to raise the tension level of the scene as Jack tries to make sense of what he was seeing in her behavior. As usual, Chloe delivers.
On the Dana Walsh front, remember last week's pesky "ex-boyfriend sleeping in the van?" Well, this guy has stepped up his game big time! Now, he gets to threaten/harass Dana from HER phone on HER couch in HER apartment. What exactly does he have on Dana, and how does CTU NOT know about her past life?
Whatever it is, Dana's secret will soon come to light, and I think its going to be a pretty good subplot. The slimy dude seems to be about as sharp as a bowling ball, so whatever big thing he's got brewing, don't worry Bauerites, he'll screw it up. I'm banking on it. Let's keep watching to see exactly how he manages to do that.
The verdict? Spent. Another solid episode is in the books, and while this one wasn't packed with action, the tension was high as we got some good insight on the stories unfolding.
Loved, kinda liked, or hated the show? Let us know!
bowling balls are dangerous on the foot if you mishandle it.,'*
some bowling balls are heavy and i accidentally dropped one on my foot. it is quite painfull,:"
It seems fairly obvious that Dana's ex is involved with the Russians or some kind of organization. How did he find her otherwise, she asked, he never answered, and he appears too stupid to have done it on his own. Someone needed a mule in CTU – Dana gets the job.
24 is consistently well-written with twists and turns that leave me exhausted but anxiously awaiting for the next hour at the end of each show! Excellent five-star rating!
I can't believe what a ridiculous character they've written for the head of CTU. He's so unbelievably dumb. Not sure if this is the pattern they want to maintain since the last one that died was just as ignorant. How about bringing back the original guy. I know he died but people have been known to come back from the dead.......remember tony?
I am glad that Anil Kapoor is on '24'. Of all the bickering going on in Indian cinema and everyone piling on each other to show who is more famous I am really happy that Mr Kapoor has kept himself out of all the brouhaha and made himself the first Indian actor from the bollywood mainstream cinema to transition so effortlessly to Hollywood and act in a highly watched drama called '24' with Jack Bauer nonetheless.
I grew up watching him and his movies. Bravo Mr Kapoor!! God Bless you and I wish more laurels a la Slumdog come your way!!
P.S. Please forsake the Satyanarayan Pooja thread from your right hand. You are portraying a Muslim President and Not Hindu. :)
I agree, the Kevin/Dana subplot makes me want to fast forward every time. This part of the program is bringing down the show!
I spent five minutes writing about this terrible show and how it misleads people. I've watched approximately 20 episodes of '24' in my lifetime, and it was for the sake a research. I wrote an article in my school paper about the declining quality of entertainment these days, and how this leads to a dumber America. '24' was my primary source for material. The article received a lot of positive feedback. However, I suspect that I can credit this to the fact that people who watch '24' don't spend a lot of time reading.
If you don't like to read criticism about a show that you enjoy, perhaps you should stay off the internet. However, if you’d like to counter the points I’ve made about ‘24’ instead of committing a serious ad hominem against me, you’re welcome to do so.
I understand why many are not too keen on the Dana/douchebag ex-boyfriend plotline, but I am curious as to where it will go. For those who worry over the fact that CTU has never discovered her past, remember that she is a data expert (she's Chloe's boss, for Christ's sake), and probably hacked into whatever databases she needed to in order to delete her records and create the new identity, before she applied for the job at CTU.
Also, as for Renee: I think Jack's being a bit harsh toward's her, considering that in Season 2, when he was still torn up over Terry's death and had that terrible beard, he shot and killed and cut the head off of a federal witness just so he could reestablish his cover with a criminal group. So cutting a guy's thumb off isn't too bad when compared to that.
Almost feels like they spent their load this year already. HOWEVER, we all know how well it gets back on track....
Gotta say that casting Bubba as CTU leader threw me off a bit....don't see much development w/ his character. He just out to cover his own ass....thats all. Shrimp cocktail, shimp stew, shrimp kabobs, shrimp gumbo, shrimp.........
Jack will continue until the 24 Movie- which will conclude with him getting remarried and settling down near Kim, in LA. Freddie Prinze Jr. will go on to star in the spin off with him playing the lead role, but the show's format moving away from the 24 hour format. That's the way it will be.
It has become too much like a soap opera. I guess the writers have run out of decent material.
Love 24. Watched all the episodes begining from Season 1. I agree with most readers that the Dana Sub plot sucks.
Anil Kapoor is doing a good job
This is why I stopped watching many years ago: Guy in desert shoots a blank shot in the air... But oh no it's not blank, hits a soldier falling off a plane... Soldier isn't wearing helmet! Bullet comes out one cheek, out the other... Nearly misses tongue! Of not soldier....But of U.S. President who happens to be drunk jumping practicing for a secret freefall wedding with his mistress... Who happens to glance down from the airplane... As bullet hits her right in the forehead...
I am a true Bauerite. I also plan my Mondays around 24. The gift of 24 is that you can't plan or predict this show and what will happen next but you know the weak characters are quickly wiped out, case in point the guy whose probation bracelet Renee removed, I believe he is in the river with a bullet in his head.
I am waiting for the Dana plot to explode. 24 has more loyal fans than any other show. Was I the only Bauerite upset about the writers strike last season.
as far as the CTUdirector is concerned, trust me, we have 19 more hours. He will show and prove himself before the 9th hour, he will be rough, real and ready. There is no way a whimp could run CTU.
For the 24 haters, I bet you love the WWE.
And that's just real talk
great.. jack is back ..been waiting for it guys........ love all the seasons, keep up the good work kiefer, i will always be a big fun of yours, cant wait to watch the next episode
AWESOME SHOW!! Can't imagine anyone who isn't simply a Hater not loving this Show!! (The Dana story line IS BRUTAL though.. It better tie in somehow)
Seriously Stupid TV program.
Don't understand how some people can even spend minutes watching it.
i think the strongest subplot will be of the son with radioactive particles and inter winding doctor. Story will also take us to kamistan which is going to be more exciting. keep watching. omar hasan and cloe has proved there worth in acting.
How the hell did dana hide her past and using an alias to work in a such high profile federal job. I sure would like to know because i would like to do the same so i can work in a bad ass job.
Well the guy mentioned that it was about accessory to a murder and Dana mentioned that she got out earlier than the guy because she was a minor. so no more secret there...
The Kevin/Dana subplot makes me want to fast forward every time. As one previous commenter said, it's painful to watch! It's just ridiculous. She'd have never made it into CTU to begin with, and at this point, the threats are just silly.
They'll pull it all together by having whatever she's doing for Kevin interfere with the current investigation and sending Jack for a loop, or down the wrong path, I'm sure.
Its so stupid and not worth to see
Fear and more fear , nukes and more nukes ........
what great stupid film
But the "Kevin / Ex Boyfriend" side plot line is horrible. Ok – so they have someone in CTU that has a questionable past... but that someone is a new character that we as viewers don't care about – yet.
I agree – less of the boyfriend, please!
I've been a big fan of 24 since hour 1 on day 1. However, during the scene with Kevin, I got so disinterested that I switched over to ESPN news to hear the latest rumors about Brett Favre retiring, which I found much more entertaining.
I'll keep watching cause, "I know Jack", and that means good stuff yet to come.
what I wonder about is what happened to Renee/ Season 7, this lady was straight by the book type gal (well up until she met Jack) but now she is off the "hook" Can't wait to find out what happened to her.
And the new director of CTU, Hastings. I can't stand him. I don't even like the way he walks or stands. Can't wait to see a good heated trife between he and Jack.
I've been a diehard fan of "24" and Jack Bauer since season 1. First four seasons were believable and outstanding, albeit a bit long. Starting the season in January is a good change. I do think the stories, the writing, is not as good in subsequent seasons as the early ones. This season has started out pretty well, the writing seems to have improved, but the Dana and bad boyfriend subplot is a bit annoying and a little hard to believe. Does anyone think you could get hired at the FBI or CIA and hide a criminal record? Then why would they get hired at CTU, which is a similar agency? Oh well, I will ignore that subplot and concentrate on the main one and enjoy Jack and his adventures immensely. Go Jack!
Some questions: How does a wooden, inflexible character such as Hastings end up in such a responsible position? Is he supposed to be like that or is the acting just that bad? And how did the main CTU office end up in NYC? And, just as in all the other years, why are these people never held up in traffic like the rest of us?
Dana/Ex-boyfriend sub plot stinks. Anil Kapoor is believable – great role and he is doing well.
Renee's role is now an essential part of the story and on equal par with Jack. What an excellent performance from Anne and the tension is building beautifully. What price Dana kills Kevin?
CTU is in the business of national security. Every call, every internet search, anything and everything is monitored. So when you have Dana calling her ex, and talking about "accessory to murder," "fraud," and "identity theft," it is impossible to consider that in a world were America has been on the brink of nuclear war several times and has had California nuked, wouldn't be more secure.
But, in conclusion, its all compromised in the name of entertainment. Jack will never die, will never fail on his own behalf, people travel faster than it's possible, cell phones never die, and "crucial data" is never uploaded or saved–its always put in harms way. Its what creates drama.
I think she is acting and will turn on Jack at the end – also the female agent with out a proper background check is going to turn out to be an important piece that ultimatly ties in her ex boyfriend to the bigger plot and I also think she will be asked to do something the benefits the russians at the end
I am waiting for Dana/Jenny to finally go "Starbuck" and whack this moron of an ex.
It is more of a distraction than a complement to the overall plot. The only thing this will do is make her sloppy on the job and hasten her removal from the lineup.
The ex is too far down on the food chain to bring anything relevant to this equation. We're watching aninternational conflict unfold. Why do we care about this knucklehead?
Really? Women would really walk in an office like CTU wearing arm-baring dresses and high heels? Come on, producers, get real: it doesn't entertain, it simply annoyes because feeding us this crap you kinda presume we're all dumb sixpack-drinking counch potatoes.
Can someone knock some common sense into blogger diana brest and how she believes what happens on the show is real. "This show is realistic and shows how countries really are, and terrorism." This is the pinnacle of ignorance. I bet she also believes that sponge bob lives under the sea...sick
If Tony is now Dimitri, didn't remember the facelift, then he will for sure show up – maybe as a double agent for the Russians?
I wholeheartedly agree with many commenters – the Dana/BF subplot is terrible. As for the article, what does he have.. she was an accessory to murder, which was committed by the BF. She somehow managed to change her identity... Thought that was pretty clear....
Some friends and I have a theory on Dana's backstory. Because the incident happened when she was a minor may be the reason her past record didn't show up in a security check for her clearance. And she might be witness protection which would allow her to have a clean background. Her her ex found her is a mystery and why CTU allows cell phones in a secure area, I don't know.
Ok I love 24 and with that being said- if anyone on here "hates" 24 or think it or Jack Bauer is stupid...don't freaking watch it and also don't comment on this blog about it. Seriously, you are not going to change our opinions and we don't care to hear yours!
Also I wanted to throw in that yes I also believe Tony will be back for some reason or another...havn't figured out how or why but he'll be there! I wish he'd take Hastings place at CTU but I don't think that's gonna happen....
The who Dana Walsh storyline really bothers me. She works for CTU. First of all how did she even get the job. Did they completely quite screening applicants all together. Also as I mentioned she works for CTU why would she let this worm threaten her. She has so much at her disposal to get at him use it. Dana is not to bright!
They might have just as well insert Artie Lange into Kevins role.
What a ludicris subplot.
And arent they making Jack look a little P whipped this season??
Have to agree with most of the comments above, especially with the Dana storyline (which will have to play in in some unexpected way.)
But my concern is with Renee... How can we get her hair out of that clump on the top of her head and back down around her shoulders???
Love 24 but the subplot with Dana and her ex boyfriend ruins it this season; I mean that is so incredibly ridiculous. It ruins the show for me and I really love this show.
Freddie Prinze Jr must NOT die. He has to kill Kevin – Dana's boyfriend who obviously will soon be outed as working for the Russians. The Russians got him out and are now using him to get info via Dana.
A little slow last night, not enough JACK for me. Hope to see more of
Freddie, also would like to see more of the cop that helped Jack when the other cop was beating him. Remember it is TV so liberties can be taken thats part of what makes it fun to watch. Monday night with 24 is still the best on TV.
24 is DaBomb, I tivo each espisode but end up watching it live. Jack Bauer is the my super Hero and Rene we better watch her because I think she's gone Wacky BoBo..
Totally agree on the Dana Walsh plot–I legally changed my name 6 years ago, and it's the first thing I tell every new employer/landlord, etc. It shows up in a credit check, let alone in the kinds of searched CTU would do. Absolutely no way they don't know about it.
The subplot is worthwhile only in that it will be such a sweet moment when Dana finally kills the jerk.
And I love the idea of Vlad being Tony. Tony's return (and side-switching) was the best part of last season.
Clearly everyone hates the Dana/Jenny/Ex-boyfriend subplot.
Tony is Dimitriv or Dimitri. Remember he supposedly had plastic surgery!
The entire Dana? subplot is unbelieveable and ridiculous. First, tell me how the agency that knows everything about everybody doesn't know about one of their own personnel. Second, she comes off as a hard-ass at CTU but gets real soft and timid when dealing with this dude. Last, if she's as smart as they make her out to be, then why can't she figure out what to do with this guy. Paying him off with the max you can get out the ATM is just plain stupid.
Oh yeah Renee! Annie Wersching is spectacular in character. She is so believable. I wonder how Renee is going to play out on the wrong side of the Russian mob. Do we think she makes it through the whole 24 hours?
Can someone please remind me why Renee went to jail in the first place? Must not have watched that season. Agree with almost everything said: Don't care about the Dana subplot; Anil Kapoor is a talented actor; Jack is still yelling "COPY THAT!" AND "NOW"!! Care alot about Chloe; think the CTU Director is a jerk; I would LOVE Tony to come back. All in all, still love the show.
Yes, you do have to endure opposing comments. This isn't the Jack Bauer fan club, it's CNN. Welcome to reality mon amis.
Also, 24 has long since jumped the shark. It's gotten to the point where you can predict what's about to happen based on what time it is, and in the few instances where you can't, it's simply absurd.
Where's Tony? Maybe Tony will show-up soon and wipe out Dana's ex.
Love the show; love Jack/Kiefer - great and gorgeous, as always; and love Chloe. Would like to see more of Freddie Prinze, Jr. I was hoping that he and Jack would team up and get some stuff done.....maybe later in season?!
I love this show. Haven't missed a day. The Dana plot is weak. Geez, she has no spine with the ex-beau. She needs to tell Jack and let him take care of the guy. And how CTU didn't find out about her past is beyond me. Looking forward to how all the plots turn out. I love KS.
I love "24" and do not miss an episode. Jack Bauer and Chloe are the foundation upon which this show rests and, while characters come and go, without them it would be nothing. The diverse cast also makes it real. Realistically, you do have to suspend belief because, I don't know about you, but I could not go for 24 hours without some "fast food", water and restroom breaks. More power to Jack Bauer!
Wow Renee Walker is not a loose cannon, she cut off a dudes thumb and was not part of the plan although the only way to get to Viktor.. looks like the epitome of a loose cannon to me....
Hate the Dana subplot – there are things called fingerprints, lie detector tests, serious background checks done in the "Black" world that makes her "other identity"/past life being kept secret pretty ludicrous. This piece of the show is totally unbelieveable IMO.
I think last year the show started to jump the shark. I found myself completely disinterested this year, constantly changing the channel during commercial breaks and forgetting to flip back.
I guess I can only (believeably) watch a full on SWAT team get ambushed by a bunch of terrorists so many times before I go OK, enough's enough. I was constantly rolling my eyes last year at every "plot turn", they just get more and more unbelievable.
Anil Kapoor is not able to deliver the true himself and seems like he has issues with dialogs in Englich language.
Most of the actors back in India are not as qualified as in here and do have issue with English language unless you spend much time in a English speaking country and that shows. The way he was saying the word Millionaire in Slumdog Millionaire, that was hillarious. But, he got the part in 24, so good luck.
Who cares about 24? It's boring. It's right up there with Stargate and Buffy. You are grown people and you are making fools of yourselves. So keep it up... geeks.
I hate the posture of CTU Director Hastings... what the heck, he walks like he's about to hit his head on something, or the something is sitting on his head, maybe it's the ear piece. Don't know if the posture is planned or not, but it bugs the heck out of me every time I see him. The guy should just stand up, after all he is the Director of CTU.
It is well known that in the show, something small such as the Dana/Ex situation can become something big. Didn't the Ex mention something about the docks? Isn't the docks where the nuclear materials will be shipped from? I think the sub plot will go much further but just give it a little bit of time. Only thing I am annoyed by right now is Hastings. How the hell did he become a director?
Sorry, can't get past this Dana thing. Even IF there's a good plot twist – like the boyfriend being involved with the Russians or Ortiz already knowing about it (which he doesn't, based on his reaction to seeing Dana missing), it wouldn't redeem the initial stupidity. Any plot twist is still based on Dana being able to fake her identity and become a CTU agent. If that's possible, then why even have a CTU? If it's so easy to fool them, then you might as well hire me to do that job. I'd believe you could do that and get into the police department (As the Russian did), but not a governmental agency like that. RIDICULOUS.
Even the big picture payoff will be sullied by this crap. I can't see how they can turn it around...unless Dana comes to her senses and has her idiotic ex-boyfriend/murderer arrested (I guarantee you that assaulting someone is a violation of his probation).
To all of those who express irritation that "24" is not realistic and that the plotlines are "unbelievable"-let me remind you that this is television-not real life. It is entertainment and in this particular case, you are supposed to suspend reality when watching. Forget about what makes sense or not, and just ENJOY the show--PRETEND that it's really happening and you will have a ball. Not every show is a documentary or based on a true story!
I agree no action... actually too many plots
I personally like action and I am disappointed in this last hour
Renee may not be "all there" but she's a solid character this season. I'm getting the strange feeling she won't survive this season tho. Dana having a past history is a good side plot. Whatever she did before was when she was a minor, I believe I heard her say that and her ex-bf mentioned accessory to murder. Did she get away with it because she was a juvenile? Lets see Jack back in action next week!
You spend a lot of time elaborating on a show you dislike
but watch anyway. Why ?
Leave those of us who love and watch the show to exchange
comments, thoughts, predictions.
If you don't like the show, don't watch the show. Then, we
don't have to endure your unwelcome comments.
..getting worse each year
...waiting for Jack Bauer to don a wetsuit and go waterskiing at the CTU picnic ...
Sorry producers. Make it better! Or end it on a high note, like LOST hopes to do.
Bobby – No idea why all these 24 die hard fans can't "see/understand" what has been mentioned few times in the show that Dana Walsh's real name is something else who originally committed the crime. She stole the identity of Dana Walsh and thus CTU did not find any criminal record for Dana Walsh during background check.
No, we get it Bobby. We get what they're TRYING to do. We're just saying, no one is stupid enough to buy that. Everyone knows that it's IMPOSSIBLE to pull that off when you're working for the government. Especially when CTU is supposed to be the equivalent of the CIA/FBI. Do you really think that you could try and fake your identity and then be a CIA top analyst? They interview your family, friends, previous employers, check records, the works. How would Dana have the resources to change ALL of that? She wouldn't. And, the stupid boyfriend would NEVER get so close to the building. My uncle used to work for the Secret Service and now works for the pentagon and he backs me up 100%. TOTALLY UNREALISTIC. To the point of insulting.
Otherwise, not too bad
Love the show, but am slightly let down by the effective-yet-tired plot styling. How many plots could be hacked if CTU ever learns to bug their own corridors where employees constantly put the nation at risk over some pyscho relative? Which friendly CTU face is actually a mole, and which colleague will they frame? How long will they torture the innocent employee before the mole makes a run for it? No arrest warrant issued for Jack Bauer yet? Amazing! Surely Kim missed her flight to California because Katee Sackoff's boyfriend has her tied up in the backroom. I always thought Kim's husband looked like a Russian plutonium expert. Just wait until Jack has to shoot him dead in front of her. One more thing you can predict with certainty - that I'll be watching.
Ok. wait a minute here.... Anil Kapoor is Indian? really? SO WHAT!. Seriously, he's an actor, he's a mans actor. How many Americans play Russians or people from other countries? Hang on... Ben Kingsley played Gandhi!
People Get over his nationality, He's doing a Great Job so far.
Also to the 24 Haters that have posted. If you dont like the show, then seriously dont post. For those of us who enjoy it, and are smart enough to know some of its faults (Like the Dana/Boyfriend storyline), the haters just look sad. Watch something else instead, I'm sure NBC has a revolving door of shows you can watch.
Anyhow, Enjoying the show so far. Need to get Jack back into the thick of things. He seems to be bordering the outskirts of the show since the latter part of last season to the the begining of this.
I'll give last nights a 7/10
to Miami Dude ,
you are entitled to your opinion, certainly.
stop watching and stop filling space w/negative comments.
no one wants to hear from you.
I had to laugh reading all the comments about Jack's cell phone. Mine never gets reception like that! But, it IS only a TV show, though an AWESOME one. I agree with most of the posters – the Dana subplot with the trailer trash bf is kinda crazy. Plus, I find Dana herself quite annoying. If she had any brains, she would find some way to get out of that situation. If a slime bucket guy like this can get into the workings of CTU, what is the Russian mob going to do? I'm also very, very glad that Chloe is back. She is one of the most interesting characters and does a great job acting with her eyes and her expressions. I hope we get to see more of Freddie Prinze and I'll bet we do. I think he is portrayed as brave, hardworking and earnest. Someone will try to exploit him very soon, I'm sure. Finally, will Jack EVER make it to LA? Maybe the last episode, who knows. Whatever, this is a great start to this season.
I'm glad I am not the only one that thinks the CTU Director looks like cardboard and walks like a hunched-over robot. I know the CTU folks are suppose to hold in their emotions but this guy looks like he is going to fall asleep or put me to asleep. He also has a permanent "pissed off" look on his face.
I've watched all 5 hours of the new season and have not seen Jack torture anyone yet. What's up with that? Jack is behaving very passively. I can't wait until he explodes, which I know is forthcoming. Also, Renee's performance last night with a gun to her face rocked! She could very well be the next "Jack". 24 Rules. People who complain about the same plot year in and year out just don't get it. Writers, keep up the great work. ps – give Jack more air time!
Dana Walsh is such a tool. It's actually kind of funny to watch her being tooled by Kevin.
I think that you all are missing a possible twist in the Dana/Jenny subplot. Did anyone ever stop to think that maybe agent Ortiz already figured out what she did and has paid this ex to come back and put a bullet in her head and the marriage thing is part of the plot? Maybe Ortiz is involved in the bigger picture and thinks that Dana can get "target data and information" to the goon boyfriend about certain institutions/plans, but in reality it is coming to him and the russians...think bigger picture man.
Someone commented on the Posture of CTU Director Hastings... I admit it was strange for about the first hour but after that I love it! Especially when he walks, he looks like he's there to do work, take care of business, hes got something to do....etc. I give im the nickname of "workman" I love the posture!
The Dana subplot is heading in the direction of using her job to find a big bank heist for her stupid ex-boyfriend. She won't want to, but she will do it. As a result, boyfriend will be sent to his death, but coincidentally, will cause a problem for Jack/Renee, like letting the nuke-peddlers avoid capture in that hour. What happens to Dana after that? Will she be found out? Will she later be able to redeem herself? Now do you care about this stupid bad relationship subplot. Come on. You knew this was going somewhere relevant.
24is the best show that i have ever watched but something didn't make sense last night and that was why they sent a decoy out when renee walker didn't mention anything about Jack Bauer.
24 is addicting to me and my grandfather and we love the show.
what i have to say is good job to the makers of the producers that make and come up with the show and the acters that play and played in 24.
Love love love Kiefer ...he always deliver as Jack Bauer BUT I am getting tired of the plot...it is always the small fishes first and at the end the Big Fish. It is boring and very predictable expecially the sub plots. Hopefully there is no mole again this season.
To the writers and producers, I suggest that you get away from all these predictable plots done every season. Build up the characters and stay on a simple plot. I know its an action tv show but it won't hurt to have some riveting drama and a little comedy. Be different this time! Make Choe and head of CTU...it will be more fun with all the exchange of conversation and disagreement ... make things a little more realistic...
Does anybody else wish the new CTU director would stand up straight?
It is simply not worth the time any more. Stupidity heaped upon idiocy frosted with inanity. As predictable and tedious as Leave it to Beaver, but with explosions.
Why is Jack always 10 minutes out? Why is the person in charge of CTU always an uninformed idiot? Please bring Edgar back. I know he died but that never matters in Hollywood.
I'm also a huge fan. I always look forward to seeing what Jack will be up to each week. The Renee Walker plot is going well I think. She really does seem like she's going to come unglued any minute! Much different than her role last year. And what's up with Jack and all his emotions! He's worried she's not ready, thinks she's out of control and losing it?? Isn't that what we said about him a few season back?? It's interesting to see how he's the more cautious one at the moment.
Can't wait to see what the next hour will bring!
I am a big FAN of the show from day one. I hated when they made Jack feel guilty for all the things he did for the government and then they wanted his head. If it wasn't for Jack we would al be dead including all the finger pointers. Enough about that, this season is looking good like always, but I hope that Dana grows a back bone and does not let that idiot exboyfriend of hers get away with what he wants to do. A black mailer only keeps his word as long as you go along with him/her and eventually what ever they have over you will come out. So beat um to the punch, your gonna get it anyway dont give the satisfaction for even 1 second. They threaten to tell, you dial the number. Thats my story and Im sticking to it.
President Hassan will end up being this season's biggest villian, for reasons we don't yet know. I guarantee it. His daughter will be the one who needs to be the liasson between President Taylor and Hassan.
Perhaps the way he is handling his own country after this assasination attempt will create the needed wedge, but he will not be on the US side for long, and they will end up being bitter enemies for a short while.
Perhaps all will be restored in the end, but I can see Hassan accepting the prusuit of nuclear weapons, and may end up deploying them in his own country, or even in the US.
Hassan will be no hero. Count on it.
I love 24. Thank God I'm not a writer. It'd 60 minutes. Dana would kill her ex and no one would care. Bubba Gump would go shrimp boating and get out of Jack's way. There'd be no sub plots.
The Dana Walsh story line is horrible. Does anyone think you could get a job in a place like CTU without going through enough of a background check to uncover a fake identity. Then to have her walk out in the middle of an operation to go home and deal with her 'stalker'. As much as I hate to do it, I'm fast-forwarding every time Katie Sackhoff appears on screen.
Cherry Jones (aka the President) needs to go.....she is boring, boring, boring. Thank God Chloe is back. One more season with Jeanine Garafalo and I would have been an ex-Bauerite.
Yohooo !! Anil Kapoor rocks !
And his acting is in par with the rest of the cast.
I grew up watching his films and he is pretty great.
Thanks Dereyck , for mentioning him in this blog !
What NickyB said...get a grip folks...this is just fun. Besides, you might be surprised at what the writers do with Dana...isn't the surprise the reason we watch 24 anyway?
I still detest the president that was carried over from last season. She's weak and too "Mom-ish" to be on 24. The Renee Walker character is much better this year–I love her dark side. The Starbuck character (or whatever her name is) is disappointing at best.
But, most disappointing is that fact that Jack Bauer said "nucular" instead of "nuclear" 3 or 4 times last week. It's hard to believe he's involved with counter-terrorism if he can't even say that word right. How did NOBODY catch that during production??
love the show cannot get enough of 24
I am very disappointed! Jack has not said, "I GIVE YOU MY WORD!" once! If you watch the past seasons, you can make a drinking game out of how many times he says it.
And does he wear diapers?? The man never stops to take a piss or take a dump! Must be during the commercial breaks!
Love the show! A must on Monday makes the bachelor look like whip . . . or yeah he is! Girls make the change turn on 24 you will not regret it.
That's my point. You consider them to be plausible enemies.
I hate the Dana-Ex-boyfriend plot too, but I believe the boyfriend is going to have a connection to Tony!! You heard it here first!!
New season is good and anil kapoor is pretty awesome. I like the freddie prinze jr character and hope he gets more story/air time soon.
i HATE the dana subplot though – reminds of earlier subplots with kim that were simply annoying and pointless. but this time it's painful to watch and so implausible. chloe can dig up any piece of dirt on anyone alive, but no one can figure out dana changed her name and has a record? puhleez.
also dislike very much the new director of CTU but will assume that his character dies at some point since nearly everyone that occupies the glassed-in office of ctu director doesn't make it through the season.
looking forward to renee kicking some serious butt soon!
I really enjoy 24 so far this year. I think it will have many turns and twists, one of them being Dana's character. I read your coments about how she would realisticly not act so submissive to this ex-boyfriend, but I must say I have known many well educated and professional women, that I admired immensely, who were very inept in their personal lives. Self esteem is not always in every facit of someones life. The show really rocks, and my husband and I (mid 60's) look forward to Monday nights.
Where is Freddie Prinze, Jr. and when is his character going to team up with Jack? C'mon writers - those of us old enough to fondly remember his talented Dad are keeping our fingers crossed for some great action on 24 for his son. Maybe when Jack retires Renee and Ortiz partner up and kick butt. I agree the CTU director is a boob. But you can't expect another Bill Buchanan. RIP!! Chances are this guy won't last too many more episodes. The Dana plotline is needed because it puts her in a position to waylay things at CTU at some point and make Jack's life hell and Chloe more of a heroine. How exactly does the first lady of a Middle Eastern country leave NYC without causing a scene? Keep an eye on that one, the daugther too. And finally, what is going on with the Presidents' hair? The US one is dying from limp fine blah and the male is a victim of Saturday Night Fever disco doo! Otherwise – best hour on the tube - ever.
Okay – huge fan of 24 since the beginning....I say we need more Freddy Prince Jr!!!!!! Dump the fiance plot!!!! YUK!
I tuned in for the first couple of episodes and have been suprised at how good this season is.
The only subplot I don't care for is the one with Dana, the only way to make it work is if her boyfriend is in with the Russians then it all makes sense.
The only sense I can make of a government agent's past life not being revealed in a background check is one hell of a witness protection program background! After all, loser (who would be kinda cute if he weren't a slime ball) stated she was an accessory to murder and blondie (who personally I think is a bad actress) stated she got out of jail before him because she was a minor when she went in. It's not uncommon for child offender's to be given a whole new life and identity when they are released from prison. Feasible?
Yes, the Dana/Kevin thing is a little painful to watch, but maybe they need to build it up for something that really shocks. What if she was on CTU payroll as a minor when Kevin got sent away? We've seen stranger things on this show over the years.
No idea why all these 24 die hard fans can't "see/understand" what has been mentioned few times in the show that Dana Walsh's real name is something else who originally committed the crime. She stole the identity of Dana Walsh and thus CTU did not find any criminal record for Dana Walsh during background check.
I think the "CRAZY" Rene plot will continue to play-out until Keifer S. signs a contract for another year. As soon as that deal is done Jack should take a bigger, more aggressive role. Until then, I love crazy Rene. What's happening with the daughter is she just in limbo in the airport ? Dana plot, not very exciting. Either drop it or tie it in with the Russians !! I thought maybe Garofalo and Chloe would be more competitive. It's great entertainment and every bit as exciting as previous years.
Have been a 24 fan for years, but I agree the Dana/Kevin sideshow is annoying. Doesn't seem believable that someone would risk national security and safety during a crisis to appease an old flame. Why not even introduce more character development and leading in new characters associated with Chloe? I like the tougher, edgier Renee, but Renee went a little over the edge last night - it's like she's an out of control Jack.
Love the show! But i also agree with everyone on the Dana plot. I mean, what's up with her ex driving to CTU and hanging out there until the security calls her?!! Just imagine driving to A CIA or a whatever national security agency location! You will barely make it to the first barrier, if you have no business being there!! The head of CTU is horrible. Loving the new Renne though..but i think they are preparing us for Freddie Prince as the next Jack.
Drop the Dana and ex-boyfriend subplot! It does not have the same intensity and quality as the rest of the show. I agree if it had been Chloe we would have cared. It verges on unbelievable. Jack........always 5 stars!
Love – Jack Bauer, Chloe, Pres. Taylor.
Hate – Dana/Jen, ex-boy friend Kevin,
So-so – Hastings, Vlad, his crew,
Work on the plots, script writers.
The story line re Dana's ex and her past is just too stupid to believe. How did she managed to get a job with CTU of all places? You can't even get a job now as a sales clerk without going through a background check and a credit check? Please give your viewers a little credit. I'd like to think that our government is better than this.
I have to agree with Dave – the new gal side plot with the criminal boyfriend from the past is horrible and not likely to happen with background checks in government agencies. She is doomed to lose her job either way – she gives him what she wants she stands to lose her job, doesn't give him what he wants and they find out – same ending. It kind of ruins a good show when they do stupid things like that.
Love it! A mixture of all kinds. How I hate that creep of Dana's! They
did somethin real bad in the past, I'm sure and now he's back for
@Laurie: Not the most socially responsible show? You have to make a villain out of someone. So is it only socially responsible to make villains out of rich caucasian men? It makes more sense for the enemies in the show to be plausible/realistic enemies.
Also, the Dana/Jenny side plot is annoying. I haven't known her long enough to care about her. They should have waited and started introducing this subplot, if at all, several episodes in. But for those of you who are confused, it makes sense that she hasn't told anyone. She said she had money and therefore changed her identity, something CTU doesn't know. And she wouldn't want her conviction for being an accomplice to murder (I think it was) to come out.
Lastly, how likely is it that Jack could pull off a cover?! He was all over national news! The Russians live in the United States. How could they NOT have seen him already?
Excellent plot so far, but Dana's charactor first lacks the type A personality that all CTU women are endowed with when confronted w/ violent individuals, second wheres her gun, third, CTU needs to enforce a practical dress code though it is nice to see Dana in a nice skirt, but I suppose every show needs a good looking women in a cat suit.
Think Renee's acting brilliant.
She will win some award for it.
The scene with the gun to her head was played perfectly.
You really believed it was happening to unstable, wanting to die, her.
My husband and I have watched every episode of 24 and look forward to it every year. Yes, the X boyfriend blackmail thing is painful. I would never let a man do that to me and I am not even a bad- woman! I couldn't believe she gave him her keys! This is stupid, and I don't like it. She should get Jack to pay the little jerk a visit!
Not the most socially responsible show. Clearly the American public needs to know that now all terrorists are not middle Eastern and/or Russian Mobsters.
But, seriously, 24 is the best roller coaster ride out there. Consider me a die hard Bauerite!
How many more "day's" can Jack have? How many more "bad guys" does Jack have to kill to save his "country"? The ORIGINAL concept of 24 was at the time ground breaking and the first three season's of the show IMHO made T.V. history. Now however, the concept has run it's course.
I'm starting to think that the next season (yes I know this is the "last") Will have Jack going to France to investigate the Knights Templar.....
Has anyone noticed that Jack doesn't say "Dam it" as much as he used to in the good ol' days? We used to slam a ton of shots/beers everytime Jack said "dam it" and would be pretty sloshed where as we are barely buzzed during this new season. Jack are you getting soft on us now that you are an old Grandpa? C'mon jack toughen up and start "swearing" so i can get my buzz on!
When does Jack take a dump?! Really. 24 hours he never eats, sleeps or have a BM!
I will have to go back and look at the way last season ended, I have so much spinning in my head after watching all seven season right after last season ended (yeah my g/f got hooked last season, and I had to let her go through my dvd collection and get caught up) but I thought it ended with Tony Almeda(wounded) in custody, and Renee about to rip up "the man behind it all" last year.
Also, I dont know much about Freddie Prince Jr., due to all the teenie movies he was making awhile back, but the moment he was in distress and the assasin wanted him to say all clear.........and he said the killer is here with me. AWESOME!
I know its a T.V show, but HE EARNED MY RESPECT, something only Curtis, Renee, and Jack has ever held from me.....Agent Ortiz could be everything I hoped Chase would be........Another bad mofo
But seriously Vladamir couldnt be Tony, without this turning into a daytime soap.
Love the show. But CTU has to the the most inept goverment run security force ever. Every year there is someone working on the inside that mess' everthing up for Jack. Now the guy in charge is an idiot that does not listen to any good ideas and the head of IT is a conspiractor to muder. Don't they do any interviews or background checks?
I've watched feverishly since season 1. I am really disappointed with the sub plot of this dim Dana Walsh / Jenny Whoever character. She works for CTU and #1 You are going to tell me THEY don't know of her past and #2 SHE doesn't know enough to come clean and have the guy arrested? Her actions have no iota of intelligence. I am hoping the writers turn it around and somehow astound me. Hoping!
I've loved '24' from the beginning and am OK that some of the plot lines aren't as realistic as we would like; they usually add intrigue to the story. However, the Dana/Jenny story is worthless and beyond unbelievable. As someone who works for the Feds, there is No Way, even with a sealed record as a minor, someone at Dana's security level in CTU could get away with a false identity. Not only do you have to provide information all the way back to grade school, they Interview people from your past. You going to tell me, Jenny was able to find people and fake schools to say she was Dana and fool CTU?!?
Plus, on last week's episode, how could Kevin simply walk up to the entrance of a CIA-type building, ask to speak to one of their employees, and not be told, “Sorry sir, we cannot disclose who does or does not work at this facility.” It's called PII. They canNOT admit she even works there! I can't even disclose whether my boss is here or not, if she's out sick, or on travel!! They need to kill Dana/Jenny/Kevin/his buddy and that subplot ASAP!
Love the rest.
to the comment I would love to know who that cellphone provider is, never a dropped call.... I believe it is sprint... but if you watch the show closely they always show who sponsors the show. Just watch it will go something like this
"CHLOE I NEED THE SCHEMATICS TO 732 Main st." "OK JACK ITS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT NOW" Camera pans to a big SPRINT written on the top of the phone.... like really......
I take great pride in watching a Canadian save the day. time and time again...a bit like Bruce Willis does in the Die Hard series,
We are always happy to help our good neighbours to the South.
Kiefer Sutherland's Grandfather was Tommy Douglas who was the father of Canadian healthcare. Here's an idea for the next series....Jack Bauer saves the American Health Care system in 24 hours! Can it be done?
I doubt if the idea would fly...just like my idea for " Survivor Afghanistan " ....oh well.
@Scott. I don't think Vladamir is Tony, and isn't Carlos Bernard coming back this year? But I do think the "you got some work done" remark was a hint that he may not be Vladamir (undercover, perhaps).
I've only seen Jack eat once in the first season. He has yet to relieve himself.
remeber Dana was in Juvenile Prison. NO ONE sees those records.
I have all ages of family & friends watching
We call to remind one another to watch don't want our busy schedules to interfer.
Best smart adult riviting show on TV!!!
So over those boring sit coms & reality shows
Nnothing new or interesting there
24 is back!!! thanks to great performance by Anil Kapoor and way his character is developed by script writers & the actor himself.
He is one of the greatest actors with capacity to play any character with unfathomable undercurrents.
I always look forward to the Bauer Power Hour!
I love 24 and I could watch it 24/7. Rene is crazy she was just nuts last night and I love it.. I wonder if she will be Jack's new love interest. someone tell me.. Is Tony dead, some say yes and some say Jack just let him walk away. Whatever the case maybe I could never get enough 24........
I'm waiting, not so patiently, for Starbuck...I mean, Dana to kick some serious tail....
Now that I think about it, how about a sub-plot cross-over of BG and 24? Dana could end up being a "just from the dead Starbuck" and Vladimir (the Russian Mob boss) can end up being a Cylon....awesome.
I love 24!! ..and especially the character of President Hassan. Very nice. But I wish they were bit more tuned to current affairs. World peace conference -nice. President of a middle eastern country -nice. nukes-nice. Russian mafia –what???. Al Qaeda is the new mafia with arms around nukes...that would have been thrilling.
..And does anyone else thinks that the President of the United States could have been played by a better, sharper looking woman? Gina Davis comes to mind.
Worst season so far, imo. the ctu director is an idiot and always hunched over like someone punched him in the stomach. Who cares about dana yet although i think here character is going to explode in the next few episodes. why does ctu look like a typical hollywood set now, i like the old ctu or no ctu not this fantasy ctu.
I think the problem with this year and last year is brannon braga(writer) everything this guy touches dies, thanks a lot brannon. and still waiting for agent pierce, who is by far the 2nd best character on this show next to chloe...
This season is G-R-E-A-T, as usual. Love the new plots going on and i'm bitting my nails every episode. only not so great character is the new CTU Director, frankly not so great acting looks forced. who's with me.
I'm a devoted fan of 24 and have always been, but this season, just isn't doing it for me.
I think the first eyebrow raised was on the first night when Jack was beat up by the cop in the basement, the cop stating- he was doing it because he'd (Jack) get off on some technicality for killing at cop. Man, that's straight from 80's Miami Vice.
And Renee being the female "Jack" now, I don't know, this season just hasn't struck a chord with me yet.
But I still won't miss an episode.
Also, glad to see Starbuck has a new gig.
I hate the Dana/Kevin subplot too, BUT I think Kevin is trying to get Dana to do something big to make some money...could it possibly involve betraying something going on at CTU to an enemy? That is the only way that subplot makes any sense.........
Jack Bauer needs to retire just like Brent Favre......hopefully CTU had a pension/401k plan for Jack. If not the Government better watch out since he'll pull a "MacGyver" on them.....the only difference is that Jack is ok with carrying and using a gun.
LOVE IT! Glad Jack is BACK! Keeps me watching each week.
ITA with everyone who hates the Dana subplot. I had to turn away when Sakoff was getting knocked around–it was truly painful to watch and took away from the whole thrill ride effect. Not good tv, and it needs to end immediately.
On another note, THANK YOU Kurt for your observations on Mykelti's posture. It looks ridiculous that he won't stand up, and the character he plays is a total idiot.
Love 24! The best show on TV!
Only Jack Bauer can get President Hass...errr...I mean Wayne Newton to his concert in Pretendistan before the hippies make off with the stolen rods. I watch every Monday too.
is it just me or all these seasons of 24 essentially about the same thing? a little twist here and there, but lets face it, it always deals with Musslims or Russians..with either radioactive goo or biological goo of some kind..throw in a guided missle or two....the head of CTU is an idiot...once again, the Fed's are getting in the way of everything..just like in real life anyway....I think the writers should move into Asia, the Japanese mafia, or better yet..lets see jack do battle with Ninjas!!! haha
I love 24! This season is not as good as others, but I'll still take it.
Mr. Kapoor is doing very well so far in the show. If you can look past the fact that he's Indian and still has traces of an Indian accent (which I can do), then you'll see the great job he's doing. Good addition to the show. I like Freddie Prince, Jr. also. He was good in the first 4 episodes (which I was a little surprised by).
As with most of you, I absolutely detest the Dana subplot. It's stupid and illogical. First off, there's no way she would be smart enough to erase her identity FROM THE GOVERNMENT but be stupid enough to help murder someone. Nerdy minors with super computer skills don't date grungy stoners and kill people in high school (as a high school teacher, I know this. Those groups don't mix). But even if that did actually happen – who is CTU going to believe? A felon who's stalking Dana or one of their own employees. Just have CTU arrest the SOB for stalking – and now slapping – you, and be done with it. So moronic.
But other than that waste-of-time-subplot, pretty good so far.
I finally gave up on watching 24 this year. You would have thought after 7 years of Jack being right that everyone would listen to him when he speaks especially the CTU boss (who is a twit). Also, 24 lost me when they put Freddie Prince Jr. on the show.........c'mon really??? I would have been ok with Zack Morris from saved by the bell but Freddie? LAME!!! Next his wife Buffy the Vampire Slayer will show up........oh....and that new Fox show Hard Target? Can you say Bond Knockoff and not the good Bond movies with the new guy but the goofy ones with Pierce Brosnan.......ok ranting over! I gotta go catch up with the Office Episodes!
Ken, I agree with you about speaking louder and more clearly! You are not hard of hearing, but you have trouble? Well, I AM hard of hearing, and it is very irritating when they use the low tones-and the background music! Background music, to me, sometimes drowns out the words. My feeling is, background music should be in the background. It should not compete with the actors speaking. This goes for other shows, as well.
I love 24! This season is not as good as others, but it still works for me.
Kapoor is doing pretty well, I think. If you can ignore the fact that he's Indian and still has a trace of an Indian accent (which I can let slide), he's doing pretty well.
As with a lot of you, I absolutely detest the entire Dana subplot. It's just so stupid and illogical. First of all, there's no way that Dana would be smart enough to erase her identity FROM A GOVERNMENT AGENCY
I believe the Dana Walsh subplot is good in the fact that it adds to the suspense of the show and gets us thinking how will this play out in the end, because after all, Agent Ortiz is involved in it too and he's also involved in the main plot. I believe that the subplot will eventually tie into the main plot.
It may not be the BEST subplot, but the link (Ortiz) is good.
I think everyone who knows Katee Sackhoff's abilities and greatness in Battlestar G. is probably thinking the same thing I am: She would never take a part that didn't promise to become something awesome, or, maybe the economy is so bad, everyone is taking what work they can get. In either case, we know her as a kickass pilot and fighter, and now we are seeing another side of her versatility. Give her a chance. And, I'm so glad they got rid of that woman comedienne (I don't even know her name) and let Chloe become herself again.
I'd love to know the name of that cell phone provider...not a dropped call or dead zone ever!
I must agree with most of the folks here. This season is not living up to the baur craze like it used to in the past. Dana's storyline just bores me. She seemed so intelligent in the beginning, but now she acts like a wuss. Why does she put up with a jerk like that? Whatever he is holding over her is not worth the crap she is going thru with him.
As for the actor playing the Hassan character, he is not very convincing to me as a leader of a country.
I have always been a huge '24' fan, but I too am losing steam for it. Over the past few years, the storylines have diminished down to corney plots and plans. And if they even try to replace jack with Renee, then the show has jumped the shark and it will succomb to a very quick death.The writing is off. It has been. Sorry to see that. I will try and force myself to continue watching '24' but no promises.
Chloe hasn't been on the show for 7 season, she came in around season four, before that it was a number of people who did one year spots (later on made a return but died to save Nadia) I happen to agree with Dana/Jerry situation, but I see Jerry's friend as some way of trying to contact the russians later, in some kind of plot.....
As Renee, she seems to look like Jack during the second and third season, right after losing his wife, his drug addicition to maintain his cover (then secretly easing back to work).... Except she is at the peak of this recovery, what we never really got to see Jack at, I love it.... I finally feel there is a character that (god forbid this please but if Jack was killed off) could take over. Hopefully somewhere down the line the find balance for eachother, and become partners (hell even a couple would be fine)
Renee will redeem herself, I know she can do it. Dana, at this point, can not. And I'm not hard of hearing, but I whish everyone would speak a little louder and not in the mysterious tones they speak everytime they get close to each other.
I don't like the subplot about Dana's ex-boyfriend. I find it asinine to think that Dana would meekly give in and let this scumbag walk into her life and take over just like that. Anyone with any sense knows that a bully and blackmailer like him does not go away, but she practically invites him to screw her over more and more. She's doing everything wrong, and it doesn't jibe that she can be so stupid if she is working at CTU. And why doesn't CTU know about her background? Come on, a high-security operation like that doesn't run a background check? The whole thing is contrived and not plausible.
I think the show is great this season. Renee is really "off the rocker" and Jack is really starting to let the feelings show. President Hassan is a great character, and I don't really mind the whole Dana/Jenny and her ex saga... You need that extra plot in there, and I think it has the chance to really develop further. Since she is pretty good w/ computers, it's very easy that she could have been able to cover her past up.
Yes, I'll order a double-helping of paranaoi to go, please.
Bauer hour is my favorite hour of the week.
HAHAH. Mr. India himself. I can't stop laughing.
I have benn a 24 fan since day one. I enjoy and can't wait for the next show. I finally get to breath. I held my breath all summer just waiting for the show. I will be with you all this monday......
I supposed it is possible to get bored with 24 if you don't have a pulse. I mean after all they do repeat their same success strategy every season. Of course it is tough to keep inventing fresh new plots for the same show but they keep doing it – and pretty well I might add.
However, look how the show has morphed. They get a brand new compliment of hot stuff actors. Teen throb Freddie for one (hey throw him some more lines), Katie Sackoff (who could have played a female Jack Bauer), baddies like Jurgen Prochnow, goodies like Kapoor, old favorites like Chloe, new favorites like Wersching (sexy psycho now, how cool is that). Hey and Jack is pretty much in the background. It doesn't get any better.
Forget the Dana subplot. Personally, I was hoping Vlad pulled the trigger on Renee. It's not that I don't 'like' her...she did a good job in that scene. It's just that Jack should have the spotlight.
Jack had a partner, Chase, in Season 3. But Jack still had the spotlight the entire season...that's all I ask for. Jack spent half of last season in convulsions...so we have a lot of 'Jack time' to make up for.
Just my 2 cents...
I loved this show and each year I was able to put the few scenes that were rediculous and unbelievable aside. However, after the first episode this year I was so appalled that the 24 writers would insult the viewers intelligence by including some of the most stupid and unbelievable scenes I have ever seen, that I turned the show off! It was a niice run while it lasted.
Love 24! The only series show worth watching. Kudos to all involved in the making of this engrossing drama program.
Renee is way too ugly for 24 or any TV show, especially in HD.
24 just keeps on getting better. Super writing and acting
The Dana Walsh is the new Kim Bauer- dumb and deliberately put in to absurd situations ON THE VERY DAY everything else goes to hell. It adds nothing to the story and seems utterly contrived. Otherwise GREAT start to the season.
Usually I am not a big fan of TV shows...but 24 is one of the best shows around.
Jack is quite the character...hopefully he and Renee aren't too much alike that they can't become partners outside of CTU.
Could watch the show for at least 2 hours per week.
Reply to Ben B.
I've been thinking the exact same thing this whole time. CTU is a counter terrorist agency, its like bigger than homeland security, and somehow the Fox witters want us to believe that they somehow hired an Ex-felon that was an accessory to murder, this is the only flaw with this season, unless they can make something out of it, but still, CTU hiring and ex felon, c'mon, really FOX..??
Like always, this season of 24 keeps you on the edge. I agree with the Dana/Ex Boygfriend's sub plot being extremely boring. I consider that as a waist of time in the show. Anil Kapoor's character is great but I dont think Mr Anil Kapoor is doing justice to the role. I can think of many more guys who can deliver a much better performance. His performance looks very un-natural unlike most of the character in the show. It will be interesting to see the upcoming episodes and see how the plot unfolds. I bet there is gonna be an interesting twist in the story around the 10th hour. Cant wait....
nickeyb hit the nail on the head! it's TV folks...a great adreneline rush every monday nite! makes winter a little more bearable looking forward to every Monday nite!
We have followed the show since it started and have loved all of the episodes. This year is no exception.
Love the show....
The "Dana" plotline is ridiculous.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Katee Sackoff.
But considering the clandestine/covert nature of CTU....the steps they take when interrogating suspects...and what no doubt would be the most intense and intrusive series of background checks that any employee would 'ever' be subjected too...it is a complete "jump the shark" moment to expect the audience to believe that she could somehow work at CTU after doing time in prison for attempted murder.
Its totally unbelievable...even if she did the crime as a minor...that kinda stuff does not totally go away.
I Absolutely love 24..!! This seasons story plot is going to get very interesting because there is about 4 things going on with Mr.Hassan and his country, Rene, and Danna Walsh/Jenny Scott. Not to mention, the peace treaty and our own Madam President. And of course Jack is Jack is gonna probably be involved with everyone by the end of the day.
The whole Dana sub-plot is unbelievable. Having gone through a security clearance for this type of position, there is NO WAY her former identity would have not been discovered during her hiring process. Plus, this angle on the whole 24 storyline goes too far off course.
Dana- being a new character to the show is kind of like the ensign in the old Star Trek show beaming down with the landing party- they are gonna get killed and no one will care.
Do the "24" writers read this? Because you can add me to the list of people that HATE the Dana/Jenny creepy ex subplot. It's a HUGE drag on the flow of the show this season and a total waste of talent of someone of Katee Sackoff's caliber. How the hell does someone with a felony record as a kid end up working at CTU with an alias so thin a loser ex-bf can find her, LET ALONE FIND THE CTU OFFICES. dumb.
Renee is coming through and I'm still in love with her.
Loved it as always. 24 is the best show ever! It keeps me intrigued and salivating for more on a regular basis. I believe that there are several sub-plots here and I agree with the fact that President Hassan's daughter will be mixed up in something. His wife may be as well. But knowing the creators, how do we know that he is not mixed up in more than we know as well? It is going to keep us intrigued and waiting on pins and needles each week. I love it! Jack Bauer rocks!
Hate the Dana sub-plot. It appears to be an afterthought to fill time for this season's "24". I hope this sideshow ends soon to get the idiot out of the series so we can watch "24" they way it's supposed to be watched.
I have been a fan of 24 since the first year. However, I am a little tired of the subplots involving a CTU employee with a skeleton or two in their closet. I understand you have to suspend reality when watching this show. However, I would like to think a government agency like CTU would scrutinize their people better. Seriously! Double agents? Convicted murders? Chloe? Enough already! This Dana story line is redonkulous!
Also, I wish someone would tell CTU Director Hastings to stand up straight. His posture is horrendous. Almost as bad as his acting!
Anyone catch it when Renee commented on Vlad's plastic surgery? I think he is really Tony....
I am equally miffed at the whole dana/ex-boyfriend/ex-con connection. Certainly she's a data anaylyst or whatever, but what would Chloe do?
I think after much consideration, she would have gone to the armory, drove home and put 2 in his chest. Then have Jack clean up the mess.
I was so praying that's what Dana was going to do last night. But sigh... we must bear on with it. Everything else rocks!
Love the show - similar to wine - seems to get better and exciting each year. The new edition Anil Kapoor is a great addition - his performance is superb - did not realise bollywood had this type of talent. Have recommended the show to many and have had many hooked on it.
I think the entire subplot with Dana is out of focus and does not belong. It is an awkward fit and as one reader said, unless he is tied to Russia, it is a waste of my time to care about them.
Chloe is great. My biggest problem with CTU thus far is having the leader of CTU appear as an idiot. He does not listen to others and then ask his staff to cover up. I suspect he will be one of the casualties of the show, another African American bites the dust. Why can't we show our intelligence? We have our Masters and Ph.D degrees and I want to remind you that we are intelligent.
It is the writers who are STUPID.
Oh wait i have to go home real quick can you cover for me while there is a nuclear bomb threat. Can you give me a break. that whole sub plot is just horrible and used as a bathroom break
I have watched 24 from the beginning and just when I thought that the writers cannot top the last show they do it again and again.
These writers are great!!!!!!!!!!
We love watching "24"!
We love the actors & the truly twisted plots. We know it's fiction... so like a good book, we don't try and second guess every little twist and turn, we just kick back for 1 hour a week and enjoy the ride!
There are so many horrific things happening in the real world today that it's kind of nice to just sit back and know that at least on "24"... good will eventually win and evil will be punished!
Agree, subplot with Dana's EX is more distracting and painful than anything. (his character is soooo cheezy) I love Rene and Jack together again.....so far this one is a disappointment though
How bout the NYPD officer beating the @#%! out of Jack and his face isn't swollen or bruised. C'mon 24, invest in a make-up artist. Agree the old boyfriend rub is boring, disagree on the CTU chief, He is the former Bubba the shrimper from Forest Gump and I expect he will be interesting before it is done. He is a good actor. Time also to replace the Elizabeth Dole look alike with a real president. This one is boring with a capital B.
I am interested in how the Kevin/Dana/Jenny story will tie in with the overall story. Last night they revealed she was convicted on accessory to murder charges as a minor which I think would mean those records could be sealed. But how did they not know about the name change...there's something real fishy about her.
I just love this show, can't wait for Monday night to see it, but I wish it was a two hour show. So much action, Renee is kinda crazy but I think she will come around. Jack needs to call Kim and let her know what is going on with him. 24 is my favorite drama on the tube. I hope it gets another year, and I know it has been on for a long time, but it just gets better. Dana needs to confide in Chloe, she can help her with this ex-boy friend, Jack just needs to go over to her apt, and take him out, it is just that simple. GO JACK GO AND 24.
Although I loved first and second seasons, 24 is becoming boring now. It's the same plot over and over. There's always a nuclear weapon, always Russian Mafia and always unrealistic circumstances. Why not plot it on current world events? I just want the writers to end 24 and start a new show.
Boring. Another episode of Jack doing nothing but sitting in a car.
As always I am surprised by the lack of any morals on FOX programs. The full frontal nudity of the Renee and Dana characters was too much. And it sounded like Renee dropped the f-bomb at the beginning of the show.
When Dana/Jen's ex showed at CTU she should have the guard but a round in the ex's head...subplot over. Whatever happens to her she is guilty of lying on government form SF-86.
I wasn't a believer of 24 until a few years ago but I was absolutely hooked after 5 minutes of seeing season one's first episode.
Great show as always, with many plots going on all at the same time. I agree with the one post though,,,how are they going to explain someone working at CTU that may have served time? I know there was a reference made by Dana that she got out of prison early due to her age (or out of juevnile custody???). I'll be interested in how they explain it. I do wish they'd wind up that particular subplot though, and maybe see the ex-boyfriend get what's coming to him.
I hate the Dana Walsh subplot. How in the living-daylights does a woman as strong as her get rail-roaded by that slime?
It's too much to swallow and believe.
the show is playing too much of the "weak-helpless-but-smart-woman-being-abused-by-a-man" line a little too much.
The rest of the characters seem to have a good story line.
I might be biased, but Anil Kapoor is making 24 more interesting this season!
I have yet to see a "24" episode I would call a snooze fest. I make all my plans around Monday night. My favorite show hands down.
Dana is a data technology expert. She changed her name. Obviously she made up a background too–one good enough that CTU didn't catch it. Which could strain credulity, but the point is that Dana is good enough to be one of CTU's stars, so presumably she's good enough to make up a false background that would pass. That's what she's afraid of, not CTU finding out that she's been in prison, but finding out that she is using a fraudulent identity. That said, I don't like the subplot much. I keep hoping Starbuck will kick Kevin's ass, but then she doesn't. The only interesting point is that Dana will have to kill Kevin if she wants to keep her new life, and now that Kevin's friend is there, she's going to have to kill him, too. However, since Kevin must have had help finding her, that will still screw it all up for little Dana.
The Dana/Jenny subplot is not good at all... 24 could do without that. But, other than that, 24 rocks!
Have been a fan of the show since Day 1 and still think it's the best show on TV, But I agree with the comments about the Dana storyline. Katee Sackhoff does a great job playing her, ( I keep expecting her to drop in a frack now and again) but it just seems silly. Otherwise the season is again top notch.
Unlike Dereyck, I absolutely hate the Dana Walsh subplot. It's pointless and completely unbelievable, if anything can be believed in the world of 24. There's so much more they can do with all the other characters, Renee especially, with the time they're devoting to Dana Walsh.
However, everything else, especially President Hassan, is perfect. I feel like this is going to be a great season.
i believe they are going to replace jack with renee oneday that why she acts like jack. i also hate this girl and her ex boyfriend stuff. We all know that by show 10 or 12 all this will be so different most of the people we have seen we be die.
I haven't spoken to anyone who likes the Dana/Ex-boyfriend subplot. I've never hated a subplot on this show more.
The people who say "how many bad days can one guy have..." That's a stupid argument against the show. The guy works for an anti-terrorist organization. Terrorism never stops. He can have adventures til he drops dead.
The reason why CTU technically can't see her background people is, as she said this week, it was sealed because she was a juvenile. what ever you may think about this subplot, it's technically correct.
my problem is that Dana played a tough character on Battlestar Gallactica so watching her get hit by her boyfriend and her falling down like a 20 lb weakling didn't work with me.
she has more acting to do...
24 is the worst show ever conceived. Allow me to elaborate:
1.) There's very little complexity to Jack's character. He's always the self-sacrificing good-guy. Why is that? After 8 (or however many seasons it has been), this good-guy attitude just isn't credible. In fact, none of the character's dispositions are credible. I don't blame the acting entirely. The writers don't leave a lot of room for character development.
2.) The premise is just stupid. Every national crisis is solved within 24 hours in this alternate reality. Doesn't that drive anyone else crazy?
3.) It's completely unrealistic. How does Jack manage to get involved in all of these crises?
4.) Good and evil are black and white. It's like a bad western. People who watch this show probably walk away thinking that terrorism is the biggest threat to international stability. To hell with famine and poverty! The real evils of this world are conspirators and assassins.
5.) They bash on bureaucrats way too hard and way too often. I believe the writers do this to glorify Jack's 'rebellious' nature. That cliché makes me want to puke.
6.) The revelations are either very predictable or very lame.
As of right now I am not impressed with the Dana plot, but the creators and producers I don't think will let us down. Something BIG is going to unfold with this plot as the day moves forward and I do not think that we will be disappointed!!
I agree with most of the blogs posted. The one I found most amusing is that Renee will become the next Jack Bauer. Interesting, but she appears to be on a death wish. The show will never be the same when Jack leaves after this season. I also like the NY vs. LA location.
Ive been watching 24 since Season 1 (which I still think is the best) and what I miss is most is the surprise twists in the writing. Just when you think a good guy is good, he's NOT. Same goes for the ladies. Remember how Jack's partner (and former love) Nina, turned on him like a dime at the end of the season? Or how unsuspected bad guys turn up out of nowhere? Remember in Season 1 when Jack's daughter and her friend were in the hospital after a car accident/car jacking (cant remember for sure) and the friend's "father" chokes his daughter to death because she had vital information? I mean, who saw that coming? I hope the writers this season add unexpected twists to keep of guessing and glued to the edge of our seats!
The Dana/Jenny subplot is annoying, stupid and a complete waste of Katee Sackhoff's abilities. I trust that the producers/writers will turn that sub-plot around, but right now, it's stupid filler. Other 24ers can agree or disagree with me, but this is almost as bad as Kim getting caught in the bear trap with the puma chasing her.
Otherwise, this season is pretty good. And seriously, all of Jack's old sidekicks end up scarred either physically (Chase, Curtis) or emotionally (Tony, Renee). Note to self, do not work with Jack Bauer.
Anybody else getting annoyed/amused with Hastings and his stupid bluetooth?
I've never seen (and don't want to) Slumdog Millionaire, but President Hassen is pretty good so far. Sort of a Muslim David Palmer, minus the affair and all. But it's cool to see David Anders aka Sark from Alias in action again. I wonder if there's going to be any opportunity for Dana and the Russian holding Renee to have a seen together? It'll be a Starbuck and LeoBen reunion!
Loved the show, why do people always condemn a show, actor, actress?
This show is realistic and shows how countries really are, and terrorism.
It is done very well, and, seeing how they conquer attacks on us soil
and other countries is done very well, and, I hope they continue with
What we are watching now, and to a certain extent what we have been watching, over the last several seasons, is a case of writer and production fatigue, which is becoming more and more pronounced:
Actors who chew up and throw away lines at an abominably low audio level, overly zealous pyrothechnics, questionable casting, questionable technical gaffes in the writing, and auto/retro plagerism [how many plots involving nukes or other WMD's do we have to suffer?] to name a few.
To the producers and writers, I say, "Come on, Man!!"...............
It was a great- just love watching Anil Kapoor- I think he is doing great- love 24
The Dana ex-boyfriend story is dumb and unbelievable. How would CTU not know her past history, they can run the history on a terrorist is 2 minutes but they wouldn't complete a thorough background check on an employee? I am still expecting Freddie Prince Jr. to kill the ex before the season is complete.
It is a TV SHOW! ...also known as MAKE BELIEVE. Who cares how long his cell phone lasts or how someone's accent is. Quit taking it so seriously, and just enjoy it for the awesomeness that it is – an over the top thrill ride that doesn't stop. I will watch 24 until they make no more. It is exactly what it is supposed to be – a break from reality for people who enjoy outrageous, adrenaline-fueled adventures. It is not meant to be anything more than that, so people, lighten up and ENJOY!
Hate the Dana boyfriend thing. She seems smart and together and sophisticated so it is unbelievable that she could have ever been connected to him. I hope she just comes clean with CTU and gets the boyfriend out of the way-
IMPORTANT-thank you for Chloe! She’s back. Janeane Garofalo last season created such a boring, useless and poorly acted character that I had a problem watching many episodes. Whoever thought she would be a good replacement for Chloe should go the way of the buffalo. Thank you for bringing Chloe back.
So far not as exciting as last year. How many times can Jack be shot at and not take some time off.
And some of the characters just disappeared from last season, maybe they will show up later.
I think the characters need to show a softer side, would make them more human-like top viewers. Renee and Chloe having a nice girls lunch discussing clothes would draw us back to making them seem lie regular people first and CTU employees second.
A good epeside. Short on action, but good on character development. Yes, Renea is certainly dealing with some issues. I am assuming that alot of her undercover work happened prior to her being in the FBI, as she was straight and narrow last season till towards the end. So, it is interesting that she did the undercover thing, went straight and worked for the feds, and now is way off the deep end. Obviously Jack cares about her, so it will be way interesting to see where this goes. Also, no doubt there is more in depth stuff between Hassan and his wife which will hopefully come to light.
I love 24!
MiamiDude, then don't come on the this blog. We're fans and you clearly don't know enough about the current day to have something intelligent to say!
Felix, just a note, Jack's behind the scenes not in front of the cameras at the press conferences. He's never seen on TV in the previous days and don't recall that happening this time because his job has always been so secretive.
Dana sucks, that charcater and subplot is not worthy of the series, what's going on with the writers?
Dana/Kevin is te equivalent of Jar Jar Binks to Star Wars....
I love Katee Sackoff, but I'm also not digging the ex-boyfriend story that much. I will say, however, that the fact that she was convicted as a minor would keep it off her record in most cases, but not, I would think, for CTU. Particularly, CTU wouldn't want somebody getting blackmailed by an ex-boyfriend into compromising national security.
Love the rest of the show, though, and I'm still glad to see Katee. It's a great season so far.
Big fan of 24...I have to agree with pretty much everyone, the Dana and ex-boyfriend thing really does nothing for me. The ex slipped last night and revealed that Dana was part of a murder...if that's the case...why would questions not be raised about Dana (jenny) changing her name...unless, in exchange for her testimony, she was granted full immunity, as well as, witness protection?
Use your imaginations "24" fans...its gonna be a great season!!
This show hasn't been exciting since season 3. They just keep rehashing old ideas. I've watched about a half an episode since season 5. Cmon people. There are way more intelligently produced shows on tv than this garbage. This is a perfect example of a show that should have ended after 4 or 5 seasons and would have went down as one of the most original and suspenseful shows ever. Instead they drag it out to make money. For anyone looking for a real tv show I suggest buying all of The Shield dvd's. When Vic Mackey shows up and kicks Jacks a** then maybe I'll start watching again.
This season has been great so far. I'm not a big fan of the Dana/Jenny plotline either, but I'm giving the writers the benefit of the doubt. Even with all the silly Kim plotlines they've had in the past, 24 has always delivered year after year (season 6 may be the exception). Also, Carlos Bernard will be back as Tony this year. They HAVE to find a way to get him working for the good guys again. Season 4 was my favorite season because Jack and Tony were both out there in the field working together.
Oh – and the CTU leader this year... is horrible.
CTU used to be the cool place to work – with smart/sophisticated/likeable characters.
This guy is a joke.
Does anyone else find the idea of Jack going undercover ridiculous? Was he not all over the tv in the last season? And has he not been saving us all for the past 8 years? And what's with the Clark Kent disguise we got a preview for in the next episode?
I love 24 and the outrageous plot lines, but this one is just a little hard to swallow in Season 8, maybe not so much in 1-3 or so. I'll keep watching though. Jack Bauer hour is the highlight of my week.
Does anyone out there think the new director of CTU is either on the take or really not very smart? I don't like the Dana/ex story either...but the fact that she was a minor COULD explain why CTU missed it. It's still doubtful though. I agree with Dave...we just don't care enough about her at this point for it to matter. I figure Chloe is going to try to help Dana and somehow get involved or worse yet, framed. Then we will care. Loved all the tension last night. President Hassan, his wife and daughter ... all going to make for and interesting "day"...Jack is going to have his hands full trying to keep Renee alive when she really doesn't care, saving the Drs. family AND the world...
I don't agree with comparing the sideplots with Kim being like this new one with Dana. I think after watching Jack's wife get killed we all cared what happened with his daughter.
obviously danas ex finding her getting into her house etc is above his
skill level so expect to find him as the pawn of someone who needs her skills and position at ctu
I agree with Kathy & Dave, the whole Dana ex-boyfriend in this season is annoying side plot. And a weak one at that. If I were in her shoes I would just tell Freddie Prince and have take the SOB out! Actually, why not just have Chloe take him out!
In regards to Anil Kapoor, I've grown up watching him in Bollywood movies but I personally don't think his acting is up to par for 24. Not to mention he looks Indian, not at all like someone from the Middle East. His brother doesn't look at all like him and the daughter also looks Indian.
The actors playing Vlad's partner who I remember from Underworld 2 is ALSO giving us the worst Russian accent. I just hope this season doesn't turn into a cheese fest. Although, I have to admit that the 2 hour premiere was SUCH A THRILL RIDE.
well i have to say... i got allot of people watching 24 when it first aired in 2001... season 2 rocked and then season 3 went sliding down hill and then season 4 was blahhhhh and then.... do you get my point? I had to sadly give up last season and now this season. I mean HOW MANY BAD days could one guy have. the adventures are no longer fun and exciting.. how could his cell battery ever last that long when my phone lasts about 2 hrs of talk time. how can mr bauer get out of every situation he has endured since day 1 of season 1. its just so boring now. there is no need for another 24 and jack has run out of time in my book. i'd like to see a heroine for once save the day. a strong, kick butt girl that is just an equal to jack's character. sadly i will not watch 24 again.
I agree. The Dana/Jenny plotline is horrible. It cheapens the whole show. The only way to make it better is if Kevin is involved with the Russians.
I love the slowness of the writers this year developing the characters. It's going to make for an awesome culmination somewhere in the 12th or 24th hour. As we all know the first plot usually is diffused by the 12th or 13th hour with an even bigger plot to finish it up. I also thing the Dana plot and character is a distraction. Unless somewhere it's going to tie in, which it probably will, I think it's a useless storyline. I also agree, how could someone with a background like that be allowed to work at CTU and them not knowing about it. Seems weak. Also, I think they are prepping Renee to become Jack once he floats off into the sunset and Annie could definitely walk into Jack's shoes. She is going to be an AWESOME character this season.
I agree with Kathy. The whole Dana (ex-boyfriend) plot line is silly and very boring. Of course, it's no difference than all the dumb plot lines that involved Jack's daughter. I guess they needed keep their quota of dumb in the show.
I hate the Dana/Jenny subplot too, but last night she said she was a minor when convicted. I wonder if that's why they didn't find anything.
Renee is awesome in a scary way. I have a feeling Vladamir is in for a world of hurting!!
It does seem as though Renee's not wrapped too tight. She is "out-jacking" Jack and seems to welcome her dire situation.
I understand the need for the creaters/producers/directors to throw several "plot lines" at us at once – in order to keep the show guessing – keep things moving at a fast pace – keep us interested and surprised...
But the "Kevin / Ex Boyfriend" side plot line is horrible. Ok – so they have someone in CTU that has a questionable past... but that someone is a new character that we as viewers don't care about – yet.
Chloe having a strange past – or an ex-bf that insists on putting her in to choke holds – that would have been something to care about... someone that we have watched for 7 seasons – a character that we know and love.
Dana's character is/was becoming an interesting addition to the CTU team – but now watching her interact with her ex – those scenes are just painful to watch.
Just my two cents!
24 rocks! Hate the subplot of Dana's ex. Plot lines do stretch what could be, but someone working at CTU without a background check indicating she had been in prison, is just too far out there.
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