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Jack Bauer comes out of hiding in London to head off a massive terrorist attack while being hunted down by American forces dispatched by President James Heller.

Jack's back, baby!

First few episodes are out and it's back in true 24 style. I've seen a few of the seasons but just couldn't get into the last one with Starbuck as it was just too different. This season seems to be going back to its roots, and Jack is more badass than ever.

It was great to see Chloe O'Brian in the first episode. The whole escape from the compound was done pretty fucking well too, hats off Mr Jack.

Also great to see the lovely Yvonne Strahovski as a CIA dummy, but she seems to be the smart dummy this time.

Anyone here a big 24 fan?

Anyone else watching it?
Spoon
Ooh I'll be picking this up. Love me some 24.

I watched season 5 this year and it was great. If anyone is in the mood for some more 24, download that season as "it is widely considered to be the series' most acclaimed season by fans and critics alike."

London should be an interesting change of scenery for them, no more boring CTU bunker.
Hunterbob
I only ever watched the first season of this, of which, I recall nothing other than I enjoyed it. I think I'll pick up the rest of the series once I get a pc sorted in July/August.

My friend who loves this show, said it's a bit unrealistic though, as he managed to get from the main entrance of Waterloo to the Central line platform in under five minutes. I don't think so Jack Bauer.
Spoon
I watched the first episode of this last night and had a few thoughts afterwards.

Firstly, I thought this was meant to be a reboot? I thought maybe they'd take Jack and Chloe, put them in London and basically start from scratch. The only back story you need is that she's a hacker and he's a badass.

Instead of this, they decided to continue on directly from season 8, which happened 10 years ago, and refer constantly to shit Jack did in the past that everyone was angry about. Then they introduce some other characters that have back story with Jack who you would only know if you'd watched seasons 6-9 or somewhere around then. If you're trying to get new people onboard, it seems like maybe you shouldn't make them feel like they've missed out on a shitload of things?

Secondly, why is everyone so dumb?

Somehow only one woman can figure out he wanted to be caught and no one else in the entire building could stop this one man.

Even worse than that though was the army guy. Your drone pilot calls you up and starts YELLING for you to GET THE FUCK OUT because someone's about to SHOOT A FUCKING MISSILE AT YOU. You do not stand around asking why; you get the fuck out. Not only did that guy get himself killed but he also got those under his command killed due to his negligent uselessness.


It was cool to see how a bunch of things had been updated in the last 10 years, with cooler gadgets, wireless monitoring devices, drones and all that good stuff.

Besides the qualms I had with the first episode, this is definitely 24 and should be an entertaining amount of action. Hopefully they focus more on now and less on the past for the rest of the season.
Fork
Yeah the previous season shit is a bit annoying, but doesn't seem that important. It just seems to be in it for the excuse as to why it's Jack vs The Entire Universe instead of Jack getting help from the government and shit, to make it all more interesting.

Hunterbob wrote:
My friend who loves this show, said it's a bit unrealistic though, as he managed to get from the main entrance of Waterloo to the Central line platform in under five minutes. I don't think so Jack Bauer.

They do this all the time. The only explanation is helicopters or jetpacks!
Syphin
Spoon wrote:
I watched the first episode of this last night and had a few thoughts afterwards.

Firstly, I thought this was meant to be a reboot? I thought maybe they'd take Jack and Chloe, put them in London and basically start from scratch. The only back story you need is that she's a hacker and he's a badass.

Instead of this, they decided to continue on directly from season 8, which happened 10 years ago, and refer constantly to shit Jack did in the past that everyone was angry about. Then they introduce some other characters that have back story with Jack who you would only know if you'd watched seasons 6-9 or somewhere around then. If you're trying to get new people onboard, it seems like maybe you shouldn't make them feel like they've missed out on a shitload of things?

I've watched season 1 and recently season 7-8, there really isn't much that follows on from season 8 apart from Jack being branded a fugitive (just dumb governments trying to threw the blame somewhere and cover their own asses). There is less follow-on in season 9 from the previous season than the follow-on the other seasons get from previous seasons.

The events in season 8 happened 4 years ago from the timeline in season 9 not 10 years, back than someone close to Jack died and the Russians were involved, so Jack did what he does best and served some justice on those involved. The American and Russian government didn't like that though, even though Jack was only cleaning up their mess, but...well, governments suck. Now you know why Batman wears a mask, so he doesn't have to deal with that crap.

The story behind Jack and the current American president and his daughter seem fresh, I believe he met them 3 years which wasn't covered in any of the 8 seasons - well I know for a fact that they weren't included in season 7 and 8. I suppose during the season the story behind those characters will be covered, including Agent Morgan and the story behind why she didn't realise her husband was leaking American intel to the Chinese.

Just found out, the story with Jack, Heller and Audrey is covered in season 4, so there is backstory to the current events in season 9. My bad =P.
Spoon
Season 5 was the one I watched recently and that has more Audrey + Heller. At the time of that one, Heller was not the President though, so that part was new.

If you're looking for more 24 to watch, check out season 5 since that was said to be the best of the 1-8
Stamps
Just starting watching Season 1 again. I am traveling weekly to Hiroshima from Tokyo which is 4 hours each way on a train. Good time to catch up on some TV! Just finished The Big Bang Theory Seasons 1-6. Also watching The Mentalist from Season 1 again.

I really like the 24 series - fast paced and for most of the time the story is well written. Every now and then you wonder why some characters are too stupid to see the obvious, and that can be a bit frustrating - some of that in this latest series - but overall enjoyable.
Syphin
I actually thought I watched season 1 but it turns out what I recall was actually from season 5 =/. I don't specifically remember what happened but from memory I recall scenes where someone tries to kill Wayne Palmer, Jack is held in some airport hanger being tortured (I think Wayne is with him or someone else) and something about a car and Kim/Audrey. I wonder if events like such will transpire in season 5 =/. If not my memory is horribly wrong and shamefully deceptive. Currently half way through watching the season.

24 is so exciting. I feel bad for Jack though, he puts his life on the line to protect his country so many times and all he gets in return is a slap in the face, poor guy.
Syphin
What a bitter end to season 9, I feel so crushed and sorry for Jack Bauer. With the end of each season, he keeps getting shafted worse and worse. And after I had entertained thoughts that he would finally find some form of happiness in life (with Audrey), it is snatched away just as quickly as it appears. Seriously he is such a hero to do what he does in each season, yet every single time, he is the one who ends up taking the blame and fall for others mishaps.

24 is such a magnificent series and one of my favourite series from America. I thoroughly enjoyed watching all 9 seasons of it and recommend others to watch it when they have time.

I found that 24 can be separated in three sections, each embodying a different theme/concept:

Season 1-3 represent the theme of duty.

Seasons 4-6 - sacrifice

And seasons 7-8 (including the movie which came before season 7) - betrayal (by his country, friend and others).

Season 9 just ties everything together. Generally if you plan to start somewhere, begin at season 1, 4, or 7 as they kind of begin a new arc in the story.

All I have left to say is Jack Bauer makes BATMAN look like a little boy.
Fork
AHHH I've got one episode left of this new season, so even though it looks like you're not talking about it I'm ignoring this thread until I've watched it.

*blocks ears* lalalalalalalalalaaa
Spoon
Oh....that was the finale? I guess that explains why it hasn't come out for the last two weeks.

I was fully expecting there to be another 12 episodes left (given the whole 24 concept...).

I found this was a really good show to watch while using my cross trainer since the non-stop action distracts you from what you're doing.

I would agree with your groupings Syphin (I haven't seen 7 & 8 though). Season 9 is more of a comeback tour though.
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