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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    24 - Season 4

    I was recommended to 24 by a friend. Hesitantly, I decided I'd spent my gift certificate from Barnes and Nobles on the first season of 24. Looking at the back cover, I was a bit worried. How can a simple plot about a CTU agent's kidnapped family and terrorist attacks be the start of a series worth all this hype? I asked my friend and he told me it was more than that. That there were intricate plots and subplots and that it was plain addictive. The show is realistic in that it shows detailed paths to thwarting terrorist attacks in the US. Everything about the show is quality. And every simple plot seems to be more elaborate and detailed. All the while, each season builds up history with characters and everything is unexpected and unpredictable. Who will die this season? What will happen to this character? What will CTU look like? Will it be the same as last season? He said I must start from season one and by the time I get to the fifth season one will feel like your personal history ages ago with Jack Bauer, the most badass character ever. A few months later and here I am awaiting the fifth season's release on DVD on Tuesday, December 5, 2006. I've scavenged iTunes and decided to just wait until the fifth season DVD comes out and watch all that before the sixth airs on TV in January. 24 is the best show I've watched. I wouldn't have asked for the fourth season to be much better, just because I liked the way it ended and feel it's like myself. I don't regret anything I've done because it has made me who I am today. That said, the fourth season had some technical issues. Unlike the previous seasons, the fourth wasn't as focused or centralized. This made for a disorganized season. Some of what happened was repetitive and same things that have happened before in previous seasons. A mole in CTU, a relationship in the office, a terrorist taking hostage or trading, the President signing clemency to terrorists just so that same terrorist can unrealistically come back the next season (I assume). Why would a terrorist come back for more once he or she was freed of everything? Who’s guilty? Someone thought to be guilty, but not? A terrorist attack that can cause a war between nations. Publicity and how it affects politics. These are just a few of the recurring themes to the show. I realize though, that there is only a limited amount of original material and that to keep a reasonable amount of characters, huge plots wouldn’t work. What makes 24 good is the action and quality. I felt season four took elements from every season before it and combined them for more than one terrorist attack. I kept waiting for some grandiose plot to tie it all together like a terrorist trying to blow up the world or something. I did feel this season also explained a little too much. Part of the fun is figuring out these things on your own and they kept wasting time to explain. I found myself doing homework in parts. Will someone’s emotions prevent them from doing the job? Are they capable of running things with other things going on? What about breaking protocol to get the job done. More and more themes. Those who call 24 a gimmick though, are stupid. It’s just an original show. Should I call everyday life TV shows a gimmick? Should I call reality TV a gimmick? 24 is its on type of show and I won’t debate on whether it’s a gimmick. Season four isn’t the best of the seasons yet, but you still have to watch it. 24 is the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    24 - Season 4

    I was recommended to 24 by a friend. Hesitantly, I decided I'd spent my gift certificate from Barnes and Nobles on the first season of 24. Looking at the back cover, I was a bit worried. How can a simple plot about a CTU agent's kidnapped family and terrorist attacks be the start of a series worth all this hype? I asked my friend and he told me it was more than that. That there were intricate plots and subplots and that it was plain addictive. The show is realistic in that it shows detailed paths to thwarting terrorist attacks in the US. Everything about the show is quality. And every simple plot seems to be more elaborate and detailed. All the while, each season builds up history with characters and everything is unexpected and unpredictable. Who will die this season? What will happen to this character? Who are the new characters? What's the threat? Will Jack fail somehow this season? Who will die? What will CTU look like? Will it be the same as last season? He said I must start from season one and by the time I get to the fifth season one will feel like your personal history ages ago with Jack Bauer, the most badass character ever. A few months later and here I am awaiting the fifth season's release on DVD on Tuesday, December 5, 2006. I've scavenged iTunes and decided to just wait until the fifth season DVD comes out and watch all that before the sixth airs on TV in January. 24 is the best show I've watched. I wouldn't have asked for the fourth season to be much better, just because I liked the way it ended and feel it's like myself. I don't regret anything I've done because it has made me who I am today. That said, the fourth season had some technical issues. Unlike the previous seasons, the fourth wasn't as focused or centralized. This made for a disorganized season. Some of what happened was repetitive and same things that have happened before in previous seasons. A mole in CTU, a relationship in the office, a terrorist taking hostage or trading, the President signing clemency to terrorists just so that same terrorist can unrealistically come back the next season (I assume). Why would a terrorist come back for more once he or she was freed of everything? Who’s guilty? Someone thought to be guilty, but not? A terrorist attack that can cause a war between nations. Publicity and how it affects politics. These are just a few of the recurring themes to the show. I realize though, that there is only a limited amount of original material and that to keep a reasonable amount of characters, huge plots wouldn’t work. What makes 24 good is the action and quality. I felt season four took elements from every season before it and combined them for more than one terrorist attack. I kept waiting for some grandiose plot to tie it all together like a terrorist trying to blow up the world or something. I did feel this season also explained a little too much. Part of the fun is figuring out these things on your own and they kept wasting time to explain. I found myself doing homework in parts. Will someone’s emotions prevent them from doing the job? Are they capable of running things with other things going on? What about breaking protocol to get the job done. More and more themes. Those who call 24 a gimmick though, are stupid. It’s just an original show. Should I call everyday life TV shows a gimmick? Should I call reality TV a gimmick? 24 is its own type of show and I won’t debate on whether it’s a gimmick. Season four isn’t the best of the seasons yet, but you still have to watch it. The ending is amazing like always, ending slightly abruptly, always making you want more. Things were lose in the fourth season and subplots and plots weren't returned to (Behrooz Araz) just because time didn't allow for it. Still exciting and even if it isn't the best of the 24 seasons, it's a way better season of TV than most shows. 24 is the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    24 - Season 4

    I was recommended to 24 by a friend. Hesitantly, I decided I'd spent my gift certificate from Barnes and Nobles on the first season of 24. Looking at the back cover, I was a bit worried. How can a simple plot about a CTU agent's kidnapped family and terrorist attacks be the start of a series worth all this hype? I asked my friend and he told me it was more than that. That there were intricate plots and subplots and that it was plain addictive. The show is realistic in that it shows detailed paths to thwarting terrorist attacks in the US. Everything about the show is quality. And every simple plot seems to be more elaborate and detailed. All the while, each season builds up history with characters and everything is unexpected and unpredictable. Who will die this season? What will happen to this character? Who are the new characters? What's the threat? Will Jack fail somehow this season? Who will die? What will CTU look like? Will it be the same as last season? He said I must start from season one and by the time I get to the fifth season one will feel like your personal history ages ago with Jack Bauer, the most badass character ever. A few months later and here I am awaiting the fifth season's release on DVD on Tuesday, December 5, 2006. I've scavenged iTunes and decided to just wait until the fifth season DVD comes out and watch all that before the sixth airs on TV in January. 24 is the best show I've watched. I wouldn't have asked for the fourth season to be much better, just because I liked the way it ended and feel it's like myself. I don't regret anything I've done because it has made me who I am today. That said, the fourth season had some technical issues. Unlike the previous seasons, the fourth wasn't as focused or centralized. This made for a disorganized season. Some of what happened was repetitive and same things that have happened before in previous seasons. A mole in CTU, a relationship in the office, a terrorist taking hostage or trading, the President signing clemency to terrorists just so that same terrorist can unrealistically come back the next season (I assume). Why would a terrorist come back for more once he or she was freed of everything? Who’s guilty? Someone thought to be guilty, but not? A terrorist attack that can cause a war between nations. Publicity and how it affects politics. These are just a few of the recurring themes to the show. I realize though, that there is only a limited amount of original material and that to keep a reasonable amount of characters, huge plots wouldn’t work. What makes 24 good is the action and quality. I felt season four took elements from every season before it and combined them for more than one terrorist attack. I kept waiting for some grandiose plot to tie it all together like a terrorist trying to blow up the world or something. I did feel this season also explained a little too much. Part of the fun is figuring out these things on your own and they kept wasting time to explain. I found myself doing homework in parts. Will someone’s emotions prevent them from doing the job? Are they capable of running things with other things going on? What about breaking protocol to get the job done. More and more themes. Those who call 24 a gimmick though, are stupid. It’s just an original show. Should I call everyday life TV shows a gimmick? Should I call reality TV a gimmick? 24 is its on type of show and I won’t debate on whether it’s a gimmick. Season four isn’t the best of the seasons yet, but you still have to watch it. 24 is the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Story sidelined by stupid subplots

    I have been a fan of 24 since day 1 and have enjoyed watching it on tv as well as DVD, but one gripe I have always had are the trite sub plots that always seem to bubble up. Thankfully this year we didn't have to deal with Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert), but the subplots surrounding Sarah Gavin, Erin Driscoll and President Logan were ridiculous. Sarah got fired for demanding something that could have waited, Erin was sent home for valid reasons, but what it did to serve the plot I have no idea and President Logan deciding to arrest Jack was laugh out loud stupid. Looking forward to seeing Kiefer Sutherland in the upcoming Secret Service Thriller "The Sentinel"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2009

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