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What can I say that others haven't?
The answer is not much, but I'm such a huge fan of the show that I had to stick my opinions in.
The first wave of enthusiasm for 24 passed me by as I am never one to jump on the band wagon. A simmering interest passed me by when the box sets started coming out. Then I was off work ill and a friend had the first three series on dvd, so he lent me the first one.
BLEW MY MIND!!!
I could not just watch one episode. It was always a case of,
"I'll just watch one more......"
You know the formula by now. Series takes place over one day, twenty four episodes, each episode (with ads) is an hour and was an experiment to see if real time could be done on the small screen. Thrills, spills, danger, excitement, cliffhangers and yet another surprise around every corner.
You have to love this kind of stuff though. My girlfriend has just sat through the first series after I purchased it here on Amazon and although she got into it and was interested to see what happened next, the shockers in the last two episodes went by without so much as a flicker.
Twenty four episodes of pretty much the same plot was daring and it pretty much works. There are weaker moments and to be honest, even as a huge fan there were times that I found myself saying,
"For god's sake!! Not again!!"
as the plot took yet another turn to fill the obvious void.
This has been ironed out in future series, as has my other mild complaint. It's not really a complaint as the story moves at such a pace that there is probably no call for it. There is no comic relief. No down time. Now, the story is good and the plot twists are fantastic and keep you guessing. There really is no time to joke around, but sometimes you do just need a light hearted moment to bring you down and get you ready to be thrilled again.
The cast is perfect. Keifer is perfect for Jack. Even his voice is perfect for the character who has a back story bigger than the complete works of Shakespeare. Elisha Cuthbert as Kim again is totally spot on. She's the eye candy the men love, she's sexy enough, strong, feisty and also gives Kim Bauer the edge on combining all of this with being dopey and helpless enough to get herself into yet another scrape. The rest of the cast compliment each other beautifully, so much so that it really works.
On the whole, this is the ideal programme to watch if you like action, plot twists, suspense, cliffhangers and general all round goodies, baddies, goodies who may be baddies and all that.
Totally recommended, 24 is addictive with that added twist of real time.
24's first season was one of its best, introducing and developingsome of the show's most memorable characters, all while keeping viewers guessing about their intentions. The basis of the plot, that someone intends to assassinate a black presidential candidate on the day of the California primary, was a more imaginative premise than the "terrorist threat of the day" basis of later seasons. The plot takes some interesting twists and eventually different parts of the puzzle start to connect, but discussion of the story is best left to those who've already seen the season.
What was best about this season was the characters. No later season paralleled season one in terms of interesting, developed characters. From the ruthless villain, Gaines, to CTU agents like Tony and Mason whose motives and loyalty to Jack are unclear, this season did the best character work of the series. Even lead actor Kiefer Sutherland made the most of Jack Bauer this season. The cold, emotionless Jack of later seasons is far less compelling than the fragmented, almost fragile Jack from season one. Also worthy of mention is Dennis Haysbert as David Palmer, the morally irreproachable presidential candidate who has to deal with the simultaneous pressures of his family, his campaign, and the attempts on his life.
Overall this is a fine introduction to 24, and the characters really make the story. Developed, personal, and each carrying a past, they do a fantastic job of driving the plot forward, and the actors really pull off the scenes in which their characters turn out to not to be what they seem. No other season of 24, with the possible exception of season two, kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more as much as this one.
24 is an action packed mini movie that has terroistic threat that must be dealt with by the CTU(Counter Terrorism Unit) in one 24-hour period per season; each episode is one hour in that 24-hour period. Each season has been able to become more intrigueing and exciting than the one before! Do you like sitting on the edge of your seat? Do you have want to have to remind yourself to breathe? Do you, like most Americans, need a hero? Then you will love 24!
My husband, son, and I could hardly wait for it to come out on DVD and watch every action packed episode. We became hard-core 24 Addicts after stumbling onto the show on Fox during season 4, aired in 2005. There was so much action, so much intrique, such incredible special effects, intense character development, and yes, that is what we saw in only one episode! We ran, not walked to the video rental store and began watching the series on DVD. Our family quickly developed a routine of having 24 "watching parties" every weekend to watch 8 or 12 episodes at once, with Jack Bauer the guest of honor! I never can get enough of the show's movie-scale set and exciting, intense action.
The interpersonal relationships are so thoroughly explored, all the while these unseen heros of our great nation are saving lives, the country, and the world in fresh and unpredictable ways, and often at their own personal expense. The characters will inspire you, enrage you, sadden you, and cause you to rejoice all in one episode! Watching one episode of 24 is like eating a Lay's potato chip: YOU CAN''T HAVE JUST ONE! Watching the show on DVD is the ultimate way to experience the ticking clock; the evolving and resolving of monumental terroist threat all in one 24 hour period! How amazing is that?
And as if the excitement of each episode is not enough, we even created a game at each spot in the DVD made for the commercial break whereby the show fades to the clock ticking; after a few seconds the ticking clock is shown again with a period of lapsed time; meanwhile all three of us (and any friends also present) try to guess the seconds that will be shown on the clock when the show fadse back in. Of course, we all have a 1/60 chance of guessing it correctly; and the excitement and tension of the episode seems to carry into our little game making it tremendous fun! By the way, my husband is the reigning 24 clock champ with having guessed correctly 14 times in the watching of all four seasons! Try it with your family as you watch, it really is fun!
The clock is ticking ... get your hands on the complete DVD set with special features and commentary! It's time you got excited about something, and this is it! Once you have watched this drama in real time, everything else is just fantasy!
24 has got to be my favorite show of all time. My dad recommended that I watch this show and I was hooked. Sutherland plays his role perfectly as Jack Bauer, a CTU agent as does the Allstate guy (I don't know his name) playing Senator Palmer. Everyone else does a superb job which makes everything seem very real. The show will also do two windows of varying angles and focus points to emphasize the suspense of a situation. I liked how it took terrorism and put its affects on the Bauer family and Palmer and his family as the events occur in real time. The show is in the middle of the action for the entire 24 hours of the day. The show writers include everyday life problems for fathers, mothers, friends, sons, daughters, teenagers, politicians, etc to make the situations to make the viewer think that it's even more real. If you are thinking of watching this show, you will want to start with season one because each season builds off the previous one. The main reason I bought this was to collect the series on DVD so I can watch it when I want. Thanks for reading and be sure to check out my other reviews on other items.
This is a great show. Kiefer Sutherland is Jack Bauer a agent in the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU). Each season, a new day with new terrorist plots, each episode, one hour closer to discovering what the terrorist are up to, and only one man, one agency can stop them..... Sound good? BUY THE SEASONS. I just have to warn you it is very addictive cause it is a terrific show. In this season Jack has to stop the assassination of a presidential candidate and find his kidnapped daughter. What will the next 24 hours hold?
The first season of 24 is well worth the money.
If you are new to the 24 series this is a must see DVD as it does help set up the entire series and will help you follow even the most recent season on FOX.
This 6 DVD box set contains all 24 hours of season one. The bonus material is very limited, it only shares a message from Kiefer Sutherland and an alternative ending to Season one with optional commentary on the ending.
The DVD is best viewed (at least for my wife and myself) at night in a dark room with surround sound. Watching the season without commercials and a week between episodes helps the story flow better.
This series IS NOT for children!
From the first seconds to the last season one of 24 provides a rolercoaster of edge of your seat moments. The entire show plays out in real time and thanks to the brillent writers of the show its able to keep you interested in every characters sub story. Kiefer Sutherland stars in this series as CTU agent Jack Bauer and he is in charge of seeing that a black presidential canidate David Palmer isnt assinated by a group of terrorists. Along the way his family is kidnapped and there are people in his own agency that might be involved. This season of 24 is sure to please its a gripping action/drama well deserving of 5/5 stars...
I first became a fan of the show by renting Season 1 from the Library. As soon as I was done watching Season 1, I had to get the other seasons as well. I now own Seasons 1-6 on DVD, and in looking back, Season 1 does grow some signs of growing pains when compared to the later seasons. However, don't let that stop you from enjoying an awesome collection of episodes woven together as Jack Bauer and the Counter-Terrorism Unit engage in excitement and plot twists all season long. The concept of having a continuous plot for 24 hours suddenly makes otherwise mundane moments, like waiting at a traffic light, extremely tense at times, especially when somebody's life is on the line. In addition to the main feature, the commentaries are always informative and interesting. The featurettes are likewise enjoyable. Overall, this is an excellent product for the person who likes this kind of action-drama.
Once you become addicted, quitting smoking is easier than breaking the 24 habit. It get’s in your veins, your heart starts pumping, you don’t sleep for day’s, and your neighbors start to worry about you because you haven’t left the house in day’s ,you don’t answer the phone … and then you finish the series .. Ok I’m good for another year.
24 is the most riveting, intense TV series I've ever experienced. The very timeline of this series put’s a refreshing twist like no other, with everything in real time this storyline comes at you in numerous directions and ties it all together brilliantly. I couldn’t be more on the edge of my seat if I were sitting on a razor while watching this show.
I actually will not watch an episode on TV and wait until the Season DVD has been released for the mere fact that I can not wait a week to see what happens next. When a new season is released on DVD in stores, I’m like a child the night before Christmas.I finished watching season 4 in January and I'm starting to get the itch for 5.
Kiefer Sutherland has taken Jack Bowers role to new-found heights with every new season.
I will warn you that after experiencing this show, others just don’t hold a candle and you have become a 24 junkie waiting for next week’s episode or running to the store for a seasonal DVD release.
Before you watch these DVD's, make sure you have the entire season ready and cancel all your plans for the weekend. You won't be able to leave your couch. The first season is undoubtedly the best in the series and by the time you're done watching this, you'll be ready to tattoo Jack Bauer's face on your back. Elisha Cuthbert is a little annoying as his daughter (and frankly if it weren't for her, Jack wouldn't be in so much trouble), but Sarah Clark kills it as Nina Meyers and the show is so well written with amazing cliffhangers from episode to episode, you'll have to set an alarm to remind you to eat and go to bed. I swear by this show and these DVD's are a must.