Category Archives: Series Four

Episode Review: In Honor Of The 13

Alright, then: I’ll admit: I actually liked episode 13.

Stuff happened, y’know? Chloe  saved CTU, Renee saved Jack and heck, Jack got yet another chance at a Suicide Mission and then managed to cheat death by the skin of the teeth (or by the Bullet of Renee). Though I doubt that anyone watching truly believed that Jack would be offed by terrorists, I suppose it was nice to be reminded again of Jack’s willingness to Die For Something. Some might call it The Death Wish: one of Bauer’s character traits that have been following him since Day Two.

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How Do You Feel About The WGA Strike?

…which has postponed series 7? Some mixed feelings here, which is probably to be expected for such a complex issue.

45% – Neither, Just Want It Sorted Out Soon
32% – Support The WGA
19% – Angry At Both Sides
5% – Support The Studios & The Networks

The new poll asks, Which Forgotten Favourite Would You Most Like To See Return To The Show? You’ve got 12 options which i’ll run through quickly.

Richard Walsh (Series 1) – Jack’s closest friend at the agency and mentor. Last Seen: Being shot by a unknown sniper.

Mandy – (Series 1, 2 & 4) – Hired gun with a multitude of skills. Last Seen: Being pardoned for her crimes in exchange for giving up Marwan.

Alberta Green – (Series 1) – Career minded CTU employee who was brought in to replace Jack when it was believe he’d “gone rogue”. Last Seen: Being overruled by Ryan Chappelle regarding Jack’s reinstatement.

Robert Ellis – (Series 1) – Behind the scenes go-to guy who helped set up Operation Nightfall. Last Seen: Being strangled in a men’s room of a bar in New Orlean’s whilst on the phone to Jack.

Paula Schaeffer – (Series 2) – CTU Tech Analyst, was being socially ackward before anyone had ever heard of Chloe O’Brian. Last Seen: Going into cardiac arrest on a gurney after the bombing of CTU.

Bob Warner – (Series 2) – Business Man whose family being inexplicably tie up in a terrorist plot on his daughter’s wedding day. Last Seen: Visiting his daughter Marie in prison trying to understand her actions.

Yusuf Auda – (Series 2) – Middle east intelligence agent who helped Jack and Kate secure “the chip”. Last Seen: Huddled in a phonebooth after being shot several times.

Jonathan Wallace – (Series 2) – Soldier turned hired gun, killed his entire military squad before blackmailing Jack when his employers double crossed him. Last Seen: Bleeding out in an urgent care centre.

Walt Cummings – (Series 4 & 5) – Charles Logan’s Chief Of Staff, responsible for ordering a hit on Jack at the end of series 4, and then a key conspirator in series 5. Last Seen: Hanging from his neck-tie in a presumed suicide that was later revealed to have been staged.

Diane Huxley – (Series 5) – Jack’s “land lady” at the start of Series 5, got dragged into things when her son followed Jack and eventually was taken hostage in the airport siege. Last Seen: Leaving CTU with her son.

Theo Stoller – (Series 5) – Deep cover German intelligence agent, who got in the way between Jack and a suspect. Last Seen: Being double crossed by Jack after giving up the suspect.

Shari Rothenberg – (Series 5) – CTU low level analyst given a provisional promotion to help out after the gas attack on CTU left them severally undermanned. Also more than a little odd, so much so she freaked Chloe out at times. Last Seen: Telling her superiors she let a locked up Chloe escape.

Poll will run for two weeks, good luck choosing.

Sutherland talks more season six

“… While Bauer was being whisked off by the Chinese for crimes he committed in Season 4, Sutherland won’t spoil whether or not the series will be set in China this year.

‘I don’t want to ruin any of that,’ he says … Even with an additional bit of prodding, Sutherland still was tight with the details on the new season, …

‘We always seem to run into great problems when we shoot on a plane, even if it’s an hour program … If I was to be in China, I would stay there for the day.’

The ironic part is that in real time, the Jack Bauer character should be close to 60 since every season, there’s usually a one to two year jump in between. Sutherland laughs though and notes, ‘I’m probably now my age [on the show]. I think I started out a little younger.’ …

… ‘One of the fantastic things about our writers, is the options are always open for everything,’ says Sutherland. ‘In certain areas and I think one of the discussions about 24 that I think has been interesting is that people have a serious moral dilemma with some of the things that Jack Bauer has done. So that rides a very thin line already. So we’ll see.’ …

… Meanwhile, there’s already been talk that a 24 movie will be shot next summer on the show’s hiatus and Sutherland gave hints as to what the format might be.

‘It’s something we really really want to make,’ he adds, noting that the movie would be a standalone event that wouldn’t tie in with existing storylines happening on the TV show. ‘The real key difference would be, the 24 film, would be a two hour representation of a 24 hour day. It would be the first thing we didn’t do in real time …’

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U.S. DVD strikes back

As predicted by various rumours and other murmurings, the upcoming (6th of December) U.S. release of series four will carry on the well-worn tradition of the region 1 dvd getting more extras than the region 2. The U.S. DVD will include no-less than 12 episode commentaries. 7:00AM – 8:00AM commentary by Joel Surnow and Mary Lynn Rajskub
12:00PM-1:00PM commentary by Joseph Hodges and Jon Cassar
1:00PM – 2:00PM commentary by Kim Raver and Joseph Hodges
2:00PM – 3:00PM commentary by Stephen Kornish and Peter Lenkov
3:00PM – 4:00PM commentary by Evan Katz and Shannon Doherty
4:00PM – 5:00PM commentary by Nestor Serrano and Stephen Kronish
8:00PM – 9:00PM commentary by Tim Iacofano and Shohreh Aghdashloo
9:00PM – 10:00PM commentary by Roger Cross and Bryan Spicer
12:00AM – 1:00AM commentary by Jon Cassar and Sean Callery
1:00AM – 2:00AM commentary by Paul Gadd and Ken Kobett
4:00AM – 5:00AM commentary by Matt Michnovetz and Duppy Demetris
6:00AM – 7:00AM commentary by Bob Cochran and Scott Powell

Although some of the episodes selected for commentaries seem a bit odd (there are no commentaries for episodes 12 or 13, two of the best episodes of the series after the final two) and the list of participants sadly lack any of the veteran cast members from the series (Mary Lynn Rajskub who plays Chloe is the only cast member to do a commentary who didn’t make there debut on the show this year), but than it does include commentaries on the first and finale episodes.

Other extras exclusive to the US release is a Series 4/5 bridge or Series 5 prequel, which has been made during the filming of Series 5, and a Series 5 trailer. If I had the money and the ability to play U.S. discs, my copy would be on pre-order right now.

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DVD News & Views

American visitors are sick to the back teeth of news regarding the UK release of series four, since you won’t get yours until Christmas, but since good things come to thoose who wait, as I will explain, you shouldn’t. The UK DVD is out tomorrow, and as I reported last week it will have atleast two, and unfortunately from reports from forum members who had there copies delivered early, that’s all it’s got. So two, not bad, except other information I’ve been getting, along with posts on the official Fox forum suggests the U.S. release will have as many as 12 (or two per disc), so if any UK visitors can bare to wait and can play region 1 dvd’s I’d advise waiting for the U.S. DVD. I myself can’t stand to wait for longer than I have already, nor can I play U.S. DVD’s, so I’ll be up tomorrow, waiting for the post and my copy and I’ll have a review up within the next week.

On a last, self-serving note, visitors may be interested to know that I, the Site and the 24 DVD, got a mention in former BBC writer William Gallagher’s DVD Review Podcast, if you’ve got a spare ten minutes or so it makes for a good listen.

DVD Confusion

Previously I posted details of special features that would be included on the Series Four DVD (due out 8th of August). The notable absentee was episode commentaries, because at the time there wasn’t any news of them, but I like most fans did, thought this meant episodes and participants were still to be finalised, after all these have usually been the last details we get about a DVD release. Unfortunately it would appear that isn’t the reason. Three leading DVD magazines have all reviews 24: Series Four on DVD, and all have made comment about the lack of commentaries and the BBFC has yet to classify any. So either they are leaving it unbelievably late, or there will be no commentaries included. I fear it’s the later. If anything changes I’ll have it up here soon as I get it. To take the sting out of there being no commentaries, there have been two new extras added to the release since I lasted posted details. First off it will include the 20 minute short film that Nissan made and cut up into 15 second or so segments to show during the shows run. There is also 24: Conspiracy, the made for mobile 24 spin-off series.