February 28, 2009
24 To Get Eighth Season
Kiefer Sutherland's 24 character Jack Bauer gets to live another day!
The hit show's executive producer Howard Gordon has told E! that there will be an eighth season of the series.
"We're gearing up for a May start date," he said. "I'm with the writers now just putting our heads together, coming up with an idea. Unless we fail to come up with an idea that's satisfactory, you'll see an eighth season."
However, the producer also hinted that the eight season could be Jack Bauer's last, despite rumours of a possible post series movie.
"We may decide ultimately if there's not a movie [story] worth telling, Jack may see his last day on television," he said. "He could die in the series. I think that's possible."
Source: The Press Association
Comment: This is great news although not entirely unexpected. I guess this announcement by Howard Gordon makes it official. I however, DO NOT like the idea of killing off Jack AT ALL. I hope they don't go that route. I know Jack is a "tragic character", but after all the "bad days" he's had, he deserves a happy ending. I think a movie franchise with the Jack Bauer character like the 'Bourne Identity' series would be fantastic. Hopefully, some day we'll get to see that. In the meantime, we can enjoy at least one more season of '24' and Jack!
Could it be that Jack Bauer is clock-blocked no more and will finally find time for a new romance?
Jack being Jack, whatever may come for him and Renee won't come easy. Says Gordon, "It's not a romance in the traditional sense of the word. It's a lot more broken and jagged than what you might imagine."
Since losing his wife to Original CTU Mole Nina at the climax of Season 1, Jack has only hooked up with Audrey Raines (played by Kim Raver) and trailer-park hottie Diane (the woefully underused Connie Britton). And where are they both these days? Gone.
As such, stepping into the role of Jack's next love interest had to be a daunting prospect for Annie Wersching. However, Gordon raves, the 24 newcomer "has really connected with the audience. I think she's done a spectacular job and we're extremely proud of her."
February 27, 2009
Another Good Bad Day for 24 on Fox
I've overheard a few people at basketball games and parties declare that they became tired of all the craziness in the Fox thrill ride "24" last season and have stopped watching the series.
They're making a mistake.
I'm not saying that this year's horrific day in the life of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) hasn't had its usual share of preposterous moments. It certainly has had some ridiculous twists that have led to as much laughter as tension. I mean can't any President hire people he or she can trust won't become involved in a conspiracy against the United States?
But if you can suspend disbelief and go along for the ride, it's been a helluva year that has had an underlying message that scarily suggests there's a place for torture.
I must admit I was a bit concerned that the series would have a midseason problem after this year's lead terrorist, Dubaku (Hakeem Kae-Kazim), was captured on Monday. It looked like President Taylor (Cherry Jones) was going to be able to easily proceed with her attempt to save people in a small African country from the evil General Juma (Tony Todd), who is trying to overthrow his government and already committed genocide in a previous coup attempt.
But this Monday's two-hour episode is loaded with tense, suspenseful elements, thanks to the surprising arrival in the United States of General Juma and his army of evil-doers.
I hesitate giving you too many details beyond what was revealed in the preview after Monday's episode. To be honest, I think those previews reveal too much.
In any event, General Juma plots an assault on the White House that seems to be something out of a James Bond movie. Oh, and Jon Voight, who played an arms dealer and all-around bad guy in the November prequel set in Africa, also briefly returns.
It's all preposterously entertaining and ends with a can't-miss scene that will test Jack's resourcefulness -- as well as a viewer's ability to suspend disbelief.
Don't miss it.
What have you thought of this season's "24"? What do you think about the message about torture? And how do you think the season will end?
-- Alan Pergament
Source: The Buffalo News
February 25, 2009
February 24, 2009
This is great news. I always hated to wait until December to get '24' on DVD.
For more details, you can go here:
February 23, 2009
Here's the link to the '2 Guys' website where you can download current podcasts and past season podcasts.
February 22, 2009
February 21, 2009
Episode opens right after Henry Taylor was shot at the end of the last episode. Renee shows the EMT’s where he is. Jack is working on him until the EMT’s take over. Jack asks Renee if she’s ok. He wants her to check the computer hard drives to see if they can find out where Dubaku went. Jack then makes a call to the President to update her on Henry’s condition.
Jack says Henry’s sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and has lost a lot of blood. Jack tells Bill Dubaku was gone when they got there and that he thinks he will try to leave the country now.
President Taylor wants to go to the hospital. Ethan is worried about guaranteeing her safety outside of the White House since the SS has been compromised. The President insists she is going to the hospital and will not be held prisoner there while her husband is fighting for his life. She demands she be taken there or she will drive herself. Bill interjects that he will take responsibility for her security. Ethan explains his credentials were cancelled when CTU was dissolved.
Bill states that because the FBI has been compromised, Larry can’t afford to use anyone within the FBI to try and track Dubaku. The President agrees to Bill’s suggestions and grants him the authority under her office to do what he needs. The President vows to do whatever it takes to find Dubaku. She wants the SOB found! Go Madame President!
We next go to Dubaku outside of where Marika works. He gets her attention and she comes outside. Dubaku says he needs to leave the country because he his visa expired and immigration has caught up with him. He wants her to come with him to Belize. She’s reluctant because it’s too soon and she is the only one who can take care of her sister Rosa. He says they have to leave now, but her sister can join them later (yeah, right). Dubaku talks the stupid girl into leaving with him. She is told to go home and pack and wait for his call. She leaves. Dubaku makes a call to an unknown man who apparently has made his travel arrangements. Dubaku states the mission is over, he’s done all he can do. He wants to meet this guy in the lobby of the Roosevelt Continental Hotel to get his travel paperwork. The man thinks it’s too public of a meeting place, but he agrees.
Back to Jack and Renee. They can’t find anything on the computers so they start searching the bodies. Renee gets a phone call from Larry. She updates him on what happened there and Henry’s condition. Larry asks if she’s ok. She says she’s fine. Larry’s not so sure about that. Renee asks what that is supposed to mean. Larry tells her about the report about the incident regarding Vossler’s wife and child.
She said they did what they needed to do; that was the only leverage they had against Vossler. Larry sarcastically says, “whatever it takes” – Jack Bauer’s rationalization for everything. He says she’s following his playbook. She says no one was actually hurt. Larry flips out and reminds her that Jack killed the woman’s husband (Vossler). As they are talking Renee looks in a mirror where she notices she has blood on her hands and face.
Renee said the woman had no idea her husband was a killer and a traitor to his country but she looked at her like she was the monster. Jack then interrupts the conversation. Jack says he came across some bank transactions on the PDA’s registered to the same address. They think it may be a safe house. They give Larry the address and they are heading out. Renee wants Larry to provide satellite surveillance. Jack asks Renee AGAIN if she’s ok. Once again she says she’s fine. She sure gets asked if she’s ok a lot. That’s the 3rd time in the first 12 minutes.
4:16 pm – 4:26 pm
Now we are at Marika and Rosa’s apartment. Rosa is asleep when Marika comes in. She starts to pack her things. Quick jump to Chloe riding in a car – Morris is driving! Morris is back.! I like Morris. I hope we get to see more of him. He’s taking Chloe to the FBI. Their son Prescott is in the back seat. Prescott? – OK. She says goodbye to her son and Morris. A little trivia – the kid is actually the son of 24 writer/producer Howard Gordon.
Larry is giving Janice instructions on what he wants her to do. Janice just thinks he’s giving her busy work to do. Larry wants a VPN socket setup. He says he’s bringing in a consultant from Homeland Security to make sure the firewall is secure. This is the cover for why Chloe is being brought in.
Next is my favorite part: Larry remembers Chloe worked with Jack in the past. Chloe says she has worked with him on and off for seven years. Larry says that’s impressive because she survived the experience. Larry points out many others haven’t like Curtis Manning, Ryan Chappelle and even his own wife. Chloe retorts by asking Larry if he thinks it’s Jack’s fault his wife was killed. Larry says, “You tell me.”
“Jack Bauer is the most trustworthy, honorable man I know and he’s my friend.” – Yeah Chloe! Thank you for defending Jack. It’s about time someone did. Then she tells Larry he should worry more about finding the mole in his office working for Dubaku than about Jack. You tell him girl!!
Erica tells Janice she recognizes Chloe and that she thought it was odd that she would be there from Homeland since that did not seem like her area of expertise. Janice is looking worried.
The scene goes to Dubaku meeting unknown man at the hotel. Mr. Burnett tells Dubaku of the flight arrangements. Dubaku requests a driver to pick up Marika. Burnett says he’s not sure if he can make arrangements on such short notice. Dubaku says he could ask his man at the bar, on the balcony, etc. Burnett says the men are there to “guarantee his safety.” Dubaku doesn’t believe that and says if anything happens to him while he’s trying to leave the country, he will send the names and bank transactions of those working with him to the Justice Dept. Burnett says that is unnecessary. Dubaku also says nothing better happen to Marika either. She knows nothing of this and is no threat to them. Burnett tells Dubaku he understands.
After Dubaku leaves, Unknown makes a call to another unknown person. I really wish they would give you their names upfront. Anyway, Unknown says Dubaku knew they were going to take him out so they better make sure Dubaku leaves to country so they won’t be found out.
Back to Marika and her sister. They argue about Marika leaving to go away with Dubaku. Marika says she’s going and demands Rosa get out of her way. As soon as she goes into the living room, Jack and Renee bust through the door. Renee demands to know where Dubaku is - they say they don’t know. Jack then shows Marika a picture on his cell phone of Dubaku but she says she doesn’t recognize him. Jack says she’s lying. “Why are you lying to me?!” Why do I like it so much when Jack yells? I guess it’s because Kiefer does it so well. Rosa asks to see it and she recognizes him. She tells Jack he told them his name was Samuel Aboa and that Marika was going to meet him. Jack wants to know where but Marika says she doesn’t know.
Jack: “Do you work for him?!”
Jack: “Do you know what he’s doing in this country?”
Marika: “He’s everything to me.”
Jack looks away realizing it’s a romantic relationship; she doesn’t work for him.
4:30 pm – 4:39 pm
The President arrives at the hospital. The doctor says Henry’s looking at a minimum of 5 hours of surgery. He says his chances aren’t good but he’ll do everything he can. The President sees Henry briefly as he’s being brought to surgery. She tells him she should have believed him about Roger; that he didn’t commit suicide. Henry says he was a hero. President Taylor asks Bill to find someone to contact her daughter Olivia. She says they haven’t spoken in some time so she knows she wouldn’t come to the phone if she called. She asks if there is someone trustworthy he can send. Bill says there is.
Renee is showing Marika pictures about all the horrible things Dubaku has done in his country. Jack says he’s seen first hand what Dubaku’s capable of. He was responsible for killing a friend of his. Jack wants Marika to answer the phone when he calls. Marika doesn’t want to but Jack says the man she knew doesn’t exist. All that’s left are his lies and betrayal. Just then the phone rings. Jack begs Marika to answer the phone.
She does. Dubaku thinks she sounds strange. She covers by saying she and Rosa were arguing about him. Dubaku says a car has been sent for her. He wants her to go downstairs to wait for it. Renee wants them to grab the driver and make him tell them where Dubaku is. Jack doesn’t think they can get him to talk in the time that they have and Dubaku won’t stay around if they wait too long. Jack wants Marika to meet with him and track her using her cell phone. Renee doesn’t like the idea. Jack gently asks Marika to go with the driver and they will follow her. Marika agrees but Rosa doesn’t want her to. Marika says it’s her decision to make and it’s the right thing to do. Jack takes her phone to get her SID number so they can track her.
Rosa still protests Marika’s decision but she believes Dubaku wouldn’t hurt her. Marika tells Rosa she should have listened to her. Rosa said she said those things because she was jealous and didn’t want to lose her.
Meanwhile, Jack calls Larry. He finds out Chloe is running operational support. Jack seems relieved to be working with Chloe. Jack gives her the SID number to setup the tracking. Janis is trying to track what Chloe is up to but she’s locked out.
Olivia Taylor is shown talking to a potential client. More trivia: that potential client Olivia is talking to is David Fury, the writer of this episode. He’s been known to make cameo appearances in shows that he writes.
They are interrupted by… Aaron Pierce! He’s come to escort Olivia to the hospital. Yeah – Aaron’s back. I’ve missed him too. Aaron explains that her father has been shot and is in surgery. Not public knowledge. She looks upset and then goes with Aaron.
Janice goes to Sean to ask for the “digital data key” for the server. She says Larry asked for it but she tells Sean the real reason she wants it. She thinks Chloe’s been brought in to replace her and she wants to know what’s really going on. Sean still doesn’t want to give it to her but she blackmails him by saying she’ll disclose his affair with Erica. Sean reluctantly gets the data key for her. “You’re a little bi*** you know that?”, “You’re a little bi***.” I don’t believe Janice and Sean like each other very much.
Marika is now ready to leave to meet Dubaku’s car. Rosa tells Renee to keep Marika safe. Renee says she will. Marika tells Jack she’s scared. Jack says she’s going to be fine and to remember they are right behind her. Renee starts to tell Marika to dial a certain number if she gets into trouble. Jack says he doesn’t want her to do that. He doesn’t want the driver to become suspicious.
Marika goes to wait at the door. Jack and Renee remain back from her in the hallway. Jack wants to know why Renee tried to give her the number to call.
The car arrives. Marika gets in. After the car leaves, Jack and Renee head out. Chloe is tracking the car. Janice goes to the server room and uses the data key – Access Granted.
Marika asks the driver how much further but he doesn’t answer. In the server room using the data key, Janice overhears Larry, Chloe and Jack during the operation. Someone comes in and Janice quickly disables the data key and leaves the server room. When she does that she causes Chloe’s link tracking the car to disappear. She tells Jack the tracking grid is lost. It comes back up and Chloe runs a diagnostic to find the cause of the glitch. Chloe finds out someone was in the system mirroring her terminal and knows what they are doing. Larry looks around the office.
All of a sudden police cars come in from all sides. Jack tries to evade but can’t. They are ordered out of the car by DC Metro Police. Jack and Renee are arrested. That came out of nowhere. Larry calls Metro and says no warrants have been issued for them. Chloe says yes they have and pulls up on the screen a warrant for their arrest using “decisive force.” She says it is a real warrant from someone in the office.
Janice gives Sean back the data key. She tells Sean about the covert operation Larry is running with Jack Bauer to track Dubaku. Sean asks why they are being kept in the dark about it. Janice doesn’t know but she doesn’t like it. Janice leaves and Sean makes a phone call to Burnett! He’s the mole in the FBI!!!
Burnett explains why they could not take out Dubaku and that Sean should pray Dubaku gets away.
Dubaku gets a call again from Burnett. He tells Dubaku Marika has been turned by the FBI and she agrees to lead them to you using her cell phone. Dubaku says he’ll take care of Marika.
….clock ticks to 5:00 pm.
Another good episode. In fact I enjoyed it even more the 2nd time I saw it. The storyline moved along well and the pacing was good. The fact that we find out Sean is the mole really didn’t surprise me. They went with the person you expected rather than someone totally unexpected. Although, I did briefly begin to believe it was Janice. Some pretty good mis-direction there.
I also liked the police coming out of nowhere to arrest Jack and Renee. That was an interesting unexpected twist caused by the FBI mole.
I also loved the scene where Chloe defends Jack to Larry. Defense of Jack is so infrequent, it is a real treat when that happens. Jack hasn’t always made the best decisions, but he’s saved many lives over the years and the appreciation for the good things he’s done gets overlooked way too often. Way to go Chloe!
Of course it was great to see two past characters return in Morris and Aaron. Especially Aaron Pierce. He’s always been one of my favorite characters ‘24’. The actor that plays him (Glenn Morshower) does such a wonderful job, you really believe he’s a Secret Service agent.
Based on the previews for next week, it looks like another great episode. I know some people avoid previews so I won’t give too much away, but there is a very intense-looking scene between Jack and Renee I’m really looking forward to.
…anxiously awaiting Monday night.
February 20, 2009
St. Louis native Wersching, who starred on 'General Hospital' and has had guest gigs on shows like 'Supernatural,' 'Frasier,' 'Angel' and 'Boston Legal,' landed the high-profile role after working with '24' producer Joel Surnow and director Jon Cassar on the pilot for 'Company Man,' a spy drama that failed to make the Fox lineup in 2007.
Wersching talked to AOL TV about how she's enjoying kicking major baddie butt on '24,' whether Jack and Girl Jack might find time for a little romance while saving the world and about co-star Sutherland's driving skills.
The five questions are in the rest of the article:
Source: AOL Television/Inside TV
Enjoy this blast from the past about Jack Bauer's first really bad day...
Source: FOX Broadcasting / YouTube
There is a very cool weekly feature on the main '24' webisite called 'Scenemakers'. There is a new one posted each week that features some behind-the-scenes stuff about one of the episodes.
The current one features the Director of Episode 9, Glenn Morshower (Agent Pierce) and the writer of the episode (David Fury) who also makes a cameo appearance in episode 9.
For '24' fans interested in the behind-the-scenes goings on, it a very interesting feature to check out each week.
Here's the direct link to '24' Scenemakers site:
February 18, 2009
"Wildly different shows and wildly different paths, but they have arrived at the same place. For the moment, at least, they're the two best shows on TV.
Because it fell further from grace, the course corrections at 24 are probably more noticeable. In place of the hysterics and overdone family histrionics of the last go-round, we have a stripped-down plot that frees Jack (the reliably terrific Kiefer Sutherland) from back-story build-up and returns the show to its roots. Jack's not trying to save the world this time, just the president — and thanks to the writers and the fabulous Cherry Jones, he once again has a president worth saving. Even Monday's revelation of Sean as the FBI mole could be read as tweaking our built-in 24 expectations; he was so obvious, you figured he had to be a red herring."
February 17, 2009
This whole season so far has been a Kiefer keeper, and if they can keep it up, I say screw the big-screen movie. Go for season 9, 10, and more.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Source: Innocent Bystander
February 16, 2009
The show has been my life for the last 6 years, and I've worked with the best cast and crew in the business. I'm proud to call them my friends. I've left the show in the capable hands of Brad Turner and Milan Cheylov, the producer directors that will continue to fight to make 24 one of the best shows on TV.
And even though I'm exited about starting new projects and delving into the feature film world, I am sad to close a chapter in my life that undoubtedly was the best of my carrer.
Thank You All for Watching"
February 15, 2009
3:00 pm – 3:17 pm
Episode opens with Henry Taylor being brought to Dubaku’s hideout (Korean grocer). We next see Dubaku walking the streets and sees President Taylor on TV giving an address to the nation saying we will not give in to the terrorists and that Juma will be overthrown and Prime Minister Mutobo will be the leader of Sangala.
Dubaku gets to the hideout. The music as he is going to the grocers is outstanding by Sean Callery.
Dubaku tells Vossler his money will be wired to the usual account. Vossler has to leave because his shift begins at 4 pm.
Dubaku talks to Henry Taylor. We get confirmation that Dubaku is behind Roger Taylor’s death. “Does your wife love you enough to call of the invasion of my country?” Dubaku asks.
Back to President Taylor still addressing the nation. Nice split-screen showing Prime Minister Mutobo, Jack, Bill & Renee arriving at the White House.
Ethan explains to the President who is going to be meeting with her in the Oval Office. She is willing to hear what they have to say because the Prime Minister asked her to. She warmly greets the Prime Minister.
The President tells him she has ordered the military to proceed in Sangala. The Prime Minister is grateful but tells her he has to leave to meet with his people about post-invasion plans.
The President demands an explanation about what is going on. Jack proceeds to inform the President that key members of the government are working with General Juma and Dubaku to undermine this nation’s foreign policy and her foreign policy regarding Sangala.
Bill explains about Tony’s undercover operation, etc.The President asks if she chooses to believe them, where would they go from here? Jack explains that Dubaku is the one who knows the names of those within the government who have betrayed her. He says it is imperative that he be found but they would have to work under the radar because they don’t know who can be trusted.
The President then gets a call from Dubaku about her husband. Dubaku tells her he has her husband and she speaks with him briefly to show prove that he is being held hostage. Dubaku demands that the President withdraw her forces around his country and the Prime Minister be delivered to a power plant by 4 pm. If this is not done, he says her husband will die. “You wouldn’t dare!” says the President. Dubaku then orders one of Henry’s fingers be cut off – Ouch! Dubaku again says if his demands aren’t met, her husband will be killed immediately.
Ethan comes in after the call ends to inform her that Agent Gedge and Samantha Roth’s bodies were found at her apartment along with the drug Gedge used on Henry Taylor. He says this confirms the conspiracy they were just told about.
The President is clearly upset but says “How can she ask the American people to make sacrifices I’m not willing to make myself.” “I can’t give in. I can’t.”
Jack says they can still try and find her husband before the 4 pm deadline. The President is reluctant because of what Dubaku said and she says she can’t trust anyone in the government.
Jack replies, “You can trust me.” – the first of many great lines of dialogue in this episode.
“How am I supposed to know where your loyalties really lie?” – President Taylor
“With all do respect Madame President…ask around.” – Jack Bauer
More great dialogue! I love it! Kiefer Sutherland can deliver most simple line of dialogue more effectively than almost any other actor I have ever seen.
Jack needs the President to go along with Dubaku’s demands to buy them some time so they can try and find her husband.
Ethan shows Jack and Renee to a room they can use to work out of. Jack asks for the security details for Henry Taylor and he tells Renee they need to check Agent Gedge’s phone records. Renee says phone records for SS agents are highly-classified especially those assigned to the first family. Jack says they need to get them from someone who already has clearance. Renee suggests Larry Moss. Jack’s skeptical but she says she thinks she can persuade him to do what they want. “We know each other pretty well.” (wink, wink)
Renee calls Larry. Larry is shocked to hear from her of course. She explains she and Jack needs his help. She said Jack was with them all along and everything he did was to preserve his cover. She says the Bureau is compromised and what they are doing has to remain completely off-book. She explains about Henry Taylor’s kidnapping and how the President has asked her and Jack to find him by 4 pm or he’ll be killed. She asks him to get Agent Gedge’s phone records.
Larry wants to see her to make sure she’s not “under duress.” Renee says there is no time for that. Larry says if she wants his help, they’ll have to meet at the Capitol Reflecting Pool. She tells Jack that she thinks he’ll help but they need to go.
3:21 pm – 3:30 pm
Back at the FBI: Sean is whining that they are being kept out of the loop. Blonde chick is asking when she can see him again. Sean says he hasn’t seen the wife in over a week. Sean has to get back to work. Guess the blonde chick is out of luck. Janice comes over says he should be less obvious that he’s carry on with the blonde chick. Might as well hold up a sign - Ha. Sean says it’s stupid and wrong and he’ll stop. Janice says he should before Larry finds out.
Jack and Renee arrive at the reflecting pool to meet with Larry. I love this scene and the location. The location adds so much to the scene.
You can see how relieved Larry is that Renee’s alive. If Jack wasn’t there I think he would have hugged her. Of course Jack is clueless about the obvious connection between these two as he walks up to them. Jack gets right down to business and immediately asks if Larry got access Agent Gedge’s phone records.
Larry mentions Gedge talking with Agent Vossler and Larry also checked out Vossler’s personnel records. He was in Special Forces and also spent some time in Sangala. Larry shows Renee Vossler’s files. Jack asks if Vossler has a family. Renee says he is married and has an 11-month old son. Jack wants to have Larry help him track Vossler and he wants Renee to go to Vossler’s home.
Larry wants to know why. Jack says since Vossler has been in Special Forces he’ll be hard to break so threatening his family will be his only vulnerability.
“When are you people gonna stop thinking everyone else is following your rules? There’re not!” another great line from Jack.
“Pick One!” – I love the way Kiefer says that line.
When Larry says he won’t allow Renee to end up like him, I thought Jack was going to punch him again but all he said was “Are you going to give me the keys or not?” Then Larry just throws them at him.
This scene ends with another great line: Larry says, “The rules are what make us better.” Jack replies, “Not today.” Fantastic writing.
Back to Dubaku’s hideout: Dubaku gets a call from the girlfriend. She’s come home to help her sister. She wanted to see if he’s still coming to dinner but he says he can’t – busy at “work”. Being a thug and a terrorist is a 24-hour job you know. The girlfriend and her sister have an argument about “Samuel”. The sister is trying to warn her about him, but she won’t listen. After the girlfriend leaves, her sister looks at a letter.
Now at the White House: Bill suggests they use a Mutobo look-alike to take to the power plant. The President gives her authorization to move forward.
Now showing Jack in Larry’s vehicle. Jack gets a call from Larry. He tells Jack were Vossler is. They are tracking him.
Renee arrives at Vossler’s home. The wife opens the door, Renee shows her gun, comes and says if she does what she’s told there is a chance she’ll live through this.
3:35 pm – 3:40 pm
First scene is of the baby crying. Vossler’s wife tries to go to the baby but Renee pulls her gun on her and won’t let her near the baby. She tells her to sit. Renee handcuffs the wife to the table. (Renee is channeling her inner-Jack again).
Jack and Larry are still tracking Vossler. Jack has to go down a one-way street (no problem for Jack). There he goes through one-way traffic, he sees Vossler’s car and hits him. “Let me see your hands – NOW”. I never get tired of Kiefer/Jack shouting that at people.
Jack takes Vossler in the entryway of an apartment or hotel. I can’t tell exactly where they are. Vossler of course won’t tell Jack where Henry Taylor is. Jack then calls Renee. Renee puts the phone on speaker. Carol, Vossler’s wife explains there is a woman there with a gun. Vossler still won’t talk. Jack then tells Renee to “begin.”
Renee goes over to the baby and makes it look like she’s doing something to him. Vossler gives in and tells Jack he will tell him. Jack hangs up. Renee picks up the baby and gives him to her mother. She calls Renee a monster.
Vossler still hesitates, Jack starts to call Renee again, but Vossler finally tells where they are holding Henry Taylor. A passerby comes into where they are, but as Jack turns his head to tell the person to get out, Vossler knocks the gun out of his hand. Vossler then pulls a knife and a fight ensues.
Nice throw-down by Jack. Jack manages to stab Vossler in the stomach with the knife. Jack grabs his gun and leaves. There are people around his vehicle but Jack shouts for them to get away. Jack sees he can no longer use the car so he does what Jack always does when he needs a car - he car jacks someone! Jack has done this so many times over the years he’s become quite good at it. “GET OUT OF THE CAR NOW – MOVE!” Vintage Jack.
3:45 pm – 3:50 pm
Now at the White House, Bill and another agent are with the Mutobo look-alike explaining the protocol for when the arrive at the power plant. At first I wondered where they could find a guy to pose as Mutobo so quickly, but I figured it was maybe another SS agent. I thought they couldn’t trust anyone in the government but it seem like a lot of people are still in the loop. Oh well, sometimes you have to overlook plot holes at times.
Jack is calling Renee to give her the address of where Henry Taylor is being held. He tells Renee if she gets there first to stand down until he gets there. He also tells her Vossler is dead, he attacked him and he didn’t have a choice.
He asks Renee if she’s ok. She looks at the mother and child and says she doesn’t think she is. Jack says after what she did today he wouldn’t blame her if it was too much and wanted to get out.
“Maybe I will… tomorrow.” – another great line and very well done by Annie Wershing.
Meanwhile back at the White House, Bill tells the President that they have a location on where her husband is.
The blonde chick at FBI gives Sean a memo from Homeland Security that they are considering lowering the threat level. “Something’s going on behind our back” - waaaaa! Stop whining and shut-up Sean! Man, he gets on my nerves. Good Larry’s getting a phone call. It’s Renee. She tells him she’s on her way to where Henry’s being held. She also asks him to keep an incident quiet until what she and Jack are doing is finished.
She tells Larry Jack killed Vossler in self-defense. Larry’s upset and not sure Jack was telling the truth. He asks what she’s doing with Bauer. “We’re supposed to bring suspects in not murder them.” Larry tells Renee.
Dubaku is being told a vehicle is arriving at the power plant they think contains the Prime Minister. Dubaku gets a call from the girlfriend’s sister Rosa. She has the letter we saw earlier. She tells him she knows Samuel is not his real name and that she has a friend at Immigration that found out he is in this country illegally. She tells him to break it off with her sister and she’ll keep the information she found out between them. The call ends. Dubaku says he has to take care of a problem. Looks like he’s off to take care of the sister. Watch out Rosa!
3:54 pm – 4:00 pm
Renee arrives at the grocers where Henry Taylor is being held. She waits for Jack. Bill calls Jack to find out Jack’s status. They have the vehicle on satellite at the White House. They are told to bring the Prime Minister to them. Dubaku is told by phone that no one is getting out of the vehicle. Dubaku says they are being played and orders the vehicle destroyed. The President orders the car to leave and Bill tells them to get out, but it’s too late, one of Dubaku’s men sends in a shoulder-fired missile and the car is destroyed. I like how this was done, you don’t see the actual car being blown up, but you see it from the White House on satellite. I thought that was a different way do that but it was still effective.
Jack arrives to meet Renee. Jack orders the grocery owner at gun point to move and he takes him to the basement. He whispers in his ear that he wants him to open the door and ask them if they want something to eat. Jack knocks him out and he goes into see how many are there using his always handy mirror. Jack then uses hand signals to Renee telling her what he wants her to do. The second part of his hand signals looked to me like he was doing hand puppets or something. I found that kind of funny.
Dubaku calls one of his associates and tells him to kill Henry Taylor. Then the shooting begins! Some nice shooting by Renee. As the bad guy goes to kill Taylor, we see the Jack slide again! You have to look close but as he slides into a wall, he shoots the guy, but before he goes down he shoots Henry Taylor! Uh Oh!
Jack goes in and notices Taylor’s been shot. Renee comes in and Jack shouts: “GET AN AMBULANCE!!”
…the clock ticks to 4:00 pm
Wow! I’m exhausted after that episode. That is the ‘24’ thrill-ride I remember. This has to be the best episode of this season so far. The pacing was great, the writing, everything was outstanding in my opinion.
I should have known this was going to be a great episode when I saw Bob Cochran was one of the writers. Any episode he’s involved in writing is always special. Evan Katz was also one of the writers of this episode and he’s a great writer as well.
Poor Henry Taylor. Talk about having a bad day. I hope he makes it, I’d hate to see the President lose both a son and a husband.
Episode 8 was the last one filmed before the writer’s strike so the rest of the season was filmed several months later where they had more time to go back and do re-writes and re-shoots. It’s a great season already so I can’t wait to see what the remaining episodes will be like.
Is it Monday yet??
Source: Entertainment Weekly (Thanks again Benny!)
February 14, 2009
Clip #1 - Jack Talks With President Taylor about her husband's condition:
Clip #2 - Larry Moss & Chloe discuss the FBI's network:
Clip #3 - Discussion between Ethan & President Taylor:
Clip #4 - Jack and Renee question Dubaku's girlfriend and her sister:
Source: FOX Broadcasting / YouTube
Source: MSNBC.com / AP
February 13, 2009
February 12, 2009
“24″ president inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt
by Kevin D. Thompson February 12th, 2009
Don't call Cherry Jones' President Allison Taylor a Hilary Clinton knock-off
I spoke with the president today.
No, not Obama. The other one. Who?
Why, Madame President Allison Taylor, the tough-as-Kevlar leader of the free world on 24.
OK, actually, I was on a conference call this afternoon with Cherry Jones, the Tony-winning actress who could very well earn an Emmy nomination later this year for her fine work on TV’s greatest thrill ride.
Madame president, er, I mean, Jones, chatted for about 25 minutes with a bunch of TV writers and talked about everything from working with Kiefer Sutherland to why her commander-in-chief isn’t a small screen version of Hilary Clinton.
On whether President Taylor will stay flawed:“I’m as flawed as the next little president. You’ll see I have plenty of flaws, both domestic and international.”
On working with Kiefer Sutherland:“I had been told by my dear friend (actress) Jayne Atkinson that whenever Kiefer’s on the set, there’s a whole other temperature – it’s part of the reason why he’s kept (24) so taut and intense. He’s completely focused. On that stage, he’s intensity personified.”
On research she did to play a president:“I always loved reading biographies. I read a lot about Eleanor Roosevelt. I was always fascinated by her. And I thought of (former Israeli Prime Minister) Golda Meir. I threw in a smattering of John Wayne just to get through the scene.”
On what’s like playing a commander-in-chief:“When I first walked on to the set, there was a kind of deferential treatment simply because I was playing the president. Good actors will defer to someone who has the position of power. Everyone in the cast gives me the power I need.”
On what she knew about 24:“When I found out I had a meeting (with the producers) I rented the first season and saw two episodes. I fell in love with Jack Bauer. I grew up on a Man From U.N.C.L.E and Mission: Impossible….I have a proclivity for espionage.”
On TV versus theatre:“On stage, you know the beginning, middle and end. You can create the arc because you know who you are and what you have to accomplish. On 24, I don’t completely know who she is. I just have to take what I’m given in the moment. I’m carving out a character each and every episode. I’m going with the belief that she is someone who really has great moral authority.”
On why she want her president to be older:“I wanted her to show a life that has been difficult (so you could) see this massive grief on her face. She just lost a grown child and has had no time to mourn that child. She’s emotionally compromised when Day 7 begins. I wanted her to look tired from the top. I didn’t want to look like a Hollywood person playing the president. I wanted her to look like s—t. She’s exhausted.”
On why President Taylor isn’t Hilary Clinton:“In the first place, she’s battling depression. She’s in an emotionally compromised place. I don’t see Hilary invading Dafour. I just don’t. It’s a very bold move the writers have made. I’m an idealistic person and I love that she’s taken a stand. Whether it’s the wisest thing to do, I don’t know, but I admire her for doing it.”
On if Taylor’s a Republican:“I’ve been quoted as saying my hair’s Republican. I’m not sure. They jury’s still out.”
On why she wanted her character to be honorable:“Not that I wouldn’t want to play an evil, wicked bad president. But it was important to me that she be written as a human being.”
Source: TV Talk / Palm Beach Post.com
February 11, 2009
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"I feel fine, I drank between 25 and 30 cups of coffee," Joachim said Sunday.
His previous record was 69 hours and 48 minutes, set in 2005.
Joachim, a Sri Lankan native who lives in Toronto, watched three seasons of the drama series "24" featuring Kiefer Sutherland, said Swedish TV4 spokeswoman Janina Witkowski.
Source: News1130, Canada
February 8, 2009
2:00 pm – 2:14 pm
Scene opens at FBI headquarters.
Sean tells Larry they found the truck that the Mutobo’s were in on satellite (guess so, it was sure easy to spot that big yellow truck!)
Janice informs Larry she found a “code fragment” that could enable her to find where in the infrastructure Dubaku may be targeting next.
This Sean guy is really getting on my nerves. I sure hope he’s the FBI mole so they can get rid of him. I’d like to see Jack “interrogate” this guy.
Ethan is trying to call Agent Gedge who’s now dead thanks to Henry Taylor. No answer of course. Mr. Taylor is still unconscious from the fall.
Ethan now gets a call from Larry Moss updating him Mutobo’s abduction. Ethan is impatient – Larry reminds him they know what’s at stake and that one agent has given her life (Walker).
Now to the RogueCTU van with Bill, Jack, Tony, Chloe and Renee. They have tracked the Mutobo’s to an office building thanks to the tracking device Chloe placed on the Prime Minister in the last episode.
Jack wants the building specs – of course Chloe has them on her computer! I think Chloe’s computer has specs to every building in the United States.
Jack tells Renee he will need her help.
Now to Dubaku and the other bad guys. He updates Nichols on where the next target is – a chemical plant in Kidron, OH. (Kidron, Ohio?) OK.
Dubaku talks to Mutobo and reminds him that he dissed him once during a state dinner – Mutobo says Dubaku only wanted him to be a puppet of his military. Dubaku calls him a traitor, Mutobo calls him a traitor back saying he was elected by the people. Dubaku says Mutobo will give Juma the names of all the “traitors”. Mutobo says he won’t – Dubaku looks at Mutobo’s wife and says he will. Well done scene, I liked it.
Jack and RogueCTU go into the location where Dubaku is. Renee goes in main entrance and runs interference saying she was there on official FBI business.
Chloe directs Renee to the stairwell where she lets in Jack, Tony & Bill.
Chloe tells Jack where the crawl space is and he and Renee go in. The Mutobo’s are locked in a separate room. Mrs. Mutobo says “Jack Bauer will be here soon.” Mrs. Mutobo instinctively knows who she can count on. Smart lady.
Same code fragment comes up on Janice’s computer – Kidron, OH. They see there is a chemical plant near Kidron. Janice calls to talk to their Plant Manager John Brunner.
The Plant Manager is having trouble resetting the safety valves on the primary storage tank. Janice tells him she believes a terrorist attack is being attempted on their facility. The plant works tries to shut down the primary tank but it’s not working.
Janice tells him they need to start evacuating the plant.
2:18 pm – 2:28 pm
Back at the White House the President is working on a speech to the nation. Ethan comes in to inform the President about the attack on the chemical plant. Ethan explains what the damage the release of the insecticide would do – they could lose half the population of the town.
Chloe tells Jack about the chemical plant attack. Yeah, no pressure Jack, only thousands of lives are at stake once again! Jack uses a night vision scope to see who is in the dark room a floor below.
Bruner is going to manually try and release some of the pressure. He has Janis look up the emergency valve release sequence. Janis realizes this will release the chemical into where Bruner is. He says he has respiratory gear on. She guides him through the procedures. The chemical is released where the plant manager is.
Nichols notices a surveillance camera from 20 minutes ago showing Jack, Tony and Bill entering the building. Dubaku yells, “How did they find us!” Dubaku orders the CIP module to be disengaged and says they will continue the attack from another location.
Sean at the FBI notices on his end that the firewall breach is closed, the firewall is secure. He doesn’t know what happened.
RougeCTU beings the assault on Dubaku’s location. Renee takes out Nichols who had a gun pointed at the Mutobo’s – cool! She’s a female Jack!
Jack finally gets to kill some bad guys! Yeah! Great shootout scene.
Tony finds the CIP device, says it has been destroyed. I wasn’t too sure if Tony was telling the truth the first time I saw the episode but in viewing it again, the brief shot of the device did look like it was broken.
Renee tells Jack the Mutobo’s are safe and she’s taking them to the van. Jack tells Tony and Bill to do a sweep to see if they can find Dubaku.
2:32 pm – 2:38 pm
Janice trying to talk to John Bruner. She tells him he needs to get out of there, but he can’t. Janice tells him she’s sending a rescue team.
Renee escorts the Mutobo’s to the van.
Dubaku grabs Michael Latham. He threatens his family to do what he wants him to do.
Jack, Tony & Bill into the room where Latham is. Jack notices wires coming from his jacket; he realizes he is wired with explosives. Dubaku blows him up but Jack gets Tony and Bill out of there before any of them get hurt. Renee says the police are coming; they need to get out of there.
Poor Michael Latham. I was hoping he would have lasted longer and he would have been used more. When I first heard about the character, I thought he was going to be an FBI employee. I think he would have been an interesting computer analyst guy – computer geek type. Oh well. RIP Michael.
Back to Sean being a jerk again. He and Larry argue and Sean thinks Larry’s upset because of his feelings for Renee. Larry says he’s upset that thousands of lives are at stake, not because of his history with Renee.
Janice informs Sean that the plant only released a trace amount of the chemical and the site has been secured. She wants Sean to track down John Bruner’s family to let him know how brave he was. That’s nice.
“Before you start sending flowers, you need to find out where that CIP device is being used.” That Sean is all heart isn’t he?
2:42 pm – 2:48 pm
Homeland Security guy is briefing the President on the chemical plant and that the CIP device has been disengaged. She wants to know why this happened.
Ethan is calling Secret Service to let them know he has not been able to reach Agent Gedge.
Ethan tells the President that her husband has been pursing his theory that their son was murdered. She wants to talk to Henry on the phone but Ethan explains he’s unreachable and the Secret Service has put out an APB.
Vossler the other Secret Service baddie hears the APB and tries to call Gedge. Henry wakes up and hears the phone. He tries to call out on it but it’s locked. Henry sees Samantha’s body and tries leave. Vossler sees him, Henry locks the door, but Vossler busts the door down. Henry says if he kills him, they’ll know its murder and trace it back to him. Vossler’s phone rings, it’s Dubaku! There’s a bit of a twist there! I wasn’t expecting that.
Dubaku says he was trying to reach Agent Gedge but Vossler informs him that he’s dead. Vossler explains the plan went wrong, and Henry killed Gedge. Dubaku tells Vossler to bring Henry to him.
2:52 pm – 3:00 pm
Meanwhile, back at the Batcave (or is that the RogueCTU cave). Bill orders Chloe to pull up the Ritter Building on satellite to see if they can tell where Dubaku went. Chloe said it could take up to 20 minutes to task the satellite.
Jack tells Bill their cover has been blown, the police are after them now and they are not equipped to look for one man in a city of millions. They need help from the Government. Bill is reluctant, but Chloe agrees they need help. Jack believes they can limit the flow of information. Renee also agrees and says they left a lot of clues in the building.
Mr. Mutobo wants to call President Taylor, says she can be trusted. Bill reluctantly agrees. Mutobo calls President Taylor to explain he and his wife have been rescued and the CIP device has been destroyed. He says he has to explain everything to her in a private meeting.
The President agrees to meet with him at the White House. She explains the situation to Ethan tells him to limit the number of people who know about the meeting to as few as possible.
Jack and Bill begin to leave, but Tony says he’s not going. Bill says if the government gets their hands on Tony they will arrest him. Tony explains again that he’s done “some pretty bad things” before he started working with Bill. Jack tells him he needs to deal with the consequences. Tony says he will but they need to get Dubaku. He says he’s working a lead on his own; a guy on Emerson’s crew who might have some intel they can use. Jack agrees but he asks for Tony’s word that when this is over he will turn himself in and they will stand behind him. Tony says he will and shakes Jack’s hand. I don’t know if I believe Tony. I wonder what he’s really up to.
Dubaku is now shown at what looks like his apartment. The girlfriend shows up at the door – huh?? She wants him to come to dinner for lasagna. How nice. Guess terrorists have lives too.
Dubaku calls Vossler he tells him to bring Henry Taylor to a Korean grocer near his building and one of his men will meet him there.
…the clock ticks to 3:00 pm
All in all another strong episode. The ending was a little strange. I still don’t get the Dubaku girlfriend angle, but maybe that will become significant later in the storyline. I loved the action sequence in Dubaku’s hideout. It will be interesting to see Jack meeting face-to-face with the President next episode. This will be the first time we’ll actually see Jack in the White House. Even though it’s ANOTHER kidnapping story, I’m enjoying the Henry Taylor part of the story. Should be interesting to see how it plays out.
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February 7, 2009
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February 5, 2009
I came across a really interesting in-depth interview with 24's Director/Producer Jon Cassar from Digital Spy.
Here is an excerpt:
Will there be a prequel to season eight?
"Personally, I think it's a great idea. I think the prequel that we did for season seven (Redemption) was very refreshing for our audience, to see Jack in such a different situation, so I would love to do it. There's still a question mark because it depends on how early we can start shooting season eight. Right now we have a May 1start, and with a May 1 start there's just enough time to do it, but if we push back any further then we won't have a window to do it."
"Jack Bauer, Metra operations manager, told the City Council and a packed house of residents Monday the suburban rail operation hopes to get at least $17 million in federal funding to add the third rail from Peck Road to the Fox River."
Yes, the Metra Operations Manager's name is Jack Bauer. How cool is that?
Source: Suburban Chicago News.com
Excellent direction by Jon Cassar and music by Sean Callery.
Source: FOX Broadcasting / YouTube
February 3, 2009
Looks like Kiefer Sutherland is starting to become exasperated with the non-stop questions about the show and torture. Actually, I don't blame him. He is right, it's a TV show. '24' is an entertainment program and the "torture" is used as a dramatic device to increase tension. There is an article on buddytv.com about this subject using excerpts from an interview Kiefer did recently with The Guardian Newspaper. I found it quite interesting.
I think he said it best in these quotes from the article:
“What Jack Bauer does is all in the context of a television show,” he started off. “I always have to remind people of this. We're making a television program. We're utilizing certain devices for drama. And it's good drama. And I love this drama! As an actor I have had an absolute blast doing it … But I know it's not real. The other actor certainly knows it's not real. And up until a year ago, everybody else knew it wasn't real."
“I'm just going to tell you outright, the problem is not 24,” he said. “To try and correlate from what's happening on a television show to what the military is doing in the real world, I think that's ridiculous … [If] that's actually happening, then the problem that you have in the US military is massive. If your ethics in the military, in your training, is going to be counterminded by a one-hour weekly television show, we've got a really big problem. If you can't tell the difference between reality and what's happening on a made-up TV show, and you're correlating that back to how to do your job in the real world, that's a big, big problem.”
"I have never seen … an average citizen in the US or anywhere else who has watched an hour of 24 and after watching was struck by this uncontrollable urge to go out and torture someone. It's ludicrous.”
The complete article is linked here:
February 2, 2009
Source: TV Guide Broadband / YouTube
“This was the last role that they cast,” she said. “They spent a long time trying to figure this role out. They toyed with the coldness of her and were back and forth a lot.”
She also knew that things don’t always work out for the women in Jack’s life but decided not to worry about that.
“A lot of the actors on the show go up to the office and have long discussions with (executive producer) Howard Gordon about how he thinks everything is going to happen. I just chose to read the scenes as I got them and play the particular stuff of those particular scenes and just let it take me where it took me. That way you’re only thinking about the urgency of those moments that you’re about to shoot, you’re not worried about constructing this whole thing to get to an end place.”
Wersching recently rented out a movie theater in St. Louis and invited friends and relatives to watch the season premiere on the big screen. The local Fox affiliate even turned out to interview her mom for the evening news.