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24: Season Seven
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Studio: Tcfhe Release Date: 05/19/2009 Run time: 1115 minutes Rating: Nr


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Customer Reviews:

  • Have it.
    First, I read the reviews and wondered if it was preorder or ship now due to people's complaints. I have the set in hand, and bought Season 6 at the same time. I got a great deal for some reason on Amazon, and paid $43 for both seasons. If you wait until it hits stores, it'll probably be around $50 each as other seasons have been.

    I for the life of me can't figure out why people are giving negative reviews because of the packaging. Um, ok...this product sucks because it comes in a small package. WHAT? I can agree with the one comment about missing the Bonus cd and Redemption. Those would be nice. But, the small package will fit nicely on a shelf. Duh.

    As to the show...either you love 24 or you hate it. I agree that Season 6 was terrible, and Season 7 repeated some plots that I am tired of. But, it's still 24. It's still the most intense show on tv. It still gets me excited, even with repeated plots. I will still watch every episode....more info
  • Amazon's Preorders
    There should be a mandate taught in the early years of schoooling and that is that people should not talk about things that they know nothing about. Anyone who is even slightly farmiliar with Amazons pre-ordering knows that they do not charge you until the item ships. With that knowledge it becomes painfully clear that these pre-order's are a fantastic idea both for Amazon and the paying customer. Its good for Amazon because they get better knowledge on just how many copies they will need when its released and its good for the customer because they offer significant discounts for pre-ordering. Since your not charged until it ships and since you can cancel at any time before it ships, well lets just say that anyone speaking out negatively about such business practices has no clue what they are talking about.

    If Amazon charged your credit card before it shipped than this would be a completely different story but that simply is not the case. They are not getting any money until they ship the product. Lets face it some people just have to complain. Its literally a part of thier personality and trust me I have known a couple people like this in my life. They dont bother to educate themselves about something before lashing out, they just immediatly form a biased opinion and the bashing begins. Its really the very essence of ignorance. So take my advice and just ignore all of the naysayers because not a single one can formulate a logical argument against Amazon;s pre ordering system.

    Thank you Amazon!! I have been a loyal cusomer since the very first week you went live and customers such as myself understand fully that your pre-order system is one of the best things going today in regards to shopping for DVD's. Its really no surprise that you have become one of the biggest retailers in the world. Its for reasons like this. Keep up the great work and thanks again.

    Now exuse me while I pre-Order 24 - Season 7....more info
  • Love it, but ...
    Terrific season. Not sure about the packaging. And why did Kiefer Sutherland NOT do a single commentary for season 7?...more info
  • I AM A HUGE "24" FAN...
    ...and I have pre-ordered every season of "24" and the recent "24: Redemption" movie from Amazon.com well in advance to the season or movie premiering on TV. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A SHAM but an excellent business decision on Amazon.com's part for fans will go to extremes to indulge their love for a show and/or movie. Case in point, I pre-ordered "24: Redemption's" 2-Disc Set from Amazon.com in August 2008 at the price of $19.99 - the movie didn't premier on TV till November 2008 - and prior to movie's TV premier, I was notified via e-mail and was eventually charged Amazon's adjusted price of $18.99; however, Best Buy was (and still is) selling the exact same 2-disc movie set for the price of $29.99!

    That said, if you are true fan of a show (or movie) pre-ordering from Amazon.com WILL INDEED GET YOU THE PRODUCT'S LOWEST PRICE and you are NOT CHARGED for the purchase until the product becomes available to ship which is the day BEFORE it hits the stores (when the product will be sold for a higher price!!!). Thus, pre-ordering from Amazon.com is the ULTIMATE win-win situation and I for one, have already pre-ordered "24" - Season 7 and I highly suggest if you share my admiration of "24" that you do the same....more info
  • One of the best seasons.
    This was one of the best seasons yet. Although almost everything they do anymore has been done before in previous seasons I still love the show and the characters. This season kept me glued to my seat and wanting more. They keep adding new blood as well as paying homage to the past characters. I can't wait until season eight.


    I loved that it was released the day after the season finale. I hope this is a trend that continues. I hated waiting to get my 24 fix.

    The packaging was great. I love the slim design and the discs were easy to get out and were organized well. Much better than the bulky sets of the past....more info
  • The Great Thriller is Back in Action
    Reckoning time has come for Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). With CTU dismantled, Jack has to answer for his actions to a Senate hearing. But the hearing has just started with Jack is pulled out and taken to the FBI. There he learns that former CTU agent and friend Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) is a terrorist. And he's working with others planning an attack for that very day. Teaming up with FBI agent Renee Walker (Annie Wersching), he sets out to stop the unfolding events.

    Meanwhile, President Taylor (Cherry Jones), the US's first female president, is trying to deal with the unfolding events and the revelation that there are people in her own administration working against her. Can her administration survive the day? Can Jack stop the terrorists?

    I think most every one agrees that season six of this thriller was non-thrilling. Taking advantage of the writer's strike, the show spent two years working on the just concluded seventh season.

    And it shows.

    While it wasn't quite the fresh approach they advertised, it was once again fun. Yes, several plot elements were way too used and the FBI really just subbed for CTU, but the action was non-stop and most of the twists good given enough time to be explained. And there was one set piece near the middle of the season that had my heart racing just like old times.

    Probably my favorite moments in this season involved Mary Lynn Rajskub's Chloe and her FBI counter part Janis Gold, played by Janeane Garofalo. The two characters are very similar, and watching them work together, or not as the case may be, has provided some comic relief. The fact that I wish there were more probably means they used them just about right.

    This season was set in Washington DC. Since plot is king (as always), I'm not sure the location really mattered. I did find the location details not quite as distracting as they were when the show was set in LA.

    Considering the current real life political climate, they tried to have some thoughts about torture. However, it was overshadowed by the race to the next plot point.

    Any fan of the show owes it to themselves to give this season a chance. It will have you counting the seconds until you can find out how it all ends before you know it....more info
  • Best packaging job ever
    Please note that this is a review mainly about the packaging of the discs and the special features. While I don't intend on saying too much about the seventh season itself, I will say that it was far superior to a poor season six. Also, if you are reading this, I can only assume that you've seen the seventh season and are contemplating on whether or not to buy this season on DVD.

    To start with, this is by far the best packaging I've ever seen for a series placed on DVD. They managed to pack six discs into a case the size of your normal DVD case complete with a slip cover. Now I know what you're thinking: "How'd they get six discs into a case that thin?" and "What happened to the seventh disc containing all the bonus features?"

    To answer the first question, the inside of the front of the case and the inside of the back of the case each hold one disc with a tab through the center circle of the disc. The other four discs are attached via two plastic dividers with one disc on each side of the first and one disc on each side of the second, all held in place with tabs through the center circle like the others.

    To answer the second question, I really don't think it needs a seventh bonus disc. I know a lot of people are unhappy about the lack of one, but the truth is that if you added maybe one or two features per disc, you wouldn't need a seventh disc and in the end, it'd just take up disc space, especially if a feature directly relates to an episode on a certain disc.

    With that said, I do feel this season was somewhat lacking in the special features department. Discs one, five and six all have bonus features added, but that still leaves three other discs that could have included some sort of feature as well. My biggest disappointment is the lack of a prequel to set up season eight. That aside, this does have some nice features including commentary on 12 episodes.

    Here's a rundown disc-by-disc of what to expect:

    Disc One:
    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Optional commentary by executive producer/director John Cassar and Carlos Bernard.)
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Optional commentary by executive producer Manny Coto, co-executive producer Brannon Braga and Carlos Bernard.)
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    The Femucite Festival Presents: The Music of 24

    Regarding the commentary on disc one, it is simply phenomenal. Carlos Bernard is so fun to listen to and I consider it some of the best commentary from any season of 24. Regarding the bonus feature, you'll probably enjoy it if you enjoy the musical score from the show. Sean Callery is a genius!

    Disc Two:
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Optional commentary by executive producer/director John Cassar and Annie Wersching.)
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Disc Three:
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Optional commentary by executive producer David Fury and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.)
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Optional commentary by executive producer Manny Coto, co-executive producer Brannon Braga and Annie Wersching.)
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Optional commentary by co-executive producer/director Brad Turner and Tony Todd.)

    Again, the commentary with both Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Ike Dubaku) and Tony Todd (General Juma) is fun to listen to. I always enjoy listening to the bad guys provide commentary because you get the impression that these are generally nice, genuine people as opposed to the characters they portray.

    Disc Four:
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Optional commentary by co-executive producer/director Brad Turner, music composer Sean Callery and James Morrison.)
    9:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Optional commentary by executive producer Evan Katz, co-executive producer Juan Carlos Coto, Annie Wersching and Bob Gunton.)
    10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    11:00 PM - 12:00 AM

    Disc Five:
    12:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    1:00 AM - 2:00 AM (Optional commentary by executive producer Howard Gordon, Carlos Bernard and Jeffrey Nordling.)
    2:00 AM - 3:00 AM
    3:00 AM - 4:00 AM
    Hour 19: The Ambush

    Disc Six:
    4:00 AM - 5:00 AM
    5:00 AM - 6:00 AM (Optional commentary by executive producer Evan Katz, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Glenn Morshower.)
    6:00 AM - 7:00 AM (Optional commentary by executive producer David Fury, co-executive producer Alex Gansa and Glenn Morshower.)
    7:00 AM - 8:00 AM (Optional commentary by executive producers Howard Gordon and John Cassar.)
    14 Deleted Scenes (Optional commentary by co-executive producer Stephen Kronish and producer Paul Gadd.)
    24-7: The Untold Story

    I believe the bonus features and especially episode commentary are nicely done even if watched only once out of curiosity. (I think, to date, the only bonus feature I've watched literally hundreds of times was the 100th Episode Reel from season five's bonus disc.) Most people will probably buy this DVD for the season itself and if that's the case, you'll be pleasantly surprised with the packing job. However, if you're buying the seventh season on DVD, you're probably a diehard fan and intend on watching the extra content as well.

    While the bonus stuff is nice, I do think it lacked somewhat as I believe they could have added maybe one more feature to one of the three discs that lacked extra content. My other disappointment was that it doesn't provide a list of the original airdates like past 24 season DVD releases nor does it include the episode synopsis for each episode. That aside, the packaging presentation is wonderfully thought out and this will definitely make a nice compact addition to your 24 collection....more info
  • back to form.
    after a not so good almost terrible season 6, 24 came back roaring!! and again i was hooked, loved the storyline and new additions, and im ready for season 8
    i really like the idea of the dvd being out the next day,every other show should do the same, im not sure i like the new packaging but we will see
    also i was hoping for a whole disc full of bonus features
    overall excellent show!
    ...more info
  • It's good to see you Jack!!!!
    Chloe said, "It's good to see you Jack!" I completely agree. As an obsessed 24 fan it is very good to see 24 back in full swing. The writers strike has left us in a long absence and now the writers are back and so is 24! Kiefer Sutherland mentioned on Regis and Kelly that season seven is already complete in its taping. Hence the reason why Fox and Amazon is ready to pre-order 24. I highly recommend pre-ordering your copy. Amazon will ensure you get the lowest price possible. What a great opportunity to get a deal and 24's season 7!!...more info
  • I'll get it when it's available, but for now...
    LOL at 11% purchasing Kung Fu Panda. That's certainly what I'd buy if I didn't want to wait a year to buy this....more info
  • Amazon Pre-orders
    He is absolutely right. I have pre-ordered may titles (books and DVDs) from Amazon and not a single one of them has been charged UNTIL THE ITEM SHIPPED. So look at it this way, season 7 premieres in January, ends in about October, new DVDs hit the shelves for Christmas 09....what are you bitching about?...more info
  • 24 - Season Seven
    I hadn't watched one episode of "24" during its first six seasons. That was until this year when the seventh season of the Emmy Award winning show made its long awaited premiere (the seventh season was suppost to have aired last year but was pushed back because of the writer's strike). The Fox network moved one of my favorite shows, "House, M.D.", from Tuesday nights to Monday nights and aired right before "24". So I got my first taste of this action packed series, and after viewing all of the episodes of season seven on DVD, now I'm hooked. The seventh season of "24" was the best TV series of the 2008-09 season. Yes, it was even better than the two current TV shows that I watched: "House, M.D." and "Desperate Housewives". And I plan to go back and catch up on the first six seasons which I haven't seen yet.

    "24" follows the adventures of Federal Agent Jack Bauer, who through the first six seasons has stopped bombs, viruses, assassination attempts, etc., and has saved hundreds of lives in the process. Each season has played out in real time in a twenty-four hour frame of a very bad day for Jack and everyone else involved with what's going on. I got to see this play out for the entire seventh season and it was fascinating, not to mention scary, exciting, thrilling, suspenseful, and spectacular, usually all at the same time. But what really made season seven of "24" so special is the talented acting, writing, and directing that came together. There was hardly a boring moment in every frame of all 24 episodes.

    The plot of season seven deals with terrorists attacking the nation's capital, usually with the aide of people on the inside who you think are good but turn out to be bad. Make that very bad. There are so many villains that I couldn't keep track of them. And there are moments where you don't know who the characters can trust. From the early episodes with endangered airplanes in the sky to the middle episodes with a terrorist attack on the White House to the later episodes with Jack Bauer fighting for his life after being exposed to a lethal toxic gas, I was really amazed at how good this season of "24" was. This is TV drama at its finest.

    The acting is first-rate. Kiefer Sutherland was already a big movie star when he made the switch to the small screen in 2001 when "24" made its debut. But this show made him an even bigger star. Sutherland, who has usually played bad guys in the movies, got a chance to play a good guy and even though I haven't seen the first six seasons he must have been really good right from the start. He won a Golden Globe in 2002 and an Emmy in 2006 as proof. And I'm sure he'll be in the Emmy running again this year because in season seven he's brilliant. Also brilliant: Cherry Jones, who made her "24" debut in season seven as female U.S. President Allison Taylor. Jones delivered powerhouse performances in many of the episodes, and if she doesn't receive an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series this year, then it will be proof that the Emmy voters don't have any brains. Not only does she deserve to be nominated, I think she should win. Great acting gets big awards, and Jones did a great job this season. I'm alreadly looking forward to seeing her again in season eight. The other supporting actors did terrific work too. From series regulars Carlos Bernard, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and James Morrison to series newcomers Annie Wersching, Janeane Garofalo, Bob Gunton, and Jeffrey Nordling, as well as special guest appearences from Oscar winning actor Jon Voight, everyone does a great professional job here. The acting is not the only strong asset of the seventh season of "24". The writing and directing is excellent as well.

    Don't miss the seventh season of "24". It's television drama at its best.

    ...more info
  • sham sale - just in time for the holidays!
    The audacity FOX has to put this item up for sale is breathtaking. Quick! What's the fastest way to piss away $39? Purchase the Season Seven DVD set of 24, which you'll never receive in the mail until FALL 2009! That's right Grandma/Wife/Mother, the young man in your life is currently awaiting Season Seven on the TV, which will begin JANUARY 2009. There are no time machines available that can provide the complete season on DVD for an early release! ...more info
  • Package change & no special features 7th disc = no Redemption
    For the 4th time in the history of "24", Fox has changed the packaging that the DVDs come in. (Digipacks, thinpacks, the cardboard book [season 1 special edition] and now ultra slim sets [6 discs crammed inside a standard DVD case].

    Because of this change, two things have occurred. Obviously Season 7 will not match your other sets, and there is no space for the "bonus" 7th disc that's been a staple of the "24" DVD sets since the release of season 2.

    Also, "24: Redemption" is not included in this set. Some people held off purchasing the DVD version because they believed it would be included in the Season 7 set.

    Thank you 20th Fox for reducing the packaging to nothing, removing the 7th disc and having the nerve to charge the same price for it.

    BTW, brillant idea to release Season 7 meere days after it finished airing on Fox. What are you going to do come Dec/Jan when you have NO Seson 7 set to release to lead up to the Season 8 priemere. Perhaps this is an indication that the show will not be coming back next year?...more info
  • torture editorial
    season 7 is little more than a 24 hour editorial in favor of torture. its proponents (mainly jack bauer of course) are portrayed as strong and wordly, and its opponents weak and out of touch with reality. if one can suspend one's dismay at this very pervasive propaganda, the episode is undoubtedly exciting and much better than season six. hence the two stars.
    ...more info
  • Release date?
    I personally am a huge fan of 24. I am a little confused however that FOX is already pre-ordering Season 7, because the show does not start on TV until Jan 2009. I remember that two years ago when season 6 came out, the Tuesday after the premier FOX sold the first four episdoes on DVD as a teaser in order to get people involved the new season. I bought this and really enjoyed it. My only question is whether or not this product is only the first four episodes, or if it is the entire season. Because usually they do not release the entire season until November after the season finishes (in this case November 2009). I would seriously be surprised if this was the entire season because then people would not watch it on TV....more info
  • Huzzah to 24!
    Huzzah to season 7 of 24. This is the best season since 1! Finally the producers pulled no punches and showed their courage. Great plot twists, great character interaction, great emotional situations for Jack and all the characters to experience. PLUS!! They have a woman president, a woman Jack Bauer in training, and lots of women nerds. Finally 24 made the women characters cool like the men.

    I want more of this 24 and can't wait for season 8!!!...more info
  • Going Green Means Inferior Packaging
    This season of 24 wasn't my favorite, but was much better than the horrible sixth season. My two star rating is due to the substandard packaging. All 6 discs are shoe-horned into one standard DVD case. Based on the intelligence-insulting "Going Green" spots that aired during the show's commercial breaks, I assume the limited packaging is to help the environment. It's not going to, because the discs arrived dislodged and scratched and I am returning it for a replacement. In the end, more gas, more boxes, more fumes, and I'm laughing at the "going green" delusion.

    Go Al Gore! inferior products are the answer to the great climate "crisis."...more info
  • Jack Bauer: The Man Who Will Never Die, No Matter How Many Times He Does...
    After the grisly maiming of 24 in season six, Jon Cassar and Howard Gordon brought Jack out of the civics lessons of S.6 and brought them back to the level of intensity and GRAVITAS to 24.

    I think that Season Seven, while being very good, suffered from an unfortunately rushed finale that gave a lot of fans pause, considering how dragged out some of the other last few eps of the season felt. It's hard not to see Jack in all-out action, and that's where the season started to feel a little lethargic. But in exchange for Jack being on the sidelines for a bit, we did get a GREAT plot twist that I will not give away for those who don't watch the show near the end that gave a certain important character even more to work with.

    The themes of the season are two-fold: Betrayal being the big theme, and the most civic-minded one - how does one condone the 'enhanced interrogation' techniques that Jack and other agents use to acquire life-saving information. The second theme seems to get thrown under the bus for a few eps, but then comes back nearer the end as FBI Agent Renee Walker, who, at first dealings with Jack, is an obvious opponent of torture, sees what she may have to become in order to protect the greater good.

    What makes Jack a great action hero is that in those moments where dozens, hundreds, thousands, or in a few cases for Jack, millions of innocent lives are on the line, he knows that he has to do whatever it takes to save those people, and sometimes that requires a proverbial twist of the thumbscrews. What makes Jack a great character is that while he says that he doesn't regret those moments, he knows that there's a line that shouldn't be crossed.

    There have been people who maintain that this show is an outline for the justification of torture in extreme scenarios, and I think that it's high time that those good folk shut up and enjoy the OBVIOUS hyper-realism of 24. Look at Jack Bauer for a few minutes. He's literally died twice (possibly three times) during the run of the show (S2 when his heart stopped due to being tortured himself and S4 where they had to fake his death in order to prevent his murder). This show runs so far off the rails of conceivable realism that we cannot use this program as a microcosm of society's faults and triumpths. It's a great, pulse-pounding, thrill-a-minute action show.

    Remember in DIRTY HARRY when Callahan shoots the Scorpio killer and then steps on his wounded leg in order to extract information? Remember how good that felt because Harry's the good guy and the Scorpio's the bad guy? It's not supposed to be real. It's supposed to be entertainment. Get off the "24 CONDONES TORTURE" kick. Seriously. It's tired.

    Take 24 for what it is: Great entertainment.

    Except for Season 6. That was not good. ...more info
  • Best Season So Far! By Far!
    I never thought that this series would last this long, but this season is absolutely amazing!

    Just when you think that the writing can't be any better, they exceed expectations. This series goes deep into the terrorist plots that are both realistic, and complicated. And while it seems a bit far-fetched at times, you will find yourself looking at today's politics and deciding that it is not altogether outrageous....this makes the series even more fun.

    If you have been a longtime fan of 24, you will love this season!

    I hope you enjoy!...more info
  • Why you should pre-order Zero Risk
    This is not a waste of 39 dollars as others have claimed. Amazon does not charge you for an item until it actually ships, so you are NOT paying for this months in advance just to make FOX some extra cash this year. However by pre-ordering this far in advance you improve your chances of getting the best price you can. The Amazone pre-order garuntee insures that you will get their lowest price between when you place the order and the day it is released. If you are even considering buying this you should pre-order it now, you won't have to pay for it until it is released and you get the best price you can from Amazon....more info
  • Reprehensible
    The only reason this product is "available" for pre-order one year in advance is so some unwitting grandmother can "buy" it for her favorite grandson (because Amazon "will deliver it to you when it arrives"). In other words, 20th Century Fox is desperate for revenue this season and is steeping pretty damn low to get it.

    Sadly, the fact that 38 percent of the people who view this item actually purchase it demonstrates that this ploy is working. I'm not sure which is worse---that people actually fall for it, or that Fox is taking advantage of their naivete. Shameful....more info
  • Love it, but ...
    Terrific season. Not sure about the packaging. And why did Kiefer Sutherland NOT do a single commentary for season 7?...more info
  • Schizo season...
    What can I say about 24? On one hand, the show is known for its unpredictability, twists and turns, all of which were present in season 7. I miss CTU terribly, so its absence left things feeling a bit scattered. I don't want to include spoilers in here, but season 7 definitely was in keeping with its history of not being afraid to kill off main characters. Some episodes were shocking, some were mundane. Chloe's character could have been used MUCH more prominently and provided the viewers with her typical comic relief more. I was hoping for some lingering questions to be addressed: what happened to Audrey? Is Wayne Palmer still alive? How about President Logan? Or Martha, for that matter. We see Aaron (thank God), but it seemed that we should have gotten a clue about Martha Logan's whereabouts. I also expected some due respect over the death of Bill. Wouldn't it have been great to see Karen Hughes show up, guns blazing? Okay, most of the things I listed wouldn't fly, but as good as it was in parts, this season seemed disconnected and a bit disjointed. Unfortunately, the finale, while revealing some things, left me frustrated. There was next to no resolution. Will I buy it? Probably, since I have all of the other seasons. I am hoping, however, that there are some things that get wrapped up next season, set in NYC. Taping begins May 27th, but I was disappointed to discover that Jon Cassar and Joel Surnow are done with the show. Surnow's departure is likely the reason that season 7 took on a PC slant (he's a diehard conservative, and lent balance and bravado to the show, IMHO.). I don't want 24 to end, but if it does, I hope it goes out with some dignity....more info
  • The worst season yet.
    Really, if you plan to watch this season, you have to abandon any sense of reason and logic. It's the only way that you might find any kind of enjoyment in this steaming pile. But too not just be bashing, let me explain (though I know that the hardcore fans will consider this "not helpful", though I would dare them to find fault in the following explanation:-))

    24 has never really been about realism, but the first 4 seasons or so were at least believable, given a willing audience. As a viewer, you could relate to what motivated the characters, and even the scenarios, however far fetched they were, did make sense in themselves (again, if you were willing). Since season 5, that's definitely gone overboard, but this season takes the cake.

    Let me give you an example: Double agents are believable (given some reasonable motivation). Triple agents are already hard to sell to anybody who is not entirely braindead, but even then you could come up with a plot that works. But quadrupel agents? Yes, season 7 of 24 features the first quadrupel agent (or rather character) in the history of story telling. So you find out that the bad guy is actually a good guy playing the bad guys. Until his real motivation turns out to be that behind his "good guy playing bad" routine there is a "bad guy playing good guy playing bad" routine... but no, he is in fact a "rogue avenger playing the bad guy playing the good guy playing the bad guy". Yes, it is that silly! That's not clever story telling, nor is it a clever plot twist... that's just weak in every respect, and it also goes to show what the creators of 24 must think of it's audience. To be fair, I guess that this is the silliest point of the current season - though not the only one. Other highlights of stupidity are a double agent working for the terrorists, who's wife happens to be jeopardized by the terrorist operation, such that he takes action to save her - while at the same time making sure that she gets out safely. So how did this come about in the first place? Did this guy get the dates confused in his filofax? "Oh, no terrorist attack today, my wife can go"... "oh no, wait - ah, she's already gone". Then there's this guy - actually a good guy - who is kidnapped and finally forced to blow himself up, because otherwise the terrorists will find his family and hurt them... They don't have his family yet, and the good guys are just around the corner, and could save him. How threatening is that? How believable is it that this guy would blow himself up?

    So what else is stupid? I don't know about you, but I would expect a professional attitude and work ethics in agencies such as the FBI or the CTU, fictional or not. I just cannot imagine that sensitive positions within such agencies would be staffed with emotional people who are suspicious of everyone and everything to the point that figures of authority are constantly questioned, opposed, or even deceived, collegues are intrigued against, and in a time of crisis, people are more concerned with messing with each other than working on the problem. The people in the 24 universe are always getting in each others face. In every season! How believable is that? The highlight in this season in that respect is the continuous debating among the president and her staff, but the FBI people among themselves also show off some really unprofessional behaviour. They're acting more like tribesmen in the time of Ghengis Khan. It wouldn't be surprising to me if one of the subordinates started fighting the current leader for the ruling position of the tribe... (oh wait, that actually happens all the time in 24, doesn't it?).

    Computer security is also incredibly easy to hack around in the 24 universe. But then again, in one scene in 24 we have the FBI lady geek telling us that the encryption of some data was done on a personal PC with custom encryption software, not on a government machine, which makes it very hard to crack. So if custom (as in PC market) software provides higher security than what the government agencies in the 24 universe can use, I guess that it's believable that computer security is about as hard to crack as stepping off the sidewalk.

    While on the topic of computer security and silly plot lines: 24 kicks off with the same really braindead idea that was used in Die Hard 4: Apparently, it was deemed very smart in the universe of 24 to hook up all vital civilian installations to a single network, such that they can be centrally controlled and monitored. Power plants, chemical and biological installations, airtraffic control, you name it. All on the same network. And now get this: Because this is so important, they install one firewall... as in FOR ALL SYSTEMS! That's right: If that one single firewall is hacked, then ALL SYSTEMS can be manipulated. Even for people who know absolutely nothing about computer security, that idea must be totally silly. Forget about the fact that government monitoring of private installations is something that is in itself already a WTF.

    The show has turned into a braindead collection of conspiracies and action sequences, wrapped together by plot lines which are unbelievable (makes you wonder what they wasted the time given the shows delay... they certainly didn't spend it on writing), weak characters, and - very clear in this season - bad acting. The realtime aspect, which made the show unique, has already been ditched since season 3, which makes that constantly ticking clock seem like a farce.

    That said, I had really high hopes for this season, what with the producers boasting the "reboot" and all, but having finished it, I can say that 24 is something I won't bother to watch again. It's just too bad that really clever shows with good writing get killed while trash like this keeps being created.

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  • Huzzah to 24!
    Huzzah to season 7 of 24. This is the best season since 1! Finally the producers pulled no punches and showed their courage. Great plot twists, great character interaction, great emotional situations for Jack and all the characters to experience. PLUS!! They have a woman president, a woman Jack Bauer in training, and lots of women nerds. Finally 24 made the women characters cool like the men.

    I want more of this 24 and can't wait for season 8!!!...more info
  • Totally predictable!
    24 has been my number 1 favorite TV show. BUT... season 7 falls short pretty much. Every plot "twist" was totally predictable. I think the writers were running out of ideas. There's always a breech in the system, always having a character from inside CTU and now the FBI and the federal government committing treason. I think the show is on it's last leg unless the creators come up with something truly innovative. But Jack is still my idol....more info