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Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer — gaunt and with close-cropped hair, as if the accumulated weight of his frought past was all the baggage his frame could bear — returns from the (presumed) dead in season five of the hit “clock” series 24 to take on ruthless “Central Asian” (read “Chechen”) terrorists (aided by cross-plotting highly-placed Americans) bent on thwarting an anti-terror pact between Russia and the U.S., assassinate former president Palmer, blow up Tony and Michelle, menace hostages in an airport siege, and strive to unleash nerve gas on one or more populations of innocents.

A dithering president, his loopy wife, a treacherous aid, a new girlfriend and her son, an old girlfriend, a noble ex-hobbit and his junkie sister, a 15 year-old sex slave — and reportedly — the buxom Run Kim Run, Jack’s daughter, who he hasn’t seen in a season and a half and still thinks him dead, all figure prominently in the action and intrigue.

Blogcritics are on the trail all season long:

TV Review: 24 Hours 23 and 24: Season Finale
The show has kept us as bound to the television as surely as any poor sap handcuffed in a CTU interrogation room.
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on May 23, 2006 06:08 PM

TV Review: 24 Day 5 5:00 AM – 7:00 AM
And now, the end is here, and so we face the final graphic violence warning. My friends, I’ll say it clear, I’ll state my case, though it may be corny. Regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, way too…
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on May 23, 2006 01:16 PM

TV Review: 24 Day 5 Finale: A Very Slow Boat to China
We are left with a totally contrived and obviously manipulative ending that will leave many of us grumbling for months to come.
Posted to Video by Victor Lana on May 23, 2006 09:49 AM

Precious Moments From 24: Jack Bauer’s Hot Lesbian Terrorists
How could I even try to resist HOT LESBIAN TERRORISTS!? I am but a man.
Posted to Video by Al Barger on May 23, 2006 12:53 AM

TV Review: 24 “Day 5″ Season Finale
A Cautionary Tale to be continued. A shark to be jumped?
Posted to Video by Ray Ellis on May 23, 2006 12:26 AM

24 Day 5 Season Finale Tonight – Rumors, Speculation, Preview Clips
Jeff Kouba, Mary Kay Williams, and Victor Lana — our 24 specialists — speculate on rumors, possible endings, and Audrey’s white blouse.
Posted to Video by Eric Olsen on May 22, 2006 04:34 PM

MySpace Begins Selling 24
Rupert Murdoch’s MySpace is to offer Burger King-sponsored episodes of 24 from May 22.
Posted to Video by TeevBlogger on May 17, 2006 04:48 PM

24 – Hour 22: The Bitch (Slap) is Back!
A reunion! Our old pal Sentox; Aaron Pierce, bloodied but not transferred to Washington; and Henderson, steely as ever. Can Behrooz be far behind?
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on May 17, 2006 11:51 AM

TV Review: 24 Day 5: 4:00 AM – 5:00 AM
Featuring The Gong of Time, The Sentox MaxKill VX-1/6 UberDeathCloud, The Hood of Infinite Disguises, and The Cone Of Silence…Oh, wait…
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on May 17, 2006 01:55 AM

TV Review: 24 Episode 22: The Bad Liar, The Bitch Slap, and the Wardrobe
“I don’t need another excuse to put a bullet in your brain.” Our hero, Jack Bauer, talking to Henderson in last night’s episode.
Posted to Video by Victor Lana on May 16, 2006 09:05 AM

TV Review: 24 – Hour 21: Smoking Guns
There is a smoking gun. Logan wants to smoke Jack with a gun. He just might smoke himself.
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on May 12, 2006 05:57 AM

A Brief Survey for 24 Fans
Now it’s your turn to answer a few questions, 24 fans.
Posted to Video by Victor Lana on May 10, 2006 09:21 AM

24 Day 5: 3:00 AM – 4:00 AM
A Jack-ku The graphic violence warning is among the clouds. My mood is tender. And I ask again, what was violent about this episode, let alone graphic? When the recaps started, I thought I was watching the wrong episode, because it went back to…
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on May 9, 2006 02:43 PM

24, Episode 21: The Tale of the Tape
I don’t think the loss of another major character will be accepted by fans; however, one thing fans of 24 have come to expect is the unacceptable.
Posted to Video by Victor Lana on May 9, 2006 10:52 AM

TV Review: 24 – Hour 20: A Bumpy Night
Jerky guy apparently loves the snarling Chloe. Sits down to “help.” Tasered! That was Easy!
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on May 3, 2006 01:45 PM

24 Day 5: 2:00 AM – 3:00 AM
Hijacker Jack, and does tasing cause brain damage?
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on May 2, 2006 12:37 PM

24 Day Five, Episode 20: Turbulence
Damn, being president his really hard work, but being a bad president is the salt mines.
Posted to Video by Victor Lana on May 2, 2006 12:22 PM

24 – Hour 19: Audrey, Bloody Audrey
In one of the best lines of the hour, maybe even the season – Mike says, “It’s been a strange night.”
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on April 26, 2006 01:42 PM

24 Day 5: 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Awww, look, the graphic violence warning fell asleep. Poor thing. It’s had a long, hard day. The recaps give us the Cliff Notes version of the chase for the tape. Practice Essay Question: How is Audrey’s love for Jack echoed in…
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on April 25, 2006 01:27 PM

TV Review: 24 Episode 19 – Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut
A question that has been posed throughout Season 5 has been the sanity, or the lack thereof, of certain characters. Most prominent has been First Lady MacDeath.
Posted to Video by Victor Lana on April 25, 2006 09:10 AM

TV Review: 24 – Hour 18, Truth or Consequences
Patton on the ground, Maverick, Goose and Iceman will approach by air and we’ll let collateral loss – Private Ryan handle the beach invasion
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on April 19, 2006 03:42 PM

TV Review: 24, 12 am – 1 am
As 24’s fifth season enters its final stretch, the nerve-wracking thrills continue to stack up and the body count spirals out of control. President Logan’s secret has become known to many, and those closest to him (Mike Novick, Vice…
Posted to Video by James Frazier on April 19, 2006 08:41 AM

TV Review: 24 Day 5, 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Midnight! And the graphic violence warning just turned into a pumpkin. The recaps show us Evelyn and Jack in the car. It’s really not clear if Henderson killed Evelyn and Amy. Though, hard to believe Henderson would leave them alive. We hear…
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on April 18, 2006 11:51 AM

Episode 18 of 24: Double, Double, Oil and Trouble
Lowguns and Nuts face-off in a scene that should make diehard 24 fans just drool, and during the heated confrontation Lowguns reveals the ultimate motivation for his acts of treason that day: oil.
Posted to Video by Victor Lana on April 18, 2006 09:30 AM

TV Review: 24 – Hour 17: Extreme Customer Service
Back at the bank heist or pseudo heist – or intel gathering – wait, is this what they mean by ‘data-mining’?
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on April 12, 2006 03:00 AM

24 Day 5: 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Oops, give me a sec. The graphic violence warning piddled on the kitchen floor. I gotta go clean it up. The recaps replay just about the entire previous episode. Buckaroo is still an open protocol. (Someday someone will do a PhD…
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on April 11, 2006 01:01 PM

TV Review: Episode 17 of 24: You Can Bank on It
As the excitement and conflict continue to escalate on 24 this week, we can see a brilliant use of drama and action to facilitate the move up the ladder toward an inevitably bloody Shakespearean kind of climax and resolution.
Posted to Video by Victor Lana on April 11, 2006 09:59 AM

Fox Extends Jack Bauer and 24 Through 2009
Kiefer Sutherland signed as star, exec producer, and given development deal.
Posted to Video by Eric Olsen on April 10, 2006 04:26 PM

Review: 24, Hour 16: Holy Jack!
Robocop is grilling Evelyn: “What took you so long to answer the phone? You don’t look so pretty tonight.”
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on April 5, 2006 07:22 PM

24 Day 5: 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM
As we pop open a can of fresh, vacuum-packed episode this week, Bill is staring at Google Earth.
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on April 4, 2006 05:17 PM

TV Review: 24: Wagging the Dog – Episode 16
Since the very beginning of the series, 24 worked because of the dynamic between politicians and the people protecting them and the American public.
Posted to Video by Victor Lana on April 4, 2006 04:54 PM

24 – Hour 15: Sex, Lies and Gas?
Snakehead: “take us to the control room!” Sam: “Sure, just let me change my shorts first”
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on March 28, 2006 05:36 PM

24 Day 5: 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Ooh, I just felt the graphic violence warning kick! In the recaps from last week, Vice President Hal still refuses to open the pod bay doors. RunLoganRun is on tv, even though last week we saw his presser live and in…
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on March 28, 2006 05:22 PM

A Real Pain in the Gas: Hour 16 On 24
Jack was allowed to show his sensitive side in a brief scene; the writers are telling us that Jack really has an Alan Alda inside that Bruce Willis façade.
Posted to Video by Victor Lana on March 28, 2006 08:41 AM

Review: 24 Hour 14 – Deal or No Deal
Chloe responds in true O’Brien borderline passive-aggressive/autistic fashion. “I asked who you were, not who you worked for!
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on March 22, 2006 05:39 PM

TV Review: 24 Day 5: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Do any of you out there know how to program memory cards to explode?
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on March 21, 2006 04:56 PM

Things Are Really Heating Up On 24
Last night’s episode was definitive in terms of where this season is going for a number of reasons. Mostly, Jack has no time to mourn the loss of his good friend Tony A. As in seasons past, Jack is hit…
Posted to Video by Victor Lana on March 21, 2006 08:18 AM (Relevance: 5)

Why Harry Potter and Jack Bauer Are More Similar Than You Think
Like anyone else hooked on the show 24, I’ve got Jack Bauer on the brain. Unlike many fans of the show however, I came to the world of CTU late in the game. Therefore, I’ve been hauling in…
Posted to Video by Adam Hoff on March 21, 2006 07:09 AM

PS2 Review: 24 – The Game
24: The Game has everything. Generally, that’s a compliment, at least outside the realm of video games. Inside, it usually means that with production spread thin, it fails to do any segment of the game properly, and that’s exactly what…
Posted to Gaming by Matt Paprocki on March 19, 2006 03:29 AM

24 Day 5: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Number of times Jack Bauer says “Now!”: 16. Number of times Jack says “No!”: 8.
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on March 15, 2006 05:58 PM

24: Should Jack Be Killed?
Terrorism isn’t the only thing scary in America.
Posted to Video by Matthew Milam on March 15, 2006 12:16 AM

TV Review: 24 – Hour 13
13 signs you’re having a bad day.
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on March 14, 2006 06:20 PM

TV Review: 24 is a Killing Machine
It was pretty darn sad. And I did shed a tear for the poor sap.
Posted to Video by David Fordee on March 12, 2006 08:18 AM

TV Review: 24, Hours 11 and 12
Two hours is a lot to handle – and then this.
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on March 8, 2006 08:53 AM

TV Review – 24, the Newbie and Two Hours to Figure It Out
Why is Dick Cheney on this show? A newbie’s prediction on the high-level government mole.
Posted to Video by Patfish on March 8, 2006 08:44 AM

24 Day 5: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
That graphic violence warning is welded to the camera film. The entire episode could be the gals of CTU sitting around sipping tea, and they’d put in the graphic violence warning. Tony must have a larval Goa’uld in him. Amazing recuperative…
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on March 7, 2006 01:01 PM

Two Hours of 24: Too Much Yet Never Enough
Just an amazing two hours of the best drama and action on television.
Posted to Video by Victor Lana on March 7, 2006 11:11 AM

TV Review: 24 – A Newbie Tries to Join In
Each show’s plot is understandable. The interplay of characters takes more time. Blogcritics help.
Posted to Video by Patfish on March 5, 2006 04:37 PM

24 – Hour Ten: CTU – You’re Fired!
Paranoia was bearing down hard on Samwise – he was looking for Gollum under every protocol.
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on March 1, 2006 02:38 AM (Relevance: 1)

24 Day 5: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
:45 to :42. Our universe can’t cope as we slide into the inchoate void where time’s reduced to a subatomic froth of random quantum fluctuations . . .
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on February 28, 2006 10:29 PM

Separated At Birth: 24’s President Logan and the USA’s President Nixon
24’s President Charles Logan has got it all. The jowls; the beady, shifty eyes; the drabby suit. Sound familiar?
Posted to Video by Glen Boyd on February 27, 2006 05:03 AM

TV Review: 24 – Hour Nine: When a Stranger Calls
Walt Cumming’s cell phone. Secret Service started playing Ouija with it. Imagine their surprise when it started ringing!
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on February 21, 2006 06:03 PM

24 Day 5: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
I think the graphic violence warning is winking at me. Cheeky warning. The Previously on LA Laws go on for about a half hour. We’re reminded of the correct code for the detonator, AKC. These are the initials of the American…
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on February 21, 2006 05:57 PM

TV Review: 24 – Hour Eight: Simon Says
I finally noticed how horribly decorated the Western White House really is.
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on February 14, 2006 08:00 PM

24 Day 5: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
I see my reflection in the TV screen. It is the graphic violence warning. I am seeing my dark soul as it really is. In the Previously on LA Laws, we see Logan harping about the “weaponized” nerve gas. Again, I’m…
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on February 14, 2006 01:22 PM

The Last Episode of 24
How it ends. No, really. A mole at 24 smuggled this to me. Script of last episode that’ll ever air.
Posted to Video by David M. Brown on February 13, 2006 03:16 AM

24 – Hour Seven: The Art of the Bitch Slap
“Saw your name on MySpace.com, liked your profile.. Say – need help with those pesky canisters?”
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on February 7, 2006 03:45 PM

24 Day 5: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Graphic violence and I face off. One of us is going down.
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on February 7, 2006 03:37 PM

24 Day 5: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
We are warned about graphic violence. It cannot be avoided. I feel like Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange, propped up in a chair with my eyelids clamped open and forced to watch soul-numbing violence. The hour starts with something CTU…
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on January 31, 2006 05:37 PM

24 – Hour Six: A Few Good Quotes
Poor Mike, didn’t realize Big Brother was listening in, in the form of Walt and Über Bad Guy, Shadow Man.
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on January 31, 2006 05:06 PM

A Television Viewer’s Diary: 1/22-1/28: 24
Welcome back to Diary! I am still trying to cut back on all the shows that I watch, but have found it increasingly difficult to trim. Each show I am ready to give up on displays some reason, no matter…
Posted to Video by Chris Beaumont on January 30, 2006 10:39 PM

A Television Viewer’s Diary: 1/15-1/21: 24
This edition is a little quick and dirty, as I am way behind and still want to get this out there for you.
Posted to Video by Chris Beaumont on January 27, 2006 08:00 AM

TV Review: 24 Day 5: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Hello, graphic violence warning, my old friend. You’ve come to haunt my dreams again. After last week’s violence, I expect to see babies skewered on pikes.
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on January 24, 2006 06:45 PM

24: Hour 5 or Logan’s Run
Mike: “It’s nerve gas” Logan: (gulp) “Is it ours?”
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on January 24, 2006 01:29 PM

Thoughts On 24: Jack Bauer Journalism
Can you imagine if the world of TV’s 24 was real? Here are two fake news stories written as if we were living through the events of season five.
Posted to Video by Chip Ross on January 19, 2006 08:35 AM

TV Review: 24 – Day 5, 7AM – 11AM
Only thing bad so far in Day 5, we haven’t had any really good villains. Particularly, we could really use a hot crazy psycho chick.
Posted to Video by Al Barger on January 18, 2006 06:56 AM

Quick and Dirty Guide to the First Four Hours in 24
Chloe kicks ass – Helicopters are always around when you need one! – Jack Bauer is never, ever, ever wrong
Posted to Video by Mary K. Williams on January 17, 2006 06:48 PM

TV Recap: 24 Day 5: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Logging the events of 24, one at a time. Hours three and four today.
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on January 17, 2006 05:23 PM

TV Recap: 24 Day 5: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
A minute-by-minute report of the first two episodes of the new season!
Posted to Video by Jeff Kouba on January 16, 2006 08:19 PM

TV Review: Live Blogging 24 Season Premiere
It’s on right now and I’m live-blogging. … UPDATING …
Posted to Video by Temple Stark on January 15, 2006 11:03 PM

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    Eric –
    Thanks for putting this all together!

  • Eric Olsen

    thanks for doing such great reviews!

  • http://theglenblog.blogspot.com Glen Boyd

    Seperated At Birth:
    President Charles Logan From TV’s
    And…
    President Richard Milhous Nixon

    From The World Wide Glen
    http://theglenblog.blogspot.com

    If the two night, four hour season premiere of Fox TV’s hit drama 24 is any indication, this year’s weekly cliff hangers promise to be the best yet.

    But it won’t be just the non-stop twists and turns that face Keifer Sutherland’s back from the dead counter terror agent Jack Bauer, that keep me on the edge of my seat this time around.

    Nope.

    The guy who I’ll be keeping my eye on is the character of President Charles Logan. You see, I first noticed it when then Vice President Logan assumed the Presidency on the tightly wound drama last season.

    The guy playing President Logan (actor Gregory Itzin for those keeping score) is a dead ringer for Nixon. Seriously, it’s uncanny. Check out the two pics I posted above. He’s got it all. The jowls. The beady, shifty eyes. The slicked back hair receding from each side of his face. The Drabby Suit…

    I fully expect to see beads of sweat dripping from just above his upper lip on future 24 episodes, just as Nixon’s so famously did like clockwork in his own televised speeches.

    From the debates with JFK all the way to his famous denials of wrongdoing (“I Am Not A Crook”), as the Watergate scandal slowly closed in on his presidency.

    Well it seems somebody on the writing staff of 24 has also noticed the resemblance.

    Because on this season of 24, the writers have apparently decided to run the Nixon thing right up the ol’ flagpole.

    The first signs are subtle…things like the fact that the Logan character is keenly mindful of his legacy and his place in history.

    He persues his own version of detente with a Russian counterpart (in the form of an anti-terrorist accord) as the ultimate photo-op…even as a former President has just been assassinated and terrorists are publicly executing civilians in an airport on national TV.

    “I realize that I’m ambitious”, Logan remarks matter of factly, “But I didn’t think civilians would be killed.” Which immediately brought back memories for me of the Nixon Watergate tapes:

    “We could raise the money,” Nixon said in one breath, referring to paying hush money to the Watergate burglars. And in the very next, always mindful of covering his steps, came the qualifying statement, “…But it would be wrong.”

    Speaking of tapes, 24’s President Logan keeps not only tapes of all recorded White House conversations, but transcripts as well. Which brings us to the ultimate Nixon tribute (at least so far) the writers of 24 have resurrected from the historical grave of the Nixon/Watergate era.

    Thats right, it gets even better.

    They’ve actually decided to resurrect Martha Mitchell herself as a character on 24 this season.

    For those either too young, or perhaps even too old to remember, Martha Mitchell was the wife of Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell, and a perennial thorn in the side of that administration.

    Painted by Nixon’s goons as delusional and paranoid, Martha Mitchell went to the press (and anyone else who would listen) often and loudly, with stories of government shenanigans branded as “conspiracy theories” at the time.

    She was eventually silenced through medication (and worse some have suggested). But perennial “kook” Martha Mitchell was eventually vindicated when the Watergate scandal verified at least some of her louder, wilder claims.

    24’s First Lady Martha Logan, herself a medicated conspiracy theorist prone to emotional outbursts and wild mood swings is portrayed by actress Jean Smart.

    My friends, to quote one of the man himself’s most famous campaign slogans, Now More Than Ever.

    Richard Nixon is alive and well.

    Don’t be surprised to see 24’s President Logan hitting the bottle and having long, late night conversations with the other Presidents hanging on pictures in the halls of the White House before this season of 24 is over.

    Remember, you read it here first.