24 is one of those rare television series which has become part of the political and cultural conversation. Kiefer Sutherland was interviewed (already online at Google video) Friday on Charlie Rose, there was a think piece on the politics of the show this week in Time, and Entertainment Weekly had a special season guide (some of the articles are on their 24 page) inserted in last week's issue. And there is much more.
I've seen the first four episodes plus ten minutes of the fifth. I agree with much of what Stephen King wrote in Entertainment Weekly (particularly that they better not hurt Chloe) though I liked last season better than he did. I'm also not giving anything away, so this is more a brief preview in the hope you'll tune in tonight and get hooked (if you aren't already) than a review.
But this could be the best season yet. Not to mention the most complex.
Though I'll admit it is a bit hard to see Peter MacNicol playing the Vice President without thinking of John Cage, his character from Ally McBeal (even though he is a good actor).
It does help to have watched the series from the beginning. Luckily, all the previous episodes are out on DVD. If you miss the first four episodes, they will be out on DVD on Tuesday.
It does help to get a sense of what Jack Bauer has been through to watch the season six prequel which was on the season five DVD and is also online.
There will be episode summaries here and probably much debate. I hope you'll watch and get involved in the conversation.Powered by Sidelines