24 is a series that premiered in 2001 with the concept that each episode of the season was presented in real time. Consequently, each episode depicts one hour in a season-long 24-hour period in the life of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), an agent sometimes affiliated with the U.S. Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU). Before the most recent season, seven, the series aired 24: Redemption which brought viewers up to speed on what Jack was up to in years between season six and seven. It also set in motion plots that play out in the most recent season.
This year, 24 begins with Jack on trial for the illegal methods CTU used in the past and his own participation in the torturing of CTU suspects. The season features the first female President of the series, the return of CTU servers which had been shut down, the death of a multi-season cast member, and the return of a dead colleague who may or may not be evil. The season once again sees multiple threats against the US, the President, and more. Jack Bauer is back and the only man who has enough experience to remain calm in the situation despite being infected with a biological weapon that may kill him before the day is over. The season ends on a quasi-cliffhanger and sets things up for season eight which will take place in New York. Jack Bauer versus the city of New York? New York’s in trouble!
The DVD release of 24: Season 7 has a good number of special features. There are commentaries on 12 of the 24 episodes with participants who include the executive producers; directors; and cast members Carlos Bernard (Tony Almeida), Annie Wersching (Renee Walker), Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chloe O'Brian), and more. The commentaries discuss topics such as the making of the season, how the writers' strike affected the series, and various plots that were dropped or changed as the season progressed. The only nitpick I have is that Sutherland doesn't participate in any of them, since he’s done them for past seasons it would be nice to get his thoughts on this season as well.