’24’ Season 2 reviews

John’s “24” Season 2 flashback review, johnvhansen.com, April 18, 2017

John’s “24” Season 2 (episodes 1-17) review, Brainerd Dispatch, April 3, 2003

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“24” Season 2 (2002-03, Fox) – Even when it’s cheesy, this show still drips coolness. Consider the roundtable vote to remove President Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) from office just because they didn’t like a decision he made. An unlikely scenario at best, yet the doomsday music and earnest acting made it work. I can’t wait to see what trouble Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) will get into next season. But, I’m begging the writers, don’t have Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) get kidnapped anymore.

– John Hansen, “State of Television address,” Brainerd Dispatch, May 22, 2003

’24’ Season 1 reviews

John’s “24” Season 1 flashback review, johnvhansen.com, March 1, 2016

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“24” Season 1 (2001-02, Fox), episodes 1-4 — “24” (8 p.m. Tuesdays on Fox; reruns 9 p.m. Mondays on FX) promises to break new ground. The entire season takes place within one day, so, as the promos tell us, “every second counts.” It’s just a gimmick, of course; the basic elements of “24” are far from groundbreaking. “La Femme Nikita” veteran Joel Surnow is essentially doing spy stories again, only this time he’s dragging out one story over an entire season, hopefully throwing in enough twists to keep viewers glued.

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‘24’ flashback: ‘Operation Hell Gate’ (2005) (Book review)

When a TV series becomes popular, almost without exception, the spinoff materials follow. “24’s” concept was uniquely suited to TV, since the number of hours in a day corresponds closely to the number of episodes in a season. Four years after its TV debut, it transitioned to novels, and right out of the gate (no pun intended), “24” showed it works in that format too with Marc Cerasini’s “Operation Hell Gate” (2005).

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Rewatching and reviewing the classics: ’24’ Season 3 (2003-04) (TV review)

After establishing itself as TV’s elite adrenaline rush in the epic Season 2“24” Season 3 (2003-04, Fox; now streaming on Amazon Prime) gets introspective and examines how family and romantic relationships can suffer under the weight of a job where you must put the safety of thousands of Americans above that of a loved one (or conversely, your work can suffer because of the distraction). Simultaneously, Season 3 marks the first time when I can see how easily “24” could slip into parody. This is the conclusion of a trilogy of great “24” seasons, and the show will never again be as consistently good.

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Rewatching and reviewing the classics: ‘24’ Season 2 (2002-03) (TV review)

Now would be a good time to rewatch “24” Season 2 (2002-03, Fox; now streaming on Amazon Prime). Centered on a terrorist nuclear bomb in Los Angeles and the buildup to war in the aftermath of its explosion (in the unpopulated desert, thanks to Jack Bauer, natch), this season is obviously a commentary on the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which began in March 2003, coinciding with the intense push-for-war episodes.

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Rewatching and reviewing the classics: ‘24’ Season 1 (2001-02) (TV review)

With “24: Legacy” premiering earlier this year, I have a perfect excuse to rewatch “24” Season 1 (2001-02, Fox; now streaming on Amazon Prime). Even without “Legacy,” this seems like a good time to get nostalgic about a show that was presciently conceived before the Twin Towers fell and went on to become the definitive post-9/11 drama.

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First episode impressions: ‘24: Legacy’ (TV review)

It’s easy to forget how groundbreaking “24” was when it premiered in November 2001 in the wake of 9/11. I need to rewatch that first season (I see that Amazon Prime has it) to get back in the headspace of its turn-of-the-century ingenuity. Although the terrorist-themed plots were fairly fresh for a TV drama, the real-time aspect is what really hooked me. I enjoyed seeing if the writers could stay true to that premise.

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