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24 (DVD) Review
Author: Britt Gillette

First airing in November 2001, 24 quickly established itself as one of the best television series around and solidified itself as a cult classic icon. Utilizing a novel premise, each season of 24 comprises a single day in lives of its characters, with each of the 24 episodes representing a one-hour time segment of that day. Kiefer Sutherland stars in the imminent role of Jack Bauer, a government agent periodically faced with enormous challenges within a single day. Each season is reminiscent of a fast-paced Hollywood action thriller, but it's only a busy day in the life of the heroic Bauer…

Season 1 unfolds in Los Angeles during the California presidential primary as CIA agent Jack Bauer and his colleagues uncover a murderous plot to assassinate front-running candidate David Palmer. With only 24 hours to uncover the identity of the determined killer, Jack must race against the clock if he has any hope of thwarting the plot. Meanwhile, Jack is distracted by his crumbling marriage and the disappearance of his rebellious teenage daughter. The clock is ticking… Can Jack save the man who may become president? And can he do so while keeping his family intact?

The 24 DVD features a number of breathtaking episodes including the season premiere in which the groundwork for the series and the season is laid. Jack plays chess with his daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) before receiving a call from Nina Myers (Sarah Clarke), his colleague at the Los Angeles Counter Terrorism Unit, telling him to report in for an emergency meeting. Meanwhile, Jack and his wife Teri (Leslie Hope) realize that Kim snuck out of the house during the phone call… When Jack arrives at headquarters, he's informed of a plot to murder Senator David Palmer, the first serious African-American presidential candidate… Other notable episodes from Season 1 include (#8) in which Nina and Tony discover the identity of the mole who is working for Gaines, and (#23) in which terrorists threaten to kill Kim unless Jack complies with their wishes…

Below is a list of episodes included on the 24 (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (12:00 A.M. - 1:00 A.M.) Air Date: 11-06-2001
Episode 2 (1:00 A.M. - 2:00 A.M.) Air Date: 11-13-2001
Episode 3 (2:00 A.M. - 3:00 A.M.) Air Date: 11-20-2001
Episode 4 (3:00 A.M. - 4:00 A.M.) Air Date: 11-27-2001
Episode 5 (4:00 A.M. - 5:00 A.M.) Air Date: 12-11-2001
Episode 6 (5:00 A.M. - 6:00 A.M.) Air Date: 12-18-2001
Episode 7 (6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.) Air Date: 01-08-2002
Episode 8 (7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.) Air Date: 01-15-2002
Episode 9 (8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.) Air Date: 01-22-2002
Episode 10 (9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.) Air Date: 02-05-2002
Episode 11 (10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.) Air Date: 02-12-2002
Episode 12 (11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.) Air Date: 02-19-2002
Episode 13 (12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.) Air Date: 02-26-2002
Episode 14 (1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.) Air Date: 03-05-2002
Episode 15 (2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.) Air Date: 03-12-2002
Episode 16 (3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.) Air Date: 03-19-2002
Episode 17 (4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.) Air Date: 03-26-2002
Episode 18 (5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.) Air Date: 04-02-2002
Episode 19 (6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.) Air Date: 04-09-2002
Episode 20 (7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.) Air Date: 04-16-2002
Episode 21 (8:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.) Air Date: 04-23-2002
Episode 22 (9:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.) Air Date: 05-07-2002
Episode 23 (10:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.) Air Date: 05-14-2002
Episode 24 (11:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M.) Air Date: 05-21-2002

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Britt Gillette is author of The DVD Report, a blog where you can find more reviews like this one of the 24 (DVD).



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