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The Clock Ticks to the End of Day 7: "24", A Season in Review...
May 19, 2009
This season of 24 the writers really wanted to re-invent the show. That meant changing the location from LA to D.C., adding some new characters and getting rid of CTU. All of these changes occurred and 24 became again the show that everybody loved. Back was the shock factor that had everyone popping out of their seats and yelling at their television. There were points during this season that even led me to think that the show still had some of that predictability that it always had, but up to the last few minutes of this season, I was dead wrong.
In the seventh season of 24 Jack is being put on trial by the senate due to his past actions with CTU, the first female President of the Unites States, Allison Taylor, is starting her first term, CTU has been shutdown and in the midst of all of this, the FBI, specifically Agents Larry Moss and Renee Walker, are monitoring a possible terrorist attack by former CTU agent and fan favorite...Tony Almeda. This leads to the FBI bringing in Jack due to his friendship with Tony to help solve what is going on. This leads to a chain of events that will change Jacks life forever within a span of 24 hours.
I didn't think I would be saying this, because for a while it was season 3, but I think this might be my favorite season of 24 yet. This has a lot to do with character build up and relationships as well as giving the show an almost blank slate to work with. What I mostly loved about this season was Tonys story. Up until the last minute of the show, you just don't know whos side he is on and even then, you're not quite sure because Tony is so hell bent on revenge due to what happened to his Wife Michelle in season 5. Without giving to much away for the ending, let's just say after all the good and most of the bad that Tony did this season, you still end up feeling for him at the end. Seeing him together again with Jack was also a delight, the two actors play so well off of each other. The character of FBI agent Renee Walker is introduced this season and becomes Jacks almost protege. The way those two actors played off of each other was very fun to watch as well because during the beginning and middle of the season, Jack and Renee have a completely different set of morals, but as the show goes on, you notice that Renee starts to understand why Jack has done some of the things he has. This season also saw some familiar faces return to the show like Bill and Chloe. I almost feel as if you couldn't have 24 without those two characters and next season sadly we will be without one of them.
The biggest aspect of why this season was so good was because it kept you guessing after every episode. You'll find out one minute that Colonel Dubaku was responsible for one event, but that leads to the FBI and President Taylor finding out that it was General Juma who was in charge of the whole operation, which was funded by private military firm Starkwood owned by Jonas Hodges (played by the amazing Jon Voight). You are also made to keep wondering whether Tony is good or bad. Even by the end of the season, and some people will say that it was crystal clear, you are not quite sure what Tonys role was in all of this. This season also dealt with the issues that revolve around torture and when it is absolutely necessary and whether is weighs on Jacks conscious.
All in all, this was just an amazing season and ends with a huge cliffhanger. From what I understand, Season 8 will take place very shortly after this past season and be placed in New York City. If you are a 24 fan and haven't seen season 7 yet, then go buy it or rent it! It's out now. They marketed this one smart by releasing the DVD and Blu-ray sets 24 hours after last nights season finale. 5/5!