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  • Series Premiere Date: May 5, 2014
  • Season #: 9
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70

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8.7

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  • Summary: Picking up four years since the events of season eight, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is still on run and ends up in London trying to prevent another threat in this 12-episode season.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    May 5, 2014
    100
    The good news is the limited series is just as entertaining.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    May 2, 2014
    83
    No matter what, the show returns with the same sense of modern-day paranoia and urgency that fueled its best seasons, and however over-the-top it goes, its real-world geopolitical concerns are real-world geopolitical concerns.
  3. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    May 5, 2014
    80
    The show will skip hours here and there, but the "24" clock will continue to run, and if the first two hours are any indication, the time away has been good for the franchise.
  4. The revived 24 is still instantly involving and packed with a dizzying rush of suspenseful crescendos. The new Jack, meanwhile, is the same as the old Jack, which is to say he flips the bird in the face of terror and squirms his way out of major messes like a gun-toting Houdini--all while managing to make a man purse look good.
  5. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    May 5, 2014
    70
    There are promising signs of life in the first two hours of the new series, which take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in London.
  6. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    May 5, 2014
    60
    [Director] Cassar juggles plenty of balls in that first hour, uses some new techniques at his disposal and gives Rajskub her best scenes yet. But there’s something very retro about the formula--something that doesn’t quite seem ready for revival.
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    May 1, 2014
    40
    As long as all you ask of it is more familiar twists and backstabbing, you’ll probably be happy with it. If you felt (like I did) that the series had said all it had to say after eight years, the reboot looks skippable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. May 6, 2014
    10
    I forgot how good 24 was! It is like it has been always there. While I was watching it today, I felt the same way as I did when I watched the first season. I was very impressed with the concept, the storytelling and how addicted the TV show was. I think 24 proves that others TV shows could come back on a high note as well. I hope they do the same with Dexter, they owe us the last season. Expand
  2. May 5, 2014
    10
    This is amazing, i still can´t believe this two espisodes, only think that im sure is that jackisback and we see nothing yet. Kiefer and Yvonne are very similar in the choices that they made, i like that, is like a female jack Expand
  3. May 5, 2014
    10
    I just got done watching the premiere. I disliked that the camera often shook too much too fast, which gave me a mild headache, and the characters often talked too quietly, but aside from those issues I didn't see any problem with the premiere. Great acting for the most part, great set, and the typical 24 that most people know and love definitely manifests itself here. Expand
  4. May 5, 2014
    10
    A great start to the new series of 24. It's exciting, it's pulsating & it has an interwoven storyline which is stellar. I can't wait to see the rest of this series & the reduction in episodes by 12 will allow for a more fast-paced, structured viewing. Great job. Expand
  5. Jun 15, 2014
    9
    When I review long-running movie series or TV shows, I don't like to admit that I am new to the crowd of loyal fans. I feel it undermines my credibility. Unfortunately, I haven't watched the past 8 seasons and movie of 24. But, if your new to the series like me, you don't really have too. You can jump on the bandwagon easily without any real confusion. The actors are good, the action sequences executed well, and the premise of 24's 9th season is realistic. (Interesting tidbit, episode 8 of 24's 9th season Live Another Day will be the series 200th episode.) Kiefer Sutherland is a good and believable action star. My only complaint with him is that he should have a bit more character development. Of course, that was probably done over time with the past seasons and movie but I have yet to binge-watch them all. Jack should be given more emotion. But it makes sense he doesn't show much emotion, because the show is very fast-paced and Jack has to rush to save London from destruction. He doesn't have time for anything else.

    A complaint I hear online sometimes about the past seasons of 24 is that the show ended up being a bit too generic and mainstream in its later seasons, with Jack constantly saving millions. Not my words or opinions--just bringing it up. Well, maybe that's true but since I'm new to the show (as many watching the show now probably are) I haven't felt the affects of franchise fatigue yet. Maybe this is what some critics and other long time viewers are feeling when they give 24: LAD ok scores. But as someone else pointed out, if it had a few tweaks here and there (actors, title) it would probably be a bit more well received. But 24: LAD has good ratings anyway, so it doesn't really matter.

    As I said before, I feel this show is realistic (especially compared to some of the thin stories and plots that exist nowadays). However, at times certain events feel slightly improbable and unlikely. For example--Jordan Reed is able to survive an attempt on his life after being set up by his boss. His assassin should've been able to kill him, as he had the element of surprise on his side. But he managed to screw up. Another example--the number of people who have dirty secrets on 24 shouldn't get any bigger. Mark Boadreau (White House Chief of Staff) who forged President Heller's signature, Steve Navarro (head of the CTU) who was forced to send an assassin after Jordan Reed to protect himself, Naveed who had plans to escape with his wife Simone, and both who live a double life from their relatives...there can only be so many betrayals, lies, and secrets. Hope that there won't be too many secrets and lies.

    Also, I don't like to mention this because it feels too nitpicky, but did anyone else feel that the CGI and effects for the drones and explosions/destruction caused by its Hellfire missiles don't look that great?

    But these are minor complaints. 24: Live Another Day is an enjoyable show. It's pretty realistic and it's a fast paced, action packed, conspiracy thriller. I love this show and I think it should continue. Jack is back! I think the 4 year hiatus helped the shows writers to get some new ideas together. I hope I didn't sound too critical in my in-depth review. I just like to touch every aspect of a show and say my opinions on it. Also, sorry for any typos or errors--I'm writing on a tablet.

    If you liked this review, read my other ones on movies, TV shows, and videogames. I have reviewed Edge of Tomorrow, X-Men Days of Future Past, Godzilla, Blended, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, The Lego Movie, and more. I am actually still trying to find time for other film reviews, such as Robocop, Non-Stop, Divergent, Need for Speed, The Monuments Men, etc. I have also reviewed the TV shows Sleepy Hollow, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, The 100, I Wanna Marry Harry, Crisis, and more.

    Good bye! Sincerely, AG732.
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  6. Jul 8, 2014
    9
    I've loved all the 24 series. It's a top 5 TV Show ever made and the Jack Bauer character is so perfect in every flawed way. This season's storylines and plot twists are great. The only downsize is the lack of more over-the-top violence or torture, as I've become accustomed to. Also, Jack never really getting shot/hurt/injured is a disappointment with 1,000+ bullets having been shot at him at least. Either way, an absolute gem and a must watch. More seasons please!! Expand
  7. May 8, 2014
    0
    I wrote it too Season 1: 24, the mother of all ADHD TV series. From the first to the last season, completely irrational story. The second by second turns of phrase just laughable. And yet with a totally hyped and unsympathetic Kiefer Sutherland and many other bad amateur actors. Expand

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