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24 – Season Five


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: B-     Episodes: B-



All this reviewer has to say is Kiefer Sutherland is tremendous…or at least his character Jack Bauer knows how to get the job done.  Under review is the exciting, explosive, and edge of your seat Fifth Season of 24.  This particular season of 24 is not quite the best but holds true to the ideals and suspense, which has carried the season each year coupled with the talented cast.  The show has always had that somewhat ‘messed up, dirty look’ that contributes a great deal to the atmosphere and why viewers love the series.  The writing staff, actors, and setting all are what make the show wonderful and in this reviewer’s opinion, without Kiefer Sutherland the series would be nothing, bringing heart and passion to the series in every scene.  In this season the body count seems to go up and up with twists and turns in every episode.  Also in this season the conspiracy theories grow centralizing on Asia’s Oil Supply at first and moving on to areas of martial law and deep politics.  Overall, this season leaves audiences begging for more.


24 is a great series that shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.  No one should be surprised if there is a 24 feature film or if sometime in 15-20 years we see a film take-off of the series.  Kiefer Sutherland has breathed such life and depth into the character of Jack Bauer that casts him into television classic greatness.


For new comers to the series, NOW IS NO THE TIME TO START!  This reviewer, however, does recommend that everyone go out and purchase Season One of 24 and work their way up.  Some Seasons of 24 do have disappointing moments, but on a whole the series is simply amazing.


The technicals of this DVD set are seemingly improved from the Season Four release, but still not the best.  The picture is presented in an anamorphic widescreen 1.78 X 1 format and is quite clear and crisp, but has similar light/dark issues as observed in the previous Season releases but not as often.  The Sound is presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround format and Booms! when needed, and conversely whispers when needed, though there some issues of clearness that evolve at some points, at times the characters sounding muffled.  The extras on this set are interesting as always. 


An array of extras exists on this set but most revolve around Season Six which is enticing and disappointing at the same time.  Some extras include the ‘Season Six prequel,’ which wets the audiences appetite on what is to come; which in this reviewer’s opinion was simply awesome.  Other features include a Season 6 trailer, a featurette called ‘Supporting Players’ which goes through the somewhat peripheral characters and their opinion on the series as well as their contributions.  The list of extras goes on to featurettes such as ‘Unsung Heroes: Camera Staff,’ ‘Music by Sean Callery’ which has always given the series a great aura, a good deal of extended and deleted scenes, a 100th Episode Reel, and a featurette entitles ‘Logan’s Retreat’ about the set of 24.  Above all else in the area of extras the most enjoyable features are the commentaries, highlighting the actors and directories ideas and emotions surrounding the series.  Overall, as with most of the 24 box sets the extras have much to offer.


In the end, 24 – Season Five contained the same action, great acting, and suspense as all other seasons, but falls slightly short of the greatness of Season Four, which was the shows high point.  Judging from Season Five, however, Season Six, which premieres in January 2007, shows great promise.  Jack Bauer is a hero and man of action and this reviewer will never get tired of his roll on the ground, jump through windows, break faces attitude.  Jack Bauer is a not only a simple action hero, but as the Seasons progress his intelligence and heart shine through.  Only time will tell what the future holds for the series, but one thing is certain the series will just keep getting better.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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