24: Season 8 DVD Review
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Disc Spec: 6 DVD
The final season of Jack Bauer. Please, please, please let a movie deal go through like I heard a rumor for! I will miss Jack Bauer. He is a man of action who can go 24 hours without eating, sleeping, or going to the bathroom. He was my inspiration for my roller derby name, Jackie Bauer. And now once more he has descended into the darkness.
This year was the year CTU moved to New York. They were right, how many times can you almost blow up Los Angeles? A year and a half after Day 7, Jack Bauer played by Kiefer Sutherland becomes involved once again at CTU after rumors of assassination attempts threaten to ruin a peace treaty taking place between U.S. President Allison Taylor played by Cherry Jones and Kamistan President Omar Hassan played by Anil Kapoor (“Slumdog Millionaire”). Renee Walker played by Annie Wersching eventually returns because of a deep undercover background she has with suspects involved and her past comes back to haunt her as she proves a little mentally unstable in the line of duty. However, as a love interest for Jack, on his final day, Day 8, Jack finally gets laid. Booyah, my man! About time!
Chloe O’Brian played by Mary Lynn Rajskub returns to CTU in New York as well to help out. She has outwitted, outlasted, and outplayed every other character in the series short of Jack himself. It is amazing how this character who started out as a babysitter with symptons of Asperger’s syndrome to undermining all authority figures to be Jack Bauer’s last line of communication and defense in all situations. Though they probably don’t get together for kids’ birthday parties or anything, she is probably his best friend. What does she do in this season? Gets threatened, helps Jack, gets threatened, helps Jack, rats out suspicious coworkers, helps Jack, you get the idea.
Katee Sackhoff plays Dana Walsh, an operative at CTU who at first appears to be a whiny weakling with emotional baggage and an ex-con ex-boyfriend terrorizing her and eventually flips the switch to reveal more secrets about herself. Her fiance, Cole Ortiz is played by the long absent Freddie Prinze, Jr. (who is a writer for the WWE by the way, fun fact!) thinks she has cold feet but his head is spinning when her truth comes out. Also former President Charles Logan played by Gregory Itzin makes a special appearance for eight episodes to be just as evil as ever and tries to tempt President Allison Taylor into compromising her morals to get the peace treaty signed. And what season of “24” wouldn’t be complete without a quick appearance by Kim Bauer played by Elisha Cuthbert? No, she doesn’t get eaten by a bobcat. She just ups the stakes for what Jack could win or lose like always.
Movie Content: 9.5/10
Special Features: 8/10
An exciting last season, no disappointment here except for the temporary doubt of Allison Taylor’s character when she gets sucked in by Logan’s deceit. This is a worthy addition to your collection. I still miss President David Palmer, it’s just not the same seeing him sell Allstate Insurance or whatever.
Overall Rating: 9/10