Saturday, November 28, 2009

It's a Brand New Day

One of my favourite shows on Television – and yes, I do understand that I have far too many favourite shows – is 24. Although it is on lame Fox, I have watched it from Season One and am excited to see what crazy shenanigans Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland) and Chloe O’Brien (Mary-Lynn Rajskub) will get up to on the next “worst day of their lives.” This is Season 8 and it looks pretty fantastical – literally.

24 has never been a show that embraces realism. They never eat, got to the bathroom, get stuck in traffic, rip their clothing while tussling with the bad guys or do any of the things that regular people do during the course of a day. But that is part of its charm. A total and complete escape from your life, the only catch being that you also have to suspend your belief in reality for one short hour per week.

I have a feeling that Season 8 is going to be awesome and amazing. And bordering on ridiculous – as always. Some great new additions to the cast, and a move to the East Coast. It is about time that another city in the US had a really bad day and has to be saved courtesy of CTU and Jack Bauer.

About Season 8 Fox says:

"Season Eight resets in New York City where a retired Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is unwillingly drawn back into the intense action after learning of a plot to assassinate Middle Eastern peace-keeping leader Omar Hassan (Anil Kapoor). Meanwhile, Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) and Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) return alongside CTU newcomers Dana Walsh (Katee Sackhoff), Brian Hastings (Mykelti Williamson) and Cole Ortiz (Freddie Prinze Jr). "

Squeeeeee!!!!!! Katie Sakhoff (Starbuck from Battle Star Galactica)! Freddie Prinze Jr! Anil Kapoor (creepy game show host from Slumdog Millionaire)! Mykelti Williamson (best know for his role as Bubba in Forrest Gump). Don’t forget - this is 24. The show that kills off characters regularly. And kills off regular characters regularly. Chances are one of these four (or maybe even Renee) will die in the first half of the season. No-one is safe! Do you ‘member last season when they killed the amazing Bill Buchanen (James Morrison). I am still a little upset about that. Bill was awesome.

From the trailer below it looks all kinds of wacky and wonderful. I am just praying that Jack’s daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) will only be in the first hour. I tried to like her and actually last season she only made me want to stab myself with something pointy once or twice (OMG – do you remember when she was saying goodbye to her dad, cause she thought he was dying – it was like they wanted to jump each others bones….it had an ewwww factor times a billion).

I also just heard the amazing news that Gregory Itzen is coming back in a multi-episode arc as President Charles Logan. I guess the traitorous former leader of the free world survived being stabbed with a kitchen knife by his crazy ex-wife Martha (Jean Smart). No word yet as to whether Smart will be reprising her role. Apparently the current President – the amazing Cherry Jones – reluctantly asks for assistance from the former President during the course of the day. According to executive producer Howard Gordon “the opportunity for these two remarkable actors to share the stage was simply too compelling to pass up.”

The new (and part of me thinks the final) Season of 24 premiers on January 17th with what I am sure will be a two hour extravaganza. Do not call. Do not text. Do not tweet. For those two hours I do not exist.

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