-

Jump to content



Sign up for a free account!

Signing up for an account is fast and free. As a member you can join in the conversation, enter contests and you won't get the popup ads that guests get. Click here to create your free account.

Photo
- - - - -

HTF REVIEW: "24" The Complete First Season (A MUST BUY!) (with screenshots)


  • You cannot start a new topic
  • Please log in to reply
78 replies to this topic

#61 of 79 Tim Sly

Tim Sly

    Stunt Coordinator

  • 93 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 09 1998

Posted October 13 2002 - 02:43 PM

I don't watch much regular TV, mostly movies, but I got started on this series at the beginning and loved it. I only saw a few episodes due to a busy schedule. I think it would be worth buying for $35 just to see the whole thing and in widescreen would be great! I don't know about rewatchablility. Who knows, maybe when my wife has her friends over to watch Pride & Prejudice over and over and over, us guys could watch 24! Of course we would get the 56" widescreen in the home theater and they would get the 27" TV in the family room. P & P is probably in 4:3 anyway.
Tim Sly
Pics of My Dedicated HT with the TW56X81

#62 of 79 Rafael M

Rafael M

    Agent

  • 27 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 04 2000

Posted October 13 2002 - 04:40 PM

I don't know why I never watch the series when it premiered back in October. Anyways that change when I picked up this months issue of Maxim with Elisha Cuthbert, I took a chance and purchased the DVD. All I can say is 24 is awesome! (though only second to my favorite, The Sopranos!) and I have to agree with Ron, it's addictive! I spent two nights watching the DVD/Season, the first night I remember staying up until 4 in the morning.

I can't wait for 24:2!!!

#63 of 79 Tom Rags

Tom Rags

    Supporting Actor

  • 576 posts
  • Join Date: Apr 04 2001

Posted October 17 2002 - 05:37 PM

So, does anyone wonder what
Germany
has to do with the terrorist plot?
The second mole
clearly was involved with this faction....do you think it will be addressed in the next season?

#64 of 79 Jonathan Burk

Jonathan Burk

    Second Unit

  • 453 posts
  • Join Date: May 31 1999
  • Real Name:Jonathan Burk
  • LocationCastaic, CA

Posted October 18 2002 - 11:05 AM

After hearing the great things about this show, I borrowed the set and my wife and I sat down to get started. After the first disc (4 episodes), we found we spent most the time laughing over plot holes and characters acting stupid, so we turned it off. I was curious enough to read the plot summaries off the website for the remaining 20 episodes, and I'm really glad I quit when I did.

Major spoilers follow...





Our biggest problem was with the "real time" format of the show, and the corner that painted the writers into. Given the choice between two courses of action for a character, the smart, sensible choice, or the "takes an hour" approach, they had to have characters eat up the time doing something stupid.

There were three main plots for the series, as far as I can tell:

-The bad guys' desire to rescue Dennis Hopper
-The bad guys' desire to get even with Jack (and his family) for Jack having killed Dennis Hopper's family.
-The assassination of Palmer.

Now, if I were a smart bad guy, I would operate under the KISS principle (Keep it simple). The fewer steps to a plan, the less that can go wrong. If I were faced with those three "missions", the first thing I would do is keep them separate, so if one of them wasn't successful, it wouldn't sabotage the other missions.

I'll tell you what killed the show for my wife and I.

First, we have the assassination mission, which develops thusly in the first couple episodes:

-Photographer on plane. Seduced by girl.
-Girl lifts photographer's wallet, blows up plane, and parachutes to desert floor.

Now, who in their right mind would consider this the best way to get the photographer's ID? How many things could have gone wrong? If you're trying to get the ID and kill the photographer, could you think of a harder way? Is it really that hard to steal a guy's wallet, and make him disappear? Especially if you have $1million to devote to the endeavor? And while I haven't given it much thought, it can't be that hard to assassinate a political candidate, especially if you have millions of dollars to devote to the endeavor.

And the kidnapping...

Could there have been a worse way to kidnap the girl? Why not just walk into the house with a gun, point it at the mom and daughter, and tell them to get into the car? It took 4 hours to accomplish what could have taken 10 minutes. (Not to mention it took them a whole episode -60 minutes- to drive a few miles across the valley...at 2 in the morning?!)

The series just had a seat of the pants feel, that might have been less obvious in once-a-week spurts. But taken as a whole, the meandering plot and total absence of character development was just too blatant for us.

#65 of 79 Mike-M

Mike-M

    Stunt Coordinator

  • 187 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 21 2002

Posted October 18 2002 - 06:17 PM

Jonathon,

I think you have to realize that not only is this a TV show but it's ultimately entertainment. Sure, you can sit back and nitpick at things but the fact is that if many of the things that you disagreed with didn't happen, the show would just be boring. Heck, anything would be boring. I mean, take Star Wars for example. Why would a Jedi use a light saber and other means to fight an enemy when he can just lift up his hand and use the force to knock an enemy down? It may be the "most realistic" approach but it'd be boring.

Same principle applies to "24." And while it did get rather silly and arugably quite poor in the middle, the producers pulled the concept off brilliantly and the show overall was great.

#66 of 79 Ronald Epstein

Ronald Epstein

    Studio Mogul

  • 39,314 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 03 1997

Posted October 18 2002 - 08:37 PM

Quote:
After the first disc (4 episodes), we found we spent most the time laughing over plot holes and characters acting stupid, so we turned it off.

Sorry to learn this.

I am a little perplexed. One of the events
you describe (including actor) doesn't happen
till around disc 6.

How did you know if you didn't watch that far?

Ronald J Epstein
Home Theater Forum co-owner

 

gallery_269895_23_10043.jpg Click Here for the latest/hottest Blu-ray Preorders gallery_269895_23_1316.jpg Click Here for our complete Blu-ray review archive

gallery_269895_23_773.jpg Click Here for our complete 3D Blu-ray review archive gallery_269895_23_992.jpgClick Here for our complete DVD review archive

gallery_269895_23_7246.jpg Click Here for Blu-Ray Preorder Release Schedule gallery_269895_23_3120.jpg Click Here for forum posting rules and regulations


#67 of 79 GlennH

GlennH

    Screenwriter

  • 2,120 posts
  • Join Date: Sep 28 1998

Posted October 19 2002 - 03:31 AM

Jonathan, you must be one of those "if it doesn't make complete sense I don't like it" kind of guys. That's fine, but I imagine it eliminates about 99% of all movies or shows from consideration.

I watched the whole series when it aired and I noted several such "why did he do that?" and "wouldn't it just be easier to ..." type moments. Sometimes they could be explained as Jack not thinking straight after being awake so long. Other times not. But that doesn't ruin the overall enjoyment. As was said, it's entertainment.

#68 of 79 Elliott Willschick

Elliott Willschick

    Second Unit

  • 333 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 01 1998

Posted October 19 2002 - 06:27 AM

My philosophy for when movies or tv go a little over the top is: if you want real life, get up and go to work, take the kids to school, go grocery shopping and pay your bills. If you want excitement then pop in a DVD.
If this is your first night, you have to fight

#69 of 79 James D

James D

    Second Unit

  • 427 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 01 2001

Posted October 19 2002 - 07:54 AM

I really enjoyed the series and am more than willing to suspend my disbelief to a certain point. However, there are some instances that are hard to swallow, such as when
the cop killer was able to just walk out of the police station.
Almost all shows suffer from implausibilities, but if you can ignore them, you can still be entertained.

#70 of 79 Jonathan Burk

Jonathan Burk

    Second Unit

  • 453 posts
  • Join Date: May 31 1999
  • Real Name:Jonathan Burk
  • LocationCastaic, CA

Posted October 21 2002 - 10:30 AM

Quote:
I am a little perplexed. One of the events
you describe (including actor) doesn't happen
till around disc 6

The official site for 24 has comprehensive episode descriptions (I think they were put up weekly so people who missed episodes could keep up). After watching the first disc, I knew I didn't want to sit through the rest, but I was curious to see what happened. It took me about 3 hours to read through the remaining 20 episodes.

Quote:
Jonathan, you must be one of those "if it doesn't make complete sense I don't like it" kind of guys. That's fine, but I imagine it eliminates about 99% of all movies or shows from consideration.

That's really not the case. Ironically, my wife and I absolutely love the movie "The Game", while a friend of mine hates it because it steps over the line of being plausible for him,
Quote:
Him (re: The Game): "But how could they have known he was going to do that?"
Me: "That's why it's so cool! They did know, and had a contingency in case he didn't!"

And, doubly ironically, that friend absolutely loved 24.

I tend to only get bothered by things that really jump out at me the first time I watch it. If I'm watching a movie for the 100th time, I expect to notice little flaws. But when huge, gaping holes are easy to see the first time around, it does take me out of the experience.

It may be a whole different experience to watch it a week at a time, so I'll definitely check it out this season to see how I like it.

#71 of 79 Mike-M

Mike-M

    Stunt Coordinator

  • 187 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 21 2002

Posted October 21 2002 - 11:10 AM

What I find very ironic is that you watched the first disc, didn't like it, then went online and read the episode descriptions for three hours. Then, you plan to tune into the second season.

It's odd, because it sounds like you are reluctantly addicted--or at the very least extremely curious/interested--in the show.

#72 of 79 Jonathan Burk

Jonathan Burk

    Second Unit

  • 453 posts
  • Join Date: May 31 1999
  • Real Name:Jonathan Burk
  • LocationCastaic, CA

Posted October 21 2002 - 01:40 PM

Quote:
What I find very ironic is that you watched the first disc, didn't like it, then went online and read the episode descriptions for three hours. Then, you plan to tune into the second season.

It's odd, because it sounds like you are reluctantly addicted--or at the very least extremely curious/interested--in the show.

Yeah, in spite of my problems with the show, I was still curious to see what twists and turns the plot would take. I just wasn't curious enough to devote 20 more hours.

#73 of 79 Jason Harbaugh

Jason Harbaugh

    Screenwriter

  • 2,968 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 30 2001

Posted December 10 2005 - 07:26 PM

Never watched the show, always wanted to though but never found the time and after missing the premiere episode didn't bother. Picked up the first 3 seaons on black friday for $20 a piece and burned through the first season in 4 nights.

Best $20 I've spent in a while. Posted Image

The first 12 hours were edge of your seat, the after did lull quite a bit and I did have to laugh at a car sliding down a small hill only to then explode in a ball of flame. I had more problems with that than Teri getting amnesia which made some sense given that after all she had been through it ends with an image of her killing her own daughter in the car. To me it came off that her brain just popped at that moment.

But anyway, after the sun went down things picked up quickly again. Loved all of the cameos by some fun actors, Hopper's accent aside. Posted Image The was really afraid that the ending would be wrapped up neatly and all happy. Glad I was wrong.

I think this will remain a DVD only show for me. With all the other shows out there now that keep up the end of the week cliffhanger nearly every week it was nice to go in fresh and just watch it from beginning to end, no breaks.

With Prison Break not coming back until March, and Lost not until mid Jan and the same with Survace, I think the next 3 seasons of 24 will keep me occupied. Just have to pick up season 4.

edit: Oh yeah and does anyone have a final body count for the day? It has to be up there. Posted Image

#74 of 79 George_W_K

George_W_K

    Screenwriter

  • 1,467 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 13 2003

Posted December 28 2005 - 03:00 PM

I just finished watching both Seasons 1 and 2 with my fiance again. Well, again for me, but it was the first time she has seen Season 2.

This show is terrific. I have to watch what I spend as I'm off work for a month, but I'll have to pick up seasons 3 and 4 now and see how they turned out.

Anyway, we were both on the edge of our seats these past couple of days. I remembered what happened and I was still enthralled by what was going on! Posted Image

I can't decide which season I like the best. I think 2 had me on the edge a little more than season 1, but I'm not sure that means I liked it better than 1. I guess it doesn't really matter as liked them both anyway.Posted Image

It was fun to see Dennis Hopper's accent again.

#75 of 79 TravisR

TravisR

    Studio Mogul

  • 21,692 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 15 2004
  • LocationThe basement of the FBI building

Posted December 28 2005 - 03:12 PM

Not that you were looking for opinions on the other years but what the hell.Posted Image I think Season Three is underrated. It's the weakest of the four seasons but once it gets moving, it's great. I think (and the general fan consensus seems to be) that Season Four is the best year since the first one.



Quote:
I remembered what happened and I was still enthralled by what was going on!

I just rewatched all the DVDs in anticipation of the S4 DVD and the upcoming S5 and I know exactly what you mean. Can't wait to see more Jack Bauer action in January!

#76 of 79 Jason Harbaugh

Jason Harbaugh

    Screenwriter

  • 2,968 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 30 2001

Posted December 29 2005 - 02:19 PM

I just finished Season 3 last night and think it is the best season so far. I found myself breathing heavy at the end of a couple episodes.

I lent my mom season 1 and 2 and she just finished 2 and is dieing to start 3. I went through most of the threads covering the first 3 seasons and there seamed to be a lot of complaints and I think it is mostly because of having to watch only one episode per week, plus with big breaks inbetween. This show appears to be so much better when one is able to watch the episodes back to back with no interuption. It never loses its edge or intensity which is why I won't bother watching Season 5 until it is on DVD. This is the only show I've decided to do that with.

One thing I must say is that the actress playing Kate Warner in S2 is by far the worst actor 24 has employed. I could not stand to look at that one expression botoxed face, let alone listen to her try to act infront of a real professional like Kiefer. It does seem like the show has a thing for really dumb blondes, but at least "Kim" is getting a little bit better as things move along.

Anyway, so glad that I finally introduced myself to this wonderful series. Time to bust open Season 4!Posted Image

#77 of 79 StacyV

StacyV

    Second Unit

  • 282 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 13 2003

Posted January 12 2006 - 02:40 AM

Don't know if this has been mentioned anywhere else. I just recently started watching the season 4 set in anticipation of the season 5 premiere, and they continue the unfortunate practice of having images on the menu screens that can be considered spoilers in that they give a tip-off to events that haven't happened yet. I know this was a problem on the season 3 set as well.

#78 of 79 Brian Dobbs

Brian Dobbs

    Supporting Actor

  • 813 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 01 2001
  • Real Name:Brian Dobbs
  • LocationMaryland

Posted April 09 2014 - 06:39 AM

Has anyone heard any plans to release the earlier 24 seasons on Blu-ray?

 

Did a search.  Couldn't find any information.


  • cafink likes this

#79 of 79 TravisR

TravisR

    Studio Mogul

  • 21,692 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 15 2004
  • LocationThe basement of the FBI building

Posted April 09 2014 - 08:06 AM

^ I'm guessing that the seventh and eighth seasons didn't sell well enough to warrant them going back. It might even be possible that the earliest seasons were finished on video.




Back to TV on DVD and Blu-ray


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users


Forum Nav Content I Follow