The following review takes place between 12pm-2pm It all began a year ago. I was reviewing DVD product on this forum and had just received the 24 Season One boxed set from Fox Home Video. I had never heard of the show, and it didn't help the studio was sending me the DVD screeners in blank, black generic cases that contained no description of what I was receiving. I could once again go into the entire story of how I came to watch and fall in love with 24, but perhaps the best thing for me to do is to point you to the original DVD review that I posted late last year. Read it first before you move on... 24: Season One DVD Review By the time you get to this point, you have hopefully read my initial review and now understand how I find myself amongst the show's most die-hard fans. In the past year, I have turned friends and co-workers onto this show. Almost everyone I know has purchased the 24 Season One boxed set, and not one single person has regretted the investment. The wait to finally watch this new season came a little longer than I had anticipated. Since I never have time to watch broadcast television, there was no opportunity to watch the second season during its original broadcast on FOX. I actually prefer to watch this show on DVD over broadcast TV because there are no commercials, and I don't have to painstakingly wait an entire week just to see how a cliffhanger resolves itself. The most important piece of advice I can give anyone about to watch 24 is that you must be able to commit yourself to this show. Don't be too surprised to be so immersed in the show that you find yourself ignoring your daily/nightly routine. I didn't initially plan on doing this, but I was so completely involved with 24 Season Two that I watched all 24 episodes within 4-5 days. There were plenty of nights that I lost sleep because I needed to get on to the next episode in order to find out what was happening next. 24: Season Two I suppose by now you have figured out that I thoroughly loved 24 Season Two. I went into this season believing that the events of the first season couldn't be topped. Was I ever wrong! Just as with the original first season, 24 Season Two pulled me in at the very first episode, strapped me to a rollercoaster chair, and refused to let me go for the next 24 hours of programming. No need to go into the plot here. Many of you don't need this show spoiled for you. All I will say is that this season greatly exceeds the previous in its edge-of-your-seat storyline. It's rather astonishing that as "unbelievable" as these events can be, they still manage to remain believable enough to the viewer that there's an addiction in coming back for more week after week. The show can best be described as an overblown soap opera. Here is a cast of characters whose every action we follow through a period of a single day. Within that period, we learn their innermost traits, fears and vulnerabilities. It was The X Files that warned us to trust no-one. In 24, expect to mistrust everyone. This show thrives on twists, turns and surprises and you never know which side of the fence a certain character resides upon. If there's one character I have truly connected with in this show, it is that of David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), my personal favorite player of this entire series. First, I think it's great that the show features an African-American as President of The United States. Furthermore, it's easy to reach out with your heart for his strong-willed and sympathetic character because it truly represents what all of us want our President to be. The show is purposely filmed with handheld cameras in order to draw us into the action as if we are actually there as a bystander. We are drawn into the most intimate moments of these character's lives. As a viewer, it's often easy to feel the same emotional rush as the characters themselves are feeling. Sure, there a few timeline flaws here and there..... (Run your mouse over spoiler and left click) Jack Bauer assaults Tony Almeida at CTU which results in a disturbing injury to Tony's leg. We are forced to believe that within 11 minutes the leg is looked at by a medic, bandaged up, and Tony is now walking around on crutches. And why Kim Bauer is even in this show other than for comic relief is beyond me. Here's a girl that should lock herself in a closet for there is no-one that can be trusted in her world. Fortunately, there's plenty of tight undershirt scenes shot in cold rooms which gives plenty an excuse to keep her in the show. My ONE complaint to the people who produced this DVD The actual enjoment of watching 24 Season Two on DVD was diminished because of the amount of spoilers that the folks at Fox put into their MENU screens. I'm actually surprised the producers of this disc didn't think about what they were doing. Here's an example.... (Run your mouse over the spoilers ONLY if you have already completed Season Two) At the end of one episode, Jack Bauer and Nina are in a plane together. Nina is in Jack's custody, handcuffed to a chair. The plane is shot at and goes down. The episode ends on a cliffhanger as to what the fate of the crew will be. Well, you go to the MENU of the next episode and the first thing you see.... A picture of Nina on the ground pointing a gun at Jack Bauer So, without even watching the next episode the viewer has already concluded that.... Both Bauer and Nina survive and somehow Nina was able to pull a gun on Jack. The photos on just about EVERY EPISODE MENU give away a major plot point to the episode you haven't even watched yet. It left me bitterly frustrated throughout this entire set because a single photo ruined the surprise element. The folks at Fox Home Video should learn from this mistake and not put plot-revealing photos in their menus. Additionally, I don't recommend anyone reading the booklet that came with the DVD until AFTER you have watched the entire season. That also comes with its share of plot spoilers. The good points Fox has put together a season boxed set that should please the fanbase. First, the transfers are terrific. Presented in anamorphic widescreen, picture image is well detailed with good color rendering. The 5.1 audio is most welcomed here in action sequences where gunfire is used. In fact, I was nicely surprised by how frequently I heard rear-channel information during each episode. There's a really interesting two-part documentary on the 7th bonus disc that looks at the production of the show as we tag along with Director/Producer Jon Cassar. Just as the show itself manages to do, we get pulled into high-profile events such as some of the production's top-secret meetings where plot lines are being revealed for the very first time. We also visit several of the outdoor locales that were used as backdrops this season, as well as the show's very familiar looking CTU set. There are some interesting interviews with Sarah Wynter (Kate Warner), Elisha Cuthbert (Kim Bauer), Dennis Haysbert (David Palmer) and most notably, Penny Johnson (Sherry Palmer) who talks about the influence of the show's first couple on African-Americans. It's rather touching to see the kind of off-screen friendship and support that both these actors show for each other. We get to visit the Los Angeles arena where Producer/Director John Cassar begins mapping out sequences with actor Keifer Sutherland. Later, we watch Keifer train for the show's climatic ending. Why haven't you seen this show yet? Everyone likes to be know what's current and what's hot. Nothing could be hotter than 24. In short, it's the most innovative TV series to come out of Tinseletown in a long time. You are probably on another planet if you haven't noticed your friends and co-workers talking about this show for the past two years. It's about to enter it's third season, so if you haven't jumped on the 24 bandwagon yet, NOW is the time to do so. Incidently, after watching the very last moments of Season Two finale, it's sort of odd to find out that the first episode of Season Three (which airs commercial-free on October 28th) takes place three years after those events. I don't know why the present crisis at the end of Season Two is not immediately resumed in Season Three -- but then again, when has this show ever followed normality. Let me sum it all up 24 is perhaps the best TV show you will ever watch. If you can believe it, it's bigger and better than the previous season. There are more plot twists, edge-of-your-seat cliffhangers and never-ending surprises with every changing hour. Not bad for a day's work!