The Following Takes Place During the California Presidential Primary

Everyone is always talking about how they are “hooked” on a show. I have always been very proud to say that I have never been what anyone has called “hooked.” Apparently I had talked too soon. Take my advice and never say never. From the first episode to the very last, one would have to try very hard not to be gripped by “24: Season 1.” Thrilling, smart, and compelling, it grips you by the heart and takes you for a ride.

Keiffer Sutherland is “Jack Bauer,” the head of a branch of government called the Counterterrorist Unit. His wife and daughter are kidnapped and at the same time, he is trying to keep the future president of the United States safe. Emotional, powerful, and intense, he brought an emotional center to the series that is definitely needed to keep the show with the audience. The last scene of the season brings “Jack” to an emotional release that highlights Sutherland’s capabilities as a professional actor.

Sarah Clarke as “Nina Myers,” “Jack’s” right hand woman who is absolutely out to do everything she can do for Jack. A tiny thing, yet powerful with a vulnerable intensity, she makes you believe everything she says. She is what everyone wishes they had for an ally. Her best scene is definitely her last. Her betrayal is your betrayal, “Jack’s” pain is your pain.

The best part of this series is definitely the plot twists. Even for those people who easily guess plot turns and twists, you’re in for quite a ride. I would definitely not suggest this for the faint of heart. All the kidnapping, lying, surprise guest stars, and clicking down of the clocks, will make you wonder if your heart will survive the next 24 hours.

The cinematography fitted the show perfectly. Rough and down in the dirt, it makes you feel that either you are part of the scene, someone is watching, or danger is lurking everywhere. It hides and reveals tiny plot points. It also brings reality to a show that otherwise could be seen as outlandish and overdramatic. The actors are a big part of that too.

There is no real theme behind “24″ except that love is very strong. It makes you do thins you would never do otherwise. It makes you go beyond your usual lines and moral compasses. Also, the show tells you to trust no one. Nothing is ever what it seems. Sometimes that is good and sometimes that is bad. Either way, things are destined to be surprising, in this show and in life as well.

I strongly suggest renting this show on DVD. You could watch it like me: all episodes in two days straight, or you can be less dorky and watch it over time. You will love it though, unless you’re boring and monotonous. In that case you’re welcome to just stare at the wall….me on the other hand, I’ll be watching season 2.

Rachael Rizzo has been acting since she was nine years old. She uses her experience to write about what the things she loves mean to her (mostly movies and baking). She is twenty-three years old and resides in beautiful Oregon.

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