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Four of 24 for Fox

Published January 12, 2006 in Television
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Fox
24- Season 4 24
Let's face it-- in Fox television's hit series 24 we encounter a CTU (counter terrorist unit) that can be pretty incompetent. Why would you send SWAT, truckloads of agents and Jack Bauer to apprehend a small suspect and then send only two field agents to apprehend the main villain? What! An entire tactical team plus LAPD to apprehend a single girl but two agents (plus on Jack Bauer) to recover the 'Nuclear Football'?! What the hell is wrong with this agency!

Ok, ok, CTU in Los Angeles obviously does enough to piss us viewers off. However, we dare not look away.

Season 5 Premiere for 24

I had just finished Season 4 of 24 only a few days back and got to admit that I am pretty happy with the outcome. Though I am sick of Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) getting shit on I do like how the good guys in 24 do not always finish first. Actually, in the case of Jack, I won't be surprised if he one day does decide he is also sick of the American government and decides to turn on us. But, for now, Agent Jack Bauer (who has recently gone 'deceased' according to all reports from CTU) is the uber-patriot who keeps America just a few steps ahead of ultimate annihilation.

The guy has lost friends and family for the job and has even given his own life on multiple occasions in the process. So what is next for Jack Bauer? Who knows, but we do know that for a portion of Season 5 the character does NOT exist or at least does not come up on any government radar.

Sure, there are a lot of questions that need answered before Season 5 of 24 kicks into full gear. Therefore, Fox has decided to give us the largest, and longest, season premiere that I have ever heard of.

For the Season 5 premiere of 24 Fox is going to give us a whopping four hours of CTU action (and mistakes). Split over two days-- Sunday and Monday -- each two hour episode will set up the stage for what we can expect of Season 5. I am going to go on a limb here and guess that Jack is going to bleed, hundreds of CTU field agents are going to die at a rate like it is going out of style and the bad guys will get away from custody about four or five times. Oh, why not, let me guess that we have a new mole in CTU.

The first episode will begin at 7:00 AM, right where Season 4 ended. Will Season 5 pick up on the day after Season 4? Doubtful, but there are a couple familiarities that have us scratching our heads.

Catch the Season 5 premiere for 24 on Sunday at 8PM and Monday at 8PM. Remember, Monday is not a repeat of the Sunday episode but a brand new episode. You will obviously find the show on FOX.

Stay tuned for updates.

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