24 Season 8 Premiere Review

Kiefer Sutherland in 24

Welcome to CTU New York!

I just finished watching the 4-hour premiere of 24‘s eighth season and all I’ve got to say is WOW! I am loving this season so far.

I have been following the show since season 1 and every year I wonder if they’re going to be able to top the last season and capture my attention again, and every year they deliver. And it looks like this season 8 will not be any different. I started watching the first episode and four hours later, I was wishing I had another episode. See that’s the thing with 24, if you have multiple episodes in front of you, forget it, you’re going to end up watching all of them back to back, it’s so addictive.

I have to give props to the writers for constantly coming up with great stories and for an amazing beginning of season 8. In only four episodes, I am once more hooked on the new season and loving the new cast.

In “Day Eight,” we find ourselves in New York and at the United Nations where Middle Eastern peace-keeping leader Omar Hassan (Anil Kapoor) is negotiating international security with President Taylor (Cherry Jones) and the new chief of staff Rob Weiss (Chris Diamantopoulos). But it doesn’t take long before Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is thrown back in the mix when an old informant of his shows up on his doorstep claiming that he has information about a coup to assassinate Hassan. He finds himself having to work with CTU New York, where we meet brand new faces, along with old ones.

Amongst the new faces, we meet Dana Walsh (Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff), Cole Ortiz (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Brian Hastings (Mykelti Williamson), the head of New York CTU, and Arlo Glass (John Boyd).

In the first four-hour, we discover that Dana and Cole are engaged to be married, but we also find out that Dana has baggage that is coming back to haunt her.

As for Cole Ortiz, I would call him sort of a young Jack Bauer. He hasn’t gone to the darkest part of his personality yet the way Jack has, but you can tell he definitely has good instincts, which unfortunately are being squashed by the head of CTU, Brian Hastings. Speaking of whom, you’ll soon realize that Hastings is no Bill Buchanan, and unfortunately makes a lot of mistakes during the crisis.

Fans of the show will however be happy to know that Chloe is back on board at CTU New York, but struggling with the new equipment used in the office, however her instincts are still top notch.

Finally, Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) also makes a come back in episode 4.

But now let’s talk about the cast. As I mentioned above, we meet a lot of new faces this season and I want to start by talking about Katee Sackhoff. I have to say, she is a great addition to the show and works really well with the new CTU cast. I was afraid that the character of Starbuck might follow her to 24, but I think that she has been able to establish a new character, which doesn’t constantly reminds me of Starbuck, so that’s a good thing.

Freddie Prinze Jr. plays Cole Ortiz, a character whom I have a feeling I’m really going to really enjoy this season. I also have been a fan of Freddie Prinze Jr. for a while now, and so far am really loving his performance in 24.

The rest of the cast making up the new CTU is also really great and they bring a welcomed freshness to the show.

Outside of CTU, we get to know Omar Hassan played by Anil Kapoor, whom you might know from Academy Award winning movie, Slumdog Millionaire. There are quite a few layers to the character of Hassan, and so far I think that Anil Kapoor captures them perfectly.

And finally, Chris Diamantopoulos is great as Rob Weiss, but unrecognizable from his days in The Starter Wife. It’s such a drastic change of character, but that’s when you know an actor is great, when he can just morph into different character without a trace of the last one.

But one of my favorite thing about this new season is the return of Annie Wersching as Renee Walker, because let me tell you, if you thought she was a badass before, episode 4 will leave you with your jaw dropped and begging to watch the next episode (I know I can’t wait).

So I think that about covers it. The first four episode of this new 24 season will once again blow your mind, and if they are anything to go by, this season will be another great one.

So don’t forget to watch Season 8 of 24 when it premieres with a two-night, four-hour event Sunday, January 17 at 9pm and Monday, January 18 at 8pm on FOX.