Yes! The Emmy-winning US television thriller “24” will have its return in 2014. IMDB is now showing it’s 9th Season. Everybody is awaiting, everybody is keyed up with Kiefer Sutherland come back. He will be back as CIA agent Jack Bauer. But this new one won’t be like a regular series. The episode will have 12-episode mini-series that will represent 24 hours in Bauer’s life, following the same real-time format that became the series’ trademark.
Like his fans around the world, Sutherland was very excited to see his character in return to TV as well. In fact on Fox News, he mentioned that “The response to 24 is unlike anything I have ever experienced as an actor before, To have the chance to reunite with the character, Jack Bauer, is like finding a lost friend. The story ideas from (producer) Howard Gordon are exciting and fresh and will not disappoint. Make no mistake, my goal is to knock your socks off.”
Over the course of eight seasons, Jack Bauer has rightly become a cult hero and the benchmark for badassery. And because of this I almost forgot how badly I want Keifer Sutherland in movies. Until yesterday when i get to see the classic cult “Flatliners”.
Flatliners is about a group of medical students who begin exploring the realm of near death experiences hoping for some out of this world insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions.
The movie was so great and it stars Kiefer Sutherland and other industry leaders too such as Kevin Bacon and Julia Roberts. What I love about it is that It has a ghost story part, a medical thriller part and a love triangle part. What more can you asked for? I’ve realize I always liked Kiefer Sutherland as a movie actor, and he does a remarkable job here. I really would’ve rather seen him as a full time movie actor rather than going for TV.
Dont get me wrong. 24 paves way for Keifer Sutherland’s career to stay afloat. It had became the longest-running espionage-themed television drama ever, surpassing both Mission: Impossible and The Avengers. But it would be cool to see Sutherland in the big screen again. He’s long been in television shows – in fact he has another television show nowadays called Touch – that people almost forgot he does movies too. And a “24 Movie” would be the perfect comeback movie for him, dont you think? So let’s cross and fingers and hope that the Hollywood Gods will hear us.
Some time in 2007, the broadcast of the gripping and heart-stopping suspense drama 24 stopped. Many other television shows across America followed suit, and American TV fell silent. The Writer’s Guild of America and a number of other labor unions went on strike, and demanded for higher monetary compensation in comparison to the larger payments of more successful studios.
Other examples of shows that were affected were popular late-night talk shows, such as The Colbert Report, Late Night with Conan O’ Brien, and Late Show with David Letterman. Other shows that shared the uncompleted fate of 24 before the strike were Battlestar Galactica, Chuck, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
When the Writer’s Strike ended, 24 went back on air, albeit with a ret-conned storyline to allow more growth in its plot and more character development. In 2009, FOX released a two-hour film-for-TV special entitled 24: Redemption. This was to bridge the one-year-and-a-half gap, and reveals Jack Bauer’s experiences as a missionary in the fictional African nation of Sangala.
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Whether you’re a regular Joe or a man on a mission, whether your arch enemy’s a terrorist planning to take over the world or just a ripped shoe, duct tape will always be there as your trusty sidekick in completing all your missions from sun-up to sun-down.
Why duct tape, you ask? Well, it’s one of the most useful all-around tool for repairs. It can repair objects quickly, secure even heavy objects to odd surfaces and spaces, and build items in ways regular glue or rope just can’t. It helps you secure your boxes when you need to move house, strap down a ruined shoe to keep you together until you get home, or keep yawning construction work together until a better solution turns up. There’s, of course, strapping down a captured criminal to a seat to keep him from escaping and sealing his screams shut, but that’s for another post and another time.
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Harsh, Unpredictable but consider as Agent’s best Asset, that is Jack Bauer. A fictional character portray by Keifer Sutherland in the television show 24 and already has its own video game. Jack Bauer, aside from being physically strong, he is an intelligent man too, no doubt. He knows several languages such as Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Serbian and he even speaks fluent in German. (I hope he would learn Thai and other Asian language too like Mandarin, Tagalog, Korean and so on).
Jack Bauer was a Federal Agent working for the Los Angeles Counter Terrorist Unit. He is the one who leads for putting off numerous major terrorist attacks in US, saving both civilian lives and government administrations. Bauer’s usual way of gathering information is by means of a torture, making it a controversial television show. He has also proven his skills when it comes to using firearms, explosives, electronic devices, flying planes and helicopters, and a man that is capable to pain and suffering.
The 24 TV movie had run for 10 years. A very impressive time in television movies. Movie channels are still running reruns until now because they just cant get enough of Jack. As a fan of 24, I can say I miss Jack so much. Until next time.
Jack Bauer, James Bond, Jason Bourne – the life of an agent is no joke. Every day on every mission, they’re tasked to get the mission done, whether it be to retrieve information, bug a high-security hotel room, or off a person on their hit roster. Movies will often serve you two varieties of agent. One wears an immaculate tuxedo which stays immaculate under any given circumstance, has all the cool gadgets, and always romances the ladies in the end. The other flavor of agent wears nondescript street clothes that still happen to make him look cool, drives a subtly-colored and massive vehicle, and has all the cool hand-to-hand combat skills. Both have a propensity from walking away from explosions, looking 20% cooler.
Unfortunately, real agent life is anything but glamorous. Anonymity is the best thing an agent can have on his side, and therefore must protect it at all costs. He or she cannot reveal important work details to his partner, nor even let on anything about being a secret agent. This may also mean being away from home on months on end on either that “high profile conference abroad”, or even with nary a word to their worrying partner. It’s a tough life.
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Jack Bauer is the man with the plan. Every episode finds him in high-octane action, nail-biting suspense, and gut-wrenching ordeals. He’s infiltrated water-tight security systems, strongholds, and more to catch terrorists by surprise and save the day.
Now, across the North Atlantic Ocean and airing on another channel is a kindred, albeit slightly anti-social, spirit. A member of the Scotland Yard Forensics team is quick to call him a psychopath, but really and truly, he’s a “high-functioning sociopath, do your research”. He’s doted on by his landlady Mrs. Hudson (“not your housekeeper, dear”), and groaned over by his older brother with a propensity for umbrellas, anonymous pick-ups by classy ladies in gorgeous cars, and cake. Most importantly, his doctor-cum-ex-soldier flatmate teams up with him as they solve cases, chase down criminals, and bring truths to light. Ladies and gents, I speak about none other than Sherlock Holmes.
Now imagine this cross-over: what would happen if the great consulting detective were to team up with tough-as-nails Jack Bauer? You’re looking at the possibility of high-octane action coupled with mind-blowing deduction, served with a generous side of snark. Would the sparks fly? Would their chemistry bubble, squeak, or go with a boom? No one can say for sure, but when two strong personalities collide, you can be certain that this will be one for the record books.
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Aliens in America – High School is tough enough, imagine how tough it is for a Pakistani exchange student in Wisconsin.
CW Now – A half-hour newsmagazine focusing on the 18-24 crowd and featuring the best the net and the world has to offer.
Online Nation – With the explosion in user-generated content available on the net, everybody has their chance at 15 minutes of fame nowadays. Online nation pulls the best user-created content and features it in a funny irreverent weekly series that shows the best that the net has to offer.
Life Is Wild – Take a New York blended family headed by a wildlife vet, put them in the middle of a wildlife preserve in South Africa for a year, and see what happens.
Reaper – Sam had it easy until he turned 21 and learned his parents made a deal with the devil himself. Sam’s soul is owned by Satan and the Devil wants his due. Sam becomes Reaper, Satan’s bounty hunter, ridding the world of evil souls that have escape and need to be pulled back to hell. Kevin Smith of Clerks fame is behind this newly creative series.
Gossip Girl – From the creative mind of Josh Schwartz comes a new series based on a highly successful young adult novel series. Who is Gossip Girl and how does she know all the juicy details on everybody’s personal lives?
Crowned: The Mother of all Pagents – Featuring a group of mother-daughter teams, this 8 episode reality TV series will focus in the rivalries in one of the most competitive fields out there – beauty pagents.
Farmer Wants a Wife – Based on the UK series, take 10 women from the big city and put them into a farm life setting as they vie for the affections of a successful but lonely farmer. Can they find love in the country?
The CW’s Fall airing schedule
8 p.m. – “Everybody Hates Chris”
8:30 p.m. – “Aliens in America”
9 p.m. – “Girlfriends”
9:30 p.m. – “The Game”
8 p.m. – “Beauty and the Geek”
9 p.m. – “Reaper”
8 p.m. – “America’s Next Top Model”
9 p.m. – “Gossip Girl”
8 p.m. – “Smallville”
9 p.m. – “Supernatural”
8 p.m. – “Friday Night Smackdown!”
7 p.m. – “The CW Now”
7:30 p.m. – “Online Nation”
8 p.m. – “Life is Wild”
9 p.m. – “America’s Next Top Model” reruns
Being a federal agent in the service of your country like Jack Bauer is no joke. It will put you in dire situations, and test your might and mettle in the most unexpected ways. Jumping out of an exploding vehicle? Tapping into a triple-lock security system? Subduing a power-crazed and blood-thirsty terrorist with only your wits and words? That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Sometimes, the job will also entail infiltrating certain places and leaving without leaving traces of evidence. Stealth is the watchword, and the terrorists know that you will be tracking their every movement. They will most likely close their illegal deals in public places – airports, train stations, hotels – with lots of innocent bystanders you will be reluctant to put in harm’s way. How do you apprehend these criminals?
One way to go about it is by infiltrating the hotel itself. Modern hotels are now following a “green hotel” trend by making their systems more sustainable and environment friendly. These innovations could give infiltrator agents new ideas to apprehend terrorists and get the job done.
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In the hit TV series 24, Jack Bauer and his team ha employed diverse forms of technology on most of their top-secret missions. These technologies have helped them track down terrorists, acquire timely and critical information, and save countless lives. These highly-advanced forms of technology would never have done their job had they been infested with one form of virus or another. In the same way that Jack’s team make sure their computer systems are in top condition, so must your own computers enjoy the same level of care and maintenance.
Make it a point to de-fragment your computers every now and then, and set aside some time to sit down and delete any superfluous files or uninstall any unnecessary programs. Before downloading or installing any programs, always check if they come from a reliable source. Before accessing any external data storage device to your PC, make sure to run a scan-disk program on it to check for potentially harmful viruses or Trojan horses. Lastly, always make sure the latest version of your favorite security program is running on your system. Keep these steps in mind, and you’re sure to be your PC’s Number One Action Hero.