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24 LIVE: A Look Back at 24 Season 2


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Rob Cesternino and Josh Wigler look back at Season 2 of 24 as they continue their season watch to prepare for May’s premier of 24: Live Another Day.

Rob and Josh begin by discussing 24 Day 2’s place in history and how it was the first season planned after 9/11.  The season had a heavy focus on fears of Islamic Fundamentalist terrorism, treatment of Muslim-Americans and the use of torture (the use of torture in season two is a HUGE jump from season one)

Josh starts the recap with Jack Bauer who is reeling from Teri’s death and is bearded, depressed and unemployed. He’s called back into CTU because he has a deep-cover connection with terrorists associated with a plot to detonate a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles at some point during the day. It’s a day of redemption for Jack.

Day 2 is also our first day with David Palmer as president. He’s in Oregon on a fishing trip with his son when it begins. Then he learns about the nuke and it’s full-on. As if that’s not bad enough, he learns that there are people within his administration conspiring to take him down. By the end of the day, the conspiracy reveals itself: The Vice President, with the help of Palmer’s chief of staff Mike, invoke the 25th Ammendment and remove Palmer from office. Palmer eventually gets the job back, shortly before he’s poisoned by Mandy in the season-closing scene.

Rob and Josh discuss the Kim Bauer storyline and how infamously bad it was.  Josh rehashes Kim’s argument with her abusive employer, fleeing from the police, being chased by a cougar and being captured by Johnny Drama in one day.  Rob and Josh spend a lot of time talking about the reasons why there was such a backlash over the cougar scene with the fans of the show.

One of the highlights of the season is the four-episode arc with Nina Meyers. She knows stuff about the bomb so Jack needs to call her in. These episodes are great. Josh thinks its really cool to see Nina “without the mask on”.

While most of the attention was focused on Jack or Kim with the cougar, Josh thinks George Mason’s storyline was one of the best.  George Mason was able to get his redemption after getting a death sentence from a radiation leak.  With only having a few days to live, George was able to save Jack’s life by flying the plane with the nuclear weapon on it and detonating it over the desert.

In the romance department, Kate Warner is “the love interest” of the day, kind of. Her sister ends up being a terrorist, and you can see that twist coming miles ahead if you have ever exposed yourself to a mystery story before. Also, Papa Warner is played by Jack’s dad from Lost.

Josh cites Jack Bauer’s Most Badass Move of the Day: A toss-up between “I’m going to need a hacksaw,” and the time that he died but got brought back to life and then proceeded to run around for four more hours before having a heart attack while breaking a dude’s neck.

Be sure to join us next week on Monday, March 24 for our season 3 Recap at 4 pm ET / 1 pm PT right after the debut of Game of Thrones LIVE at 3 pm ET / 1 pm PT

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  • John Cregan

    Rob, how about you and Josh put together a top 5 or 10 of the most ridiculous 24 moments over the course of the 8 seasons? Such as cougar, amnesia-gate, the time Jack died, etc. Should be fun to remember the bad along with the good! 🙂

    • Josh Wigler

      Remind when we’re through season 8 and I’ll happily give my Top 5!

  • Alex Wilpon

    hey rob and josh, did you guy really still like david palmer by the end of day 2? i rewatched seasons 1 and 2 last summer and found myself incredibly annoyed by him…much more than i had when i first watched the series. he had absolutely no political savvy.

    • Josh Wigler

      I think we’re going to get into this with season three in a big way.

  • Brett Barsanti

    I honestly think that season 2 is near flawless with the exception of the Kim Bauer plot and some other implausibilities.

    So many great moments: Jack killing Marshall Goren and cutting off his head, the bombing of CTU, the suspenseful threat of the nuclear bomb, Nina’s return, George Mason’s story arc, Jack staging the death of Syed Ali’s son, Jack getting tortured for the first time, the final action sequence in the stadium, the cliffhanger at the end etc.

    I think it’s easily one of the best seasons, only behind seasons 1 and 5. That’s just my opinion though.

    • Josh Wigler

      It might not have come across, but I love this season as well. I was really, really, really bugged by the Kim stuff this time around, more than usual. And the Palmer plot didn’t fully work for me either. Everything else, by and large, is great, classic 24.

      • Brett Barsanti

        Don’t worry, it didn’t come across that you disliked this season. My comment was more just a general statement of my opinion on season two than a response to anything said in the podcast. I can get kind of defensive about season two because I think some people let the Kim stuff solely sour their opinion of an otherwise great season.

        I am looking forward to hearing your opinion of how season three compares to season two next week. While
        I love season three and all 24 seasons, I think season three is much more flawed (some pacing issues at times, Kim working at CTU, too many red herrings in the plot like Kyle Singer for example, Nina’s return felt forced and incredibly coincidental, the whole thing with Gael being a mole but then just being undercover was kind of cheap writing, Michelle predictably surviving the virus)

        • Josh Wigler

          Almost done with 3. It’s a bizarre season. Has some great, big ideas that the show had never attempted before. There are some real attempts to change things up on this one. It doesn’t always stick the landing, and the Palmer plot is paaaaainful, but I’m enjoying it a lot otherwise.

  • Singtoast

    I’ve always found with 24 the odd numbered seasons are good and the even numbered ones are bad. Love the recaps btw, I’m currently catching up on season 3 (not keeping up with Josh’s craziness, just a happy coincidence!)

    • Josh Wigler

      I wish this craziness on no one.

  • libbos

    I never found the cougar scene unusual at all.

  • Shambo’s Dreams

    Loved this podcast about season 2. After this season, i think the series goes downhill. I think it will be seen in the next few podcast but that will be good to laugh at some plot coming in the future season.