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24 Season 5 Recap: A Look Back


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Rob Cesternino and Josh Wigler review the emmy-Award winning Season 5 of 24.

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  • Josh Wigler

    Here are those 24: Live Another Day videos I mentioned in the show:

    • Alex Wilpon

      thanks for posting this! so excited for the new season, but if tony doesn’t show up by the end of live another day i am going to be seriously depressed.

  • Brett Barsanti

    My rankings of 1-5:
    5 (Very close behind 1, almost tied)

    As far as 6-8 goes, 6 and 7 are probably at the bottom of my rankings (6 being lowest and 7 being 2nd lowest.) I actually still like Season 6 despite its many flaws. As silly as it is, it is not entirely boring.
    Not sure quite where I would rank 8, but I actually really like 8, especially the second half of the season.

    • Swamp Fox

      Agreed on Season 8. When I rewatched the series on Netflix I couldn’t believe how much I liked Season 8. Especially after Jack fully embraced the dark side. Seasons 8 is much better than I remembered, and I now rank it higher than many of the earlier seasons.

  • Eart

    Poor Josh… I don’t envy this week you’re about to have. It’ll be like Jack’s year in the Chinese prison. Just watch every other (or every 3rd) episode of Season 6 so you can keep your sanity.

    • Josh Wigler

      Already finished. It’s not good, but I survived!

  • Swamp Fox

    Great job, guys. Count me among those who think Season 5 is the show’s best season. I also agree that Season 6 is the low point, but 2 quick thoughts about that season before you recap it next week:
    1. I liked Season 6 more when I rewatched it years later than I did when it originally aired. Season 6 benefits from binge-watching.
    2. I think the biggest problem with Season 6 is “President Wayne Palmer.” Unlike his brother, there is nothing presidential about Wayne, and the show gets noticeably better once he’s out of the picture and Powers Boothe takes over.

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this next week!