24: ''Day 8: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM'' Review Season 8 Episode 1

Jack Bauer's had some truly rough days. As detailed in our Jack Bauer's Worst Hours feature, over the past seven seasons Jack has lost his wife and numerous colleagues, been tortured by various nefarious organizations and countries, and has not only been exposed to a lethal bioweapon but has died twice (once for real, the other for show). So as the eighth season begins, it's completely understandable to find Jack not wanting to get back into the save-the-world business again and truly happy to spend time with his family. Yes, that's right, I said happy. A smiling Jack Bauer can be seen the first half of the two-hour season premiere, spending time with his three-year-old granddaughter Teri. It's the most at-peace and relaxed 24 fans have seen Jack since... well, pretty much ever.

The eighth season premiere, like most 24 premieres before it, is a whole lot of set-up. There's the hook to draw Jack into the day's events, the introduction of the new bad guys, potentially shady characters, and good guys, as well as the reveal of the threat/big event that everyone will be chasing (for at least the first part of the season). None of the reveals are particularly surprising, and all of the characters' motives and agendas seem pretty blatantly telegraphed and predictable.

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