Hello, I am a huge fan of various entertainment, mainly The Shield, Star Trek, The Wire and 24 obviously. I can be found on the Memory Alpha wiki as well: http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Portal:Main
Carlos Bernard and his stuntman, Scott Rosen on the set of 2008's "Alien Raiders."
I also have a pic of Greg Fitzpatrick with Kiefer at the 2005 Taurus World Stunt Awards.
UPDATE ON STUNTMAN/STUNTWOMEN SEARCH:
- I have looked everywhere for the missing people and no results have turned up on any of the social networks save for Jeffrey G. Barnett and Jennifer Caputo (which is where I halted my brief search for now).
REVIEW OF ALL SEASONS:
- First of all, I like every season and really feel that this is one of the few shows that truly has each previous season complement it as well as showcase it as one whole saga as opposed to being stand-alone like 90% of most TV. However, like most shows, I will admit that quality varies season-by-season but I never felt like it had truly jumped the shark and gotten near unwatchable quality like other shows I used to love did.
Anyway, instead of ranking them by quality, I'll rank them by plot development and the highlights present:
DAY 1:: This works possibly best to most viewers since not only is it the creation of this beloved universe but it keeps the plot twists fairly simple, takes a tired premise of a professional kidnapping by a man's number one nemesis (previously thought dead BTW) and while it'll disappoint the immediate action-hungry crowd, it'll reward the patient/less-demanding follower with it's compelling look at this agent's transformation as failed family man into an unstoppable rescuer along with the scandal-ridden yet promising senator's campaign.
- The slow beginning of Kim's kidnapping, the amnesia subplot and Dennis Hopper's questionable Serbian accent near the end are bound to be the only real issues. This ranks high for me due to it being as plausible as you're ever going to get with this show and it's daily processes (pun intended).
DAY 2:: A great companion to the previous season due to it now showing Bauer, Palmer and co.'s transformation as well as the truly questionable morals that were to be laid in store for future seasons. George Mason's character is better defined, the villains are fresh as new and the introduction of Michelle Dessler's office romance with Tony Almeida open up the barrier of suspension of disbelief but boy howdy is it handled so well!
- The main faults that every fan seems to have a beef with is the useless Kim Bauer-cougar attack and Palmer's VP takeover of the Oval Office but I don't see how the latter doesn't play off well for the other story arcs although I can't defend the former, it is rather lame IMO. It still has Bauer's first stunning fight sequence and finally gets a grip on it's narrative though.
DAY 3:: If you ever need to introduce a fan to this franchise, I highly suggest this one, the fourth series or the seventh one. While this one has been decided by most as not being near as compelling as the first two seasons, it still hold it together pretty well by offering a new partner for Bauer to play mentor to as well as pushing the limit once again in the terrorist and Oval Office activity this go-around. Michelle and Tony are given more to do, the person first on Bauer's kill-list is rather rewarding and Chloe O'Brian is introduced if arguably underused.
- Basically, if you don't dig the Salazar storyline, you can still at least love Bauer's aforementioned tutoring of partner Chase Edmunds, President Palmer's risky decisions in office while trying to win a second term and the latter half of the season's focus on capturing the brokers of the actual virus. Mainly, the first half is a bunch of red herrings but it's polished over with solid character development although it arguably could've been dealt with much faster for some audiences I guess. Chloe doesn't get to do much this go-around and Kim Bauer working at a gov't security agency does cause some groan-worthy continuity but there's still more good than bad.
DAY 4:: Possibly my favorite terrorist subplot out of all the days with it's Blackwater-type company, more of the Day 2-type sleeper cell units and showcasing every character's hourly processes rather delicately while giving almost the exact same amount of screen-time to the newer characters. This season makes sure to mark Chloe and newcomer Bill in every fan's mind as the memorable character slot and give Jack another chance at finding a soul mate while also inferring how he can never be a happy man.
- Some people stopped watching after this because they found it too repetitive. What are they talking about I say? The villains and henchman are possibly the most fearsome you'll find out of the entire show's run, it's Kim Bauer-free for once and even when you can predict the twists, they still pack a punch unlike any similar show that went on for too long.
DAY 5:: This is the show at it's finest for most fans and there's no question that it joins The Sopranos, The Wire and The Shield at showing how a sharply written and addicting show can truly rival that of the latest blockbuster. There's truly no reason not to see the show by this point even for those who are behind and need to see it from the beginning. The characters are again awarded valuable screentime, the twists make sure to also provide food for thought and even when some of your favorite characters die, the show must go on!
- This one I rarely hear any crap about but if there was anything that had to be said, I guess it would be the CTU access code aquiring by Ostroff being a tad hokey and the season finale being more than just a tease but a bit unsatisfactory for some tastes. Overall, I don't really see how you can go wrong with this one unless you haven't seen the show in order entirely.
DAY 6:: This is where fans are truly divided on and despite solid reception for the season premiere, viewers were either still sticking with it or abandoned it altogether due to new characters, different terrorist plot arcs and the Bauer family conspiracy being too much to handle for some. I do feel like the last mentioned part is too much to take in one scoop but I also feel like it's rather grand by wisely copying Day 2's technique at handling the CTU office drama and once again having the Vice President of the U.S. try to overpower the man in charge. It's also rather neat IMO at showing how the current president can't live up to his legacy, try as he may; having Fayed just about rival that of Marwan or Stephen Saunders and fleshing out the relationships of the various characters and where they stand currently (i.e. Karen and Bill, Morris and Chloe, Bauer with both Audrey and his family).
- I guess the other biggest complaint is due to people not caring for the new faces and a key character's death not sitting well (it didn't sit well with me but then again neither did Day 5's similar moments either). Personally, I like how they brought back Day 1's Milo Pressman but I can see how Nadia Yassir isn't for all tastes. Still, you can't expect everyone to match up to either Tony, Michelle or Edgar all in one day so I guess the main issue is the fact that Bauer can outdo himself once again by taking on more than enough conspiracies and armies in one day. However, he is still pretty fleshed out in the quieter moments when the time arrives and I feel like it was pretty ahead of it's time in showing the "war at home" scenario. That and the fact that Kim Bauer is once again absent I think should be given a pat on the back for those welcoming elements.
REDEMPTION and DAY 7:: The first season I got fully addicted to and saw all the way through. I'm sad to say it but it's true that I didn't have the patience back then to watch it from the beginning but this and the and two-hour movie special really fared well IMO. While it didn't win back every single fan or critic it had lost from the previous seasons, it still managed to get solid ratings and reviews and how can it not when it took time wisely to retool the show's standards. Despite the creators departing from the writing room after the first half, I would argue that the show did a magnificent job of introducing this day's conspiracy despite the absence of the Palmers, Michelle, Curtis and even CTU Los Angeles.
- Really no quibbles with this one other than the usual complaints from people refusing to suspend reality. The new characters Renee Walker, Janis Gold and Larry Moss play off of the series regulars fairly well I'd say, Tony Almeida makes a welcome return (although you'd obviously be insane not to dislike him by the day's end), and this I would say has the best villains out of the entire show not only due to the show truly being laden with those big cheeses but it's like the actors portraying him are making it their mission to outdo the other(s) one line of dialogue and threatening action at a time. Can you seriously choose between Dubaku, Juma, Hodges, Quinn and even Alan Wilson as the best one out of the entire season? I sure as hell can't and will continue to struggle to this very day but I guess it's a tie between Hodges and Juma for now.
DAY 8:: Here's where you start to actually see some negative reviews for another season of the show but despite that, I think everyone can agree, it could've turned out worse than what we finally got so I'll get to what worked and didn't. First of all, many of the promising or events that were previewed in motion were pretty underused IMO. Everything from Davros to granddaughter Teri to Jack talking to the suicidal bomber via TV screen to Delta Force buddy Jim Ricker and other small twists should've used a bit more juice and better presentation no doubt about it.
- Lots of first-time viewers really applauded this season but for those had stuck with everything previous to this, it broke very little ground. We've seen all of the following before: Russian/Arab terrorists, Jack losing a love interest (which despite being planned from the beginning, felt like it only served as a ratings boost), Bauer going rogue, corrupt White House staff and Secret Service, big-cheese Logan getting kidnapped and interrogated by Bauer, everything had been done before. The show really suffered from having director/producer Jon Cassar leave early as his editing crew would've left all of the boring undercover work with Renee, the flawed Dana Walsh storyline be better presented and leave out all the annoying kidnappings of both Hassan and his bratty daughter. We could've also used someone else besides Freddie Prinze, Jr. as a poor-man's Chase Edmunds (from Day 3) and Samir is possibly as bland as you can get when it comes with Islamic terrorists.
- The ending was also far too anti-climatic and the Bauer revenge sequences couldn't had been less cliche but despite that, the cast and crew still packed a punch with their visceral line delivery, the action sequences near the end were better shot and the show was definitely more involving than any other Suspense-Action Drama on the air at that time (yes, even NCIS and Bones!)
--Gunman6 02:06, June 24, 2012 (UTC)