24: Redemption – Day 7 Prequel Gets Some Fresh Air

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24: Redemption is the prequel to 24: Day 7. It’s also the gift to us, the viewers, for having to wait for the next season of 24 for such a long period of time.

In Redemption we meet a collection of characters as this prequel takes place between the hours of 3 and 5PM.

  • A most annoying bug named Frank Trammell (Gil Bellows) who is a govt lackey trying to serve a subpoena to Jack to get him to a Senate Subcommittee questioning session.
  • Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is in Africa helping out at a school for young boys run by an old special OPs buddy Carl Benton (Robert Carlyle).
  • The evil of this 2-hour dose of action is Colonel Benjamin Juma (Tony Todd) who’s abducting young children, brainwashing them into becoming his army of gun-toting children. It’s haunting to have this addressed in plain view. Colonel Juma leads a coup in his country and all h*ll breaks loose. It’s elements of this coup that Jack has to deal with as he moves to get the children out of the country.
  • Colonel Jumas coup is funded by a shady businessman named Jonas Hodges (Jon Voight).
  • We get to see Peter MacNicol reprise his role as Tom Lennox, even if it was for just a few moments.

There was a lot filled in during this two-hour moment that has established characters for the upcoming season. It didn’t disappoint as we got the usual level of intensity and action that we expect out of what happens around Jack Bauer.  But unlike the usual settings of warehouses hidden away in industrial complexes or in back offices where people get “questioned”, we had a mostly outdoors experience this time through.

Poor Jack… no rest for the weary. He kept trying to move on and leave but he kept getting drawn into doing the right thing. Which in the long run, was save the children who were from the school and get them out of the country before they were abducted into the evil Colonels army.

Meanwhile the President Elect gets sworn in. Her son, Roger Taylor (Eric Lively) looks like he is going to be a target of Hodges’ henchmen because a friend of Rogers discovered some interesting information on Hodges, but has ended up under an oozing pile of fresh cement somewhere. Hodges is covering all his bases.

Is it me or did a lot happen for a mere two-hours? They seemed to stick to time constraints, but there’s that nagging feeling. I like Tony Todd and I think he’ll make a great Colonel Jumas and adversary. Just don’t mess with him too much or you’ll be dealing with the Candyman!

Tidbit: Redemption was filmed in Cape Town, Africa and Kiefer Sutherland was the executive producer. Is this fast or what: Redemption will be available on DVD come Tuesday! Remember – 24: Day 7 will premiere on January 11th, for a two-night premiere.

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  1. I thought that this turned out AWESOME. I love “24″ and I truly believe that it is one of the best shows on television. The ticking sound of the clock gave me goosebumps when I heard it. For all the problems that Keifer Sutherland has in his personal life, he really does a great job as Jack Bauer. I don’t think I will be buying this on DVD, but it sure has me pysched up for the new season of “24″ in January!!!

  2. Is this the first 2 episodes of the seventh season and 22 more episodes in Jan. Or will it be the 2-hour movie and a 24-episode season starting in January?

  3. @manuel87-I believe that this 2 hour movie was a stand-alone feature to a)satisfy viewers dying for Jack Bauer action and b)fill-in the story gaps from the end of Day 6 to the beginning of Day 7. I believe that there will be a full 24 episodes of “24″ come January.

    Then again, I’ve been known to be wrong before….

  4. I hope your right Andy S, it’d be pretty sweet to have so much 24.


    I have to admit I’ve only seen a few episodes of 24. So I thought I’d catch this, and get the setup for next season. I have to say the story seemed topical and involving the action tense and once or twice heartbreaking, Robert Carlyle trying to take as many bad guys as he can within the blast zone of the bouncing betty he stepped on. Kiefer Sutherland I would say is playing the best part in his career and he knows it and is doing a great job of it! All this being said Bruce, I have to agree with you, and I can’t really say why, having seen it once I feel no need to own it on DVD. If I had to guess on reflection I’d say that the child abuse portrayed, while portrayed responsibly, is just too repugnant for me to dwell on.

  6. I loved this movie but really wished I waited and picked up the dvd. The amount of commercials in the 2nd hour was atrocious. It was 5 minutes of show and 6 minutes of commercials followed by 5 minutes of show and 6 of commercials. It really ruined the pace of the movie.

  7. This is just a prequel to the upcoming season manuel87.

    And yes, Oldman, it was a gut attention getting wrencher.


  8. Old Man,,, that’s kinda the way it goes on “24″, you have some real bad guys, doing real bad things…
    This is all balanced out in the way that Bauer dishes out his brand of justice,,,
    In season 2 he killed a federally protected criminal witness, in front of his boss, then asked for a hacksaw and a dropcoth…
    But it was great because the witness was a pedophile
    “24″ has always been a hardcore show based on Jacks version of justice.
    That’s why he’s about to go infront of a Federal Grand Jury…

    I’m the sucker that picked up the 2 disc dvd.
    It contains the Broadcast version and a extended version with 15 extra pulse pounding minutes. The disc also contains the first 17 min of next seasons first episode, a comentary with Kiefer and producer Jon Cassar, a Making of 24,featurette, a Africa featurette, and a look back at the main events in season 6,,,
    I could not resist!

  9. 790 said; “that’s kinda the way it goes on “24″
    Yeah 790 I’m seeing that. You really make the DVDs sound tempting. I’ll just have to trust someone to fill me in, if something on there becomes an issue this season that I’m not sure about. So, is all his superiors and co-workers really upset by what he’s done, or that he got to do it instead of them? Just mess-in around, I know he’s going to end up explaining his actions.

  10. Co-workers upset, hmm in season 3 he had to execute his boss… I’m sure he was kinda pissed. Lol,,,

    Well the show is the complex story of Jack Bauer. The first season he’s dealing with his wife and daughter as they’re kidnapped by some very bad people… The second he’s got 5 hours to find a nuke that’s going to destroy LA… Not to mention there’s been a radiation leak that’s killing his boss…
    Season 5 was the best as he had to deal with the death of a lot of his co-workers. This is the season where Tony Almieda died or we thought he did. Along with terrorists he had a corrupt President on his case ,,,
    I highly recommend at least renting the dvds Old Man, there’s 6 seasons and Redemption out there to enjoy…

  11. The first 17 min of season 7 looked real good !!!
    They didn’t waste much time getting to Tony,,,

    The bonus features definitely make the dvd worth buying if your a fan of the show…

  12. So far it looks like season 7 is making up for the “jump the shark” vibe of season 6. I have a love/hate relationship with this show: I love how intense and engaging it is, but the situations and characters on the show sometimes raise my blood pressure sky high. :-)


  13. I forgot how annoying his two-phase voice is: Either whispering or gravelly shouting.

    The new president…seems like she belongs on the bridge of a starship. Or better yet, on her way out the airlock of one.

  14. I watched this Thursday and Loved it.

    You’re right Bruce, there were so many characters, scene locations and plots set in place (with loads of action in between) that it felt like 6 episodes back to back filled into only 95 minutes.

    I’m super excited for the show’s return.