The Official Companion - Seasons 1 & 2

Author: Tara Dilullo
Titan Books
RRP: 14.99, US $16.95, Cdn $22.95
ISBN 1 84576 313 0
Available 25 August 2006

The worldwide hit series
24 introduced us to Jack Bauer, Special Agent of the LA Counter-Terrorist Unit. Over the past four years, millions of viewers have avidly followed his labyrinthine plots and nail-biting suspense. Now fans can go behind the scenes of the first two seasons thanks to this official companion...

At long last Titan has released a guide book that is bursting with colour photographs. It's just a pity that the textual content is so dull.

To be honest, and this criticism could be levelled at the majority of guide books, there's nothing here that can't be found on any one of a thousand fan websites. It's also a little late in the day to be releasing a guide book for episodes that were first shown years ago.

Each double page spread is split into a different hour time period and the main text simply breaks down the plot developments and at what time they occur. Also included are little bits of trivia and information on the show as it develops. There is also a feature on creating the show, as well as an interview with Jack Bauer himself, Kiefer Sutherland and character profiles on the main characters.

Telos Publishing printed a much more interesting guide back in 2003 for the show's first season. That had humour, and some interesting info that showed that the author had bothered to go out and think of ways to entertain fans - these include Points at Which Kim/Teri Needs a Slap (and there are many); You May Remember Me From... (a guide to guest stars previous acting appearances) and Soundtrack (which lists any musical influences).

The dry contents of this "official companion" really didn't impress me at all. Though, I'm sure fans of the show will get something out of it. Nice presentation - shame about the content.

Darren Rea

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