Full Name: Jason Blaine
Series Name: The Rookie: CTU
Nationality: American
Organization: CTU
Occupation Agent

Creator: Kevin Townsend, Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran
Time Span: 2007 - 2008


Jason Blaine is an agent with the CTU.

Officially he is from the first time we meet him but in actuality, he is stuck in the command center sitting behind a computer looking up obscure pieces of intel or tracking someone's movements or generally carrying out all the very boring and totally unimpressive gofer jobs that all rookies to any government agency gets stuck with.

The organization that Blaine has just recently started working for is the CTU. When the nation suffered the 9/11 attack, the Counter-Terrorism Unit was created under the control of Homeland Security. Located in Los Angeles, or at least one section of it, it is tasked with ferreting out terror cells on the west coast and keeping the country safe. The latest in technology is employed by a highly skilled team with most of them operating in a command center using street cameras, building security monitors, and satellite imagery to hone in on the activities of those the CTU suspect are up to no good or of those field agents tasked with doing the actual stopping of those bad acts.

A field agent is exactly what Blaine, 25 years old, wants to be. Frustrated, at least in the first recorded adventure, is what Blaine actually is. This is not a young man dreaming of excitement but really unfit to handle it. Blaine is already a seasoned warrior before he is asked to join the CTU but once in the group, as stated, he is given mundane tasks that do not reflect his abilities and he feels .. annoyed.

We are told in his bio sheet that he "served four years with the Navy SEALS sniper team, serving tours with them and had extensive training with over 14 weapon systems. He then served two years with the LAPD/SWAT. After risking his life at a vicious bank shootout, Blaine was recruited to CTU Los Angeles".

Blaine stands 5'8" and is in excellent physical shape making him more than fit for the challenges his new job will present. He is single though he had been for a short time engaged. It is stated that his interests include "his dog, hiking, road racing motorcycles, poker, computer games, practicing at firing range".

Blaine will find his actions in the first couple of adventures noticed and he will be moved from Los Angeles to working in the nation's capital with the FBI when his CTU boss, Alton Maxwell, is transferred to head up the Bureau's counter terrorism division.


Number of Episodes:3
First Appearance:2007
Last Appearance:2008

Jeremy Ray ValdezJason Blaine [ 1-3 ]
Eric BeckAlton Maxwell [ 1-3 ]
Palmer DavisAngie Lawson [ 1-2 ]
Katrina LawKate Wyman [ 3 ]

With the success of the original 24, the idea of having another series running in conjunction with the other series was, to me, a good one. It could use the same sets and film crews and many of the same actors. It could mimic the weekly drop of a new episode, albeit on the web rather than over the airwaves.

It lasted for three seasons with the last season having double the number of episodes. Unfortunately, as of this writing, the website has long since been taken down so seeing the shows again is challenging for the first two seasons (you have to buy the DVD of season 6 of 24) and impossible for the third season.

1 Day 1: Coffee Run
Episode 1-1, first aired 01/15/2007
Director: Rodney Charters
Writer: Kevin Townsend

"Jason was sent to collect coffee for members of CTU whilst a briefing was being held. Whilst at the coffee shop he noticed some robbers entering a bank and decided to intervene. Going in a back entrance, he took the gun of a disarmed security guard and shot several of the robbers. At the same time, a co-worker from CTU called a SWAT team who entered the bank and dealt with the rest of the robbers. Jason arrived back at CTU with the now-cold coffees, much to his boss, Alton Maxwell's, displeasure."
Told in 3 episodes:
Day 1, 9:12 a.m. - 9:22 a.m.
Day 1, 9:22 a.m. - 9:24 a.m.
Day 1, 9:24 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.

2 Day 2: Mistaken Identity
Episode 2-1, first aired 03/26/2007
Director: Rodney Charters
Writer: Kevin Townsend

"Jason Blaine, yearning for more field experience, agreed to take a PDA out in the deserts of Los Angeles to his boss and Deputy Director of CTU Los Angeles Alton Maxwell. Whilst traveling, he received a call intended for his boss, informing him of a terrorist threat against a Russian Ambassador who Maxwell was planning to meet. Jason managed to stop the terrorists before they could attack the Ambassador, and once again to Maxwell's displeasure, Jason arrived late."
Told in 3 episodes:
Day 2, 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Day 2, 2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Day 2, 2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

3 Day 3: Extraction
Episode 3-1, first aired 03/17/2008
Director: Rodney Charters
Writer: Kevin Townsend

Adventure "followed the further adventures of Jason Blaine, now a more advanced field agent working for the FBI after the closure of CTU. His boss, Alton Maxwell was captured, and Jason strived to save him from the evil hands of drug kingpin Esteban Salazar, brother to the villains of the third season of 24."
Told in 6 episodes:
Day 3, 5:00 p.m. - 5:04 p.m.
Day 3, 5:10 p.m. - 5:14 p.m.
Day 3, 5:22 p.m. - 5:28 p.m.
Day 3, 5:28 p.m. - 5:39 p.m.
Day 3, 5:46 p.m. - 5:49 p.m.
Day 3, 5:54 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


I was lucky enough to have caught the first "season" of this webesotic series when it was first put on the Internet and I enjoyed it, though as I recall my enthusiasm waned quickly due to very poor streaming. Life apparently kept me from knowing the second and third season existed until long after they had come and gone. I have read everything I could find about them on the web but other than a trailer, I have not been able to actually view the action.

I liked the earnestness that the fellow playing Blaine brought to the role. Jeremy Ray Valdez is an intense force and makes Blaine interesting and fun to follow. Blaine is not a starry-eyed noob who wants to pretend he is a real agent. He is a man who had earned his shot in the field, knows he will eventually get it, but is just a tad impatient.


My Grade: B


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