I was a big fan of 24. It was definitely destination television for me. Even when the stories drifted into the ridiculous (I’m looking at you, Season 6), it was still entirely enjoyable.
It’s been a long time (four years, I think?) since the show made it’s final bow, and now, seeing this new iteration, I am forced to come to the following conclusion: this is hard to do. I have seen several shows that have tried, in some form or fashion, to replicate the sort of all-action, all-grim-determination, crazy-plot-twists-every-week formula of 24, and none have come close. (The shows that spring to mind are The Event, Prison Break and Crisis. I’m sure there are plenty more that I never bothered to watch.)
For this new season, the story has been trimmed down to twelve hours, so, in some sense the title is a lie! Not that I mind. It was usually around the twelve hour mark in past seasons that you could tell the writers were casting around for the next arc. Now, we get one good twelve-hour arc. And what a doozy it is! We have:
- Jack as a fugitive from the US government
- Chloe working for a guy who is part Anonymous, part Julian Assange
- A CIA operative trying to prove her mettle after her husband was found to be a Chinese spy
- President Heller trying to negotiate a critical treaty while fighting off dementia
- The Chief of Staff (who is also the husband of the first daughter!) trying to maintain control of a spiraling diplomatic disaster, and…
- A machine that can take control of US death drones
And that’s just in the first two hours. Dang, I love this show so much!
My only question is, with only twelve hours, will they have the opportunity to make their usual one joke per season? Here’s hoping.