Jack is back in ‘24: Live Another Day’

bcain@newsobserver.comMay 5, 2014 

Keifer Sutherland plays Jack Bauer in Fox’s limited series “24: Live Another Day.”

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Jack is back.

Tonight, fans of “24” finally get to see the product of Fox’s unusual decision to resurrect Jack Bauer ( Keifer Sutherland) for a limited-series event – “24: Live Another Day.” The first two of 12 episodes air at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Tonight’s premiere begins with the adrenaline-pumping action “24” fans grew accustomed to in the early seasons (before pacing became so problematic toward the end of the run). We start with Jack getting into some trouble – he’s a fugitive and considered a terrorist by the U.S. government – but possessed by a single-minded mission to save the U.S. president ( William DeVane) from an assassination attempt during a diplomatic trip to London.

We dare not reveal more about the plot (except: drones, drones, drones!), but not to worry – the details are no more believable or credible than they ever were. But since when did any of that matter? The result is still pretty entertaining.

It’s worth noting that the structure of the show sticks to the 1-hour-per-episode format of the original “24” series, but the miniseries season will wrap up after 12 hours instead of 24. Not all of the 12 hours will be consecutive, though.

Also a bit different is that the show is set and filmed entirely in London, and picks up approximately four years after “24” ended in 2010 (with unrealized dreams of a “24” movie to continue Jack’s saga).

Chloe O’Brian ( Mary Lynn Rajskub) is back in play, joined by an excellent supporting cast that includes Benjamin Bratt, Tate Donovan, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Yvonne Strahovski and some old favorites. We’ll let some of those be a surprise.

For more on what to watch, visit newsobserver.com/warmtv.

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