Jack is back on May 5th and this latest trailer and the official synopsis below grant a little more insight into why Bauer is being brought back for half of another of the worst days of his life. For that matter, why are we calling it 24 when it’s really 12 this time?
If you’re not caught up on 24, all eight seasons are available for streaming on Netflix and that is a whole lot of Jack. The best season was always and will always be the first, when the concept was novel and before we took a lot of time to notice no one ever went to the bathroom or ate. The show did a great job at constantly re-inventing itself and changing the status quo to keep viewers invested. Often seasons collapsed under the weight of having to do 24 episodes worth of plot twists and some just got nuts. Season two with Kim, the cougar and crazy mountain hermit is still my benchmark for bad subplot in a good show.
24 also was not afraid to embrace time passing, which most shows pretend is not a factor. The series itself took place over 20 or so years of fictional time and Jack went from the father of a teenager to Grandpappy Angry Jack by the end of the show, which ended clearly indicating a continuation of the story either by movie (long rumored) or this mini-series. The end, to me, though was fine as it was because it said that this poor slob was going to continue to have horrifyingly bad days for the rest of his life and a hero (or anti-hero) living to fight on in imagination is not a bad end in my book.
Check out the trailer, read the synopsis below (I want to see what a “hardened Chloe” is like) and we’ll reconvene for a Jack Nation reunion on May 5th on FOX
Set and shot in London, the suspenseful event series once again will follow the exploits of heroic agent Jack Bauer. Four years ago, Jack was a fugitive from justice. Now an exile, he nevertheless is willing to risk his life and freedom to avert yet another global disaster. Tracking Jack are CIA head Steve Harris (Benjamin Bratt); CIA agent Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski), who is both resourceful and ruthless; Jordan Reed (Giles Matthey), a smart and sophisticated CIA computer tech; and Erik Ritter (Gbenga Akinnagbe), a sharp, strong and arrogant field operative. Calling the shots is James Heller (William Devane), now President of the United States. Heller is flanked by his Chief of Staff Mark Boudreau (Tate Donovan), who is married to Heller’s daughter — Jack’s former flame, Audrey (Kim Raver). Meanwhile, a hardened Chloe O’Brian (Rajskub), Bauer’s CTU confidante, is now working underground with high-profile hacker Adrian Cross (Michael Wincott). Guest stars on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY include Golden Globe Award winner Judy Davis and Golden Globe Award nominee Stephen Fry.