Magazine article Variety

'24' Resets the Clock (Again)

Magazine article Variety

'24' Resets the Clock (Again)

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Jack Bauer is back, and enthusiasm regarding "24: Live Another Day" (or really, at 12 episodes, another half-day) will likely be split, depending on whether news of the project evoked, "Wow! Can't wait!" or, "Seriously? Again? Just how desperate is Fox?" As a member of the latter camp - why not let the man find a nice beach somewhere instead of dragging this out into "Expendables" territory? - it's safe to note that the two-hour premiere is ably executed and effectively paced, which is to say, like sundry past seasons. For Fox, along with comfort-and-catharsis-seeking viewers, that's probably enough.

Set in London, an opening sequence in which Kiefer Sutherland's signature, much-politicized hero takes on a group of CIA-station operatives quickly demonstrates Jack hasn't lost his knack for mayhem during his hiatus from TV. But his arrival creates headaches for the station chief (Benjamin Bratt) and the only agent with a brain in her head (Yvonne Strahovski), who, naturally, is in the process of being drummed out of the service when the chaos begins.

It gives away nothing to say the plot hinges on the fact the U.S. president (William Devane, promoted from his earlier stint as secretary of defense, and invariably classing up the joint) is visiting London, representing a ripe target for a terrorist attack. Moreover, there's the little matter of Jack's history with both him and his daughter (Kim Raver), which is only one of the several degrees of difficulty - a few of marginal value - the producers introduce into the proceedings. …

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