WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 – 24: Live Another Day brings Jack Bauer … back. Nine seasons of 24 had our protagonist Jack Bauer working for the fictional Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU), a shadowy covert spin off group of … the CIA?… that put the group underground and working on preventing major terrorist attacks on the United States.
Who is Jack Bauer? Director Jon Cassar says that Bauer is “culturally a reflection of what we hope a hero could be – a classic American hero; a man of principals. Who is falling off the deep end at the end of season 8.”
What we learned is that Jack does not follow the rules, John Kerry would absolutely despise his tendency to forgo rules to save the lives of his family, civilians and, well the John Kerry’s of the world.
How well did we learn to love Jack, and Chloe O’Brian, the brains of the operation?
Enough to start a whole new way of watching episodic television – the “binge watch” where a show is just good enough to watch episode after episode.
Enough to vote him”
- #1 TV’s Toughest Men (Sky 1)
- #16 20 All Time Coolest Heroes (Entertainment Weekly 2009)
- #44 100 Greatest Characters on TV (Entertainment Weekly 2010)
- #40 TV’s Top 50 Heroes (TV Guide)
The shows premise is brilliant in its simplicity. Every season covered 24 hours, over 24 episodes, in just one of Jack Bauer’s days. Jack is one of two children; His brother Graem (Paul McCrane) is killed by his father Phillip Bauer (James Cromwell) who was trying to cover up his role in suitcase nuclear devices being acquired by Abu Fayed, an Islamic terrorist group leader.
Jack is known for his firearms. His ‘go-to’ gun in 24 was the SIG Sauer P228/P229. He also carried a TAC Folder-Benchmade Mini-Reflex blade and other sharp blades used for many a reason. Other armaments Jack used include a preference for the Berettas 92FS, 900S, 92ES pistols. Smith & Wesson, Heckler and Koch, Colt, and a Remington or two have all been wielded by Jack.
24 ran for 9 seasons – 2001-2010. The last season begins at 4:00 pm as Jack returns to CTU in response to a Russian plot to kill Islamic leader Omar Hassan, who is meeting with President Taylor. At the end of the episode, Jack disappears, as he becomes a fugitive from both the Russian and American governments. For the last four years Jack has been underground, now coming out of hiding in London to head off a massive terrorist attack. American forces dispatched by President James Heller (William Devane) are hunting down Jack because though the audience knows Jack is “the guy” the supposedly good guys are always trying to kill him off.
Heller and Jack share a history, that includes Heller’s daughter Audrey, whom Jack loved deeply. Audrey was the Inter-AGency Liason for the Department of Defense and CTU. She became Jack’s lover, only to be captured and tortured by the Chinese when she goes to China in order to rescue Jack.
In tonight’s episode, Jack reunites with Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) who now sports died dark hair and facial jewelry is a totally different character. Chloe began as a meek computer geek at CTU, but now she is a darker Julian Assange type character revealing government secrets ala WikiLeaks. Chloe is distrustful and no longer the “yes Jack, whatever you say” person that Jack last saw.
So why is Jack back? Is he trying to save an old friend? Reconnect with the people who were important to his life? Find redemption from the governments he suffered to protect?
What we do know is that Jack is still a hero and that armed with a Heckler & Koch P30and when things get really fun, the Heckler & Koch MP7A1. One of the coolest looking firearms we will see is the 9m Glock 17 that can shoot around the corner using camera and monitor.
Show previews promise a very fit Jack Bauer, just as determined to maintain his sense of loyalty to those most un-loyal to him. We are also promised over a dozen explosions in the first two episodes. In addition to Jack Bauer and Chloe O’Brian, returning to 24: Live Another Day are the aforementioned William Heller (William Devane), Audrey Raines (Kim Raver) and Steve Navarro – CTU (Benjamin Bratt), Mark Boudreau (Tate Donovan), who is now Heller’s Chief of Staff, and married to Audrey, Adrian Cross.
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